Microscopy’s Impact on Science

The 20 main places of delivery for microscopes (1847 – 1889)

  • Microscope deliveries (1847 – 1869)
    Microscope deliveries (1847 – 1869)
  • Microscope deliveries (1847 – 1869 & 1870 – 1889)
    Microscope deliveries (1847 – 1869 & 1870 – 1889)
  • Microscope deliveries (1870 – 1889)
    Microscope deliveries (1870 – 1889)

The diagram shows the 20 key locations where these microscopes were sold during the two periods of 1847 to 1869 and 1870 to 1889. The majority of orders in the first 20 years came from ducal towns in and around Jena and some German university towns and centers of commerce. Occasional sales were also made to areas which at that time formed part of Russia, in many cases facilitated by graduates of Jena University. The second period is dominated by major bastions of science and key centers of trade and commerce in western Europe. New York also appears, and an increasing role was played by wholesalers in places such as Cambridge and Delft.

1847 – 1869 1,308 microscopes
1870 – 1889 13,228 microscopes

Source: ZEISS Archives BACZ 7710-7713.

(Photo: Map of Europe in 1890, source: GEI-Digital: http://gei-digital.gei.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:0220-gd-9923482)

 

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