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  • Early Advertising Gimmicks for Antique Eyeglasses

    Posted on July 25, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    It was during the Roaring 20's in America that the first use of fashion considerations to sell more eyeglasses appears to have reached a refined and concentrated level. Prior to that time, gold-filled frames were purchased by the chic, and steel or nickel rims by those who could not afford the more costly metal.  Antique [...]


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  • The Slow Emergence of Fashionable Vintage Spectacles

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The second and third decades of the twentieth century saw a slow but inexorable change in the status of vintage spectacles. The long period during which eyewear of all kinds was viewed with scorn and contempt, and its users dismissed as weaklings unless they were elderly enough to be excused, was finally coming to an [...]


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  • Old Fashioned Eyeglasses – Pince Nez and Style

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though pince nez eventually became the old fashioned eyeglasses that symbolized money and status in the latter 19th and early 20th century, there was another reason why people who could afford pince nez bought and wore them. These vintage eyeglasses were not simply conspicuous consumption. In fact, they were preferred by anyone who could buy [...]


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  • Ray Ban in the Era of Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on April 5, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The 1950s and 1960s saw the emergence of cat eye glasses and many other flashy styles that had never before been seen on Earth. The cat eye frames shape lends itself to many different fashion statements, unlike the rather sober round or oval designs that had appeared through most of history before then. Overwhelmingly worn [...]


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  • Neostyle Glasses in the Cat Eye Glasses Period

    Posted on March 16, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Neostyle was a company founded in 1961, right at the height of cat eye glasses popularity. Though the French and Italians are probably the best known fashion designers, many other nations have produced outstanding vintage eyeglasses interesting to the collector and to those who enjoy wearing unusual, colorful glasses or “shades”. Germany, despite its stodgy and [...]


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  • Algha, John Lennon Glasses, and Postwar Fashion

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Emerging from the dark and bloodstained days of the Second World War, the antique eyeglasses fashion world exploded into huge popularity. Not only a host of new materials, but probably peoples' defensive psychological reaction to the grimness that had just ended, caused the market to embrace bright, whimsical, or magnificently stylish designs.
    Algha, Max Wiseman's British [...]


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  • Vuarnet – On the Ski Slopes in the Age of Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Even at the height of popularity for cat eye glasses and other glamor eyewear, the need for practical eyeglasses was never far away. In previous centuries, eyeglasses were used only to correct vision, but in the twentieth century, spectacles took on many additional roles. This was partly due to the plethora of new materials and [...]


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  • Pierre Marly and 1950s to 1960s Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    If Oliver Goldsmith played a very important role in fostering the spectacular world of stylish 1950s and 1960s eyeglasses, the era of cat eye glasses also owes a major debt to Pierre Marly, an eccentric French artist, historical eyeglass collector, and optician operating from a single shop in Paris. His creations are eminently collectible today [...]


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  • Famous cat eye glasses from Oliver Goldsmith

    Posted on December 27, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Extravagance is the name of the game where Oliver Goldsmith cat eye glasses and other eyewear are concerned. Each new year brought fresh developments that showed both the limits and the possibilities of combining human imagination and vintage eyewear. Eyewear is intriguing partly because it has to be functional – it must fit on a [...]


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  • Algha, John Lennon Glasses, and Postwar Fashion

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Emerging from the dark and bloodstained days of the Second World War, the antique eyeglass fashion world exploded into huge popularity. Not only a host of new materials, but probably peoples' defensive psychological reaction to the grimness that had just ended, caused the market to embrace bright, whimsical, or magnificently stylish designs.
    Algha, Max Wiseman's British [...]


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  • Algha and the Cult of John Lennon Glasses

    Posted on December 13, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The story of eyeglasses is a rich and varied one, woven not only of threads of technical advance and materials technology, but also human attitudes and cultures, and fascinating glimpses of the lives and thoughts of uniquely quirky individuals –as is the case with the history of John Lennon glasses. One of the main firms [...]


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  • Oliver Goldsmith's Handmade Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on November 12, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    As with many of the top end cat eye glasses and other sophisticated retro eyewear of the mid 20th century (and the present day), Oliver Goldsmith glasses were and are handmade. It is an interesting commentary on the unchanging nature of human skill that the finest eyewear, even in our era of computer guided manufacturing [...]


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  • The Extravagant Vintage Cat Eye Glasses of Oliver Goldsmith

    Posted on November 2, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    There are many intriguing twists and turns of fate in our world, and one of these is to be found in the early history of Oliver Goldsmith, one of the foremost firms of the world today. Oliver Goldsmith himself – originally named Philip Goldsmith, but later using his middle name for greater advertising cachet – [...]


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  • Science and Style – Persol Cat Eye Glasses in the 1960s

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    From its beginning as Giovanni Ratti's line of vintage eyewear for such “adventurous” types as early drivers and aviators, Persol soon blossomed into a chic line of glasses that appeared in many different forms, including cat eye glasses in the 1960s. Most Persol glasses were and are sunglasses rather than corrective eyewear, true to the [...]


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  • The Glamor and Quality of Persol Cat Eye Glasses

    Posted on September 21, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Italy is now famous as a center of exciting fashion houses and the latest modes in everything from sports cars to jewelery, from shoes to top quality cosmetics. Thus, it is hardly surprising to learn that Italian designers played an important role in the vintage cat eye glasses world of the 1950s and 1960s, too [...]


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  • Windsor Eyeglasses Safety Goggles from the Early 20th Century

    Posted on September 14, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Safety goggles have had a longer history than most people realize, and some in the form of Windsor eyeglasses date back to the first years of the 20th century. In fact, a French medieval helmet has been found with clear mica in the visors, or “vision slits”, to keep splintered lances or the knives of [...]


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  • Patent Infringement in the 1920 vintage Glasses Market and the Spread of Oxfords

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though the culture that produced 1920 vintage glasses such as Oxfords might have been somewhat more genteel than our own in some regards, there was still plenty of room for cutthroat competition between firms. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the vindictive legal battles and outright, blatant patent infringement that occurred when Oxford Pince [...]


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  • Makers of Round Vintage Glasses – the Varied Market of Oxfords

    Posted on August 31, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Oxfords were immensely popular round vintage glasses in their day, made to be both practical eyewear and pieces of carefully sculpted fashion art. Many featured the handles or ribbon loops also found on pince nez, though typically in an elongated, highly decorated form that almost transformed them into “miniature lorgnettes”. Such handles were necessary not [...]


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  • Tortoise Shell Eyeglasses – Oxfords, Femininity, and Masculinity

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Tortoise shell eyeglasses provide a warm, colorful contrast with the colder, though still attractive, sheen of all metal antique eyeglasses, and this material was actually part of an interesting trend with the Oxfords of the early 20th century: the emergence of masculine and feminine styles of vintage glasses rather than the unisex eyewear of the [...]


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  • Oxfords – the Round Vintage Glasses of the Early 20th Century

    Posted on August 29, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The coming of the 20th century brought new science, new materials, new manufacturing techniques, and new fashion trends to the round vintage glasses that had existed for centuries, throwing out new and intriguing forms that gave templeless eyeglasses a new lease on life.
    Although the period between the end of the 19th century and the hideous [...]


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