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  • Striking Prescription Cat Eye Glasses with Matching Temples

    Posted on May 4, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The uptilted eyerim style became so popular among women during the 1950s and 1960s that many prescription cat eye glasses were also made, besides the glamorous (and protective) sunglasses of this style, and those which were worn with clear lenses purely for fashionable or aesthetic reasons. Prescription cat eye glasses were sometimes relatively plain, but [...]


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  • Cats Eye Glasses Brows – Plastic Laminates, Appliques, and Rhinestones

    Posted on May 4, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

                Metal brows were not the only possibility that designers explored while making vintage cats eye glasses during the 1950s and 1960s – indeed, there are so many different patterns, combinations of materials, colors, and textures, and other variants on the brow idea that it would likely take several volumes [...]


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  • Laminated Brows and Glitter – Two Ways of Decorating Cats Eye Glasses

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Cats eye glasses were designed for one main purpose – to make a type of glasses that would look attractive when worn, besides being practical pieces of eyewear (or, with tinted lenses, serve as sunglasses – which, with their role of preventing damage to the eye from the searing glare of the summer sun, can [...]


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  • Vintage Cat Eye Glasses with Brows

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Vintage Cat eye glasses became increasingly popular as a feminine style in the 1950s and 1960s, in keeping with the new view of glasses as a glamorous and attractive fashion accessory. Now that needing vision correction had become acceptable in the mainstream (rather than a source of contempt and mockery), people threw themselves wholeheartedly into [...]


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  • Antique and Modern Matrix Glasses

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    One of the most famous films made in the past several decades which featured a form of pince nez are the Matrix movies, featuring a bizarre, almost Gnostic view of the world in which our perceived reality is a duplicitous computer-generated illusion, and the real world is a storm-wracked wasteland inhabited by murderous robots. One [...]


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  • Oxford Glasses – the Evolved hoop spring pince nez

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

                Hoop spring pince nez, one of the most practical types of antique eyeglasses without temple from a contemporary viewpoint, eventually gave rise to Oxford glasses. These pince nez appeared in the later 19th century and continued in use until the wearing of this style of glasses gradually fell out of favor after the First [...]


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  • The Many Varieties of Pince Nez Sunglasses

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Sunglasses seem to our modern perspective to be a completely contemporary phenomenon – it is difficult for most of us to imagine their use before the Second World War. Nevertheless, various kinds of non-optical, tinted lenses have been in use to protect against the glaring rays of the sun since the era of Shakespeare. Originally [...]


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  • Hoop Spring Pince Nez Reading Glasses

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Among the antique eyeglasses which lack temples and keep their place with their grip on the nose, hoop spring pince nez reading glasses are another comfortable, practical variety which often make the most of pince nez minimalism for both appearance and ergonomics' sake.
    The defining feature of these pince nez reading glasses (or other types of [...]


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  • Hard Bridge Pince Nez Glasses from Olden Days

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Few types of eyewear have multiplied into as many variants as pince nez glasses, which evolved a moment when humanity had reached a high level of technical competence in the manufacture of glass, steel, and rubber, permitting a diverse number of “solutions” to keeping these glasses on the nose, but when commercial and scientific uniformity [...]


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  • Hard Rubber Pince Nez and the American Civil War

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Many of the changes in the American eyeglass and spectacle scene seem to have been intimately tied to the rattle of muskets and the thunder of cannon. Large scale American manufacture of lenses (as opposed to vintage eyeglass frames) began at the time of the War of 1812, when supplies of lenses from Europe were [...]


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  • Sophisticated Antique Eyewear – Astig Pince Nez

    Posted on April 4, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The technology of the past is often fascinating for the ingenuity which was put into solving a problem with sharply limited materials and mechanical parts compared to modern equivalents, and some of the most sophisticated antique eyewear are astig pince nez. An alternate name for astig glasses is “spring bridge”, which is a highly accurate [...]


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  • Fitting Lenses to Rimless Vintage Eyeware

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Adding modern lenses to rimmed pince nez, Oxfords, and other types of vintage eyeware is quite straightforward, since there are eyerims to hold the glass in place. Thus, there is no problem with the safety glass that is the only type that a modern optician will supply to their customers. Refitting such types of vintage [...]


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  • Making Use of a Ribbon to Secure Vintage Eyewear

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Regardless of how hard a given pair of pince nez or Oxfords grip the bridge of your nose with their plaquettes, there is still a higher chance of their slipping off and tumbling to the ground than is the case with a pair of modern or antique eyeglasses with temples that hook behind the ears [...]


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  • Folding Pince Nez Versions of Old Eyeglass Frames

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though most people today who are aware of pince nez and Oxfords think of them as being solid and fixed in their form, folding pince nez were immensely popular back in the days when these old eyeglass frames represented the cutting edge of both technology and fashion. Several different types of folding mechanisms were devised [...]


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  • Seeking for the Unusual in Vintage Eyeglass Frames with Specalettes

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Many different types of vintage eyeglass frames were manufactured during the nineteenth century in America, with most of them claiming some degree of success but none able to emerge wholly triumphant over the others. Business was still fragmented enough and the exuberance of discovery and new science too fresh and exhilarating for a bland “consensus” [...]


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  • Antique Eyeglass Frames for Pince Nez – Rimmed versus Rimless

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Anyone who is at all familiar with pince nez and oxfords will know that the antique eyeglass frames which were made for these items of eyewear came in two major configurations – rimmed and rimless. Each of these styles were manufactured in countless millions during the heyday of the pince nez, between the Civil War [...]


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  • Elegant Historic Cases for Old Eye Glasses

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Throughout the history of old eye glasses, people have made and used cases to keep their eyewear safe when it was not being worn. This habit continues to this day, with plastic, vinyl, and leather eyeglass cases or sheathes being used to shelter glasses against the scrapes, scratches, and outright breakage that the world can [...]


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  • Distinctive Old Specs – Pince Nez with Zyl Rims

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Pince nez first came into fashion in the United States of America during the Civil War period. Just as the War of 1812 temporarily halted imports of high quality lenses to the New World and prompted a brief “lens grinding renaissance” in which American producers sought to supply the lack from their own workshops, so [...]


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  • Old Spectacles from the Early United States

    Posted on March 14, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The years following the overthrow of British rule in the American colonies and the establishment of the United States witnessed many major changes, yet the evolution of old spectacles continued at a modest pace during this time. There was little impetus for American craftsmen to change the frames they manufactured beyond the alterations that had [...]


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  • Old Glasses Frames from Washington's America

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    One striking feature of old glasses frames from the Revolutionary period is that high quality metal spectacles frames were no longer exclusively imported. Lenses were still mostly from Europe or England, since the very low cost and extremely high quality of lenses from the Old World made it difficult for local artisans to compete – [...]


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