What’s this week’s Frame Of The Week?

I think it’d be nice to start the week with an interesting pair of sunglasses, eyeglasses, etc. Mondays often entail adjusting from weekend mode to weekday mode. Somehow cool eyewear helps one maintain an air of both jauntiness and serenity.

So let’s do it!

1800s safety glasses, sunglasses really, with fixed mesh side protectors.   Felt is sewn on to the edge of the mesh for the wearer's comfort.

1800s safety glasses, sunglasses really, with fixed mesh side protectors. Felt is sewn on to the edge of the mesh for the wearer’s comfort.

Today’s frame is a pair of safety glasses, circa 1885. They were made of blued steel and have mesh sidepieces with a sewn rim of felt where the mesh meets the face. They come in their original case, which is papier måché. As the label indicates they were sold in Montreal.

It’s hard to keep track of all the “fashion” eyewear early safety glasses like these influenced. You can probably think of a fair number of pieces. I know I can.

And why not? They’re awesome.

Be sure to check in tomorrow. We’ll find whether Ray Ban made aviator sunglasses during WWII. The answer may surprise you.

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1 Response

  1. Charles Zuber says:

    A very nice artifact indeed!

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