Four eyes

So I found these glasses. And they're great. And I adore them. And they fit. And my friends say I look brainy in them etc.... All is wonderful, except, well, I don't technically wear glasses.

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At least, the last time I had a vision test, ca. 1992, I didn't need them. That was 17 years ago and these days I'm a bit more squinty when it comes to street signs. When I wear my friend Kit's glasses, things look better, so that's a signal.

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I found these at a true junk shop upstate, with their cute coffin-like case and a price tag that is, um, unbelievable for (bakelite? horn rim? cellulose?) glasses this old (30s? 40s????).

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Clearly, I am out of my element in this whole new world of glasses. I'll defer to the better judgment of Dana, my sartorial soul mate, who knows all about these sorts of boyish vintage things. Like indigo dyed denim and tee shirt hems through out the 20th century.

Dana, love, share your wisdom with the world. Inquiring minds want to know.



23 comments:

  1. And don't you wonder what wonderful person's nose they sat on when they were new...and the owner's story.

    Great find.

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  2. Wow. Very cool. The ridge for over the nose doesn't look all too comfortable, but the color is fantastic.

    From Brian,

    Your follower from the Popcorn Day blog.

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  3. ooh, they're adorable. i love the shape of the nose-piece!

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  4. Hmm, if they aren't your prescription they might give you headaches! Maybe your eye doctor can direct you to some sort of place that makes lenses for antique or weird glasses??

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  5. So unique- these spectacles! Nice find.

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  6. Don't worry. I don't hate myself enough wear glasses with the wrong prescription. The idea is to see better, not worse.

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  7. These glasses are great!!! I've been looking for a great pair similar to these but I am so picky. These fit the bill! And if your eyes can't take them, I find that old glasses make for great decoration on bookshelves.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

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  8. Awwww, these are the perfect frames!! I'm totally in love! You should really get your eyes checked and start wearing them! Though I shouldn't speak because I got my *perfect* cateye frames last winter and I do need glasses (though the prescription is very light) and I haven't gotten around to get them lenses yet...

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  9. Apologies if someone else has already advised you on this issue, but basically, all you need to do is go to an optometrist and get a prescription for lenses. Depending on your insurance (if you have insurance), your provider might also be able to make the lenses for you & fit them into the glasses; however, I've found that with vintage frames, eyeglass places are very pre-emptively cautious and will warn you numerous times that they can't guarantee that they won't break/damage/etc. the frames, as they are very old and putting lenses into vintage frames may damage them. Not to mention that some vintage frames just don't allow for dismantling, and therefore, don't allow for putting new lenses in. But it can't hurt to go to an optometrist/eyeglass shop & ask...

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  10. glasses are an invaluable accessory for activities such as purloining pansies from public parks - while wearing a white coat and carrying a clipboard for added effect

    and in case you're wondering what the pansies are for...they're an essential ingredient in iceflower dyes...

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  11. amazing find! prescription or no, how much fun to wear them?

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  12. O, but I wear glasses!!!!! And this pair is magnificent! Perfect perfect perfect! So, um, if you ever wanted to trade, you know, I do two closetfuls of dresses...

    Seriously. You just let me know.

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  13. hmmm, i believe these are tortoise shell frames? definitely a bit of johnny dep flare! i love them and you definitely ought to wear them ... prescription or no prescription! aren't they perfect for fall?
    when i first needed glasses for reading and doing computer work, i so wanted to avoid the routine frames from the shop rack ... what i really wanted was to have my prescription put into some wire 'john lennon' style frames that i had, but alas the frame was too fragile.
    a dear elderly friend offered up a shoebox of glasses she gathered through the years ~ my heart leapt! she was such a colourful gal and i went through huge purple frames and gold gilded black frames until i reached the bottom to find this little beige plastic case ... i almost couldn't breathe ... inside were gold cat eye frames that i was able to have my prescription put into and wore for years! my recent optometrist was hesitant to put another prescription in, in fear of breaking the delicate ornate frame, so they are tucked away for now ...
    so you go girl and get those cool frames on!
    smiling eyes,
    prairiegirl

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  14. You can never go wrong with anything vintage! Awesome find!

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  15. Sweet Amy, you certainly have the eye! Or four of them!

    Here's my two cents, for what they are worth: They look like 1930's frames, possibly made from Celluloid (very light weight, easy to mold). They've got the lovely Tortoise Shell look, though Tortoise Shell was used mostly later on in the 60s and 70s. For a handy reference, do check out the Miltzen frames at Moscot (the ones I have my eye on!)which have not changed since their 1930's inception.

    Big kiss and fabulous find! I love/want them.

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  16. So darling!!! I have a pair like that but they're not vintage. I believe mine are by Dita. I have a post about spectacles just like those on my blog. You should check it out sometime ^.^ Anywho, cool post...keep 'em coming!

    (valleybean.blogspot.com)

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  17. have you ever been to fabulous fanny's on east 9th street? they might have some insight for you

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  18. Geez... there you go again.
    Making me all the more aware that I really do need glasses.
    Musical notes and words swim on the page, even with squinting. Sigh...
    If I could find such cute glasses like yours, I'd be a lot more tempted to pursue wearing them!

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  19. They're so lovely, I am constantly on the search for glasses, I swear they don't exist in Melbourne. But yes these are adorable congratulations on the purchase.

    http://youthfulnaivety.blogspot.com/

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  20. I disagree with the article because I have glasses like those and all my friends tell me I'm a nerd.

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  21. I love that style of glasses and I think they have a great look and very vintage but I regret to inform you that those select glasses are not as old as you think they are. 1930's style glasses which these are would have a curved shape to the legs as if to wrap around the ear and those have a much more modern form of a slight slant. They could definitely be anywhere from 1960's and further but they are certainly not authentic from the 30's/ 40s. Which would explain the bargain price- and also most people who run antique stores don't charge a big sum of money for used clothing items unless they were worn by a celebrity or have valuable material in them, etc. On the other hand, the case is worn enough to seem authentic. I bet they are a blast to wear though! Cute find.

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