What’s It Worth Shark Eyeglass Cases

It is really hard to write about Skarkskin eyeglasses cases. With the amount of shark finning and the killing of sharks, one has to wonder how they got the skin. Shark skin at one time was used for eyeglass cases. Dried, but untanned sharkskin is called shagreen and was once used for sandpaper and the membranes on drums in places like the South … [Read more...]

Happy National Ear-Eye Muff Day 2017

March 13 is National Ear Muff Day! Once upon a time a 15 year old kid named Chester Greenwood, got tired of keeping his ears warm which ice skating in Maine. At 18 years old, he patented his Champion Ear Protectors. When he died in 1937 he had over 100 patents. Even better, The Smithsonian Institute named Greenwood one of America’s top 15 … [Read more...]

Safilo Launches Digital Eyewear Museum

Milan, February, 2017 - Debuting at MIDO 2017, www.GalleriaSafilo.com is the newest digital museum in the world entirely dedicated to eyewear, its history and technology, and its everlasting charm. A project that highlights the role of Safilo Group as the historical leader and founder of the Italian Eyewear manufacturing tradition, the forerunner … [Read more...]

1952 Ad: How Much Is Your Vision Worth

We have all seen the infographics, which shows the value of eyewear-vision. For the last 35 years (how long I have been in the optical industry, we talked about many pennies a day.... Where did this all come from? Here is a 1952 Ad which speaks to the Value For Your Precious Eyes, which Demands These 4 Professional Skills... Eyecare for only 3 … [Read more...]

A History of Presidential Eyewear

Presidents Day was created in 1885 to celebrate President George Washington. In 1971 Presidents Day was officially created as part of the 'Uniform Monday' Act to create ways to give the nation's workers more 3 day weekends. Abe Lincoln's Birthday officially is February 12. Other Presidential birthdays in February are Ronald Reagan and Harrison of … [Read more...]

23 Eyelash Eyeglasses For National EyeLash Day Feb. 19

National Lash Day is February 19 of every year. The day was first started to promote the use of false eyelashes but today we are going to celebrate eyelash eyewear as fake eyelashes can damage your sight. Eyelashes keep dirt and other stuff out of the eye as well as moisturize the eye. False eyelashes do not help in keeping out debris and in … [Read more...]

Dapper Daisy Shades For National Daisy Day

National Daisy Day is celebrated January 28 of every year. Did you know that daisies are found everywhere in the world except Antartica? You can also eat them as they are full of Vitamin C. In celebration of this wondrous flower that is known for purity and innocence, we have pulled together Daisy Eyeglasses through the years. The look that went … [Read more...]

Throwback Thursday: Pierre Marly Eyewear Designer

Everyone seems to be an eyewear designer today. While many have played tribute to Oliver Goldsmith (still alive and kicking) there were a few radical eyewear designers back in the 1960's that innovations are still being used today. One that we laud today for a throwback Thursday is Pierre  Marly. With much thanks to be given to social media we … [Read more...]

100 of the Oldest Eyewear Companies In The World

I was on Wikipedia looking up the oldest Eyewear Companies and thought, that isn't right. I decided to do a little investigating  on who are the oldest eyewear companies in the world. Eyewear companies include eyewear manufacturers, optical lenses, optical-eyewear equipment and a few others. Visiting many different companies sites and Facebook … [Read more...]

100 Years Of Disruptive Innovators in Eyecare History

We started a game-changing optical timeline and quickly realized that to gather all game-changers or AKA 'disruptive innovators' in eyecare over the last 100 years is a monumental process. That said, we have not included all innovations in: surgical procedures, medical technology, lab equipment, medical equipment, eyewear, contact lenses, lenses, … [Read more...]

Eyecare Museums Around The World

If you like museums and memories to post about, why not visit some of the Eyewear and Eyecare Museums around the world? China Shanghai Eyeglasses Museum- China Address: No. 533 Baochang Rd., Zhabei District. http://science.shanghaidaily.com/pdf/eyeglassesENG.pdf. Thousands of pairs of glasses and other eyewear in its collection, ranging … [Read more...]

A Wise Xmas Decision: Give Better Vision

Since 1955 eyecare organizations have promoted the Gift Giving in the form of Eye Exams for Christmas. This Vintage Ad from the Better Vision Institute says a wise Xmas decision give better vision... the gift that really keeps on giving. It's HSA time, end of the year, use it or lose it. Eye Exams are great gifts, the gift of sight. Let your … [Read more...]

Vintage Alpina Talking Sunglasses Reminds Us To Fall Back

It's that time again, that we change our clocks to Fall Back. We found some very cool vintage Alpina Sunglasses called 'Time Is Tight' the perfect fashion accessory to wear on November 6, 2016. The eyewear features clocks on the temples with Time is Tight inscribed on the inside. The collection comes from the Alpina Talking Glasses series circa … [Read more...]

The New Eyewear Classic: Aleutian Eyewear

It occurred to me after 100's of years, that Eskimo/Inuit/Aleut Eyewear is a classic. Some could even call it Retro. Eskimo Eyewear dates back 2000 years to the first ivory snow goggles found in Alaska. Made from ivory, skin, wood, leather, the shades were wrapped around the face with two eyehole slits. People wore these to prevent snow blindness … [Read more...]

Retrospective: Upswept Eyeglasses

History is said to repeat itself and we see that in eyewear trends. The Harlequin look is the Cat-Eye (1940's) and the Upswept lens look from Solamar is back. One look is that has come back is the over the top lens look. We first see the look in Sol Amor's sunglasses circa 1945. Pointy lenses make a dramatic statement. Neostyle eyewear … [Read more...]