#TBT: Optical Glass Making in Italy (1950)

Sorry this is in Italian, but you can tell what is being done. History of glass optical lenses with a short film from the 195o's in the manufacturing of glass lenses. Most optical lenses were glass and everything was done by hand. Green glass was common. This is what is happening: MS Rotating instrument with man emptying powder into it. MS … [Read more...]

#TBT: Vintage Spectacle Fashion Video 1952

In this video they bring up the phrase 'Men do make passes who wear glasses' Well defined rims can make flatter the face. 11 million British women were wearing glasses. Focused on Harlequin styles with tinted lenses, mirrored lenses, clear lenses and mother of pearl eyeglasses. Sport glasses and fashionable foldables are all presented. … [Read more...]

#TBT: Making Spectacles (1950)

Alperton, London. A man at machine in Wiseman Ltd. spectacle making factory... churning out lenses, they slide down the chute. Man then inspects lenses in the trough. He gives them a final checking and begins to pour pitch over them. Then as he puts a press on top... as the press to taken off showing the blackened glasses... grinding lenses on the … [Read more...]

Eyewear Now And Then: Drop Temples

Drop temples made their entry into eyewear in the late 1970's, early 1980's. The Versailles by Martin Wells took the market by storm and soon after every company followed. Over the last several years, many have tried to bring back the drop temple. Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Prada, Rigards, Victoria Beckham and more. The latest entry that pays … [Read more...]

Video: The History of Harlequin Eyeglasses

Have you ever wondered how cat-eye eyeglasses came into being? How did Harlequin eyeglasses come about? This interesting video/documentary with Altina Schinasi, the creator of Cat-Eyes and Harlequins.  Watch this on The Scene.     … [Read more...]

Family Owned A&A Optical Celebrates 45 Years Of Business

Dallas, 2016: A&A Optical is proud to announce its forty-fifth year in business. In a competitive industry where companies have come and gone, A&A Optical has achieved four and half decades of delivering innovative products and exceptional customer service to optical dispensaries. A&A Optical will commemorate this milestone with a … [Read more...]

Playing With A Full Deck of Eyewear- National Playing Card Day

Playing cards have been around for 100's of years. They have shown up in China, in Persia and in Egypt with some of the earliest dating around 1294. While no one knows the exact origin of the playing card, they do speculate that Playing Cards arrived in Southern Europe and the popularity grew from there. Early decks of cards reflected the male … [Read more...]

Throw Back Thursday: Temple Clasps

Sometimes we just run into old quackish stuff. The Temple Clasps were meant for those who 'valued their eyes'. From Briggs Optical Company in Rochester, NY, the temple clasps adhered to the sides of your temples by the eyebrows. They did not touch the nose or the ears.. … [Read more...]

The Origins of Eyeglasses Video

Fun video about the origins of Eyeglasses.  It is believed that the Roman philosopher named Seneca utilized a glass globe filled with water as a magnifier around 65 A.D. Then around 1000 A.D., a reading stone made a debut from an unknown inventor. That item was a glass sphere which allowed reading material to be magnified so letters could … [Read more...]

12 Movies With Johnny Depp Wearing Glasses

Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile actors in the market. He got his start in the TV Series 21 Jump Street in 1987. He has played everything from the Mad Hatter to Captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands to Willy Wonka. He has played funny, romantic and spooky. We love him. What we love the most, he wears glasses all the time. Tart … [Read more...]

Video: Silhouette Eyewear History

One has to love this video. Silhouette was created in 1964 and this video shows how they evolved over the last 60 years. From the Futura Frame, to Barbie Doll Couture to NASA space and today Minimal Art. For those who are carrying Silhouette, this is a wonderful video to put on Facebook, Tumblr, Tweet About. … [Read more...]

WayBack Wednesday: Vintage Eyewear Ads 1950

Just a splish and splash of vintage eyewear ads in the 1950's. Amazing how we are still wearing the same thing... What's that all about? … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Cat Health Month With 15 Vintage Cat-Eye Frames

Just in case you forgot, February is National Cat Health Month, the time to remember to take your cat to the vet for their annual check up. To commemorate Cats and Cat- Eyes we are showcasing some of our favorite vintage frames right meow! Eyewear enthusiast can rejoice over the day in which we praise the most purrrfect form glasses could ever … [Read more...]

Braille Typewriters For World Braille Day

World Braille Day is January 4, which is the birthday of Louis Braille, (Jan. 4, 1809) who invented Braille in 1821. National Braille Week is October 5-11 in 2015. Louis Braille was a blind teenager who first sat through classes and learned by listening. He was sent to a blind school in Paris, where he was frustrated by the large books and the … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas 1963 Optometrist Christmas Card

Both Shirley and I wish all of you a Merry, Merry Christmas, Happy Hankukah, Happy Holidays, and any other appropriate seasonal greetings.  This optometrist holiday postcard hails from 1963- and says "It's a Fitting Time...to say Happy Holidays to our Friends and Prosperity for the New Year.       … [Read more...]