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Glasses and Eyewear

Spectacles, glasses, eyewear, bifocals - all of these are ways to correct vision. And today, they also make a fashion statement! Read more >>

If your vision is poor, you know how important glasses are to your life in these modern times. How would you drive a car if you weren't able to correct your vision? How would you be able to watch tv? But good vision has always been important and the earliest versions of eyewear show this: The first known version of glasses was circa 1290 in Italy. And in early America, Benjamin Franklin is credited as creating the first known bifocals - a boon to aging eyes!

As late as the 1930's, glasses - known then as "spectacles" - were considered medical devices. But they quickly became a fashion accessory as well. While at first the frames were almost clear, blending into the skin so as not to emphasize the need for glasses, by the 1970's they became bigger and the frames became bolder. Remember "cat eye" frames? Of course you do - they're becoming popular again. And, as poor vision and the need for glasses became more socially acceptable - rather than seen as a "disability", even people with good vision sometimes wear frames with clear lenses as fashion accessories. Now, even sunglasses are ubiquitous - allowing people who don't wear corrective lenses to play with frames!

Browse these old photos of people with glasses. You will see how much more noticeable the frames are today - and how frames have changed throughout time. << Read less
A photo of Charles Joseph Dornburg
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Charles Joseph Dornburg
Feb 21, 1918 - Dec 18, 1987
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A photo of Julia Effie (Ross) Warn. Parents: John David Ross and Margaret Ann (Brown) Ross. Husband: Charles Henry Warn. Taken in 1940's or 1950's.
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A photo of Betty Ann (Pelkey) White
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Betty Ann (Pelkey) White
Aug 6, 1940 - Aug 5, 2008
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A photo of Anna Marie (Braunger) Kriege
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Anna Marie (Braunger) Kriege
Jul 23, 1893 - Mar 21, 1991
Shared on May 21, 2016 by:
A photo of Anna S. Miller Birth 10 AUG 1886 • Ohio Death 18 MAY 1955 • Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States
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Anna S Miller
1884 - 1955
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A photo of Douglas Wayne Bowler, taken when he opened his Law Firm. He has one daughter. 1956-1996.
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A photo of Jessie Elizabeth (Childers) Strickland
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Jessie Elizabeth (Childers) Strickland
Jul 3, 1904 - Dec 1, 1994
Roswell, GA, United States
Shared on Dec 24, 2015 by:
University photo of Robert Lee Locher
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Robert Lee Locher
Jun 10, 1940 - Jun 12, 1966
Shared on Nov 1, 2015 by:
A photo of Frank Kroetch, his wife Joyce Benning Kroetch, daughters Pamela (with glasses in front) and Kathleen.
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Frank Edward Kroetch
Mar 25, 1927 - Jul 12, 2001
Bellingham, WA, United States of America
This is a photo of Aunt Lola Irle pa pa John Wesley irle Sister love and miss her added by Elaine Kennedy on February 20, 2020.
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This is a photo of Oscar E Richardson added by Christina Rodriguez on February 19, 2020.
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Oscar E Richardson
1926 - Feb 20, 2007
Moreno Valley, CA
A photo of Marcellus Vogt
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Marcellus Vogt
May 10, 1900 - September 1973
Lake Placid, FL
A photo of Irk William Potts
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Irk William Potts
Sep 10, 1902 - May 19, 1947
A photo of Billie Fay Fugate
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Billie Fay Fugate
1927 - Oct 7, 1993
Therese was only 7 when she was sadly killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau on September 6,1944
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Therese Polak
Jan 21, 1937 - Sep 6, 1944
Moses was only 8 when he was sadly killed at Sobibor extermination camp on July 23,1943
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Moses Schenkolewski
Jul 4, 1935 - Jul 23, 1943
Gouda, ZH, Netherlands
Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Company employee photo
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Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer
Nov 4, 1925 - Jan 14, 2005
Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph Company employee photo
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Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer
Nov 4, 1925 - Jan 14, 2005
A photo of Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer
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Norma Jean (Roos) Dettmer
Nov 4, 1925 - Jan 14, 2005
A photo of Grace B (Lowden)
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Grace B (Lowden) Petznik
Aug 7, 1904 - Mar 14, 1996
A photo of Aime Prefontaine
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Aime Prefontaine
Dec 8, 1884 - Sep 19, 1979
Phoenix, Arizona
The Santa Clara University graduation photo of Raymond John Doudell taken in 1967. In the yearbook it specifies that Raymond lived in San Jose, was a "Day Student" and received a B.A. in History
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Raymond John Doudell
1945 - Feb 6, 2015
A photo of Owen Lambert Cooley
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Owen Lambert Cooley
Oct 6, 1898 - October 1974
Melbourne, Australia
A photo of Lester Horace Helms Sr
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A photo of Catherine Perrot Diacont was found in the Robert James Nelson, Sr. Collection now in possession of his grandson James Stephen Hoch.
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Catherine Diacont
around 1836 - Jan 1, 1921
A photo of Clarence H. Leideritz
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Clarence H. Leideritz
Oct 6, 1901 - Jul 23, 1963
A photo of Rex Waite
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Rex Waite
May 3, 1902 - October 1971
Aberdeen, Washington
A photo of Caroline (Rapsick) Kucifer
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Caroline (Rapsick) Kucifer
1853 - 1901
New Orleans, LA, United States
A photo of William Robert McConkie Sr.
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William Robert McConkie Sr.
Sep 20, 1929 - Mar 7, 2010
A photo of Emma D (Little) Duke
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Emma D (Little) Duke
Mar 15, 1883 - Oct 24, 1974
A photo of Henry Reid Robinson
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A photo of Sarah Mary (Toner) Henderson
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Sarah Mary (Toner) Henderson
Oct 27, 1885 - Nov 8, 1955
A photo of Jan Michniewicz in the 1920
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Jan Michniewicz
Born: Mar 25, 1886
A photo of Bartley and Bridget Brett in the 1930s
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A photo of Carolyn Y. (Martin) Barr, Maiden name Skaggs
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Carolyn Y (Skaggs) Barr
Born: around 1955
TX
Found at a central Texas antique store. The original photo is badly scratched. I managed to clone out most of the damage except for some fine lines around his nose and upper lip. The back of the photo has the name "Kaarlo Hammar" written on it. The front has the name "Kaarlo Terhi" and in English "brother of Sigrid" or "Sigurd".
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A photo of Effie Mae (Grove) Loper
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Effie Mae (Grove) Loper
1890 - Jan 7, 1945
A photo of Ralph Loper
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Ralph W. Loper
Oct 9, 1886 - Oct 8, 1964
Meadville, PA
Found in a chest of my wife Aun't in Lacoochee, Florida I would Love to know who she is
A photo of Ronald R Hull at his engagement to Carol Anderson
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Ronald R Hull
Dec 22, 1940 - Sep 7, 2010
Council Bluffs, Ohio
Found in an antique store. Name on back "Jennie Howe Barri". Photographer information "Geo. H. Van Norman, Springfield, Mass." Note all the beads sewn onto her dress. I wonder if she made it herself or had a seamstress do it. Her first husband, Benjamin Porter Howe, was the nephew of Elias Howe, Jr. who invented the sewing machine.
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Jane (Howe) Barri
Jul 16, 1848 - 1921
A photo of George Dresel
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George Dresel
Sep 25, 1892 - January 1974
Belleville, Illinois
A photo of Orestus Gustavus Bailey
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Orestus Gustavus Bailey
1845 - Nov 6, 1931
Stroud, OK, United States
A photo of Orestus Gustavus Bailey
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Orestus Gustavus Bailey
1845 - Nov 6, 1931
Stroud, OK, United States
Found in discarded photos Great Falls Mt
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A photo of Rosina Uhl Kasserman
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A photo of Nettie M Strother
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Nettie M Strother
Sep 23, 1911 - July 1988
Portland, OR
A photo of Fred Ostby
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Fred Ostby
Jan 20, 1930 - Oct 27, 2016
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