Glasses and Eyewear

Spectacles, glasses, eyewear, bifocals - all of these are ways to correct vision. And today, they also make a fashion statement!
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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.
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A photo of Charles Joseph Dornburg
People in this photo:
Feb 21, 1918 - Dec 18, 1987
Added Jun 9, 2017 by: Shanda Dornburg
Shanda Dornburg
273 favorites
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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.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 27, 2017 by: Warnetta Harding
Warnetta Harding
50 favorites
A photo of Betty Ann (Pelkey) White
People in this photo:
Aug 6, 1940 - Aug 5, 2008
Added Mar 25, 2017 by: Carman Nichols
Carman Nichols
28 favorites
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A photo of Anna Marie (Braunger) Kriege
People in this photo:
Jul 23, 1893 - Mar 21, 1991
Added May 21, 2016 by: Jan Doss
Jan Doss
558 favorites
A photo of Anna S. Miller Birth 10 AUG 1886 • Ohio Death 18 MAY 1955 • Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States
People in this photo:
1884 - 1955
Added Feb 29, 2016 by: Theresa Thielen
Theresa Thielen
15 favorites
A photo of Douglas Wayne Bowler, taken when he opened his Law Firm. He has one daughter. 1956-1996.
People in this photo:
1956 - 1996
Added Jan 23, 2016 by: Nickole Bowler
Nickole Bowler
47 favorites
A photo of Jessie Elizabeth (Childers) Strickland
People in this photo:
Jul 3, 1904 - Dec 1, 1994
Added Dec 24, 2015 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
265 favorites
University photo of Robert Lee Locher
People in this photo:
Jun 10, 1940 - Jun 12, 1966
Added Nov 1, 2015 by: Ward Hartmann
Ward Hartmann
124 favorites
A photo of Frank Kroetch, his wife Joyce Benning Kroetch, daughters Pamela (with glasses in front) and Kathleen.
People in this photo:
Mar 25, 1927 - Jul 12, 2001
This is a photo of Hilda Elise Hansen added by Torill Bente Opsahl Rønning on September 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 4, 1884 - Jan 3, 1975
This is a photo of Alberta Marie (Walser) Snead added by Brigette Meeker on September 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 7, 1910 - Oct 22, 1996
Added Sep 27 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Belinda Vernon (Close) Williams added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 21, 2020.
People in this photo:
Dec 22, 1858 - Sep 24, 1926
Added Sep 21 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
292 favorites
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This is a photo of Ralph Hogan added by Amanda Slusarczyk on September 20, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 23, 1917 - Feb 17, 2003
Added Sep 20 by: Amanda Slusarczyk
Amanda Slusarczyk
30 favorites
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Louis Trescony, King City High School Class of 1938
People in this photo:
Jan 27, 1921 - Nov 27, 2001
This is a photo of Ella Mae (Bowers) Hoch added by James Stephen Hoch on September 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Sep 2 by: James Stephen Hoch
James Stephen Hoch
57 favorites
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This is a photo of Bill Stoddert added by Joel Stoddert on August 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 9, 1886 - Dec 3, 1972
Added Aug 30 by: Joel Stoddert
Joel Stoddert
133 favorites
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This is a photo of John William Zeltner Jr added by Daniel Pinna on August 28, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 30, 1959 - Apr 7, 1990
Added Aug 28 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
5.06k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Nettie Fontana added by Shirley Sumrall Catanzaro on August 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 15, 1904 - Feb 10, 1998
Mary P Reynolds Harris and Elsworth Taylor Harris.
People in this photo:
Jan 15, 1896 - Feb 15, 1975
Added Aug 25 by: Sharon Greuel
Sharon Greuel
27 favorites
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This is a photo of Harrell J Doty added by Renee Bev on August 20, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 17, 1928 - Nov 19, 2005
Added Aug 20 by: Renee Bev
Renee Bev
12 favorites
This is a photo of Albert Couter added by Jane Stegmaier on August 16, 2020.
People in this photo:
Sep 1, 1902 - July 1978
Added Aug 16 by: Jane Stegmaier
Jane Stegmaier
8 favorites
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This is a photo of William Julius Jahnke added by Julius Jahnke on August 15, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 9, 1883 - Jun 1, 1946
Added Aug 15 by: Julius Jahnke
Julius Jahnke
14 favorites
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This is a photo of Roy Oliver Disney added by Emma Jones on August 13, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 24, 1893 - Dec 20, 1971
Added Aug 13 by: Emma Jones
Emma Jones
16 favorites
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This is a photo of Alice May (Towner) Irish added by Ariana Paul on August 13, 2020.
People in this photo:
1886 - Jul 25, 1955
This is a photo of Richard Lafayette Buckmaster added by Ariana Paul on August 13, 2020.
People in this photo:
Feb 8, 1887 - Oct 26, 1960
Added Aug 13 by: Ariana Paul
Ariana Paul
48 favorites
This is a photo of Lewis Leonard Long added by Hugh Long on August 12, 2020.
People in this photo:
1883 - 1943
Added Aug 12 by: Hugh Long
Hugh Long
84 favorites
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This is a photo of Matilda (Olson) Broderson added by Brigette Meeker on August 1, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 10, 1916 - Jun 9, 1972
Added Aug 1 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Nancy Ann (Holland) Meeker added by Brigette Meeker on July 25, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 9, 1873 - Aug 16, 1946
Added Jul 25 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Marie Julia (Grignon) Chatterson added by Brigette Meeker on July 19, 2020.
People in this photo:
Oct 13, 1907 - Dec 7, 1995
Added Jul 19 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Beulah Mcnutt added by Len Phillips on July 15, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 28, 1908 - July 1969
Added Jul 15 by: Len Phillips
Len Phillips
5 favorites
This is a photo of Sylvia Anne Williamson added by Shirley Thomason on July 7, 2020.
People in this photo:
Dec 30, 1953 - Unknown
Thomas Williams 1863-1932
People in this photo:
1863 - 1932
Added Jul 5 by: Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell
6 favorites
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This is a photo of Luella Polly (Hyzer) Thick added by Brigette Meeker on June 30, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 9, 1880 - Aug 3, 1955
Added Jun 30 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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Wallace Bradford MacGregor (Bunky McGregor) Feb 1971 Opening of the Lynn Ma Registry Office
People in this photo:
Dec 5, 1910 - Jan 7, 2001
Stephen J. Wozniak--I think Notre Dame graduation. Son of Stanislaw and Stanislawa (Smelzinski) Wozniak Married to Mary Pesaric (Pisarcik) Born in Evanston, IL. Died Akron Ohio 1954
Added Jun 17 by: Mary Ann Hinkle-Ineich
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This is a photo of Selma Regina (Clausen) Botten added by Brigette Meeker on June 15, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jul 6, 1906 - Jan 26, 1977
Added Jun 15 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
This is a photo of Julia Hennacy added by Andrea Fazio Fox on June 12, 2020.
People in this photo:
Sep 5, 1895 - September 1974
Added Jun 12 by: Andrea Fazio Fox
Andrea Fazio Fox
103 favorites
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This is a photo of Clyde Newkirk added by Keith O on June 6, 2020.
People in this photo:
c. 1915 - May 1, 1992
Added Jun 6 by: Keith O
Keith O
62 favorites
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This is a photo of Cora Orphelia (Young) Hazard added by Brigette Meeker on June 4, 2020.
People in this photo:
Aug 4, 1882 - Nov 6, 1957
Added Jun 4 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of my precious Great Grand Maw Susan Laura Caraway West she was Married to William Oliver (Will) West The Parents Of My grand Mother Artie Emily West Rhoades My Father Mother William Edgar (Unk) Rhoades added by Elaine Kennedy on June 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jun 2 by: Elaine Kennedy
Elaine Kennedy
52 favorites
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This is a photo of Mable Aldendorf added by Linda Carson Rvt on May 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
May 31, 1891 - Mar 27, 1993
Added May 27 by: Linda Carson Rvt
Linda Carson Rvt
8 favorites
This is a photo of John Bruseth added by Brigette Meeker on May 17, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 1, 1892 - 1958
Added May 17 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
3.41k+ favorites
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This is a photo of Aunt Lil added by Kat Schwartz on May 15, 2020.
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
317 favorites
Fran Studios, Marshalltown, Iowa
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
317 favorites
Smith Studio. Marshalltown, Iowa. Gorgeous folder.
People in this photo:
May 24, 1904 - Sep 29, 1993
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
317 favorites
This is a photo of Eli Zelikoff added by Tom Zelikoff on May 9, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jun 14, 1902 - September 1970
Added May 9 by: Tom Zelikoff
Tom Zelikoff
7 favorites
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This is a photo of Arthur (Born Adolph) John Sprenzel Sr. added on May 05, 2020
People in this photo:
Oct 14, 1904 - Jan 29, 1980
Added May 5 by: S Sprenzel
S Sprenzel
46 favorites
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Most of the back is illegible, here is what I can get: Taken just off our front porch. Might be Mark, he is 11 and weighs 106 lbs.. Might have been taken in 1932.
Added May 5 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
317 favorites
Ruth Petersen Leslie Jr. High 1953-54 School photo
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added May 3 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
317 favorites
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