Glasses and Eyewear

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

No information or name provided.
A photo of Charles Joseph Dornburg
People in this photo:
Bio
Feb 21, 1918 - Dec 18, 1987 1918 - 1987
Added Jun 9, 2017 by: Shanda Dornburg
Shanda Dornburg
271 favorites
Topics:
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:
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Added Apr 27, 2017 by: Warnetta Harding
Warnetta Harding
50 favorites
A photo of Betty Ann (Pelkey) White
People in this photo:
Bio
Aug 6, 1940 - Aug 5, 2008 1940 - 2008
Added Mar 25, 2017 by: Carman Nichols
Carman Nichols
28 favorites
Topics:
A photo of Anna Marie (Braunger) Kriege
People in this photo:
Bio
Jul 23, 1893 - Mar 21, 1991 1893 - 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:
Bio
1884 - 1955 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:
Bio
1956 - 1996 1956 - 1996
Added Jan 23, 2016 by: Nickole Bowler
Nickole Bowler
47 favorites
A photo of Jessie Elizabeth (Childers) Strickland
People in this photo:
Bio
Jul 3, 1904 - Dec 1, 1994 1904 - 1994
Added Dec 24, 2015 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
264 favorites
University photo of Robert Lee Locher
People in this photo:
Bio
Jun 10, 1940 - Jun 12, 1966 1940 - 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:
Bio
Oct 11, 1930 - Sep 10, 2017 1930 - 2017
A photo of Willard Gene Harbeson
People in this photo:
Bio
Jan 19, 1937 - Unknown 1937 - ?
Added Jun 10, 2015 by: Earl Harbeson
Earl Harbeson
122 favorites
A photo of Walter Fredrick Demmerle
People in this photo:
Bio
Nov 11, 1893 - Mar 16, 1947 1893 - 1947
Added Jul 23, 2014 by: Rolf Demmerle
Rolf Demmerle
75 favorites
A photo of Martha Elvira Gaston (Jones): Born 1840. Passed away on 18 Mar 1920 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.
People in this photo:
Bio
1840 - Mar 18, 1920 1840 - 1920
A photo of Augusta Marie (Buer) Ilseng
People in this photo:
Bio
Jan 21, 1871 - May 15, 1911 1871 - 1911
Added May 24, 2015 by: Randi Thommessen
Randi Thommessen
185 favorites
A photo of an unknown woman - 17
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
341 favorites
A photo of Mary Lewis Donnell, sister of Dr James Lewis. This is a photo of my grandfathers Aunt Mary from the Family Bible. She was born Jan 7, 1809 and married Thomas Donnell in Kentucky in 1828. They had 3 daughters: Cassandra b. 1829, Margaret 1831, and Eliza 1834. They settled in Decatur Co, Indiana. Cassandra married Rev Joseph Walker from Dublin, Ireland. He was the minister of Springhill Church 1857-1867. Mary died May 1, 1898.
People in this photo:
Bio
Jan 7, 1809 - May 1, 1898 1809 - 1898
Added Feb 7, 2002 by: Bethel Holmes
Bethel Holmes
419 favorites
A photo of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich was a German pastor who was part of the German resistance and a conspiracy plot to get rid of Hitler and the Nazi regime. He was arrested for smuggling 7 Jews from Germany to Switzerland. When the July 20th plot to kill Hitler failed (in which he took part), he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in February 1945, then he was transported to Flossenburg concentration camp, then sadly executed by hanging on April 9, 1945. He said "the ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live."
People in this photo:
Bio
Feb 4, 1906 - Apr 9, 1945 1906 - 1945
Added Aug 17, 2017 by: Alyssa McIntosh
Alyssa McIntosh
6.76k+ favorites
A photo of Purthena (Crawford) Lampman She is my 2nd great grandmother (1817-1901). Married to James Lampman. They had six children. Purthena is the daughter of James and Betsy Crawford
People in this photo:
Bio
1817 - 1901 1817 - 1901
Added Nov 23, 2018 by: Mary Drexler
Mary Drexler
28 favorites
This is a photo of Walter G. Holdridge, 1903 -- 1979. He died in New York. His wife was Marjorie Broderick. Killing time, a young man sitting on his car.
People in this photo:
Bio
1903 - 1979 1903 - 1979
Added Jan 25, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
Gaye Thomas
344 favorites
A photo of Elizabeth (Morrissey) Waeltz
People in this photo:
Bio
1933 - 2016 1933 - 2016
Added Apr 29, 2019 by: Kyle Waeltz
Kyle Waeltz
8 favorites
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Edith M. TYER which was taken at the Purdy Studio in Boston, MA in about 1898. Edith would appear to be in her teens at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Edith and her family: Edith Margaret TYER was b. 19 Aug 1880 in Andover, MA to Horace Henry TYER (1844-1907) and Catherine or Katharina Susan BUSS (b. 1854). Edith was one of four children born to this couple including, Edith Margaret; Carrie Elizabeth; Henry George; and Frances Louise TYER, all born between 1879 and 1886. Edith married Professor Donald MCFAYDEN (b. 1876 in Owens Sound, Ontario, Canada-1951 – son of Charles MCFAYDEN and Mary A. KENNEDY) on 19 Aug 1908 in Andover, MA and together they had a daughter, Mary C. MCFAYDEN b. 1915 in Colorado who married Mr. BISHOP. Edith died 10 Mar 1858 in St. Louis, MO and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bel-Nor, MO. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Andover, MA: Horace H. TYER, age 35, a Rubber Manufacturer, born NJ, parents born England Catherine S. TYER, wife, age 25, Keeping House, born MA, parents born NH/MA Edith M. TYER, dau, age 10 months, born MA + 1 Domestic Servant 1900 census of Andover, MA: Horace H. TYER, age 55, born Aug 1844, married 22 years, born NJ, parents born England, Rubber Co. President Catherine S. TYER, wife, age 45, born Sept 1854, married 22 years, 4 children/3 living, born MA, parents born NH/MA Edith M. TYER, dau, age 20, born Aug 1879, born MA Henry G. TYER, son, age 15, born Feb 1885, born MA, at School Frances L. TYER, dau, age 13, born Aug 1886, born MA, at School + 3 Servants 1910 census of Amherst, MA: Donald MCFAYDEN, age 34, married 1 year, born Canada, parents born Scotland/Canada, a Clergyman Edith M. MCFAYDEN, wife, age 30, married 1 year, no children, born MA, parents born MA 1920 census of Amherst, MA: Donald MCFAYDEN, age 43, born Canada, parents born Canada, a University Professor Edith MCFAYDEN, wife, age 40, born MA, parents born NJ/MA Mary MCFAYDEN, dau, age 5, born CO 1930 census of Clayton, MO: Donald MCFAYDEN, age 54, married at age 32, born Canada, parents born Canada, to USA 1904, a Professor Edith M. MCFAYDEN, wife, age 50, married at age 28, born MA, parents born NJ/MA Mary C. MCFAYDEN, dau, age 15, born CO I am hoping to locate someone from this TYER – MCFAYDEN Family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
People in this photo:
Bio
Aug 19, 1880 - Unknown 1880 - ?
Added Jul 27, 2018 by: Shelley Cardiel
Shelley Cardiel
607 favorites
A photo of 3 unknown children taken in Ohio, found in a family album with NO NAMES.
Added Dec 21, 2017 by: Jon Henderson
Jon Henderson
116 favorites
A photo of Georgia Farabaugh
People in this photo:
Bio
Nov 4, 1898 - Aug 8, 1998 1898 - 1998
Added May 20, 2019 by: Robert Lindblad
Robert Lindblad
3 favorites
A photo of Kate Fizgerald. On the back is written in my Uncle Earl Esten Kuhnley's handwriting, "Aunt Kate Fitzgerald". I am unable to connect her to my family tree. If anyone is able to date this photo, please let me know.
People in this photo:
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Added Mar 19, 2018 by: Dana Rieder
Dana Rieder
22 favorites
A photo of Viola Harrison Cline, Charles Cline and Raymond Paul Cline
People in this photo:
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Added Mar 27, 2014 by: Aylaeh Cline
Aylaeh Cline
166 favorites
This was my (Kenneth Holtz) Cub Scout Pack in 1952 in South Gate, California. I am back row far left. Names of the other boys not offered by the submitter.
People in this photo:
Bio
Apr 18, 1942 - Unknown 1942 - ?
This picture was found in my grandmother Pearl McGowan (nee Emery's photos). Pearl was the daughter of Frank Emery and Mary Askelson.
Added Jan 24, 2005 by: Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell
6 favorites
Sebastian Frantz (my 5th great-grandfather)was born 1732 in Wurtemburg, Germany. When he immigrated to the USA in 1752 he brought with him his German Bible. This was the first Bible in the Schoharie area, and he read it to the congregation until they could get a permanent minister. The family donated the Bible to the Old Stone Fort Museum, and it is in a glass display case there.
Louis Trescony, King City High School Class of 1938
People in this photo:
Bio
Jan 27, 1921 - Nov 27, 2001 1921 - 2001
Back to Top