Vintage Sunglasses

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by PADDY, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Viola

    Viola Call Me a Cab

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    My eyes are a bit defective and the pupils never get very small even in bright light, leading to massive headache and general malaise, but I find I get nearly as much relief from amber lenses as dark ones - I don't know why. I also was wondering when amber came into use?
     
  2. McFarlaneNYC

    McFarlaneNYC Familiar Face

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    I bought these yesterday for a good price. I love them but I am wondering what time period you guys think they are from. The woman who sold them to me said they were probably 40's or early 50's.

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  3. habberdasher

    habberdasher A-List Customer

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    I'm thinking early-mid 40s because of their aviator shape, which came out in '37. They're celluloid, an early, more fragile version of plastic but still a great rare pair. I like them
     
  4. McFarlaneNYC

    McFarlaneNYC Familiar Face

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    thanks. I guess they were a good find for $16.

    Charlie
     
  5. Blackjack

    Blackjack One Too Many

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    I thought I posted this before but it hasn't seemed to show up. Take a look at Blackeyewear in the UK jazz classics. Each model named after a famouse jazz musician from the 40's and 50's. pricey but awesome...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ztblYgnNXg
     
  6. habberdasher

    habberdasher A-List Customer

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    Man those are some GREAT rare vintage looks and newly made! Great they're named after jazz greats!
     
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack One Too Many

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    Aren't those the coolest sunglasses you've ever seen? The Woody (Herman) and Benny (Goodman) glasses are spot on early 40's!
    The Benny...
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    The Woody...
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  8. habberdasher

    habberdasher A-List Customer

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    They are really cool, and the fact they're named after some of my favorite jazzmen is even better (I'm a bit of a pre-1970 music connoisseur)
     
  9. Tango Yankee

    Tango Yankee Call Me a Cab

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    I can't stand polarized lenses. I've found that for me there is something about them that gives some surfaces a purplish sheen--windshields especially, but black ashphalt as well. (To my eyes, anyway.) I find it quite distracting if I'm looking at the windshield of a car and cannot see the driver inside due to interference from my sunglasses. Dangerous, too, as I can't tell where they are looking.

    I find it also makes it difficult to read parts of my Sirius radio display, and rear windows have an odd pattern to them. I only have this issue with polarized glasses, and I've tried a number of them!

    Has anyone else noticed this sort of issue with polarized lenses?

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  10. Rat Pack

    Rat Pack One of the Regulars

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    Any idea where you can find the Woody or the Benny sunglasses?
     
  11. Blackjack

    Blackjack One Too Many

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  12. Tulip

    Tulip New in Town

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    What a glorious array of sunglasses! I have serious spectacle envy.

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    The seller who sold me the above glasses thought they were from 1930s/40s and made from bakelite - but I have my doubts. Having worn out my nose with the heat'n'smell test, and played weighing scale (heavy = bakelite, right?), I think they are more likely to be from 1950s, but as a rank amateur, I'd appreciate some help dating them! Thanks :)
     
  13. DAJE

    DAJE One of the Regulars

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    Not vintage, and the lenses are prescription:

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    Shuron copies, from China. The lenses are amber/brown, not red as they seem in this picture. On my screen, anyway. They give everything a nice sepia sort of look.

    Just got them the other day (online purchase) and I wore them outside for a few hours today.

    I also have a pair of prescription Wayfarer copies with grey lenses from a different Chinese internet eyeglass-maker.
     
  14. Miss sofia

    Miss sofia One Too Many

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    Actually i'm glad i found your picture, i have just acquired some sunglasses the same as yours but the frames on mine are pale pink with some glitter in them, the frames are very light, and the lenses are green like yours, first i thought they were fifties, but i'm really not so sure, they came in a box of forties and fifties bits and pieces i bought at auction. So yes some help would be great thank you guys! x
     
  15. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

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    Vintage Sunglasses?

    Don't see much on vintage shades/gogs on here. So here's a pair.

    Bought these about 30 years ago - I think I was in Crete at the time - got them from the Ray-Ban agents in the main town.

    Haven't seen any like this for sale for some time - Ray-Ban discontinued them many years ago. They are called Nomads - the net tells me they are worth around £300 now....:eusa_clap

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  16. cookie

    cookie I'll Lock Up

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    You were channelling Aristotle Onassis at the time?
     
  17. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

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    The thing with these is to not try to drive.

    The periferal vision is zero!;)
     
  18. Somerled

    Somerled New in Town

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    Sweet :)
     
  19. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

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    Now you see a lot. ;)
     

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