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#93: Wherever the Sun Shines

September 13, 2009

They say great minds think alike. At the very least, great friends think alike. Actually, at the very least, perhaps they shop alike. My dear friend Amy found a practically perfect pair of eyeglasses from the 1930’s on her recent travels (that I can’t wait to see her in). On mine I found a fantastic pair of sunglasses from the 1940’s (that I’ve been wearing incessantly out of doors since the find).

I’d choose these over a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers any old day of the week. With their amber colored lenses I’m excited to inaugurate them this fall as the official pair of sunnies for leaf-peeping season, sure to set New York State foliage ablaze.

Translucent shaded amber plastic frame, yellow polarized lenses

(and that’s a picture of my grandfather tooting his own horn in the background)

American eyes first saw inexpensive and massed produced sunglasses in 1929, when they appeared on the boardwalks and beaches of Atlantic City.  By the 1930’s they were all the rage, Hollywood and beyond.

Seeing as these beauts have no maker’s mark on them, I like to think that they were picked up about 60 years ago in an Oregon drug store for 10 cents or so. Speaking of, I can’t be the only one who spends significant time daydreaming about going back in history via time machine with a huge wad of cash and buying everything in sight. But that would carry away that cherished “thrill of the find”, I suppose..

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2009 1:09 am

    1929!!!? That is much more recent than I would have thought! How did Boss Tweed cope with those sunny summer NYC days of the late 1860s?

    Also, those yellow polarized lenses are TRES distinctive!

  2. September 14, 2009 2:58 am

    hi, that’s one amazing pair of sunglasses! i don’t want to be a party pooper, but i heard it wasn’t safe to wear vintage sunnies because they aren’t uv-protecting. so they make your pupils widen in the light but don’t protect your retinas from uv damage. @_@

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      September 14, 2009 5:10 am

      oh it certainly wouldn’t hurt to take your vintage sunnies in for replacement lenses, and could very well be worth the investment for the right pair.

  3. ElGlucko permalink
    September 14, 2009 12:37 pm

    Fab glasses
    love the pic of Poppy
    nice read

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