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Splendid Specs
& Glorious Glasses

Nostalgia is finding value within the little moments and our larger memories. As a member of the Photomyne family, we know the past holds a special place in your heart, and we welcome you to our weekly newsletter of nostalgic photos.

Glasses: arguably one of the most iconic accessories around. Once solely seen as a practical solution to vision problems, glasses have evolved into stylish and distinctive fashion statements, shaping the way we see and present ourselves to the world.

Glasses carry a certain gravitas. They’re often associated with intelligence and wisdom, while also contributing to a stellar fashion sense.

From the cat-eye frames of the 1950s to the oversized, bold designs of the 1980s, glasses have cycled through various trends, shaping not only how we see but how we're seen. They've become a staple in the world of fashion, reflecting individual style and personality. Whether it's the classic appeal of round frames or the bold statement of chunky square glasses, eyewear has transcended its utilitarian roots to become an essential accessory that not only enhances our vision but also complements our fashion choices and cultural identity.

What are your favorite glasses memories?

In conversation. US National Archives (1973)

In 3D. Flickr (1951)

At work. Library of Congress (1942)

Daily life. Flickr (1965)

Sun protection. Flickr Commons (1941)

RBG. Library of Congress (1993)

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