Eye glasses. Old fashioned bi-focal ones. You can see the oval ridge where the script changes.

Looking through these is a dizzying experience, even for someone with myopia. Not 100% sure of the vintage of these puppies. They kinda look 1950s, but then again they could be from the 70s. The fabulous lady who wore them has long since passed on (RIP) and she was a thrifty type, who kept things for a long time, so I lean towards the earlier decade.


Artied up (by me) letter by Benjamin Franklin

Good old Benjamin Franklin was apparently the inventor of bi-focals. 17 points in favour of this argument are offered up at the antique spectacles site.

Reason No. 5:.”I cannot distinguish a letter even of large print; but am happy in the invention of double spectacles, which serving for distant objects as well as near ones, make my eyes as useful to me as ever they were: If all the other defects and infirmities were as easily and cheaply remedied, it would be worth while for friends to live a good deal longer…..”



Status: Sell. I tried them on, they are too small for my face, even though I love their retro feel.

Kill-ratio: 18:2 / 9:1

Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 308 For Splitting the Difference.