From the Archive: Spectacular spectacles

by Lesley Drayton, Curator of the Fort Collins Local History Archive

True visionaries in Italy invented eyeglasses in the 1200s, but specs didn’t start becoming fashion statements until the Victorian era. During the mid-20th century, improved plastics allowed bespectacled folks to let their personality shine through their lenses. Take a gander at these examples of Fort Collins residents in their high-style eyewear from the 1950s and 60s! (Names have been suppressed to protect the innocent.)

Do you wear glasses? Do you have fond memories of a certain pair? Add a comment!


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4 Responses to “From the Archive: Spectacular spectacles”


  1. 1 Robyn March 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    My mother sure exercised this fashion statement in her day!!

  2. 2 tburton1004 March 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I think we need some pictures of the guys wearing their funny glasses, too. Personally, my least fondly-remembered specs were the granny/John Lennon glasses I wore in the 70s. Followed closely in fashionability by the oversized aviator-style glasses I sported in the mid-80s.

  3. 3 Lesley March 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I’ll see what I can find in the male glasses department!

  4. 4 kbowell March 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Should I be worried that most of my glasses are of a similar style? I’m either terribly chic, or terribly geek…


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