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Saving Mr Banks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

We’ve just heard about new film Saving Mr Banks which will be in cinemas at the end of November.  Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as P. L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) and Walt Disney, the film depicts the meeting of the two children’s giants during the film production of her novel.  The film features typical eyewear styles of the late 1950s.  Definitely one to watch!


Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers arrives in L.A. greeted by a bespectacled Paul Giamatti in glasses similar to Black Eyewear ‘Buddy


Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers reads the script wearing classic half eye reading glasses.




Burton and Taylor in vintage specs

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Last night’s BBC Four drama Burton and Taylor starred Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter and portrayed the iconic couple as they reunited to perform Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983.  West was shown wearing reading glasses while running lines while Bonham Carter wore fantastic oversized sunglasses in her portrayal of Liz.


Margaret Thatcher Tribute

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Think what you like about Margaret Thatcher and her three terms in office, as the nation prepares for her funeral we look at the eyewear which surrounded her political career.  While the PM did not wear glasses we have found an image of the Iron Lady in some very stylish 1980s sunglasses.  Two of her closest cabinet members are specs wearers, Geoffrey Howe in classic styles of the 1960s and Norman Tebbit in a half eye reader.

Half Eye Readers

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Looking for some classic reading glasses?  We have a selection of original vintage and reproduction half eye models to suit every style.  Here are a few of our favourites.

Half Eye Finger Light Blue

Half Eye Heritage Gold

Half Eye Elizabeth Arden Crystal and Red

Classic Reader Kent BKG

Retro Glasses in Upstairs Downstairs

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Must see Sunday night telly is Upstairs Downstairs.  Series Two is back with a vengeance and new characters such as Beryl Ballard and the intriguing Dr Blanche Mottershead as well as returning favourites like Mr Amanjit and Lady Percy.  Britain is on the brink of war yet everyone is oh so elegant.  There are plenty of 1930s style glasses and sunglasses too, here are a few of our favourites:

Eunice McCabe

Dr Blanche Mottershead

Mr Amanjit

Ambassador Kennedy

And Lady Agnes Holland in a clip from next week’s episode


It’s Awards Season!

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

That’s right, it’s the time of year when we are inundated with awards ceremonies: the BAFTAs, the Grammies, the Brits, the Oscars.  As we anticiapte the Oscars this weekend Roope Vintage takes a look back at this year’s BAFTAs and the amazing eyewear spotted at the podium!  We especially love Helena Bonham Carter’s on-trend cat eye readers!


Famous Analysts Prefer Round Frames

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Freud, Adler and Jung all wore round glasses.   Were they merely following the fashion of their time or does this say something of their psyches?

Hollywood Stars Wear Retro Sunglasses in New Release

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Going to the cinema this weekend?  If you see Larry Crowne you might spot Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in retro sunglasses.  As typical everyman Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks wears readers and classic aviators.

Hanks even sported wayfarer style sunglasses similar to Black Eyewear Max on his way to the movie premiere riding a moped like his character Larry Crowne.

Hanks co-star Julia Roberts also wears stylish sunglasses as teacher Mercedes Tainot.

Columbo Actor Peter Falk Dies Age 83

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Peter Falk, best known as the beloved bumbling detective Columbo, has died at the age of 83.  Columbo, often seen as rumpled and slightly confused never failed to get his man.  Peter Falk had a long and illustrious television and film career and he will be missed but not forgotten.

Here he is wearing classic 70s frames in

The Cheap Dectective 1978

And here wearing readers in classic film

The Princess Bride 1987

Not Your Average Readers!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If you are looking for a pair of reading glasses that differ from those offered on the high street we have something for you.  We supply readers, in a variety of shapes, colors and styles.  They are definitely not your average reading glasses!