Posts Tagged ‘50s eyewear’
When we heard a film had been made of Jack Kerouac’s Beat classic On the Road we were sceptical and sure enough when Walter Salles premièred the film at Cannes recently it did receive mixed reviews. However, the cast is stellar, including young talent alongside veteran actors, the eyewear a fantastic representation of the 1940s, and we loved Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries!
Panto refers to the shape of glasses which we often associate with the NHS of the 1950s and 60s. The term panto comes from the word pantoscopic which literally means seeing everything or wide view. These frames, a combination of round and oval with a high hinge, certainly deliver maximum lens! While the classic NHS plastic styles are currently very fashionable we are also seeing a resurgence of interest in panto frames which can be fitted with sunglass lenses.
Arthur Miller was an author and playwright of great acclaim best known for The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and A View from the Bridge. He also received notoriety for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1956 and the testimony he gave to the House Un-American Activities Comittee. He was a specs wearer and, like the name of the film he wrote, a bit of a misfit. Here are some frames of the 1950s similar to those he and his wife wore.