Specialized eyewear was developed when there was need for eye protection or visual enhancement in recreational, industrial, and occupational situations.
Leather goggles with amber tinted lenses, reverse side lines with felt.
Tinted lenses with unusual frame
Dark cobalt blue and green tinted lenses, steel frames, with eye frame and bridge made of one continuous wire.
Safety eyewear with dark and light amber lenses, hinged mesh side screen
Kings of eye safety goggles, "Saniglas"
Safety glasses, green lenses
Protective snow or sun shades of carved wood with leather strap for securing to head
Goggle type of wood or horn commonly used by pearl divers, as they have been for decades if not centuries. The simple protective glasses are strapped on.
Glare protection glasses
Protecto Shield eyeglasses with packaging, ca 1920s. These were marketed to protect the eyes from glare from sun or artificial lights when driving or working.
Industrial goggles and container
Dust Safe Protective eyewear with clear lenses and strap for securing to head; metal storage can
Group of protective glasses with wire mesh screens, oval clear or blue lenses with fastening cord or curled temples, late 19th century
Protective eyewear for motor vehicle driving. These felt-edged goggles fold in half to fit into the open ended papier mache case.
AOA meeting badge 1931
Safety eyewear with hinged mesh side screens, curled temples
Safety goggles with container
Sturdy, shatterproof Willson industrial glasses with mesh side screens
Blue tinted octagonal lenses, brass frame with crank bridge, loop slide temples, hinged metal case
Amber center lens with frosted white periphery, scroll bridge. Common type of hunters glasses popular in the U.S. ca 1900.
Shooting glasses group
Amber clear and frosted glasses typical of many worn by hunters 1880-1910, with various temple and bridge types. The frosting was intended to help keep the hunters eyes on target without distractions. Most used shades of amber to penetrate fog or mist.
Blue Tinted lenses
Cobalt oxide was used to create blue lenses used to filter light. In the 1800s blue lenses were considered to have mysterious power and became quite popular. This group of eyeglasses and pince-nez show a variety of temples, and scroll, crank, and X bridge styles.
Green Tinted lenses
This group of green lens eyeglasses, pince-nez and with a variety of temples and bridges, shows the variety of shades. Green lenses were produced by adding chrome oxide and ferrous iron oxide to the glass and are some of the earliest known tinted ophthalmic lenses.
Smoke, double D lenses; saddle bridge with leather cushioning, curled riding bow temple