A Pair From My Collection
Saturday, April 14, 2012 5:28:14 PM
For those of you who were born yesterday,
the gentlemen are - left to right:
Ozzy Osbourne, John Lennon and Tom Petty.
Apart from them all being musicians,
there's one other thing they have in common.
Yeah, you're right: the sunglasses.
That particular model of sunglasses
is called The Teashade.
Originally the circular type of sunglasses
was a Victorian acessory,
most eye-glasses of that period had round frames,
and sunglasses were simply ordinary spectacles with
tinted or smoked lenses
such as the pince-nez
or the shooting glass type
- 'shooting' glass
because they were originally designed for army marksmen,
the smoked lenses protecting against bright sunlight.
The round-framed, tinted eyeglasses
were widely used amongst European aristrocrats
in the last half of the eighteenth century
for decorative purposes.
The nickname 'teashade' came from this fashion,
the glasses having the same colour as a cup of strong Earl Grey.
In the early nineteenth century
fashion demanded glasses to be square,
ad so they stayed, including sunglasses.
However, teashade sunglasses regained popularity
in the late 1950s,
and were often seen
on the noses of poets, writers
and other artists
of the socalled Beat Generation.
During the sixties
they gained wider popularity,
especially with the hippie subculture,
and rock'n'roll musicians.
I have a craze for sunglasses.
I am not by any means a collector,
but I can't help myself when it comes to sunglasses.
If I see a pair that interests me,
I have to get them.
I've had just about any sort,
shape and colour imaginable.
And I have also had some pairs of teashades, only,
I never possessed an original pair
of the sort they wore in the sixties.
Anyway, the ones I had are all long gone,
broken, like sunglasses will.
You see, unlike a real collector, I use my collection,
and when you actually use sunglasses,
eventually they will either get lost or break from use.
As I have mentioned before,
I do volunteer work at this recycling center.
I often find interesting stuff there.
Some time ago, I found no less
than two pair of original sixties teashades.
One pair with dark glasses,
one pair with tea-coloured glasses - The Original.
So, now I'm cool like Ozzy.