Shades of Summer
Sunglasses are synonymous with summer, and we happen to have several pairs in our collections. Here's a glimpse of five pairs that show how the frames and glass tinting have evolved over time.
These green shades made the journey with Charles Lindbergh on his historic 1927 flight from New York to Paris. Whether he wore them or not is up in the air. The information accompanying the sunglasses says Lindbergh "reportedly put them on but realized they were a danger because they'd make it too easy to fall asleep."
James Henry Grove wore these red-tinted ski sunglasses, which date back to around 1941, when he hit the slopes. A St. Louis native, Grove was the president of Grove Laboratories, which was sold to Bristol-Myers in 1957.
Eye doctors know a thing or two about shading one's eyes from the summer sun. Dr. E. E. Jack, an optometrist with an office at 2522 California Avenue, prescribed this pair for someone in the Basso/Gremmelsbecher family in the 1960s.
These rhinestone-decorated beauties graced the face of Martha Boyancheck Goetz. They're representative of what stylish gals liked to wear to protect their peepers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Major Christopher Schwartz wore these U.S. Army General Issue MS9 prescription sunglasses while serving in the war in Afghanistan. Schwartz joined the army in 1987, training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and Fort Sill in Oklahoma, and is still serving today.
—Jen Tebbe, Editor