American Optical History  - Frames

Download the AO News 1967 article above

Download this and other AO Frame Catalogues on the OHM site

Neil Hamilton (Actor) models AO Frame in 1932

1932 Model showing AO Frame

April 1940 AO Vision Magazine Ad

The posting below posting is from materials ent to me by
Bob Lancey who worked at American Optical from 1947 to 1971 in this field.

Bob Lancey (AO Frame Design Mgr) with Frame Designers in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
At left is Dick Maise

Bob Lancey notes that Ed Debuque joined the frame design group have been in the
Advertising Department where he designed many AO convention Frames.

Photos below courtesy of Bob Lancey, and show the debut of several Schiaparelli Frames.

AO Ad for Schiaparelli Frames

AO Red dot introduced in 1955

AO News - June 6, 1957 Fredrick Maryland Plant opens to make frames

Bob Haynes recalls the AO Fredrick Frame Plant origins and startup from Southbridge

Mayan Frame from late 1950s donated by Walter Drill


Bob Haynes recalls the AO Fredrick Frame Plant origins and startup from Southbridge 

AO Frame Catalogue from 1963 - Added 25-Nov-14

AO Frame drawn by Clair Birtz, designer of the Southbridge Town Seal as the Eye of the Commonwealth

AO Key Chain Souvenier - 1983 (for AO Museum)

AO News - Sept 1957

1969 AO Sunvogue Ad

AO Sunvogues 1966 Sunglass catalogue
5mb pdf

AO Sunvogues 1969 Sunglass catalogue
4mb pdf

AO Sunvogues 1974 Sunglass catalogue
5mb pdf

Dorothy Hamill and Bob Griese Designer Frames - Late 1970's

AO Frames Sales Force of 1947


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Cult Eyewear (unusual Frames) available on-line

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Artist Joanna Matuck (Left) holds her 2009 painting inspired by this 1935 AO Ad
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AO Case's for frames being assembled in Southbridge - 1953

George Washingtons Frames -
From April 1918 AO Publication

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