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 - New May
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)
- Sept 1957
1969 AO Sunvogue Ad
AO Sunvogues 1966
Sunvogues 1969 Sunglass catalogue
AO Sunvogues 1974
Dorothy Hamill and Bob Griese Designer Frames - Late 1970's
Sales Force of 1947
Check out Neil Handleys Fall
2011 Book on
Cult Eyewear (unusual Frames) available on-line
the History Antique Spectacles?
Artist Joanna Matuck (Left) holds her 2009 painting inspired by this 1935 AO Ad
Check out her website!
AO Case's for frames being assembled in Southbridge - 1953
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