Optical Heritage Museum Web Site

Industry Present and Past Historical Resources Page

Eyeglass Frames

Optical Heritage Museum Collection - Dr. David Fleishman examines the frames


US Presidents and their Eyeglasses - Famous people wearing glasses

AO Catalogues for Download:

AO 1931 Gold Filled Spectacle Frames Catalogue

(7mb pdf file)


AO Wellsworth 1920 Gold Frames & Materials price list

(2mb pdf file)


AO 1935 Gold Filled Spectacle Frames Catalogue

(8mb pdf file)


Victory Optical

Download Victory Optical Info (2mb)




Unusual Frames from John Young's COLTS Museum Collection


Check out Neil Handleys Fall 2011 Book on Cult Eyewear

(unusual Frames) available on-line




AO Numont Frame Ad from a 1940 AO Vision Magazine

Download this magazine (32mb pdf)

1957 AO Designer Schiaparelli Collection info

 AO frames public_collections

Ocular Heritage Society

The above is a model the newly erected 20 foot tall AO Frame Sculpture

in tribute to American Optical and its contributions.

Find out more about this project:


Start at a list of Present Frame Companies and their history:

AO Technical Publications on OHM website 

Lens Materials- History of CR39


Lens type/design history


Optical Industry Vintage Advertising


Lens Companies

Lens Equipment


Safety Eyewear



Standards / Organizations


Links of Interest

Hall of Fame

Main- Industry Heritage