Monday, August 13, 2012

JFK's SUNGLASSES ....ONCE AND FOR ALL










Once and for all ,JFK 's sunglasses are not the wayfarers 5022. John F. Kennedy was wearing American Optical's Saratoga sunglasses, which resemble indeed Wayfarers but are not. i know B&L would like you to believe it in order to sell more pairs ,it but facts are facts .......

The JFK's Presidential Library and Museum catalogs some of his personal effects and his actual shades are still there .they were made by American Optical and not by B&L .The president had a long relationship with the iconic company dating back from WW2while serving in the Navy. AO even had reading glasses made for him ,John John and Caroline[documents  above]. While it is wholly possible that JFK did wear Ray-Ban Wayfarers at some point in his life, it is far more accurate ,judging from all the pictures we know of him ,to site AO's Saratoga model in tortoise as his sunglasses of choice easily recognisable by their much slimmer stems.



7 comments:

  1. nice!...good information...now to see if I can find a pair for me...

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  2. this pair is a little special though,as it features the "clip" on one of the stems not to be found on a regular pair of saratoga.....

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  3. I may give these a shot...any opinion?...

    http://www.lookmatic.com/men/morgan-black-tortoise/sunglasses

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  4. if patient you can find the real deal on the bay.i'd rather go for the original

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  5. Very interesting read, Patrick. I like small stories like this one.

    Now, I'm off to find a pair of Saratogas!

    I think it's definitely worth for AO to start making them again like the originals.

    //Simon

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  6. I had them Patrick and sold them on bay about a year back, fuck had no idea they were the Kennedy ones, I just thought I looked like Jack from Big Wednesday!

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  7. live and learn .....heard this one before right !? me too

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