Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mission Accomplished (but still more to do)

Yes, I think of this day as graduation day for the Renaissance. I've been reviewing the content of this site and came to the realization that the basics concerning pince-nez have been satisfactorily covered.

What do I mean by "basics?" For all of my adult life I have wanted to wear pince-nez. No one ever took me seriously. I'd get a chuckle perhaps at an optical store, but no one ever cared. Then along came the internet and all of a sudden I met several like-minded individuals. I received an email one day from a gentleman who has been wearing pince-nez for most of his life. Not only did he inspire me, but he gave me the essential information which enabled me to wear this eyewear. This vital information is what I refer to as the basics.

My learned friend modestly claims that he is no expert. I disagree. His knowledge has been so critical that I am certain I would not be wearing pince-nez if it were not for him. The deceptively simple piece of eyewear is much more complicated than ordinary spectacles. I now believe that this blog has touched on the major issues and concerns which will confront a prospective wearer.

So where will the Renaissance go now? There is only one place to go after graduation: advanced studies! Look for articles addressing pince-nez history in more depth, among other topics.

We are looking for pince-nez enthusiasts to write articles and contribute their stories. Please email LeDandy if you'd like to help our community. Of course we can always touch on the basic issues (e.g., fit, places to buy pince-nez) as needed. Questions are always welcome.

It is likely that the frequency of posts will be less than in the past. Advanced studies involve more time. I highly recommend using Google Reader or similar application so you will be advised of updates. It is a great way to keep track of blogs at one time so you don't have to manually check for updates. Of course you'll also want to keep abreast of LeDandy (of Northern California).

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pince-Nez Potpourri

A nice sounding phrase? Well, this is one of those weekends where I have a few important yet unrelated posts.

  • - This is the finest source on the internet for the history of eyewear. They have a pince-nez page and recently added the Renaissance as a link. Many thanks to Dr. Fleishman at AntiqueSpectacles.
  • Hybrid Pince-Nez - This particular mounting sold recently on eBay for $11. It is a hybrid hoop spring / fingerpiece! It was popular from about 1902 - 1912. The tension is the bridge, even though it looks like a fingerpiece. If anyone has more information on this style, please comment.
  • Mounting or Frame? - A learned reader raised a good point concerning pince-nez terminology. He said that a rimless pince-nez should be called a mounting whereas eyeglasses with rims should be called a frame. It makes sense!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another One of LeDandy's Wedding Photos

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Yes, LeDandy has put up a few photos of himself on this blog. I considered whether or not I should add another one. I ran across this pic from my wedding which I didn't put up in my wedding post of a month ago. This pic really highlights my hoop springs and I thought it would be a nice addition to the photo gallery. Plus we paid a nice sum of money to the photographer so I might as well use everything from that day. God, I love my hoops!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pince-Nez in the Movies

Last year I wrote a post about a pince-nez sighting on a (relatively) old episode of Mission Impossible from 1968. In that episode, an Eastern bloc head of state wore a fingerpiece. Since that time, I've been paying attention to pince-nez appearances on tv and in the movies.

Nick, a loyal reader of the Renaissance, sent in some information on this topic:

"Some movies I've recently noted, are "Meet John Doe," the classic Capra movie, in which the character of D.B. Norton wears an interesting pince nez, and throughout the movie continuously sticks the lenses in is mouth to fog them before cleaning them. In the 1918 Tarzan, the first Tarzan movie, the captain wears pince nez with the ribbon hung over his ear, something seen in photos occasionally, but even takes them off and lets them hang from the ear at one point. And in the 1953 compilation of the '30s Buck Rodgers serial, we see that pince nez will still be worn in the 26th century! These are only a few, of course."

The photo above is taken from "Meet John Doe," which can be found at along with the other movies mentioned by Nick. The Renaissance thanks Nick for his interesting input.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Any Reactions to Your Pince-Nez?

I've written quite a bit on this site about my own experiences. I've received a number of compliments on both styles of pince-nez but for the most part people do not comment on my choice of eyewear. I'm sure this is partly due to a sense of politeness. However I really do believe that most people simply don't notice them. I work in San Francisco and I'm sure it is probably the most liberal city in the country. Liberal not just in politics but also culture. It is typical to see nose rings, piercings and purple hair on the street. Do you think anyone will care about pince-nez in SF?

So I ask you pince-nez enthusiasts, what reactions have you encountered in public while wearing your pince-nez? This is an important subject as I'm sure many readers are a tad reluctant to wear pince-nez on a full time basis. I can tell you that if you live in the SF Bay Area, it won't be a problem! Please remember to specify your location.

I look forward to reading your responses.


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