Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pince-Nez Sightings: "Colonel Redl"


This Hungarian movie made in 1985 was remarkable. It is based on the actual story of the Austrian intelligence chief prior to, and during World War I. Colonel Alfred Redl was played by Klaus Maria Brandauer. He started out as a devoted follower of the monarchy and attended a military academy. Sadly, he ended up a traitor as he was blackmailed by the Russians for being gay. It is a very moving work and I highly recommend seeing it.

This movie had its share of pince-nez wearers. Below are two stills taken from the movie. I don't find these styles particularly attractive but they add a great deal of character to the movie.




My favorite character in the movie was the sinister Archduke, played brilliantly by Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Pince-Nez Sphinx?


I admit, this blog has more than its share of FDR references. But then his hoop springs in old photos and newsreels started my own personal pince-nez path. He was one hell of a president and far superior to anything we've had since his last term in 1944.

The pince-nez sphinx is definitely one of the more interesting items in the FDR Library. It is a seven feet tall papier-mache sculpture that was presented to FDR at the 1939 Gridiron Dinner in Washington.

What is the meaning of the sphinx? In 1939 FDR had already served two terms as president. There was much speculation as to whether or not he would seek a third term. FDR kept his plans to himself, not announcing his intentions for some time.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Installment III: "The Mechanics of Fitting Glasses"


Today we present the third installment from Pettet's classic book "The Mechanics of Fitting Glasses." This installment focuses upon adjustments to mountings. Please remember that these installments are for historical purposes only. With the use of silicone nose pads, one does not need to have the precise fit as required when this book was written.

My colleague and I differ in opinion when it comes to making adjustments to the mounting. As someone with limited craftsmanship abilities, I leave mounting adjustments to my optician. My colleague is more adept with tinkering so he feels comfortable making his own adjustments. You'll have to determine which path you want to take.

Without further ado, I present the third installment from this great book. Click -here-. Depending on your browser, you may have to reload the screen. We have highlighted definitions or terms in yellow and added comments in red.

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