Saturday, February 26, 2011

Profiles in Style


My good friend Ted recently sent me a few pictures of himself at a conference in Washington, DC. Ted and I are true brothers when it comes to style as we both favor the bow tie and pince-nez. In fact, these items are our sartorial staples. The important fact is that both Ted and I feel very comfortable with our eyewear and necktie choices. In being comfortable, we can be our best when it comes to the substantive details of our engagements for which we are dressed.


What initially attracted me to pince-nez was how it looked on the face when viewed from the side. I can't describe the reasons behind my opinion but I find the look to be quite flattering. Below is a good profile picture of Ted. Very distinguished!


I really like the photo below. The camelhair jacket reminds me of my LaJolla businessman look in that both Ted and I stand out from the crowd in our respective pictures. That is why I kept the background in the image below. In a sea of navy and grey suits, Ted stands out in a proper and dignified manner.


My thanks to Ted and his friend Mike for submitting these pictures.

[cross-posted today on LeDandy (of Northern California)]

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Mark of LeDandy


LeDandy received a very nice Valentine's Day gift from Jon Dean last week. A custom stamp featuring a pince-nez impression. The stamp itself is about two and a half inches across and it makes a nice image as seen below. The pince-nez shown is of the flexible guard style.



I decided to use the stamp for personal correspondence by placing my initials inside one lens. A distinctive touch! [penny is courtesy of Jon Dean]

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More Pince-Nez Poetry


Several weeks ago an anonymous reader submitted a poem to the Renaissance. Here is another poem from our reader. Thank you.

The Lovely Young Lady

With a pince-nez on her nose
Everywhere that she goes.

She may not start a trend
And knows well that in the end.

Her looks are enhanced
A few will be entranced

That her individualist ways
May pay off in future days.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The 1913 Hawkeye


My colleague very kindly sent me this college yearbook from the University of Iowa dated 1913. Yes, that is almost one hundred years ago. Anyone appearing in this book has since passed on. Fortunately their images and stories remain with us. For pince-nez enthusiasts, this yearbook was published during the golden era of pince-nez which spanned from 1885 to 1919. Towards the end of this golden era, younger people moved more towards round tortoise shell spectacles.

When compared to the Colby Colby yearbook of 1904, one can see the popularity of the fingerpiece style as seen in the 1913 Hawkeye yearbook. Hoop springs were predominant until 1905, then the fingerpiece style took over.

Without further ado, LeDandy presents these wonderful images from a time long since past. Click on each image for a full screen view.

Below is the team photo for the women's basketball squad.


Even athletes wore pince-nez as seen in this close-up of the above page.



Here is a close-up from the above page showing a young man wearing the popular fingerpiece.

While the students preferred the fingerpiece, faculty and administration remained loyal to hoop springs. Below is John Bowman, President of the University of Iowa from 1911 through 1914. He was the first University of Iowa alumnus to become its president. He later went on to become the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh for roughly twenty years and he died in 1962. I'd like to think he wore his pince-nez until the end.

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