product code : k5417 :
1950s/60s grey plastic frame marked AMERICAN OPTICAL
and TRUE COLOR CN25-51
Original AO True Color grey glass lenses
Popular 50's shape from American Optical, very similar to
(and obviously competing with) Ray-Ban's Wayfarer of the
same period. AO's sunglasses sales reached an all time
high in 1956, no doubt due to styles like this one.
this pair in their
1956 catalogue when it was simply called
the C-25. From 1958 it was also made with these grey True
Color lenses and later they added the name, Saratoga and
it continued to be made into the 1960's. This is the large size
with the 51mm lenses. This model has become incredibly
popular since it has been identified as one of the sunglasses
worn by JFK. This pair could have been made from 1958
until about 1963, the period he wore them. In 1963 AO
followed Ray-Ban's footsteps and moved from identifying
their sunglasses as merely code numbers to names and
this pair, the C25 became Saratoga, which is how it is
popularly known today as more of the later ones are found.
This however is the rarer pre-Saratoga denomination.
FYI: in 2010 we supplied the multi-emmy award- winning
The Kennedy's mini-series with some original Saratoga's -
the same as this pair, but in tortoise - you can read about
on our media page.
BONUS: one for the ladies! Check
Clint Eastwood in Saratoga, c1956.