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This pair is marked WO C° which stands for Willson Optical Company,

established in 1870 in Reading, PA. By the 1920s when this pair was made

Willson were manufacturing vast numbers of optical frames and sunglasses,

they were particularly known for safety and work eyewear. This is a pair of

what was called 'sun goggles' at the time, unisex and marketed for those

who liked the outdoors, especially driving which was becoming more popular.

Here is a catalogue page of Willson's from 1922, the N65 centre left is the

same as ours but a slightly larger model. Theirs is a 1⅞" lens whilst ours

measures up as 1½". Ours are what was called the 'smoke' coloured

lenses and as was common at the time, the tints differ slightly from each

other (see light transmissions above) but not so much so that you would

notice when the are being worn: it is only more apparent against our white

backdrop. The lenses are rare these days as they are made completely

flat, which started to change in the 1930s when lenses started to adapt a

curve. Sadly Willson no longer exist as a company, they went fully into

safety wear in the 1980s and were later purchased by a larger company

and eventually dissolved.

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product code : k5484 : £ 115

1920s silver metal frame marked WO C°

Original mid-grey glass sun lenses


lenses : excellent - 9

frame : very good

fit : very good - cable arms


face : 115mm

lens width : 40mm

lens height : 40mm

arms : n/a - cable arms

lens spec

uv transmission % : L=3 ; R=5

light transmission (LTF) % : L=29 ; R=34

uv protection y/n : y