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Vintage 1950s-60s USS Black Hornrimmed Glasses: Buddy Holly Lite

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Legend has it that these vintage men’s black plastic eyeglasses were nicknamed Birth Control Glasses by members of the US Army since they were an army issue and soldiers figured their chances at finding love would be extremely lowered by wearing this model. Given their popularity today, we think they were wrong. The frames marked USS are opaque black plastic and feature fantastic rectangular metal detailing on the front and side temples.

The eyeglasses are in excellent vintage condition with only some minor scuffing on the ends of the ear pieces (not noticeable when on). The eyewear currently contains prescription lenses that will need to be replaced with your own prescription or sun lenses.

Lens size – 46mm
Bridge size -24mm
Temple Length (stems) -5 3/4" (total length including bend)
Across Front- 5 1/4"
Lens Brow to cheek (including frame)- 1 3/4"
Inside Hinge To Hinge- 4 7/8"

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Vintage 1950s-60s USS Black Hornrimmed Glasses: Buddy Holly Lite


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: plastic
  • Feedback: 87 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Illinois, United States