Fashion: The Franklin Look

It may have started with old Ben Franklin peering owlishly over his tiny specs. Winston Churchill may have helped with his head-down scowl and black-rimmed glasses at half-mast on his nose. Then again, Actor E. G. Marshall, judiciously buffing his half-specs in The Defenders, may be responsible.

However it got going, a vogue for half-moon spectacles—also known to the trade as pulpit glasses and half-eyes —is lending a new mien to the far-sighted across the U.S. People of all ages and walks of life are popping up in demi-cheaters. "We used to sell about two pairs a month," says Milwaukee Optician...

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