Hindsight Is 20/20: The Browline


By Preston Fassel, BS, Texas State Optical—Magnolia

They adorned the faces of figures from Malcolm X to Lyndon Johnson, Colonel Sanders to Vince Lombardi. Stretching across race, religion, and socioeconomic status, they were the most surefire way for the visually challenged of midcentury America to communicate a sense of competent individualism. They were browlines, and for nearly two generations, they defined eyewear in America.

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