Katharine Lee Bates Wearing Glasses

Katherine Lee Bates Wearing Eyeglasses

Katherine Lee Bates wearing glasses

Katharine Lee Bates
Author of "America the Beautiful"

Katharine Lee Bates is wearing a style of wire rim pince-nez eyeglasses popular in the 1880s
The chain, like in the picture, was connected to a hair pin for women and an ear clip for men
At this time, both men and women wore the same style glasses
Rimless pince-nez became popular after 1900
The major reason was that the lens could be cut to any shape needed
This was important after bifocals became common
The early frames, such as worn by Bates, had either a distance or a reading lens


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