Monday, December 12, 2011

Dorothy Parker told me so.

I have been thinking lately about what Dorothy Parker said:

"Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses."

Of course, she was probably being satirical or sarcastic or cynical... One of those; She was good at all of them.

I don't think it is all that true, anyway. But women seem to think so. At the time I began thinking about this, out of about 700 head and shoulder photo-booth portraits, I could find only eleven women with spectacles. Oddly there were only three photo-booth portraits of men with glasses.

The habit seems to relax eventually. Glasses become a fashion statement. Studio portraits and snapshots of women with spectacles seem to increase as time goes by.

Here is what could be found of women wearing glasses. It's limited to shots of just one person. Okay, except for the first one.

What do you think?

Three views
Photobooth Regina
PB girl 11

Mabel Vogt

Gertie always spelled her name wrong.

Grandma Ellis
Photobooth tint
PHotobooth girl
Photobooth girl with glasses

Photobooth Girl
Photobooth girl with glasses
Photobooth woman with glasses
Photobooth girl with glasses and curls
Photobooth girl with glasses and pearls

Photobooth large format
Young Bess and her hat.
Elderly Lady with glasses

Portrait with bow

One Woman in Glasses and jodhpurs
Girl sitting on log.
Victoria and Hat

Girl on grass with glasses
Greta knew.
Mom in the back yard
You have to see this on in large size
to see the spectacles.

Two cats and mom Longview Texas
Christmas time

Itinerant Street photographer
This is Phluffy.

Helen and her see-through sweater.
To my darling John
Grandmother McClean

Woman and Christmas tree
For a moment
Frieda thought she felt a draft.

Deary me.
Long hair and glasses.
Sitting on a wall

Portrait of a nurse
Cabinet Card woman
Portrait of a woman with round glasses

Photobooth girl
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Girl with glasses
Small portrait

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  1. What a grand category I had not thought of. I have few shots of women wearing glasses other than my grandmothers. I mostly remember glasses coming off when cameras showed up. Always held behind their back. You've got some grand shots!

  2. Thanks. Yes, I think that happens most often; the glasses come off and are held out of sight.

    And it’s not always vanity or Dorothy Parker that prompts them to do that. A portrait photographer often recommends it to avoid reflection of the flash. And as in the first one on the page, thicker glasses might distort the image a bit.



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