Curiosities: Who invented the temple spectacles with side pieces that rest above the ears?

By Eddy Montilla


As the printing press improved more and more and newspapers and books were within people’s price range, spectacles emerged in the eighteenth century to satisfy the need of being able to see and read better. In the beginning, people held spectacles in their hands and put them near their eyes to read. They couldn’t remain in position and stay on. This uncomfortable situation changed around 1730 when Edward Scarlett, a London optician, perfected the used of temple spectacles with short and rigid side pieces that pressed against the temples above the ears.


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