The Real Numbers

Very high cylinder spectacles, Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
Very high cylinder spectacles, Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
Sprung-Opera Glasses, French, Enameled, circa 1870, decorated with figures in a landscape (from the Mark Fritz Collection – Sale Feb 2013), Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago
Sprung-Opera Glasses, French, Enameled, circa 1870, decorated with figures in a landscape (from the Mark Fritz Collection – Sale Feb 2013), Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago
Nose spectacles, 16th century, Budapest History Museum
Nose spectacles, 16th century, Budapest History Museum
Solid gold and enamel scissors-glasses, original case, circa 1800-1820
Solid gold and enamel scissors-glasses, original case, circa 1800-1820
Green-tinted four lens spectacles with case, silver, marked “Richardson’s” on one sidearm and “Patent” on the other, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Green-tinted four lens spectacles with case, silver, marked “Richardson’s” on one sidearm and “Patent” on the other, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Green-tinted four lens spectacles with case, silver, marked “Richardson’s” on one sidearm and “Patent” on the other, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Green-tinted four lens spectacles with case, silver, marked “Richardson’s” on one sidearm and “Patent” on the other, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The statistics about our website are accurate as of 2/15/16

The level of cooperation on this website becomes apparent when you look at these numbers because so many collectors as well as institutions are taking part (Sharing, Contributing, Participating and Collaborating) in this endeavor.

>7050 Total images available for viewing on our website
>5700 Total images for viewing in Our Virtual Museum (161 slide shows)
>1665 Contributing Individuals acknowledged for helping to build this website
>870 Participating Institutions sharing images and/or information
>840 Institutions which have waived all fees to become involved and represented on our non-commercial website
>600 Other websites to which we have a direct hyperlink
>370 Active pages on this website
>220 Spectacles of Well Known People
>220 Public Institution collections which have been examined by our curator
>160 Slideshows on the Our Virtual Museum page
>145 Organizations and businesses who acknowledge our merit and publicize our website
>120 Collectors sharing images from their collections
>100 Institutions listed on the World’s Public Collections
70 Reference books and articles listed
58 Published articles written which have mentioned our website, so far (segregated by year, beginning 2004)
44 Words listed in the Glossary (most with images)
44 Languages in which we have found the word for "spectacles"
42 Interesting Topics as add-on pages
>30 Visual Illusion Games
29 Printable PDF files
28 Number of locations where Rivet Spectacles (mostly fragments) have been found.
25 Distinguished Persons to whom our website is dedicated (Honor Roll).
23 Larger private collections examined by our curator
17 Books from which we have been given permission to reprint illustrations
15 Newly published books
12 Countries from which the renowned individuals listed on our Honor Roll originated
12 Posted goals of the website
8 Educational Games
7 Neat Discoveries
4 Key Charts of Historical Optical Objects
3 Translations of Key Historical Documents
2 Videos with sound
1 Audio Interview

~725 Years since the invention of the first spectacles
>540 Years between the invention of eyeglasses and the creation of "rimless" eyeglasses by Voigtlander (Austria).
430 Years it took until Edward Scarlett (probably) devised the temple sidearm
2 Collectors Clubs in the world dedicated to studying the history of Vision Aids

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