I thought I would add some more photos from our trip to Japan last year. Sabae is the city where the majority of optical frames are made in Japan. Inside the Fukui Optical Association’s headquarters is the “Megane Museum” (megane means glasses in Japanese). It was really interesting seeing all the old machines from the turn of the last century and the fantastic array of old frames displayed.
Typically Japanese style the workers would sit on the floor cross legged at the wooden bench to do their work.
Frames certainly have come a long way! Early last century the choice was….round, oval, big round, small round, large oval, small oval! Terrific craftsmanship though!