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These classic men's black plastic eyeglasses are brand new, mint condition and ready for prescription lenses or sunglass lenses. The frame in the photos is marked ''50 x 21'' and the arms read ''Criss U.S.A. 5 3/4 NYLON''. Other sizes will be marked accordingly, in the same way.
Here's the quintessential pair of tough black glasses, the Yank, made by Criss Optical out of Wichita, Kansas. They're available in a really broad range of sizes, but these are the 50-21 size. Criss has made the Yank for more than 40 years now and this is the latest incarnation of the frames, with a smaller rivet shield than the old version. Criss supplied frames to the US military and still does. Their frames are made of Nylon instead of the usual eyeglasses frame material, which is called ''Zyl'' plastic. Nylon is much, much more flexible than Zyl and can be nearly twisted into a pretzel without breaking!! It comes right back to the original shape, too! These frames are really tough stuff and mighty good looking, too!
Temples are measured their full length, hinge to tip, as though they were straightened out. Why? Because they're adjustable, so measurements to the bend vary. Lens and bridge measurements are from lens edge to lens edge. Hinge to hinge is measured from screw to screw.
For some fun history, take a look at the original pamphlet that came with Criss frames back in the 1950s and 1960s!
The advice in there is still true today - don't be concerned about getting your frames wet - it's actually good for them!
All frames are thoroughly inspected before leaving the Attic so there are no surprises and your frames will be in tip-top condition. They make great everyday glasses or some very cool sunglasses.
If you have any questions about the Yank or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me. I try to answer all questions promptly.
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