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Surge in monocles being worn

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Surge in monocles being worn

Citation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26482529 Reports suggest there has been a surge in hipsters wearing monocles. But why do people usually wear them, asks Denise Winterman. Sir Patrick Moore started wearing one at the age of 16 and always accessorised it with a bushy eyebrow. Where he led, hipsters are reportedly following. The monocle, a corrective lens for a single eye, is making a comeback in cities as far flung as Manhattan, Cape Town and Berlin, according to the New York Times. But apart from being a fashion statement, why do people wear them? They're usually worn by people who are long-sighted to see things...

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History of the Monocle

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History of the Monocle

Who invented the monocle? One of the earliest known wearers of the monocle was the antiquarian Philipp Von Stosch who wore a monocle in Rome in the 1720s, in order to closely examine engravings and antique engraved gems (although in actual fact corrective lenses date back to pharaonic Egypt and ancient Athens) The monocle, however, did not become an established article of gentlemen's apparel until the nineteenth century. The template for rimless eyeglasses dates back to around 1814 when an Austrian inventor named J.F. Voigtlander marketed a rimless monocle. At the time, eyeglasses were not considered an acceptable fashion statement...

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