They have adjustable mesh protections on the sides that move easily and flexible rods. Non-prescription amber glass lenses are in excellent condition with minimal wear.These were certainly used by someone at the time as can be seen by the bumps and bruises on the original tin case. Please see all the photos. Perfect steampunk or industrial item. Willson and his son, Dr thomas a. Willson, in 1871, thomas a.
Opened the first factory in the world to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses. Located at the corner of Washington and 2nd Reading Street, in Pennsylvania, the company is known for its innovative progress in addressing the occupational risks faced by factory workers and is credited with having launched the safety industry.Their first innovation was a protective lens that blocked the dangerous and blinding rays produced by metal processing equipment. During the 1890s, the company expanded the scope of the safety industry with respect to hearing, breathing and head protection equipment. The National Safety Council was established in 1913, and t. Helped establish uniform safety standards in the industry. During the 1920s, they expanded their range of safety equipment to protect coal miners, military personnel and aviation. In 1929, the company became Willson Goggles, Inc. And by the Second World War, willson goggles helped the war effort by making aviator glasses and high-altitude oxygen masks for pilots in the army. In 1936, the company changed its name to reflect an expanding range of products. Started producing fashionable sunglasses, as modelled by competitors of the miss americana 1938 contest, and swimwear, as worn by florence chadwick, which in 1950 was the first woman to swim in both directions of the sleeve. The company changed hands in 1956, but maintained the name of willson products throughout the atomic era and the space era, still leading the security industry in the research and development of equipment to meet the needs of a technologically advanced society. In the 1980s, Willson focused on the development of new varieties of breathers, gloves and other protective equipment.