These black wire mesh goggles with oval aqua-colored lenses were designed to protect the eyes from the wind and dust. A cotton cord wraps around the head to keep the goggles secure. Advertisements suggested the goggles would be particularly useful keeping cinders from the eyes while traveling in a railroad car.

Date Made: ca 1860

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Robert S. Moody

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.317912.088Accession Number: 317912Catalog Number: 317912.088

Object Name: GogglesOther Terms: Goggles; Eye Protective Device; Vision Aids; Railroad

Physical Description: metal (overall material)glass (overall material)cord (overall material)fabric (overall material)black (overall color)aqua (overall color)brown (overall color)Measurements: overall: 3.1 cm x 13.3 cm x 2 cm; 1 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in x 13/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-a1a1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1114591

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