So what model are they? Well, the Kennedy Library and Museum holds two pairs of president’s sunglasses in its collection. One contains the manfacturer stamp ”American Optical” along with the model/color marking “True color Polaroid tc74-51”. The other bears the marking “Cabana TS 2505” and is most likely from the Titmus Cabana sunwear line. These, however, are not the only sunglasses that JFK owned. Others are in the hands of private collectors.
The sunglasses in this photo most closely resemble a completely different model, the “Mansfield Square,” made by the now-defunct company Universal Optical. Take a look at the specifications for the “Mansfield Square” in the photo below and you’ll see a striking resemblance to the overall shape and the metal details in photo above.
Oh, and tortoise shell plastic wasn’t Kennedy’s only sunwear choice. In the early days of his presidency, he wore aviators, as depicted in this photo from June 1961.
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