Boyfriend and girlfriend, actors River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton at a Rock Against Fur concert at the Palladium, New York.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The P3: a wonderfully round design for eyeglasses, which originated in wire for military use and released in the early 1930s. After WWII, the shape was reimagined in acetate. Why the military background? The design is quite practical, in that the round shape fits many different lens prescriptions and–bonus!–they were designed to fit well under gas masks. Images of soldiers wearing the P3 shape are frequent from that time. As with many things which began in the armed theatre, the public soon adopted the look, with soldiers returning home to their hero’s welcome.