Ivy League Style Honey Amber and Dark Hue P3 Frames

Ivy League University Campus

On the campuses of Ivy League colleges in the 1930s and 40s, legacy students, scions of the Eastern Establishment, adopted honey amber eyewear with a straightened top, P3 shaped rounded rims and extended hinges. Such frames were typically horn rims and meshed well with the classy leisure style that included tweed sport coats, Oxford shirts and wingtips. They were not sold in local stores -- you had to go to small boutiques in Newport or the Hamptons to find them. Rich-wannabees drove themselves crazy trying to snag a pair so they too could look as if their father and grandfather were alumni. With sarcasm, they named the frame style, "Poor Boys", and the moniker stuck.


So-called "Poor Boys" frames were popular among legacy scions of wealthy Ivy League alumni.

During the late sixties and much of the seventies, things that smacked of good taste and tradition were no longer prized and the Poor Boys dropped off the radar screen. Then a few trend-setting political candidates and business leaders brought them back in a modified, custom made smaller eye size in rich, deep honey-toned tortoise shell. When the size of the P3 rim shape was reduced, these classy frames suddenly became the Ivy style and preppy standard. Because the new iterations of the Poor Boys were custom-made, those who sought them in stores were still out of luck. That is, until Focusers vowed that no customer of ours will be deprived of Governor's Poor Boys.

If you really want to look as if your father's driver just dropped you off to private school in the family's Bentley, order your vintage GPBs in prescription sunglasses. Select the tint color of your choice (G-15 green is the "trad" choice). Or consider ordering two frames: one in honey amber and the other in dark hue tortoise, to perfect your Ivy style look for every occasion.

Governor's Poor Boys Honey Amber Eyeglass Frames Front View
Governor's Poor Boys Honey Amber Eyeglass Frames Three Quarter View
Governor's Poor Boys Honey Amber Eyeglass Frames Back View
Governor's Poor Boys Eyeglass Frames Set
Governor's Poor Boys Dark Hue Eyeglass Frames Front View
Governor's Poor Boys Due Hue Eyeglass Frames Three Quarter View
Governor's Poor Boys Due Hue Eyeglass Frames Back View

Governor's Poor Boys: Classic Ivy League Tortoise Shell Frames

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Front Width: 138mm
Lens Height: 40mm
Lens Width: 46mm
Temple Length: 145mm
Bridge Width: 18mm
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