Old School Goggles, Father O’Flanagan’s Patented Goggles
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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Rosemary George from Dover, England mentioned her stylish eyewear that she used to wear on her English Channel crossings during today’s WOWSA Live interview with Ned Denison.
George picked up her trusty pair of these “submarine specs” at her local Boots pharmacy.
Father O’Flanagan (1876-1942) was ordained a Catholic priest in 1900 and prolific patent holder. A following article about Father O’Flanagan’s goggles appeared in the Irish Press on May 27th 1932:
For a detailed explanation of Father O’Flanagan’s invention, read more here. International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Abilio Alvaro Da Costa Couto of Brazil is shown below with his goggles:
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