Paperboard box for welding goggles c. 1936-1947

By Elizabeth Humphrey, WPAMC Class of 2019

While browsing the shelves and glass cases at The Annex on Second, I noticed a bright red “National Goggles” box nestled next to mourning pendants, hair-work jewelry, and velvet gloves. Molly, the store’s proprietor, mentioned that she had found the goggles in her grandfather’s workshop. When I peered out of the lenses, I could barely see anything…the tint was extremely dark. My initial impression? These goggles are cool. Naturally, I wanted to identify the materials and techniques used to create the paperboard box and the goggles.