product code : k5496 :
1970's mock tortoise plastic frame marked
B&L RAY-BAN USA and CORRIGAN II
G15 (grey/green) glass lenses
The Corrigan II was introduced by Bausch & Lomb in 1973 and it
ran for 4 seasons, last seen in 1977.
This is the entry we have
from the 1974 catalogue, you can see that the only difference
between our pair and the Corrigan are the arms, or temples.
'Corrigan' has holes down the metal temples, which are generally
known as a racer detail. Corrigan II though are longer at 5 3/4" -
so perhaps more aimed at men - and have solid, wide acetate
arms. This is a huge pair of sunglasses, so perhaps not for the timid.
The catalogue actually describes it as bigger than we measure,
we have a lenses fractionally smaller. An unusual design, made
for a brief period, perhaps this is why we have seen very few,
and we are lucky to have the 'Mock Tortoise' colour, which is deep,
rich and wearable. A classic, because frames in this colour and
these tones appear more luxurious and last a lifetime of 'looks',
while 'Camelot Blue' - not so much. The large bridge is where
this design becomes multi-dimensional and sculptural: an elliptical
hole contrasts with a circle below and all in a monumental pair of
sunglasses. The temples are wide to complement the incredible
front and they've been given the familiar Wayfarer-type lozenge
shield. Not sure of the origins of the name but we could guess at
'Secret Agent Corrigan'. This comic strip was created by Dashiell
Hammett in 1934
when it was 'Secret Agent X-9'. By the 40's the
character was revealed as "Phil Corrigan" in the story and "decades
later"(1970's?), the strip was renamed 'Secret Agent Corrigan'.
Seems pretty apt for these Master Spy Superfly sunglasses.