Help the Smithsonian identify these mysterious Battlestar glasses

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Dec 15, 2012

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has uncovered a baffling Battlestar Galactica mystery in, of all places, its Medicine and Science collection. And now its resident sci-fi fan needs your help in figuring out exactly where this frakkin' artifact came from.

Sometime between 1978 (when the original Battlestar Galactica premiered) and 1982 (when a collection of 36 eyeglasses and 26 lenses was turned over to the museum), a pair of brown glasses was manufactured that features two surprising metal plates sporting the TV show's logo. But when where this item made? And by whom?

According to Museum Technician Drew P. Robarge:

A search for the glasses on eBay and other merchandise websites revealed no similar objects, which could mean that the glasses are rare. I thought that perhaps the glasses were a limited edition promotional item or merchandise purchased from the Universal Studios gift shop, but the latter hypothesis became harder to verify when Universal Studios Hollywood informed me that it does not have a comprehensive list of merchandise on sale during the time "Battle for Galactica" was in operation.

Watch the video below to see more about these mysterious specs and let us—and them—know if you can help.

Any ideas?

(via National Museum of American History)

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