Sunglasses or sun glasses also called shades are protective eyewear designed to prevent bright sunlight from damaging or discomforting the eyes. They can sometimes also function as a visual aid featuring lenses that are colored, polarized or darkened. In the early 20th century, they were also known as sun cheaters.
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Sunglasses or shades are protective eyewear designed to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging our eyes. They can sometimes also function as a visual aid, mine are bifocal sunglasses.
Origin of Sunglasses
Do you know when the first Sunglasses were created? Not in this century or in the previous one – the first sun blockers were made during prehistoric ages by Inuit peoples.These “sunglasses” were made of walrus ivory, looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the Sun.
Interesting, isn’t it? One more, the Roman emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights with emeralds, not a $25 pair of shades!
Men Sunglasses made from flat pieces of smoky quartz, which had no real protection but did protect the eyes from glare and reflection, were used in China in the 12th century or possibly earlier. Men sunglasses only? It seems that Women Sunglasses were not fashion in those days!
Much later around 1752the British James Ayscough started to thinker with tinted sunglass not to protect against the sun but to cure or help with ailment. The yellow / amber / brown tint was prescribed to cure syphilis! What is the color of your Ray Ban Sunglasses? Sorry to hear that, just kidding you.
Starting In 1913, things go very fast when it comes to Sunglasses. Crookes lenses were developed and made from glass containing cerium an UV light blocker.
In the 1920s movie stars wore sunglasses for fashion, not function. Men Sunglasses and Women Sunglasses were small, round handmade of tortoiseshell or metal. Color tint ranged from dark grey to amber.Deep green shades came in the 1930s.
The public caught on to the convenience of shades, but the cost was extremely high, up to $25 a pair! That’s about $316 in 2019 – how much did you pay for your Tom Ford Sunglasses?
Fortunately, the 1930s, inexpensive mass-produced celluloid sunglasses made were produced by Sam Foster in 1929. Atlantic City beaches, NJ was where Sam began selling shades under the name Foster Grant. In 1938 it is estimated that 20 million sunglasses were sold in the US but only about 25% of American wore them to protect from the sun – Fashion, Fashion.
Today, Xiamen, China, is the world’s largest producer of sunglasses, exporting 120 million pairs each year! Don’t dream, your Oakley Sunglasses are made in Xiamen.