Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Wonderful Photos Showing Women Wearing Sunglasses in the 1960s
Primitive sunglasses were worn by the Inuit all the way back in prehistoric times, but
these were merely walrus ivory with slits in them — good for helping with snow blindness.
The Roman emperor Nero watched gladiator fights through polished gems. In 12th century
China they used smoky quartz for lenses, but the glasses were used for concealing judges’
facial expressions during interrogations of suspects rather than style or sunlight
protection purposes. In the 1750s, London optician James Ayscough began experimenting with
green lenses to help with certain vision problems. He believed that his glasses could
correct certain vision impairments, yet the harmful effects of UV-rays were not known at this time.
Glasses tinted with yellow-amber and brown were a commonly-prescribed item for people with
syphilis in the 19th and early 20th century because one of the symptoms of the disease was
extreme susceptibility to light.
It was only in the 20th century that sunglasses took on the modern form. In the late-1920s
Sam Foster began selling the first mass-produced sunglasses using the brand name "Foster
Grant". He began selling these from a Woolworth on the beaches of Atlantic City, New
Polarized sunglasses became the next evolutionary step available in 1936, when Edwin H.
Land began using his patented Polaroid filter when making sunglasses. By 1938, Life
magazine wrote of how sunglasses were a "new fad for wear on city streets ... a favorite
affectation of thousands of women all over the U.S."
During World War 2 Ray Ban revolutionized sunglasses by creating anti-glare aviator style
sunglasses, using polarization. Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses became popular with the
celebrities and the public in the post-war years and subsequent improvements over the
decades has allowed safety to be married with design and fashion.
Take a look at the wonderful photos of women wearing sunglasses during the 1960s.