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1. SUNGLASSES BECAME POPULAR IN THE 1920S
Humans have been trying to protect their eyes from the sun for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that sunglasses, as we know them today, became popular.
Sunglasses are needed to protect the eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, as long-term exposure can result in eye cancer and other eye problems. So they might look really cool, but they also play an important role in keeping you healthy while you’re out at the beach or a park when the sun is out.
Here’s a quick look at the origin of the holiday and sunglasses themselves….
THE VISION COUNCIL FOUNDED NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF SUNGLASSES
Unlike some other seemingly silly holidays that trend on social media, National Sunglasses Day serves an important purpose. It was founded by the Vision Council to promote the importance of wearing sunwear and eyewear that protects you from UV exposure… According to the Vision Council’s website, its mission is to “position members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.” The Vision Council is asking social media users to celebrate the day by using the hashtags #SunglassSelfie and #NationalSunglassesDay.
2. SUNGLASSES HAVE THEIR ROOTS IN CHINA DURING THE 1300S
According to Great Idea Finder, sunglasses, as we know them today, were invented by Sam Foster. However, humans have been trying to protect their eyes from the sun for centuries before.
The precursor to the sunglasses was developed in China, but they weren’t meant to protect the eyes from the sun. In the 1300s, judges started wearing smoke-colored quartz lenses just so their expressions wouldn’t be seen in court. But by the 1400s, the glasses were being used to protect the eyes…. In the mid 18th Century, James Ayscough started experimenting with tinted lenses in England, but he thought different colored lenses would help with eye problems. He wasn’t thinking about protecting eyes from the sun.
3. MODERN SUNGLASSES WERE FIRST MASS-PRODUCED BY SAM FOSTER IN 1929
Modern sunglasses became popular during the 1920s when Sam Foster introduced the first mass-produced sunglasses in 1929, notes Glasses History. He was the founder of Foster Grant, which still produces sunglasses. Foster started selling sunglasses on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where he found customers eager to protect their eyes from the sun. Foster’s first sunglasses were made from celluloid, which made them inexpensive.
During the early 1930s, Bausch & Lomb got an Army Air Corps contract to develop sunglasses for pilots at high altitudes. Then in 1936, Ray Ban designed the famous “aviator” sunglasses, with the polarized lenses from Polaroid founder Edwin H. Land. By 1937, these glasses were available to the public.
Credit: The above article was shared compliments of The Vision Council of America.
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