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Sunglasses Fun Facts

  • Singer Elton John, is rumored to have a sunglasses collection of over 1,000 pair

  • The most expensive pair of sunglasses sold on eBay are: Elvis Presley’s Madison Square Garden’s at $250,000

  • Sunglasses constitute a $34 billion annual market at retail.

  • In the United States every 14 seconds someone loses, breaks or sits on a pair of sunglasses.

  • Men’s sunglasses sell every 90 seconds on eBay.

  • It is said that the Roman emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights through polished gems to recreate with the color and image distortion.

  • In 1929, Sam Foster sold the first pair of sunglasses (Foster Grants) at the Woolworth on Atlantic City Boardwalk. He started the Foster Grant Company in 1919. Sunglasses became popular in the 1930’s.

  • Sunglasses would not become polarized until 1936, when Edwin H. Land began experimenting with making lenses with his patented Polaroid filter.

  • In the 1930s, the Army Air Corps commissioned the optical firm of Bausch & Lomb to produce a highly effective spectacle that would protect pilots from the dangers of high-altitude glare. Company physicists and opticians perfected a special dark-green tint that absorbed light in the yellow band of the spectrum.

  • With World War II brewing in 1936, Ray Ban designed anti-glare aviator style sunglasses

  • Most Popular Shades: Ray-Ban sunglasses sold 10 million units worldwide in 1998. The best-known model, the Wayfarer, has been available since 1953 and is reported to be the best-selling style in history. It was made famous by many celebrities including the Blues Brothers.

  • During the Blues Brothers Movie, Jake wore Ray-Ban 5022C15 Sunglasses (a.k.a. Wayfarer), with brown frames and black lenses. Genuine ‘5022’ Ray-Ban sunglasses have the ‘5022’ written on the frames. Elwood wore Ray-Ban Wayfarer II sunglasses with black frames and black lenses.

  • Approximately 50% of Australians wear sunglasses

  • Sunglasses songs:
    “Cheap Sunglasses”, ZZ Top, Deguello, 1979, Billboard #89
    “Sunglasses At Night”, Corey Hart, First Offense, 1983, Billboard #7
    “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”, Greetings From Timbuk 3, 1986, Billboard #19

  • Most characters from movie The Matrix wore sunglasses. All of the protagonists wear rounded lenses, while the antagonists wear rectangular lenses.

  • In 2004, Oakley developed Thump, sunglasses with built-in digital audio player.

  • In 2005, Oakley developed Razrwire, sunglasses with built-in wireless cellphone headset.

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