Fig. (3) Ray-Ban's classic Aviator.
Fig. (3) Ray-Ban's classic Aviator. (Tim Tomkinson)



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Sunglasses designed to protect a pilot’s eyes against high-altitude sun. Aviators were invented in the 1920s by Air Force pilot John Macready, who helped Rochester, New York, company Bausch and Lomb craft the first pair. The resulting wire-rimmed shades were issued to the military in 1932 and popularized during World War II. In 1937, consumer models were introduced under the trademark Ray-Ban, and they’ve cyclically come back into fashion ever since.

From Outside Magazine, August 2015
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Lead Photo: Tim Tomkinson