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Old Sunglasses: an Eye-opening Experience

I have to say, I've been learning an awful lot whilst organising this expedition to India, especially when it comes to the old kit I'll be taking with me.

I've had history lessons on many items including backpacks, hats, walking boots and probably the best of all, sunglasses!

Sunglasses were actually in mass production in the 1920's, so I'm going to be taking a few options with me. Here they are:

The Himalayan classics:

These are very simple sunglasses that were traditionally worn by people who lived in mountainous regions and in cold snowy places. My brother will be whittling me a pair of these!

Classic Himalayan Sunglasses

The Shackleton's:

This is Frank Wild modelling an example of sunglasses worn during Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica. These are probably my favourites.

Antarctic Sunglasses from 1914

The Originals:

Sam Foster was the first person to design and mass produce sunglasses in the late 1920s. It's pretty hard to get your hands on an original pair!

Original 1920s Sam Foster Sunglasses


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