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Ry-Ban Aviator sunglasses (1937) - John Macready 🕶
"Originally developed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb for pilots to protect their eyes while flying (American Army Air Corps Lieutenant John Macready, one-time world record holder for both altitude and flight duration, and all-round aviation pioneer, contacted Bausch & Lomb after hurting his eyes while using goggles in an attempt to break the altitude record, thus beginning a productive partnership.), thus the name aviator, the Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses are considered to be one of the most iconic sunglass models in the world. This style of sunglasses is credited with being one of the first popularized style of sunglasses to be developed. In its military usage, the sunglasses replaced the outmoded flight goggles used previously, as they were lighter, thinner, and ‘more elegantly designed’. The Aviator became a well-known style of sunglasses when General Douglas MacArthur landed on a beach in the Philippines in World War II and newspaper photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing them that became a lasting image of the Second World War. Bausch & Lomb dedicated a line of sunglasses to him in 1987.
Hollywood also picked up on the style and ran with it. Starting with Marlon Brando’s 1951 film The Wild One, the Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses have been a perennial favorite among film stars and celebrities, featuring most famously in Tom Cruise’s 1986 smash hit Top Gun." at Toronto, Ontario