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Where are my sunglasses?

July 1, 2016

sunglass chinese

July 1 marks the date that the Chinese invented sunglasses in the year 1200.  They were the province of the wealthy and were used not so much for protection from the sun, as for hiding their expressions.

sunglass inuit

Actually, Inuit “sunglasses”, although not made of glass, pre-date the Chinese invention – going back to prehistoric times and were probably very useful against sun glare.

ssungalss venus

Sunglasses have appeared on famous faces throughout history.

sunglass monaa lisa

sunglass ameriican gothic

And they have other important uses, as well.

sunglass meen in black

 

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