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Cat eye sunglasses

Cat eye sunglasses are a fashion accessory must have. While cat eye glasses are mainly for people who need vision correction, everyone needs sunglasses. Vintage sunglasses have a very colorful history. They date back to the 12th century, Chinese judges would wear them during court cases and while questioning witnesses in order to conceal their facial expressions from the crowd and from their peers. Later, in the 18th century, tinted lenses were used for other types of vision correction, but not yet to protect the eyes from the sun. In the early 1900's they were common among many movie stars to protect their eyes from the powerful arc lamps used those days during filming. This stereotype of sunglasses and Hollywood still exists today, long after arc lamps are out of use. Many celebrities today are often spotted wearing cat eye sunglasses. The first instance of mass produced sunglasses for the purpose of protecting the eyes was in 1929, when Foster Grant started selling them at the beaches of Atlantic City. Cat eye sunglasses were invented in the 1950's and remained extremely popular through the 1960's, and making their way back today.

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