Sunglasses haven't been around forever. But sun protection goes back a little further than you might think... and in ways you might not expect. Check out this cool fella.
We don't blame you if you don't recognise them - they're not a style of Ray-Ban we're familiar with either. In fact it's an eskimo wearing an eye guard carved from the bone of a walrus - there's plenty of polar, but no polarised lenses for this cheeky bearded chap.
Once upon a time in China, judges from medieval courts wore smoked-lens eye-glasses to hide their eyes and stop them unwittingly giving away their decisions to criminals under judgment. The earliest incarnation of the John Lennon-esque teashade, the round lens trend that dominates sunglasses fashion today can be traced all the way back to the lowlands of 15th century China.
Protecting eyes and correcting eyes - glasses were doing that way before Sam Foster peddled his home-made sunglasses on the boardwalk of Atlantic city. As far back as 1752 blue- and green-coloured lenses were prescribed to people sensitive to light. Not quite as trendy as the Ray-Ban Wayfarer though eh?