Ray Ban Aviator Glasses
Ray Ban is a high end manufacturer of sunglasses. The company was founded in 1937 by Bausch and Lomb, on commission of the United States Army Air Forces.
The history of aviator glasses goes back just a bit further.
In 1929, US Army Air Corps lieutenant, General John MacCready asked New York-based medical equipment manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to create army pilot sunglasses that would stop the headaches and nausea caused by the intense blue and white hues of the sky.
The prototype was created in 1936 and known as ‘Anti-Glare’. It had plastic frames and green lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision – many of you remember the green sunglasses that were popular for decades after.
The original sunglasses were quickly remodeled with a metal frame the following year and rebranded as the ‘Ray-Ban Aviator’. On May 7, 1937, Bausch & Lomb registered the patent, and the Aviator was born.
In the 1940s, gradient lenses were introduced. These were mirrored lenses which featured a special coating on the upper part of the lens for enhanced protection, especially from the sun – which often features large in a pilots range of vision, but an uncoated lower lens for a clear view of the aircraft’s instrument panel.
Background Image: General Douglas MacArthur wearing an original pair of Ray Ban Aviators during World War II.