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Sunglasses and Case
1990 (made)
Place of origin

Pair of black plastic sunglasses and case.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunglasses Case
TitleWayfarer (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Pair of plastic sunglasses 'Wayfarer' and case, designed by Ray-Ban, made by Bausch & Lomb, United States, 1990
Physical description
Pair of black plastic sunglasses and case.
Gallery label
"WAYFARER" RAY BAN SUNGLASSES Bausch & Lomb, USA Optical quality lens and black plastic frame 1990 In the early 1930s the American optical firm Bausch & Lomb was asked to develop a high performance lens for fighter pilots. In 1937 they introduced their first sunglasses - the "Aviator" - and in 1952 the Ray Ban "Wayfarer" was launched. Popularized by James Dean, it was quickly adopted by the youth of the day. Over the past decade the "Wayfarer" has once again come to the forefront of fashion.(1990)
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1990/973.
Accession number

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Record createdSeptember 2, 2008
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