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The Best Aviator Sunglasses You Can Buy In 2017

Arguably the most masculine of sunglasses styles, the “aviator” is synonymous with the birth of the modern air force. Developed in the 1930s, aviator sunglasses or “pilot’s glasses” have become a trend-proof addition to men’s accessories thanks to their association with military greats and fly leading men.“Like so much in menswear, the origin of the aviator derives, unsurprisingly, from the air force,” says Simon Spiteri, a buyer at Mr Porter. “In 1929, a US Army General challenged optical...

In photos: Vintage eclipse viewing

In photos: Vintage eclipse viewing Photos 1 day ago1966A member of the Junior Astronomical Society observing an eclipse of the Sun on May 20, 1966.1966Members of the Junior Astronomical Society observing an eclipse on May 20, 1966.1961Three men using a smoked glass and welder's glasses to watch the eclipse in Paris, France, on Feb. 15, 1961.1954Pupils of South Harringay Primary School in London and their headmaster view the first eclipse visible from the British Isles since 1927, in...

A Brief History Of The Military’s Unsightly ‘Birth Control Glasses’

Anyone who served in the U.S. armed forces in the last half-century or so is likely familiar with the standard-issue GI eyeglasses. With thick brown rims and lenses that looked like magnifying glasses, they were so unattractive that wearing them effectively reduced the chances of getting laid to near zero.The S9s, more commonly known as “birth control glasses” or BCGs, were issued to U.S. troops for decades until 2012, when officials at the Department of Defense realized their iconically...