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In the late ’20s, a man by the name of Sam Foster, founder of Foster Grant, started selling “sunglasses” made from affordable celluloid to beachcombers in southern New Jersey. The eyewear trend caught on, and soon millions of Americans all over the country owned a pair of their own. Sunglasses became an accessory, a statement, a must-have when summer days stretched long and the heat settled in. In the near century since, we haven’t looked back.
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