Very Vintage, yet Futuristic Celluloid Sunglasses

Three pairs of celluloid sunglasses, circa 1930s, France.

Three pairs of celluloid sunglasses, circa 1930s, France.

As a collector, sometimes if something was cool I’d pick up more than one.

Such was the case with these French celluloid sunglasses from the 1930s.

Celluloid Sunglasses circa 1930s, France.

Celluloid Sunglasses circa 1930s, France.

Both frame front and lens are one piece with temples cut from the same material, presaging the polycarbonate wraps of 30 to 40 years later.

Funny thing is they didn’t look nearly as out of place in the 1930s as one might expect:

Woman in celluloid sunglasses, circa 1930s.

Woman in celluloid sunglasses, circa 1930s.

The only problem was they warped and scratched very easily. Polycarbonate would, indeed, be a welcome step forward.

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