Black white 1950s cateye sunglasses Ray-Ban Zanzibar

1950s Clothing



This pair of 1950s Ray-Ban “Zanzibar” cat-eye sunglasses has a fabulous “batwing” shape! The frames are made of heavy black plastic, dramatically striped with scalloped layers of white on the top and sides of the frame, and around the outside of each non-prescription, green glass lens. The inside of each arm is stamped with B&L Ray-Ban. The right arm has what look like numbers scratched into its inner surface—not seen when the sunglasses are worn. There are small areas of scratches on the center of both lenses, as seen in my close-up photo of the right lens. This is hardly noticeable in the wearer’s vision, but worth noting. This fun and fabulous pair of 1950s cat eye Ray-Ban sunglasses is in very good condition, with no other issues. They should fit approximately a modern size S to M head—they are just slightly too large for my XS-S, 21” head. Please check the detailed measurements below for more size info.

Frame width: 5.25” from hinge to hinge across front
Lens width: 1.875”
Lens height: 1.333”
Temple length: 5.5” from hinge, around curve of arm, to end
Label: B&L Ray-Ban