T he history of sun protection is a recurring theme and publications are being written about it. The most recent publication on this topic is by two English physicians and is entitled: The History of Sunscreen: An updated view . So this is about the history of sunscreen. Unfortunately, many of the authors fall for old myths again and again and simply copy information that was once wrongly put into the world. This article is an excerpt from my dissertation on the history of sunscreen, which I am working on under PD Dr. rer. nat. Beate Ceranski at the Department of History of Science and Technology at the University of Stuttgart.