RESEARCH AND RUMINATION

Month: October 2017

Spectral Spectacles: 3 Tales of Ghostly Glasses

Spectral Spectacles: 3 Tales of Ghostly Glasses

[The image above is part of the British Optical Association Museum‘s postcard collection]   In honour of Halloween, here’s a quick post on eerie eyeglasses in literature… All glasses are, in a sense, haunted. Glasses bear the ghostly traces of their wearers: finger prints on […]

Eyestrain on the Train: Automatic Sight Testing, Victorian Reading Habits, and W. H. Smith’s

Eyestrain on the Train: Automatic Sight Testing, Victorian Reading Habits, and W. H. Smith’s

Following on from my vitalizing visit to the British Optical Association Museum, I have been investigating the late-19th century innovation of automatic sight testing and have begun to think, in further detail, about the relationship between eyecare and reading at the fin de siècle. My […]