Bed Prism Glasses – A Very Brief History Of These Weird Glasses
Bed Prism Glasses have been around for a while it seems!
Lying Down Glasses 1936 style!
They may be new to a lot of people but in actual fact Bed Prism Glasses have been around since at least 1936.
Known as even then as Lying-Down Glasses, a name still used by some manufacturers today, they were a British invention as this clipping from Modern Mechanix Magazine shows.
They were invented as a means reading a book whilst lying down and the design looks very familiar.
Apart from the style of dress and the image being black and white the photo could almost be of someone using modern Bed Prism Glasses today!
The design of Lying Down Glasses has certainly stood the test of time and these old version don’t look greatly different to their modern day descendants!
I suppose it is true that if something works why change it. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” As they say.
Rush Hour Glasses In 1960
They appeared again in the 1960′s when they were called Rush-Hour Glasses.
A name that echoes the theme of my article Bed Prism Glasses For Commuting!
They were also known as Right Angle Vision Glasses. That, too, is a name is still used for some modern-day versions of Prism Glasses.
Indeed AliMed market what they describe as’Angled Glasses (Bed Spectacles)’ which are noted as being seen on the Jack Nicholson movie – The Bucket List. A real tear-jerker of a movie which show the Jack Nicholson character wearing a pair as he is given the bad news on his medical condition by his doctor.
The 1960 article says that a commuter on the London subway (London Underground) bought a pair way back then in 1960.
He is reported as having trouble reading on the packed train in the rush hour. That’s something else that doesn’t seem to have changed much!
The glasses he is shown using must have similar to the Adjustable and Reversible glasses made by Task-Vision today as he is not sheltering under that newspaper but actually reading it! That’s something that is quite possible to do with modern adjustable and reversible Bed Prism Glasses too.
It also goes on to mention that they were also used by ‘invalids who can’t sit up’. Something that is just as true today!
So, it seems Bed Prism Glasses, although not a new invention, are enjoying a well deserved recurrence in popularity. Take a look at our collection of these weird glasses in our Store site. See link in Menu above.
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