Rush-Hour Reading Glasses (Apr, 1960)

Rush-Hour Reading Glasses
Rush-hour crowds packed John Holding into the London subway too tightly to read his paper. In desperation, he bought a pair of right-angle-vision glasses, the type used for reading in bed by invalids who can’t sit up, and reversed the prisms so the glasses viewed straight upwards. Now he rides and reads in the densest crowds.

7 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: December 27, 20079:38 pm

    Those glasses are also excellent for early spotting of dangerous meteorites.

  2. Stannous says: December 28, 20072:08 am

    Of course he has reverse it with Photoshop to print out each page the paper so it doesn’t read backwards.
    (Iron lung readers used a pair of mirrors to read books)

  3. Orv says: December 28, 200711:25 am

    I think those are prisms, not mirrors, so the image ought to be the right way around.

  4. jayessell says: December 28, 20074:46 pm

    Glasses for Ninjaphobes.

  5. nlpnt says: December 30, 20077:28 pm

    Speaking of ninjas, many Japanese commuters read manga on the train…

  6. Oliver says: March 30, 20085:11 pm

    makes me proud to be British. Of course, on the Tube no-one would ever dream of making a comment, despite the fact the man is clearly a nutter.

    I wish i had a pair of those. I’d love to be able to read flat in bed without craning my neck.

  7. EC says: June 2, 20099:18 pm

    Those go great with shoe mirrors.

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