Bye Bye Bi-focals

Very Important PersonThey were once a status symbol fit for only the rich people in society, Bi-focal glasses of this type. They weren’t called Longline Executive Bi-focal glasses for nothing.

If you were a Bank Director, Doctor or Professor, you would wear these when you had reached that age when easy reading was’t taken for granted anymore. These glasses were meant to make you look more important and to give you a certain status.


I often spotted these type of glasses in TV series like The Avengers or All creatures great and small and I wanted to have these myself too when I reached the aforementioned age of assisted reading.

They had set me back quite a lot of money but it was worth it every penny. As my work demanded my complete and undivided attention as well as eye contact with my colleagues these were the best money could buy.

I have used these glasses for years but today I have finally said goodbye to them and put them on the shelf together with the other abandoned old spectacles of significance. As I no longer work with computers and have now switched to varifocal glasses with a better prescription I no longer use them.

Bye Bye Bi-focals, goodbye to an era.

Update: after two years I’ve gone back to them. I couldn’t get used to varifocals and I really like these glasses.

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Leendert van Gemeren

AuthorLeendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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