My relationship with spectacles began at the age of six when my teacher realised I could not see the blackboard. These are my first glasses. Glamour is all.
I was quite a feisty child until I was made to wear glasses. I lost a great deal of confidence in the playground once I was forced to "take care of" these beautiful objects.
My mother was too proud to have her only daughter wear (free) NHS-issue frames, which came in one shape and three colours: pink, blue or clear.
Photo: NHS style 192, from the 1960's
One of my worst memories of primary school was the day I tripped on the steps and smashed my glasses while they were still on my face. A sliver of glass was embedded in my eyebrow and my mum had to pick it out with tweezers... shudder!
As I got older, styles changed and every year my prescription was renewed - so I had high hopes of wearing the latest "look". But more often than not, the new lenses went in the old frame.
I did have a pair of "Deirdre Barlows" though - they were hilarious! Sadly, no pictures survive.
Photo: Deirdre Barlow from Coronation Street in her fashionable frames.
When I hit 15 or so, I rebelled against my glasses and refused to wear them outside of the house. Contact lenses were not an option back then, so I just "managed". I would use them for reading in my bedroom but that was about all.
But when I went to Leeds in 1985, I marched to the nearest optician and asked for old-style NHS wire frames and wore them with pride.
Yes - my hair really was that colour!
This was probably the peak of my spectacle-wearing career. I was absolutely "on trend" with the other vegan / anarchist / feminist / hunt saboteurs of my generation!
But since then, adult life has intervened. Glasses have got more expensive. I have felt the need to look "professional" and ended up "boring". My current glasses are fine but they don't give me the alternative edge that I had in 1985. Hence the search for the perfect vintage frame.
But clearly these are not the ones for me! They are not even as vintage I thought they were. I am guessing early 1990's rather than 1940's!
So thank you all for your votes. The final results were:
No Roo - FL is right! 71 (84%)
Maybe... with the right outfit? 6 (7%)
Yes Roo - even though FL is right! 3 (3%)
Ignore them - I think you look fabulous! 4 (4%)
Votes so far: 84
And given that my readers are generally quite supportive, and my darling FL occasionally has to be seen by my side, I have to accept that I will be laughed at in the street if I wear these glasses.
But if I find out that FL bribed my daughter to lodge those "anonymous" votes, there will be trouble!