Darwin's spec's

Darwin with spectacles
Charles Darwin with spectacles hung from his neck.

Rageoss 2.02 has a nice piece on how stupid it is that image libraries can still claim copyright on photographs of Charles Darwin—a man who, let us not forget, died 127 years ago.

The photograph accompanying the article (right) was one I had seen before, but I had only ever seen it more closely cropped. The uncropped version finally resolved a small mystery for me: I have often wondered about the purpose of the slender chord which appears around Darwin's neck is a couple of photographs. I had wondered whether there might be a monocle or magnifying glass on the other end. It turns out I was almost correct. The uncropped photograph quite clearly shows a pince-nez hanging from Darwin's neck.

Darwin was a specky four-eyes!

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