Queen Victoria in Goggles

Queen Victoria looked very steampunk when she had to wear goggles in 1899 in an attempt to cure her cataracts. Though I'm not sure how goggles would have helped without surgery, which she refused to have.

Source: The Philadelphia Times - July 30, 1899

And in a case of art imitating life, you can buy a "Steampunk Queen Victoria" mug here. I'm not sure if the site selling the mug realizes that Queen Victoria actually wore goggles like this in real life.

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 17, 2014
     Category: Nineteenth Century

The specially & shaped treated lenses focused the rays of the sun in such a way that they would have burnt off the cataracs. What the doctor didn't plan for was that she was in England where the sun never shines!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/17/14 at 09:56 AM
How accurate is that treatment?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/17/14 at 12:55 PM
The description of the mug on the website says "Features an image of Queen Victoria wearing steampunk googles."
Posted by tadchem on 12/17/14 at 01:45 PM
Considering she was eighty years old and a year and a half away from dying, it was likely a wise idea to have forwent surgery.
Posted by Eoin Riedy on 12/17/14 at 02:07 PM
Those goggles would have looked right if she were riding a Harley. 😛 I suppose that would make her a Harley Queen!
Posted by KDP on 12/17/14 at 03:52 PM
The goggles put her very much in the Steam Punk fashion mix.

On another note some historical sources claim she was quite the swinger for her time.
Posted by Gator Guy on 12/17/14 at 06:39 PM
@Patty: It's 100%. Almost as soon as the focused rays hit your eyes your cataract problem is over forever!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/18/14 at 12:38 AM
@Patty: I thought you saw the world through rose colored glasses ?

P.S. You need to share some of that chocolate Paul sent you with the rest of us :exclaim:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 12/18/14 at 07:38 AM
Never could quite get into steampunk. Too much pressure I guess.
Then again, electric punk is revolting.
Posted by Gary Foster on 12/22/14 at 12:49 PM
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