A Watch for the Blind

October 22, 2010 § 5 Comments

Photo by Øystein Horgmo © All rights reserved.

This is a pocket watch I’ve inherited after my great-grandfather. Working as a farmer on the northwest coast of Norway he injured one of his eyes while mending a wire fence. Some time later he injured the other eye in the exact same way, making him completely blind. The watch has no glass cover and the numbers are indicated with braille-like dots.

The blindness did not stop him from providing his family with an income. Although he couldn’t go on as a farmer, he started making a living as a cabinetmaker. He died a few years before I was born.

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