It's a 1946 penny!
I'm not trying to be Harriet the Spy, I just want to be able to read some teeny tiny print. So I went looking on Amazon for a magnifying glass, where I was almost instantly insulted when I read the product description:
HELP YOUR GRANDPARENTS - Imagine the look on their faces - your elderly loved ones will praise you with thanks when you gift them this set of magnifying lenses. We receive constant great feedback from our elderly friends who are over the moon with how this improves their day to day lives.
Come ON, seriously?? I remember using a magnifying glass as a child - when did these become marketed for the elderly? And for crying out loud, just because you're a grandparent doesn't mean you are elderly! Not only would I never call my parents, who are, indeed, grandparents, elderly - I also wouldn't have referred to my grandmother as elderly, and she was in her nineties when she died.
Elderly, hmpf. Either I'm way off base with my indignation, or these companies need to hire someone over 30 to write their ad copy; I'm going with the latter, obviously. I mean, if you want to identify yourself as elderly, then have at it, but to me, that conjures up an image that I am not - frail, weak, and yes, old.
This is all I wanted to do - why did it have to be so difficult?
We finally bought a magnifying glass at our local Harbor Freight - it's not great, but it's what we could find in town...and there was no label of "elderly" anywhere on the package, either - hmpf!