Photo Of The Day: See Abraham Lincoln Like Never Before — In Vivid, Rich Color

Colorized Photo Abraham Lincoln

February, 1865. Image Source: Dana R. Keller

With Donald Trump closing in on 1 million Instagram followers (both Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are not too far behind) and The Washington Post dubbing this year’s presidential race “the first Instagram election,” it’s getting more and more difficult to think back to a time when photography didn’t hold tremendous power in politics.

Some 200 years ago (before photography even resembling that which we know today was invented), none of this was an issue. But by the mid-19th century, with photography still a novelty for most Americans, Abraham Lincoln swept in and took advantage of the nascent form.

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4 Female Civil Rights Leaders You Didn’t Learn About in School

Most people know who Rosa Parks is — here are four other women in the Civil Rights Movement whose names you should know.

Rosa Parks Leaders

Many women — such as Septima Clark, Mildred Loving, Georgia Gilmore and Betty X, above — helped advance the Civil Rights Movement

February 4th marks the birthday of Rosa Parks, the African American woman who made history on December 1, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.

Parks was one of many African American women who helped lead the movement for equality and the end of segregation in the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Several of her contemporaries were, like Parks, working women whose advocacy and activism were simply part of their day-to-day lives. This, in a way, makes them and their achievements all the more extraordinary.

Four of these female civil rights leaders are profiled here, to celebrate not just Parks’ legacy, but the collective courage of the women of her generation:

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Photo Of The Day: The Surprising Origins Of The First Ever Guide Dog School

First Guide Dog School

The first graduating class of the first seeing eye dog school in America, The Seeing Eye, in February 1929. The first class had two students and two dogs, Tartar and Gala. Image Source: The Seeing Eye

Although they’re now an inextricable part of so many of our lives, no one knows exactly where and when humans first domesticated dogs. The conclusions of even the most recent studies are in stark conflict, but we can safely place the “consensus” of the time of first domestication at somewhere between 10,000 and 32,000 years ago. Whether you take the high end or the low end of that range, that’s thousands of years before recorded history even began.

So it’s rather remarkable to realize that the blind have only been using guide dogs for about 100 years. And it’s perhaps just as remarkable that that revolution probably wouldn’t have occurred without the efforts of one, lone man.

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The Strange, Surprising History Of The Vibrator

In the U.S. alone, the vibrator is a billion dollar industry. But how long have they really been around, and who invented them?

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An early vibrator ad. Image Source: Wikipedia

A sex toy staple, the rise of the vibrator has always been linked to the hysteria treatments of Victorian England. But the Victorians were hardly the first to employ “pelvic massage” as a medical treatment. As it happens, the history of the vibrator is much longer than that:

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