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1550: Le Petit Lorrain

Ambroise Paré’s designed this mechanical hand—which he named “Le Petit Lorrain” — in the 1550’s for a French Army captain. The thumb is stationary, but a mechanical lever operates the other fingers.  This illustration is taken from a 1663 edition … Continue reading

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1965: Freedom Highway

Spider Martin: Jim Letherer on the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Letherer was a civil rights activist from Saginaw, Michigan. He lost a leg to bone cancer as a boy, and it was his own experience growing … Continue reading

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1918: Gassed

John Singer Sargent: Gassed (1919) (source)

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1920: Helen Keller Holding a Magnolia

When Helen Keller announced that she had become a socialist, “newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before…now called attention to her disabilities.” The editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, for example, opined that her “mistakes sprung out of … Continue reading

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