Wheels of Change – for National Bike to Work Day, a brief visual history of how the bicycle emancipated women.
Stunning archival photos of vintage NASA (and NASA predecessor NACA) facilities.
For Bike to Work Day, a lovely illustrated vintage bicycle safety manual from 1969.
Absolutely amazing black-and-white photos of vintage NASA facilities from the 1920s-1950s.
For Children’s Book Week, the best illustrations from 130 years of Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
The early-20th-century photo of French boxers that inspired this new gem from Sophie Blackall, one of the finest illustrators working today.
Heartening stat of the day: Gallup finds that support for marriage equality has doubled since 1996, with approval now surpassing disapproval. Also see this animated GIF map of the geography of marriage equality since 1970 and the seminal 1993 essay instrumental in shifting the paradigm.
And don’t miss the most beautiful meditation on the issue yet – from a politician, no less.
Cats may be famous literary pets, but who knew the propaganda art of the anti-suffragist movement had an entire cat-centric sub-genre? As felines represented the domestic sphere and thus the feminine, they were used to portray suffragists as incompetent and unintelligent.
Vintage French boxing trading cards circa 1895, which inspired the wonderful The Mighty Lalouche.
The little-known art of beloved physicist Richard Feynman, born on May 11, 1918.
For legendary physicist Richard Feynman’s birthday, his fascinating biography as a graphic novel.
To reach puberty and find oneself falling in love with members of one’s own sex is to experience a mixture of self-discovery and self-disgust that never leaves a human consciousness. If the stigma is attached not simply to an obviously random characteristic, such as skin pigmentation, but to the deepest desires of the human heart, then it can eat away at a person’s sense of his own dignity with peculiar ferocity. When a young person confronts her sexuality, she is also completely alone. A young heterosexual black or Latino girl invariably has an existing network of people like her to interpret, support, and explain the emotions she feels when confronting racial prejudice for the first time. But a gay child generally has no one. The very people she would most naturally turn to — the family — may be the very people she is most ashamed in front of.
The stigma attached to sexuality is also different that that attached to race because it attacks the very heart of what makes a human being human: her ability to love and be loved. Even the most vicious persecution of racial minorities allowed, in many cases, for the integrity of the marital bond or the emotional core of a human being. When it did not, when Nazism split husbands from wives, children from parents, when apartheid or slavery broke up familial bonds, it was clear that a particularly noxious form of repression was taking place. But the stigma attached to homosexuality begins with such a repression. It forbids, at a child’s earliest stage of development, the possibility of the highest form of human happiness. It starts with emotional terror and ends with mild social disapproval. It’s no accident that later in life, when many gay people learn to reconnect the bonds of love and sex, they seek to do so in private, even protected from the knowledge of their family.
Women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton in a letter to her daughter, 1872.