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Putting Mr. Lincoln to work…

“The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5”: Fiverr…  (Also worth checking out: the source of the image above, Vandalize George.)

As we try to divine whether we’re the victims of inflation or deflation, we might recall that it was on this date in 1636 that Utrecht University was founded.  It’s alumni include scholar Perizonius , mathematician and philosopher René Descartes, biographer James Boswell, zoologist Frans de Waal, and Nobel Laureates (Physics) Tjalling Charles Koopmans and Wilhelm Röntgen…  and it’s still going strong.

17th c. botanical garden at the University

Snapped shots…

A collection of… well, strange old photos, from the remarkable Black and WTF.  Consider, for example:

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More– much more– at Black and WTF.

As we revisit our family albums, we might recall that it was on this date in 1860 that Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the office.  Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union candidate John Bell, and, famously, Northern Democrat and Illinois senator Stephen Douglas.

Matthew Brady’s 1864 photo of Lincoln reading to his son Tad

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