Edwin Land and the Instant Camera

Edwin Herbert Land, a Harvard drop-out, demonstrated the first instant camera (soon to become the Polaroid Land Camera) on this date in 1947. Land had already founded the Polaroid company in 1937 after inventing an inexpensive polarizing filter used in film, sunglasses, optical microscopes, and other gadgets. He later served as a scientific adviser under the […]

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November 10: A “New Woman” at Cambridge

Amy Levy, a poet and novelist who wrote works on lesbian and feminist themes and was the first Jewish woman enrolled at Cambridge’s Newnham College (and the second at Cambridge), was born in London on this date in 1861. She left Newnham without taking her exams when her first volume of poems was published. Among […]

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