Extraordinary collection of interwar German currency. Via Metafilter.
Washington circa 1915. "Miss Louise Lester, in charge of mutilation of old money at Treasury Dept." National Photo Company glass negative.
“A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people.”
Speaking as a fully-sighted person, when I was in Ecuador (where they use US dollars) I found the near-identical designs of different denominations really annoying; it must be a nightmare for the blind.
I was paying for something in US dollars today, and vaguely thought one dollar was still worth about 70p. In fact it’s only 53p, so everything is hugely cheaper than I thought. Hooray!