The White House Has Lifted its 40-Year Ban on Photos

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After flash photography was developed around 40 years ago, the White House banned photos on public tours out of concern for the executive mansion's artwork. But yesterday, that policy was repealed. Michelle Obama announced the change on Instagram:

In place of the old sign, seen being torn up by FLOTUS above, visitors yesterday were greeted by photos of the Obamas and signs reading, "PHOTOGRAPHY IS ENCOURAGED."

They didn't have to be asked twice:

Selfie sticks, however, are still not allowed.