We've written several times about the exhibition of 18th c. orphans' textile tokens, Threads of Feeling, that is currently running at the London Foundling Museum. Look here for our first post with the background history of both the Hospital and show, and here for a follow-up about the exhibition catalogue.
Recently the Museum launched a slide show on-line featuring a selection of the tokens, all beautifully photographed. Accompanying the slide show is a heart-breaking medley of 18th c. folk songs, all of which have the same sorrowful theme of men making promises they did not keep and unfortunate women who loved too well. A powerful, emotional presentation that we highly recommend!
Left: Textile Token, Sleeve Blue and white strip'd cotton turn'd up with purple and white linen.' Photograph courtesy London Foundling Museum. Caption: A baby's sleeve made from cotton woven in stripes sewn to linen printed with flowers. Foundling number 220. A girl aged about three weeks, admitted 15 November 1745. Named Catherine Walton by the Foundling Hospital. Apprenticed 31 August 1757 to James West, watch case maker of Fleet Street, London.
Great minds think alike: Several friends & readers of the TNHG have recommended this slide show to us, including Jen, Karen, Lady Burgley, Julie Wakefield, Sarah Woodyard, & Amanda Vickery. Many thanks to them all.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.