Saturday, April 9, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of April 4, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Happy Sunday! Here's a fresh serving of Breakfast Links to begin the week – our selection of noteworthy tidbits gathered from blogs, web sites, news stories, and other curiosities that we've discovered around the Twittervierse:

• One of the most beautiful rooms in America: J. M. Whistler's Peacock Room c 1908 in the Freer Gallery: http://ow.ly/4qtpn
• In April, 1804 a meteor hit High Possil, Scotland. Here is an account of the event. http://ow.ly/4toJ
• 'If a man cannot get his dinner well dressed, he should be suspect of inaccuracy in other things’: Georgian flatware http://post.ly/1r2D2
• Gold mourning ring made by Paul Revere in 1783 up for auction, and stories of man it honors, Rev Samuel Dunbar: http://bit.ly/dSLxT7
• DIY a classic pleated Fortuny Delphos gown, plus tons of links to more pix: http://tinyurl.com/5vcar
• Amazing detail in early portrait of a Victorian lady - glass wet plate collodion negative: http://flic.kr/p/8H9R1X
• Rock-star rhino! There were many 18th c celebrity animals but none so great as Clara the Rhino http://ow.ly/4ubP2
• A more peaceful train journey - ah, if only the commute could be more like this! http://bit.ly/c4CULE “The Travelling Companions”
• Excellent true ghost story: the Lightening Girl of Sexton House http://ht.ly/4uqn5
• Brooch that Belonged to Queen Victoria Reigns Over Bonhams Jewellery Sale http://t.co/Dd7vbom
• 18th century smuggler’s tunnel unearthed in Hastings http://goo.gl/fb/7YeHX
• The Fashionable Sailor of 1785 http://wp.me/p9rmH-vw
• Great photos of famous writers & their dogs: http://ow.ly/4v63g
• Designer Paul Poiret promoted his fashions as unique works of art in and of themselves. Gorgeous velvet coat: http://met.org/g6j8dm
• How to murder your wife: Dr. Pritchard of Victorian Glasglow: http://wp.me/p1ne2h-2W
• We love maps for research for our books; here are some excellent research suggestions new to us: http://bit.ly/hWHxst
• This cheeky fashion plate escaped the Titanic in a hobble skirt: http://bit.ly/eZOGoo

6 comments:

Monica said...

Lovely post, lovely blog! :}

Chris Woodyard said...

Excellent summary of the Dr Pritchard case. It was, if you can call it such a thing, the Golden Age of poisoners....

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

These were great sites to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Susan Holloway Scott said...

Thank you all - glad you found links to amuse you!

Livieland said...

Re: the ghost story- As far as I can tell, nothing about it seems true at all. No actual account of the accidental death from a period source or periodical, all anecdotal evidence. Sorry, History Nerds, but as a fellow history nerd myself, I gotta say- I smell a rat.

Susan Holloway Scott said...

Livieland, we are ALWAYS skeptical where ghost stories are concerned, and this one was no exception. But the fiction-writing side of us can never resist a good story, and true or invented (or that loathsome rat), this was a good one. :)

 
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