Saturday, February 18, 2012

Breakfast Links: Week of February 13, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Served up fresh: our weekly offering of Breakfast Links! Our favorite links to other blogs, web sites, pictures, and articles, collected for you from around the Twitterverse.
A Day in the Life of a Wartime Housewife, 1941:
• Is this really a long-forgotten photograph of the Bronte sisters?
• A slice of the world's grandest hotel in 1853 survives on Broadway.
• George Washington, international example of cocky, callow youth, and how he grew up:
• Imagine making a dramatic entrance wearing this 1927 coat from the House of Lanvin:; Now imagine revealing this stunning ca. 1924 Lanvin dress:
• Hand-Written Love Letters from Famous People: Henry VIII To Michael Jordan
• 18th c bad girl & actress Mrs Wilson (c1752-1787)
• Wonderful story of Emma Riley Macon, teenager caught in middle of American Civil War:
• Obsolete endearments for old-fashioned romantics, from ‘pigsney’ to ‘flitter-mouse’.
• Trayne Roste - Making a 15th c English Spit Cake over an open fire (with video) :
• Kingston Lacy, the beautiful, poignant house created by William Bankes:
• Death at Carlton House: The Sorry Tale of a Footman's Suicide
• Romantic ideals and sexual desire in the Middle Ages:
• "A private society that publicized the secrecy of their activities" aka the infamous 18th c Hellfire Club:
• England's lost Downtons: How endless homes have ended up as bypasses, office blocks & golf courses
• Esther Howland (1828–1904) first to publish & sell Valentine cards in the US
• Historical wedding shoes – slide-show from the Bata Shoe Museum:
• Diamond flaming hearts sparkle in the Manchester Tiara, made by Cartier in 1903
• General Grant in Love and War
• A list of things to be cut from movies in 1927, pre-MPAA (e.g. the word "Gawd")
• Do not yawn or gnaw at anything! Museum etiquette from Catherine the Great:
• Cats' meat & green hastens: William Marshall Craig’s Itinerant Traders, 1805:
• Charming 17th c Swarkestone Pavilion, restored:; before restoration, used as a backdrop for Rolling Stones album cover:; finally, recreated (sort of) in Las Vegas:


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