Served up fresh for your weekend delight: our favorite links of the week to other blogs, web sites, photographs, and articles, collected from around the Twitterverse.
• Fancy Edwardian folk in fancy dress: photos from the Duchess of Devonshire's 1897 Diamond Jubilee Ball.
• Lady Mary Montagu and the Destroying Angel.
• Indecent Lifting & Heaving.
• This is wonderfully charming: Pres Theodore Roosevelt writes a letter with illustrated fable to his 3 yr old son, 1890.
• Bringing on the sauce: 18th c rise of exotic sauces & condiments.
• Ode to kinder, cleaner, less jingly times: Victorian change packets, from shopkeepers with (self-promoting) love.
• Panel embroidered by Mary, Queen of Scots, shows cat & mouse; may be a symbolic allusion to her situation.
• Stolen: Severed, mummified (and of course haunted) hand of 18th c gambler who cheated at whist.
• Faulkner's Street Cries show London working life, 1902.
• How 1920s undergarments aided in the changing silhouette of fashion.
• The grand 1883 Metropolitan Opera House demolished in 1967 despite passionate appeals.
• Burnt Custard, 18th c tasty cousin to creme brulee: recipes from Mary Randolph.
•Abraham Lincoln's funeral in New York, with amazing photographs.
• Country house amenities: cleaning.
• You've used the word, but bet you've never seen one for real. A Juggernaut, or Hindu Temple Car.
• Find work a pain? Gain some perspective with this look at life in a Victorian women's prison.
• Excellent sleuthing regarding that disputed portrait that may (or may not) be Jane Austen.
• Oh, those leg o' mutton sleeves! Elegant black faille formal dress, c 1895.
• Reconciling harem-pants with the grim reality of the Civil War: Zouaves.
• New interactive map project shows how long it took to travel between ancient Roman cities.
• Exploring the abandoned hospital complex on Ellis Island - and what can be done to save it.
• Alice Paul, Champion of Woman Suffrage.
• Beautiful & intricately embroidered late-17th c box, includes special compartment for Boscobel Oak acorn.
• From celebrations for Queen Victoria: Jubilee Cakes and Ale.
• Don't know HOW we missed this earlier! Booty: Bravest of the Brave (warning: Royal Navy nudity *g*.)
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.