It may be the last unofficial week of summer, but we still have a bumper crop of Breakfast Links for you - our favorite links to other blogs, web sites, photographs, and articles you won't want to miss.
• Vintage photos of bathing machines, c 1900.
• How dandies looked: men's hair styles at the turn of the 19th c.
• Dress off the shoulders, hair hanging loose: Prince Albert's favorite portrait of Queen Victoria.
• Adventures of Stubby, heroic dog of WWI.
• London's burning...fires, fear, and insurance in the 1700s.
• The truth about 19th c. hair receivers.
• In 1788 letter, Thomas Jefferson is very particular about his pasta mold.
• The Leatherman, mysterious wanderer in 19th c New England.
• Why has the reputation of Florence Nightingale fallen while that of Mary Seacole has risen so rapidly?
• The perils of drinking, c 1700.
• Fair Rosamund! A medieval royal mistress whose legend extended into the 17th c and beyond.
• The challenge of a "smart society woman" in 1901: the impossibility of dressing on only £1000 a year.
• Extraordinary list of things to take to a picnic in Annapolis, MD, 1754.
• The Crusader's Bride: the life of 12th c. Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England.
• Finding Shakespeare's Forest of Arden.
• Among New York City's hundreds of statues of heroes and statesmen proudly stands Ralph Kramden.
• The wife is less than pleased: couple discover 33-foot-deep hole dug in the middle ages beneath their sofa.
• Early 20th c factory girls and boys, photographed by Lewis Wickes Hine.
• Posset, a drink of wine and milk, used to be drunk in posset pots.
• How Cleopatra's Needle was transported over the sea to London.
• No one could resist Sarah..." The short, tempestuous life of 19th c artist's model Sarah Brown.
• Tudor women united: birth, misogyny, and female space.
• Happy birthday, Mary Shelley, born this week in 1797: her scientific inspiration for Frankenstein.
• Several not-so-plain 18th c brown chintz gowns.
• Love on the range: the true story of a 19th c cowboy.
• Joyful celebration of color: the Royal Pavilion in Brighton in watercolors by John Nash.
• Breathtaking: the angel roof at Wymondham Abbey, Norfolk, c 1445. Crave more than a once-a-week update? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh tweets throughout the day!
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.