Here's your weekly offering of Breakfast Links – our favorite links of the week via Twitter, including links to other blogs, web sites, photos, and articles you don't want to miss.
• Curious communications: an 18th c English sedan chair becomes a 20th c Australian phone booth.
• The most enduring (if mistaken) legend of the Yorktown surrender: its musical accompaniment.
• Truth or history-myth: "They're called 'sadirons' because ironing was such a hated chore that women were sad to iron."
• Inside Queen Victoria's wedding shoes.
• Killing time: how card-playing shaped the American Civil War, and how the war shaped cards.
• Sara Guppy, eclectic 18th c English inventor.
• Two striking memorials to victims of 17th c witch trials.
• Thirty haunting abandoned doors in pictures.
• Stephen Hales's syllabub machine.
• Bristol: where you can sell your wife for half a crown (or at least you could have in 1787.)
• "Call for Philip Morris!" A spark of celebrity at the funeral home.
• Read Anne Morgan's Sept 10, 1918 letter to her mother from devastated France during WWI.
• Statue headed for Missouri becomes a poignant, unintentional 9/11 memorial through a twist of fate.
• Women's suffrage, the shut mouth, and forced ingestion.
• Excavation team may have discovered remains of Richard III in Leicester.
• A first class lady passenger - fab image from the 1930s, from the National Railway Museum.
• Amazing librarian tattoos.
• Letter by Charles Dickens surfaces after 150 years.
• Looking at dummy boards, those mysterious slightly uncanny painted figures.
• Snake oil almanacs: 19th c patent medicine advertising.
• The Bristol Old Vic: built in 1766, it's the oldest working theatre in Great Britain & about to reopen.
• An historic dress for fall, c 1842.
• Just your usual medieval day.
• The female convicts who made the Rajah quilt en route to Van Diemen's Land, 1841.
• Seven famous people who luckily missed the Titanic.
• The smarmy facade of 60s playboy manhood: James Bond auditions, 1967.
• Lock of Jane Austen's hair, made into a mourning brooch. Crave more than a once-a-week update? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily.
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.