Happy New Year! The Breakfast Links are back, ready to bring you a week's-worth of tasty links to other blogs, web sites, articles, videos, & pictures, all gathered for you from around the Twitterverse.
• Enamel pig, a Glucksschweinchen, symbol of good fortune to wish in 2013.
• Consuming an entire avian population in a single gluttonous 18th c. meal.
• The poignant, secluded 1797 tomb of "an aimable child" on a summer estate survives as NYC engulfs the area.
• Amazingly detailed set of drawings by George Jones, published in a book on Waterloo in 1815.
• European royalty chart, back to Maximillan I (d. 1519), available to download here.
• Vintage New Year's Day postcards from early 20th c.
• Still in a festive mood? Check out these over-the-top fancy dress costumes from the early 20th c.
• To keep the Hogmanay party going strong, here's The Top Secret Drum Corps performing at Edinburgh Castle.
• What gifts did Queen Elizabeth I give (& receive) in 1578? It's all listed in her New Year's gift roll.
• Woody Guthrie's "New Years Rulin's" from his journal, 1943.
• The bridges of Old London in photographs.
• Party time with Martin Luther (or at least devil-spiting) "Whenever the devil harasses you thus...drink more."–Martin Luther, 1530.
• Fitness advice from 1920s chorus girls.
• Cripplegate: Destruction and rebirth of one of London's oldest areas.
• "Ran to the Canal & Jumped in to the Rescue": heroics of a Victorian tram conductor.
• Hold onto your horses - it's snowing! 1908 snow plow in action in Chicago.
• Never too late for a Christmas ghost story!
• The real story of Queen Victoria's 'domestic bliss.'
• After four marriages, Bess of Hardwick (1518-1608) was England's wealthiest woman.
• Women on the Force: Chicago's first female police officers, 1913.
• "To Vanish A Glasse of Beere", other 17th c. party tricks.
• A history of sequins from King Tut to the King of Pop.
• A Cruikshank dig at Horatio Nelson and the Hamiltons, and more smoke besides.
• Wonderful moody photographs of a dark city: London at night, 1930s.
• Dipped in the blood of a beheaded French king: DNA confirms gruesome momento from Louis XVI's execution.
• 1930s silk crepe gown would have been perfect for New Year's Eve party. Hungry for more? 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.