[Update: The movie Hugo, which I watched recently, reminded me of The Juvenile Artist described below.]
As usual, looking for something else, I happened upon the pages of Advertisements for June in an 1807 La Belle Assemblée.
I was particularly charmed by this ad for an exhibition of automata—and
thrilled to find a video of one of Maillardet’s works* on YouTube.
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.