Saturday, May 25, 2013

Breakfast Links: Week of May 20, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013
We're back with a holiday edition of Breakfast Links - our weekly roundup of favorite links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and photographs, all gathered for you from the Twitterverse.
• What Jane Saw: amazing new site follows Jane Austen's visit to 1813 blockbuster exhibition of the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
• Why we celebrate Memorial Day.
• Photos of 1940s American cowgirls.
• The modern history of swearing: where all the dirtiest words come from.
• The rise & fall of charm in the American man.
• In honor of Memorial Day, a World War II military uniform.
• The madwoman in the attic: Mr. Rochester's wife in Jane Eyre & the treatment of the insane in 19th c. England.
• A baby carriage fit for a president's grandchild, 1891.
• Small is classically beautiful: a lovely hand-painted fan, c. 1805-1810.
Pin-up queens: how three female artists shaped the American dream girl
• Very few women worked for the East India Company in the early 19th c., but here are two of them.
• How Emily Wilding Davison's 'suicide' at the 1913 Derby affected the Suffragette movement.
• A few little wagers: how an 18th c. gambler made money by not marrying.
• The moon and epilepsy in the eighteenth century.
• A fashionable postcard photograph, c. 1910-1913.
• In a well in Spitalfields: remnants of 14th c. London life.
• Think you know Pride & Prejudice inside out? Try this interactive text analyser.
• This weekend's the official beginning of summer, and here's an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow, red, & purple bikini to help celebrate.
• A Georgian-Regency recipe only for the most adventurous: boiled cow heel.
• Necessary for bakers: the biscuit break.
• Old faces in new places: review of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new European galleries includes links to all the paintings.
• Long may it wave: a fetching coiffeur, 1940.
• The Boar's Head, Cheapside, in 1773 was no longer the wild tavern of Falstaff's time.
• The killer mobile device-Swiss army knife for Victorian women.
• Swat that fly! "Remember the female is more deadly", 1913.
Deborah Sampson, woman warrior of the American Revolution.
• Vile poisoner or Victorian victim? The case against Florence Maybrick.
• Of captions, clerics, & queens: tweeting the medieval illuminated manuscript.
• The FBI spent two years analyzing "Louie Louie", playing it at different speeds to find any secret messages.
• "A terrible evil": Edgar Allen Poe writes about his wife's illness & death.
• The "recipe" book of an early 19th c. maker of dyes for fabrics.
• After being sealed for 100 years, a time capsule reveals pristine artifacts from the past.
• There are plenty of reasons why parents may read more with their daughters.
• Box of widows' caps, 1870s.
• A pair of luscious 1920s silk robes de style.
• Punch looks at Vauxhall Garden's last days, 1859.
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mike sullivan said...

I really like you weekly roundup. Today 5-25-13 the link
only returned a blank page, even after trying many times. Darm !


Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Thank you so much for including the link to my Florence Maybrick post. Breakfast Links is required reading for me every week.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Sorry about that, Mike - the link's fixed now. Here it is, too:

Thank you, Elizabeth Keri! Your Maybrick post was fascinating, & definitely deserved a place. :)

Karen Anne said...

I read the suffragette article. It states that the horse died. The other sources that I then looked at, however, say the horse completed the race, although his jockey did not.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Karen Anne, I agree - everything I've read says both the horse and jockey survived. You may be interested in this article that just turned up today (sure to be in next week's links!)

Marti said...

I opened your cowgirl link, but at the end I read the article on Girl Gangs which I found way more intersting. Have you read it? I have now "friended: Messt Nessy.

Russ said...

Just after reading the pin-up girls link (, this interview ran on NPR, mentioning the pin-up cards.

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