Saturday, August 31, 2013

Breakfast Links: Week of August 26, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013
We're back from our break with a fresh serving of links to help wind up your summer - links to our favorite web sites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• David Garrick died in 1779 - and his funeral cost his estate a whopping £1391.
• A look at the undying chicness of airline uniforms of the past.
• Charles Yerkes' wife Mary had a massive NYC mansion and millions; but 19th c. Society shunned her crude manners and heavy drinking.
• Where have the carousel animals gone? Antique merry-go-rounds fight extinction.
• For fans of Cadbury's chocolate: Bournville - a confection of industrial relations.
• Something borrowed, something (indigo) blue - even blue pineapples printed on this cotton textile, c. 1760-80.
• The eyes have it everywhere in this symbolic portrait of Elizabeth I.
• Right down to the birkenstocks: 16th c. Irish hipsters.
• The sex life of dogs in the 18th c. - including an aphrodisiac!
• Pickled and stuffed olives, 1818.
• The Revolutionary War of a tale of a shoe: a cordwainer, a wedding shoe, & a Gaspee patriot.
• Tourist attraction? The sewers of Paris.
• Heavy going in a high sea: 19th c. bathing suits.
• Taste from the past: a swan supper on the Thames.
• The moon hoax of 1835: great astronomical discoveries.
• Rare 16th c. royal silver vervel, found in Norfolk field, reveals hunting habits of Charles Brandon, first Duke of Suffolk.
• Undelivered last letters from fallen WWI soldiers, along with wills, finally released and made available online.
• How far was an 18th c. musket shot? Farther than you think.
Don the Talking Dog, a German vaudeville sensation, saves a drowning man in Brighton Beach, NY, 1913.
• Newly digitized handwritten 18th c. receipt book, includes "the great and rare art of candying, cooking, distilling, preserving, pickling and physick."
• Rococo bones: Europe's jewel-encrusted relics.
• This week in 1813: Lord Byron appeals for punctuation.
Victorian celebrity photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron.
• Newly digitized: hundreds of both British and American suffrage posters.
• A Reed and Barton pickle fork for every occasion, 1884.
• Ray-Ban's predecessors? A brief history of tinted spectacles.
• Could this be the only existing photograph of renowned 19th c. palaeontologist & geolgist Mary Anning?
• Delightful French fashion plates from Galerie des Modes et Costumes Francais: 1778-1787.
• Early baldness cures: "Froath of the Sea, by washing of a bald Head decently and cornelily, to deck it with Hairs."
• Cover of 1913 Puck magazine visualized the close of summer as the end of romance and departure of mermaids and angels.
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QNPoohBear said...

Great links today. I especially liked the one about the carousels. We have a few in my state including one in my city complete with brass rings and original organ. Rides are still cheap and it's a lot of fun.

Ana said...

Your Breakfast Links tag page is the the page I visit the most on TNHG blog.

Chris said...

So glad that I found your blog! Thank for all the great links and info.

Chris Woodyard said...

Oh, those letters stored with the soldiers' wills... Heartbreaking. "No known grave."

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