Saturday, January 11, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of January 6, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Here's a fresh serving of Breakfast Links - our weekly round-up of fav links to other websites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• Early 19th c. fashion prints showing half-mourning for royalty.
• Image: How to shoot your beloved? These young ladies were instructed by Cupid himself! The HagueKB76H5.
• "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog": How Mark Twain's first short story became the breakout bestseller of 1865.
• Fashion of the forgotten: researching the dress of indentured and enslaved women, 1750-90.
• A brief history of pointy-toed flats.
• This week in 1933, the Sacred Cod was stolen from the statehouse in the fish heist that shocked Massachusetts.
• New favorite website: Cinderella bibliography.
• Engine of terror: how Brixton made the treadmill famous (and infamous.)
• Image: Exciting (!!!) news about Jane Austen's little-known military career.
• The medical case for beards: Victorian doctors praised them as a filter, a relaxant, and a remedy for sore throats.
• Perfect for Downton Abbey viewing: 1920s recipe for English Scones.
• Recipe for 'Peristaltic Persuaders', 18th c remedy for constipation.
• Proof via Laura Ingalls Wilder: school wasn't canceled for bad weather in 1882.
• A giraffe sandwich? Researchers discover you could order one in ancient Pompeii.
• A carved skull clasp closes a pilgrim's portable Book of Hours, c.1500.
• A favorite gift for 19th c. readers in England and America: the illustrated gift annual.
Charlotte of Savoy, Queen of France (c1441-1483), was second wife to King Louis XI.
• Image: The Hampton Court moat as Henry VIII intended, thanks to recent floods.
• Buried alive: exploring the darkened waters of London's River Westbourne.
• Suffering through rheumatism in the 18th c: Lady Bristol endures joint pain, falls, & swollen feet, yet still continues duties at Court.
• Don't be an "Idle Dick"! Boys in prison encouraged to read picture stories, 1840.
Bejeweled fingertips: a vulgar, bedazzling fad of the moment in 1903.
• That most fashionable of restaurants in Gilded Age NYC: now-lost Delmonico's, 1897.
• Image: Making a cameo appearance, from the J.Paul Getty Museum.
• There was much more to George III than his madness - including his architectural drawing.
• Image: Wrapper from funeral biscuit, 1828, given to mourners at funeral for Mrs. Oliver.
• Surreal photos  taken this week of "Chiberia", the Second City's frozen shore - including an iceberg in Lake Michigan.
Twelfth Night, always an excuse for a big blow-out celebration in 18th c. England.
• Image: Northern Lights seen this week in Brighton over the Brighton Pavilion. 
• For once the developers didn't win: the prettiest building in Times Square has been saved & repurposed.
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Above: At Breakfast, by Laurits Andersen Ring.


Karen Anne said...

The Northern Lights Brighton one is a fake. Why people like that Photoshopper lie is beyond me.

Chris Woodyard said...

Many thanks from Mrs Daffodil for the bedazzled fingertip fad link!
The prettiest building in Times Square brought a tear to my eye. Maybe this will encourage others to restore instead of tear down. And I think I'll use the cupid shooting lesson as my Valentine's card. Lovely!

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