Saturday, March 22, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of March 17, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014
We hope that Spring is here at last, and not just another day on the calendar, either. Here's our first Breakfast Links of the new season: our weekly round-up of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, gathered fresh via Twitter.
• Ready for summer! Beauty & the beach, a guide to 1920s-30s pyjama dressing.
Walk through 19th c. London with the Museum of London's Victorian street view.
• Artistic cross-pollination: Mughal flower studies and their 17th c. European inspiration.
• A 9th c. bell and its shrine believed to have belonged to St. Patrick.
Image: We're sure that a typo like this, on the first page of your book, was just as painful in 1830 as it is now.
• Fantastic set of photos of working class Philadelphians, 1910-1940, by John Frank Keith.
• True crime: a Manchester detective and an 1871 London murder case
• Eighteenth century recipe for Irish Sack, a treat for mice & men.
• A vintage NYC subway ride (complete with vintage-dressed passengers and ads.)
Image: Stupid medieval behavior: sawing through the border decoration.
• Not what you think (unless you're from Philadelphia): the humble Irish potato, a St. Patrick's Day ambassador of good will.
• What William Shakespeare's classroom looked like.
• A medieval meal for real.
Image: Gladys Zielian had The Look in 1919.
Companions in battle: animals of the American Civil War.
• Happy ending for an old Vermont bookstore.
• A sad tale of 18th c. illegitimacy, and a young mother hanged within weeks of the birth.
• Fascinating history of NYC's 75th Street Riding Academy, built in 1887 - now home to cars, not horses.
Image: Lantern Walkway, Chester, England.
• Sixty years ago, young women programmed the ENIAC, the first all-electronic programmable computer.
• A persistent history myth: the colonial "courting candle."
• A cockatoo perched in a Renaissance painting forces rethink of history & early trading routes.
• All your questions answered about medieval charms.
• A Brooklyn, NY woman's colorful quilt, 1867, reflects her experience of the Civil War.
• Fifteen exquisite historical fashion accessories.
Harlequins at Princeton.
• A NSFW ebook-download via Guttenberg guaranteed to liven up your reader: The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window & Bog-House Miscellany, a compilation of 18th c. bathroom wall graffitti.
Image: Pultney Bridge, Bath.
Greek fire: nine facts about the Byzantines' secret weapon.
• The dark history of Jack Sheppard, an infamous 18th c. criminal.
• A bumpy bike ride to equal rights.
• One writer's rankings of Jane Austen's leading men (and no, we don't necessarily agree.)
Image: Gorgeous Georgians at the Fashion Museum, Bath, England.
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Hels said...

Re the young woman with an illegitimate pregnancy, good grief. “Desiring her example might be a warning to all thoughtless young women, and calling on Jesus Christ for mercy, she was launched into eternity amidst thousands of commiserating spectators".

There but for the grace of God and some huge amount of luck go all the young women in the universe :(

QNPoohBear said...

I love the photos of working class Phildelphians. I have pictures of my dad's Italian working class family that are nearly identical to some of the ones at the LCoP.

I also love the Civil War animals. I wonder about the camel's story. The others were so sweet and sad.

I loved the Fashion Museum in Bath. I took hundreds of pictures of gorgeous gowns! I love the Regency and Victorian gowns the most. The Georgian gowns are exquisite but not something I would ever want to wear.

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