Saturday, June 28, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of June 23, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Hot off the griddle (even on the hottest summer day) - our weekly round-up of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, all gathered from around the Twitterverse.
Fashion victims: ten of the deadliest shoes and accessories of the 19th c.
• A dream of toasted cheese: 19th c. author Beatrix Potter's early scientific interests.
• Charles Dickens's signature and seal on his 1837 contract with Chapman & Hall to publish The Pickwick Papers - high resolution and zoomable.
Pocahontas, fantasy and reality: why so many people still need the Indian princess.
• Fascinating new site debunks the many things supposedly said by the Founding Fathers.
Image: A good old-fashioned 18th c. slagging match...whoever said people were more polite in the past were wrong.
• The anatomizer's ground: uncovering the dark history of St. Olave's,  Silver Street, London.
• Fabulous 18th c.  fans from the collection at Snowshill Manor.
• Diary of a 1930s housemaid in an English country house.
Anna Maria van Schurman, 17th c. painter, engraver, poet, & scholar, had to hide behind a screen to lecture at university.
• A heroic bride in Brooklyn, 1906.
• Lady Hester Stanhope's melancholy, 1815.
• Road workers in eastern China found a mysterious box underground - and this was what was inside.
Image: A close-up of an 1897 photograph showing a smiling Queen Victoria with a white parasol.
• A brief history of why we take oaths on books - and whether e-books count.
• The forgotten theatres of Victorian London.
• Rev. William Dodd, the 'Macaroni Parson', who ended his life on the gallows.
• Provocative reports of the death of Lt-Col. James Abercrombie, highest-ranking British soldier to die at Bunker Hill.
Image: William Bligh bullet rations weight after 1789 Bounty mutiny.
• It girl, oops, and sexpert: twenty words that originated in the 1920s.
• To butcher a hog, 18th c. style.
• The hunt is on for Battle of Waterloo descendants for 200th anniversary in 2015 - are you one?
• You've got to wonder who was advising Grace Dalrymple Elliott when she created the Bellona Cap in 1786.
Image: Waistcoat of a Honourable East India Company captain, sewn from one of his wife's petticoats and featuring silk embroidery from India.
• In which J.Edgar Hoover warns all the kids to get off his lawn.
Carrie Nation, a 175-pound, six-foot-tall self-described "bulldog" of a woman who smashed bars.
• Conserving & digitizing nine tiny volumes made by Charlotte Bronte and brother Branwell as children.
Women stockbrokers are still in the minority on Wall Street; imagine how unusual they were in the late 19th c.
• Uncle Arthur Wellesley? He's not all that..."Wicked" William Long-Wellesley goes to war, 1808.
• Our favorite image of the week: a colorized photograph of Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY, c.1915.
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Anonymous said...

Love the links. Why is the St. Olave's one missing?

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

The St. Olave's one was missing because I collect them late at night - it's my "end of the day" work - and sometimes I just goof. The link is there now, and here it is below, too. Thanks for the catch!

Elinor Aspen said...

This is my favorite way to enjoy my second cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. I'm bookmarking the fakefoundersquotes site for later reference. Thanks!

OK; this is my third attempt to decipher the "prove you're not a robot" characters. I guess I need more coffee (curse you, minims!)

Chris Woodyard said...

Oh my--poisonous and deadly clothing, a Chinese mummy, Wellington's nephew problems, and those gorgeous fans--what a lovely way to open the day!
And thanks for including the heroic bride, who, I hope, lived happily ever after.

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