Saturday, July 19, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of July 14, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Fresh for you! Our weekly collection of favorite links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• How a move to Ceylon at age 60 affected the life and art of celebrated 19th c. photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. 
• Thomas Jefferson's handwritten vanilla ice cream recipe.
• From Downton Abbey to Pemberley, the famous fictional homes you can visit.
• Victorian doctors warned female cyclists against danger of developing serious condition called "bicycle face."
• On the anniversary this week of Alexander Hamilton's death: how Aaron Burr spoke about their duel in later years.
• The case of the misjudged gypsies: a tale from the early 19th c.
• What was inside the traveling studio of an 18th c. miniature portrait painter?
• Amelia Jenks Bloomer and the real story of "bloomers."
Image: View of the London Hospital in Whitechapel, c. 1760, when it stood in an open landscape.
• The life and clothing of Princess Diana, on display in a moving exhibition.
• In Glasgow, signs of slavery and the imperial past are never far away.
• A grievous offense: selling sexy snuffboxes to schoolgirls, 1816.
• An Elizabethan costume that appeared first in movies also was featured on a book jacket.
Video: Manhattanhenge: New York's solar phenomenon.
• The covert history of condoms in America.
• Cripples and baked potatoes: Victorian street traders.
• A lovely silk moire bonnet, c. 1845.
• An illustrated brief history of pockets from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
• Top ten marriages of the Revolutionary War era gone bad.
• This glorious 1929 Harlem movie palace survives totally intact thanks to a church.
• The sad life and unhappy marriage of the Duchess of Wellington.
Image: Ban this book!
• Well-preserved (but cursed) 16th c. warship found at the bottom of the Baltic.
• A tricky Jane Austen quiz.
• New research: thinking pink at the Royal Pavilion.
• Cooking up an 18th c. recipe for carrot pudding.
American Pastels in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: free book to read online or download.
• Lucile vs. M. Poiret: the fashion gauntlet is thrown down, 1912.
Staircases that will make you glad there's no elevator.
Image: Tour de Cool: stylish cyclists of a century or so ago.
• Brilliantly colored collection of portraits of boxers dating from 1750.
• Should we revive the art of dressmaking?
• The Nottinghamshire Giantess was born Frances Flower in 1800.
Image: Bookstore/library marketing, you're doing it right.
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Elinor Aspen said...

Another Sunday morning nearly gone, and here I was just going to skim a couple of these articles for fifteen minutes or so ;-)

Hels said...

I am fascinated by the struggle between Lady Duff-Gordon and M. Poiret. As you say, they were both keen on top quality publicity, staging fashion shows to launch collections. So was the battle won on another difference, perhaps the quality of the designs? Or perhaps on cost grounds?

Kathryn said...

I'm surprised that the Diana: A Celebration exhibit is still going on... I saw it a number of years ago in Philadelphia (maybe . I guess the fascination with Di will never fade.

That being said, it was a well done, lovely, but very sad exhibit to view. All I could think as I was going through was that these mean so much to us now because she is gone. It felt almost wrong to ogle her childhood mementos with that on my mind.

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