Saturday, August 2, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of July 28, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Fresh for your browsing pleasure - our weekly round-up of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• Four-legged 19th c. star athletes: endorsement deals, paparazzi, and glory.
• A splendid masquerade given by the Danish king at the Opera House in the Haymarket, 1768.
Tarot mythology: the surprising origins of the world's most misunderstood cards.
• Gangs of New York: 19th c. recruitment of the Irish "straight off the boat."
• This envelope once contained a medal for a soldier of Napoleon's army.
Image: What a way to travel: Louis Vuitton's 1923 bookcase trunk.
• The seventy-four cats that guard the Hermitage Museum's artistic treasures from mice.
• Remembering World War One: digital composites of WWI photographs superimposed on modern images.
• In church attics, new clues to the private lives of early Americans.
• Beautiful summery paintings featuring women in gardens.
• How 18th c. ladies played - and changed - the game of cricket.
• Fedoras to mullets: decades of fashion words explained.
Image: "I'm just going to write because I cannot help it." - Charlotte Bronte's manuscript of Jane Eyre.
• The fascinating daily routines of famous creative people in history.
• In 1894, singer Anna Held demanded 40 gallons of milk each day "for bathing" as a guest at he lost New Netherland Hotel, NYC.
• "My Well-Beloved Valentine": marriage, medieval and modern.
• When gin was full of sulphuric acid and turpentine.
Image: An amazing Palladian-style Georgian dollhouse.
• "Hearts do break in silence, without a word or a sigh": a Civil War diary from Dixie, 1863.
• Sinuous passementerie braid decorates this 1890s woman's royal blue jacket.
• Victorian vegetarianism.
• "The impudence of this woman was astonishing": the surprisingly helpful Honorable Elizabeth Harriet Grieve.
• "Health and Beauty Hints," published in 1910 and online here, offers tips on achieving the Edwardian beauty ideal.
Image: 16th c. man's doublet with incredible embroidered detail.
• Summer entertaining tips from writer Edith Wharton.
Honey in the ancient world.
• As the men dug up old graves in the Kentucky graveyard, something knocked from inside a coffin.
• Who knew that beneath downtown Los Angeles lies an abandoned underground railway?
• Inside Fulham Palace, a Tudor oasis in the middle of modern London.
• Georgian secrets of cosmetic art, including hair care.
Image: Suffragist Emmeline Pethick Lawrence rejoicing on her release from Holloway Prison, 1908.
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