Saturday, September 27, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of September 22, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Fresh for your reading pleasure! Our weekly roundup of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, & images, all gathered from around the Twitterverse.
Feline hideaway: Frank Lloyd Wright's amazing house for a stylish cat.
• Holy horseshoes.
Image: When it comes to a good old medieval joust, my money is on the dog riding a rabbit.
• The fifteen most bizarre sex tips from the Victorian era.
• Amelia Simmons, America's earliest cookbook author.
• The wonderfully ornate & extravagant gloves of 1625-35.
Animals in warfare from Hannibal to World War One.
• Industrial espionage and cutthroat competition fueled the rise of the humble harmonica.
Image: Seventeenth century comic? First he's a soldier, then a burgomaster, then someone falls down in a shocking display.
• Truly incredible paintings: the British artists who were witnesses to World War Two.
• The lost Grand Union Hotel in NYC; in 1905 a 22-year-old hotel phone operator wed a 70-year-old guest who dies four months later, leaving her $15 million richer.
• Fancy pants: skirmishes with the fashion police in 16th c. Italy.
• You've been warned about "bicycle face" - now there's the horror of "motor-car face."
Image: Cats on a Ridge of a Roof at Full Moon by Fedor Flinzer.
• Dining at the stylish 1901 Cafe Martin on Fifth Avenue, NY.
• Arsenic, cyanide, & strychnine: the golden age of Victorian poisoners.
• "The Algonquin Legends of New England," 1884.
• In praise of the humble knot.
• Collection of digitised Victorian and Edwardian medicine trade cards now online.
• Venetian glass trade beads and the global Renaissance.
Image: You've got mail! US Mail trolley in Harvard Square, Cambridge, c1900.
• The Scotch Giantess, the Spanish Giant, a jealous husband, and a quantity of arsenic, 1831.
• A lady's maid and her duties in the Georgian and Regency Eras.
• Following Outlander on tv? Interesting blog by the costume designer about Claire's 18th c. wedding gown - perhaps more accurate than you might think.
Image: Official substitute for ice cream during World War Two: carrot on a stick.
• Small stories: illuminating dollhouses at the V&A.
• Why was Robert Webster, a slave, wearing what looks like a Confederate uniform in this photograph?
• Seventeenth century remedies: how to banish bugs and avoid feeling "louzy."
• General Washington and the body-snatchers.
• What the 17th c. can teach us about vaginas. (Really)
Image: A bookstore romance, by Harrison Fisher, 1902
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938): trapeze performer, model, artist, lover, and mother of an artist.
• How to attract a husband and be a good wife, 1960s style. Hint: how you eat cheese reveals a lot.
• Feeling peakish? Recipes for 16th-17th c. possets.
• Just for fun: a six-year-old's review of a favorite book (based on misunderstanding of the availabilty of multiple copies.)
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Quinn said...

just a heads-up: the Grand Union Hotel link goes to wartime paintings.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Fixed now! Sorry 'bout that. Had TWO bad links this week - clearly the cutting and pasting skills were flagging yesterday - but all should be correct now. :)

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