Saturday, September 13, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of September 8, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Fresh for your weekend reading pleasure - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, all gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• "Few regret the loss of Atlanta, as it was a most wicked place": diary of a rebel nurse during the Civil War, September, 1864.
• The animals that served in the First World War in pictures.
• "Avoid, as intensely vulgar, any display of your position as a bride whilst traveling": a mid-1870s going-away dress.
• Blending past and present in photos.
• Lord Chesterfield's 18th c. advice to his son on how to be a gentleman still resonates.
Bathing in illuminated medieval manuscripts.
• Unexpected textiles & traditions: a hemp time ball, quilts, and miser's purses.
Image: From the Derby Mercury, April 5, 1751: It's number 28 for this lusty laborer.
Social disparity in a Victorian family - poverty vs. a life-style with governess & domestic servants.
• Dandies, masculinity, and fashion history from Renaissance to punk and rappers: an interview with Ulinka Ruback.
• New discoveries: did Viking women accompany male warriors on overseas missions?
• The medical realities of the Oregon Trail.
• What did the royal pages do at the Brighton Pavilion during the Regency era?
• The adventures of that daring 18th c. man of action, Friedrich von der Trenck.
Image: The beautiful rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, completed c.1250.
• Explore online these friendship albums, rare artifacts of 19th c. middle-class African American history.
• A look inside the accidentally preserved 5 Beekman Street building, NYC.
• Bram Stoker's rare handwritten manuscript for the play version of Dracula to go on display.
• The wonder of man and the wonder of nature: a 17th c. nautilus cup.
• Secrets of 18th c. cosmetic art: applying the perfect patch.
Jeanne de Valois, 15th c. Queen of France and Duchess of Berri - and eventually a saint.
• Photos from the 1920s of long-lost London.
Margaret Nash, courageous World War Two POW navy nurse.
Image: Fashion Week Rotogravure: the latest styles from Paris, 1917.
• "Hopes of being with Child": an early modern guide to knowing you're pregnant.
• How beautiful steel-cut buttons could transform an 18th c.gentleman's suit.
• Free audio book for the Halloween season: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" read by Tom Mison.
• Medicinal soft drinks & Coca-Cola fiends: the toxic history of soda pop.
• For the dog days of summer: early photos of favorite pets.
• The oldest known pair of pants discovered in China: 3,000-3,300 years old.
• Just for fun: how to make a towering 18th c. inspired wig of plastic wrap, sea shells, and cardboard.
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Hels said...

I wrote my honours thesis on medieval manuscripts and although I lecture exclusively on art history from the 17th century on, my heart still swells at the sight of those stunning images in the It's About Time blog.

The bathing in lakes and rivers is interesting. The bathing in man-made tubs, surrounded by people, is amazing.

Trevette Hawkins said...

Always enjoy my Sunday morning coffee with you, thank you!

Karen Anne said...

The wig link is stunning :-)

gio said...

Thank you for linking to my post!

nightsmusic said...

I'm here! I'm alive. I've been reading right along, but we're moving and I don't feel like I ever have more than a moment to myself.

Great links today. The going-away dress did not achieve its purpose however of voiding any display. It's probably one of the fanciest dresses I've seen you post. Beautiful, but there would be no doubt that it was for something special.

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