Saturday, October 4, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of September 29, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Welcome to Breakfast Links - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered for you via Twitter.
Flowers of the sky: hundreds of years of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars.
• Fascinating images reveal the true colors of ancient Greek statues.
• Heartbreaking: the last days of an iconic 19th c. Shingle Style house overlooking the harbor in Beverly, MA .
Image: Merton College Library, Oxford - the oldest continually operational library, open since 1376
• All a matter of taste: hideous hats from the 18th-19th centuries.
• Beautiful photographic portraits of 1920s Zeigfeld Follies showgirls.
• Children history forgot: 18th c. calico print workers could be as young as six.
• Fantastic manuscript: Japanese scroll c. 1800 showing European ship designs.
Image: Fan vaulting in Beauchamp chantry, Tewkesbury Abbey.
• Why 19th c. women refused the relief of anesthesia.
• Seventy-five years of historical costume design and research at Colonial Williamsburg.
• Why are packets of food that belonged to a Nazi war criminal sitting in a Maryland basement?
• Little Miss Muffet and her dad: 17th c. spiders.
Image: A 2000year old Thracian chariot found buried in Bulgaria along with the horses that pulled it.
• Behold! Everything you ever wanted to know about the 19th c. tazzle man.
• When a NYC medical student seeks to become an expert in poisons in 1915, a millionaire ends up dead in this house.
Image: Hampton Court Palace Astronomical Clock, commissioned by Henry VIII and completed in 1540.
• Handknit by Scottish women, the historically-inspired knitwear in Outlander may be the best part of the show.
• Ten historical myths that everyone believes because of Hollywood.
Image: Marvelous woman's French silk brocade hooded jacket, c.1760-1770.
Paintings of mysterious interiors by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916.)
• The mechanical leech, the anti-crime bow-tie, and seven other preposterous Victorian inventions.
• "Love is in the (h)air: how hair was used in 17th-19th c jewelery.
• Eight things you may not know about the guillotine.
• "To the next burglar": Mark Twain's front-door notice to prospective thieves.
• Dancing on the dead in dirty old London.
Image: Shocker! "Disgraceful Conduct on a Steam Launch", 1895.
• "So you think you can sew, Mr. Saint?" Thomas Saint, who first patented a design for a sewing machine in 1790.
• Just for fun: Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into scholarly articles as part of long-running bet.
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Donna said...

Thanks again for featuring me in this august company! Always appreciated. The iconic Shingle-style Loring House is actually across the harbor in Beverly, Massachusetts--but thanks for calling attention to its demise. Preservationists and architects alike are in mourning here.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Duly corrected, Donna. I think I was so overwhelmed that I missed the exact location. Hard to believe that such a house has somehow slipped through all the preservation safeguards and will be destroyed for the sake of one more soulless McMansion-by-the-Sea.

Lillian Marek said...

How do you manage to find all these fascinating tidbits every week? Aside from the Loring House, I love the Hammershoi paintings and the Follies girls.
Thank you.

Hels said...

Re women in labour, the History Today evidence (sorry I don't have the date) suggested that doctors would only offer pain relief via anaesthesia to upper class women. Working class women were not offered pain relief, regardless of medical condition.

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