Saturday, November 8, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of November 2, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Fresh off the griddle! Our Breakfast Links feature all our fav links of the week to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, all gathered for you via Twitter.
• Fabric of the frontier: how textiles help us understand the American West.
• A pair of fashionable ladies from the 1860s? No, Victorian female impersonators Fred and Earnest, aka Fanny and Stella.
• Up for auction: this fabulous 1927 silver lace wedding gown.
• Cropped out of history: individuals who lived on the margins of society and culture.
Image: Luxurious 1890s American silk brocade boots.
• Good news for Early American material culture people (and anyone who likes to browse images): Historic New England has expanded their on-line digital  collections.
• Stories from the Great War: the Artists Rifles.
• The world-wide fascination with Sherlock Holmes' tweed cape.
Image: 18th c. Lady's Magazine advises wives to dress as carefully after marriage as before to please their husbands.
• Melancholy list of Edgar Allen Poe's debts, from his 1842 bankruptcy petition.
• Women rejecting marriage proposals in Western Art.
• The tragic life of Marceline, the star clown of the NYC Hippodrome before WWI.
• Amazing homes from the realms of films and TV....when do we move it?
• History of fireworks: cautionary tales from history.
Image: Unusual portrait of by Rembrandt Peale of his brother Ruebens...with a geranium.
Romance for every season of the year with 17th c. artist Jean LeBlond.
• New interactive map of Versailles.
• Edward Dando, the celebrated 19th c. gormandizing oyster-eater.
"Lively as an Eel, by virtue of that Liquor": unexpected effects of 17th c. chocolate consumption.
Nine famous people and what they're buried with.
Why are there so many monsters on historical maps?
• Imagine your mother-in-law is Abigail Adams, and she thinks you aren't American enough.
• Starling murmurations in pictures.
Image: Keeping warm with 1922 Sonia Delaunay designs.
• A new Flickr album of bookplates, drawn from the collection of the Library of Congress.
Ghosts and the French Revolution's Reign of Terror.
• From Old London: memorable tombs of the rich and famous.
• Twelve reasons (with great illustrations) why women do not deserve the right to vote, according to a prominent 1914 anti-suffragist.
Image: Sweeping the letters, Hours of Marguerite d'Orleans, Rennes, c. 1430.
• Visiting a Jane Austen site: Box Hill from Emma.
• Beautiful stitchery came from the Wemyss School of Needlework in Fife, Scotland, found in 1877.
• The lost Jennings-McCullough Mansions on Park Avenue, NYC, lavish double mansions built for a pair of wealthy sisters in 1891.
Image: View from Pentonville Road Looking West, London, Evening, by John O'Connor, 1884.
• Three brave British Army wives during the American Revolution.
• The papers and objects that ships seized in wartime.
• Fire over England: The evolution of Guy Fawkes.
• Ten things you probably didn't know about the history of London.
• Jousting secret explains how Charles Brandon rose so quickly at the court of Henry VIII.
Image: Brocaded silk Spitalfields shawl, late Regency period, 1820s.
• Fighting smallpox at the Foundling Hospital with Dr. Richard Mead.
• A tiger lose in Limehouse, 1839.
• Just for fun: photoshopping a Bronte/brontosaurus joke.
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Hels said...

I would recognise Wemyss Pottery Ware, first produced in 1882, with my eyes closed. Yet I have never heard of Wemyss needlework, even though they both came from the same city (Fife) at approximately the same time. Why do you think that is so?

Hels said...

oops, county.

Karen Anne said...

Once again, men made into mincemeat in Western Art :-) I shouldn't enjoy these so much. I will admit, Tess seems too mean in all of them.

Anonymous said...

The story about the tiger is fascinating, because today we would almost certainly shoot and kill it, no questions asked. Amazing that they wrestled it with ropes and brought it back to its owner (and back to what was certainly a grim existence for a wold animal).

Anonymous said...

ooops, *wild*

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