Ready for your weekend browsing pleasure - our weekly round-up of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, collected via Twitter.
• Bearded hipsters, beware: denouncing excessive facial hair through history.
• The use of the saber in Napoleon's army.
• Known for his innovative, exotic, and shocking designs, Paul Poiret was an early self-proclaimed "King of Fashion."
• The remarkable 19thc. butter sculptures of Caroline S. Brooks.
• Image: Surprisingly beautiful 18thc. barber's apron.
• Seventy years ago, Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth secretly partied in the street with commoners during VE Day celebrations.
• How the 1834 novel Tylney Hallby Tom Hood is an everyday story of black people of Georgian Wanstead.
• Viking fashions rock the catwalk.
• Solving an art history mystery: identifying the 18thc. portrait of Solomon Brigden, carter, in the service of the 3rd Duke of Dorset.
• Has there ever been a women-only army?
• Wigging out: a 17thc. recipe for extracting earwigs from the ear.
• Image: Belle Gordon, Champion Lady Bag Puncher of the World, c. 1900
• Bounce, the devoted Great Dane of Alexander Pope, who not only served as the poet's literary muse, but saved his life as well.
• How taking Mom out for a Mother's Day brunch is a feminist tradition.
• Georgian concern: can drinking tea turn you into a whore?
• Image: Child's striped knitted sock from Roman Empire, 1800-2000 years old.
• From Milton to Keats: five Cockney poets.
• Retroactive erasure: the Black Madonnas of Europe.
• Visions inside the 19thc. Mughal harem: three memorable portraits.
• The remains of a Irish immigrant woman, murdered in Pennsylvania in 1832, finally identified & begin the long trip home for burial.
• Image: Trade card from 1896 for Ajeeb, the Wonderful Chess Automaton.
• How informal ex-pat networks helped build early modern empires.
• The A,B,C's of slavery and abolition.
• How nylon stockings changed the world seventy-five years ago.
• New research into what makes the Highland identity.
• Image: 1880 census page proves that at least one child really did run away to join the circus. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.