Saturday, May 30, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
• Gundry & Sons, makers of Queen Victoria's wedding slippers.
• "Covered with Egyptian darkness": New England's dark day of May 19, 1780.
• "I am left to tramp the tiled floor of my cell in lonely meditation": 19thc. prison memoirs.
• Was angora wool fashionable for 19thc. handwork?
• The lucky charms carried by soldiers during WWI.
• Image: This late 19thc. gentleman is the definition of swagger.
• Ruins for sale: a 10thc. castle goes well beyond "handyman's special."
• Samurai and courtesans: Japanese life in 1865 captured in early color photographs.
• The historical inspiration for the "Red Wedding" of Game of Thrones.
• Image: Wedding portrait of Cornelia Vanderbilt, 1924.
• "Will it never be day?" On the night of June 17, 1815, the Duke of Wellington waited to hear if Blücher would agree to march and join him at Mont St. Jean.
• Foil-ing the plans of the Baroness de Meyer, 1911.
• Life below stairs: duties of a Georgian housemaid.
• The Battle of Waterloo through the eyes of a modern war photographer.
• Image: Preparing for a pairs dive at the Toronto Ladies Swimming Club, c1925.
• Patriotic shoes: were these 1780s shoes made from the fragments of a Revolutionary War flag?
• The death of Queen Victoria, and the politics of mourning in the British Persian Gulf.
• The burning matter of English witches.
• Image: Manchester's "centrifugal railway," 1842 - basically an early roller-coaster.
• Skittles and sailors: how the naval pensioners were entertained in the 1860s at the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen.
• Biographical cartoons of notable Black Americans, drawn during WWII to promote unity.
• The widow and the law: a brief history of widows' pensions in Britain.
• Image: Trend alert! Two nearly identical dresses worn in two separate photographs from the 1860s.
• Marie-Antoinette's armchair is among the treasures soon to be auctioned.
• Stylish if not practical: 1920s nursing uniforms.
• Dracula: fact, legend, and fiction.
• Just for fun: In La Belle Epoque, it was not uncommon to see dinosaurs living in even the most fashionable arrondissements of Paris (though something may have been lost in translation - more here.)
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring.