Saturday, June 6, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
• Beautiful treasures from London's Fan Museum.
• The elegant iridescence of Victorian mother-of-pearl book bindings.
• Beautiful Norwegian brides with stunning traditional wedding crowns.
• "Their work was non-work. Just air, like the holes in my lace": thoughtful piece on the lowly status of 'women's work.'
• The case of the sultry mountie: or, we need to talk about Cecil.
• A treasured silk dress c1810, handed down through generations of an Australian family.
• Image: New favorite word: tippitywitchet. From online resource for more about the great Georgian clown Grimaldi.
• Right on the border between amazingly cool and kind of creepy: a 17thc. handprint in handmade paper.
• The character of cats: depictions of cats in Georgian and Regency literature.
• Eighteenth century escapades: Evelina and Fanny.
• George Washington's "Baker Master."
• Fascinating web site: everyday life and fatal hazard in Tudor England.
• Image: A biscuit given as a love token, and kept since 1784.
• Multi-colored Chinese dragons finally to return to the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens, London.
• The classy rise of the trench coat after WWI.
• A lone survivor: the 1893 Andrew Foye house in NYC sits squashed between newer highrises.
• Don't write off paper just yet (we haven't.)
• Washday blues: duties of a Georgian laundry maid.
• Image: Worried about sunburn? Cover up like the lady in this 1890s fashion plate.
• Weird and wild sea monsters from the ocean's dark depths: revelations from the Thai Mahajanaka Jataka.
• Horses weren't the only animals seeing action in WWI: photos of the Imperial Camel Corps.
• A medieval drinking song.
• "The Sparkler of Albion": the many names Charles Dickens gave himself.
• Italian, sort of: tracing 100 years of changing tastes in ethnic dining through the restaurants in one location in NYC.
• Image: Handbill for refreshments to be had at the trial of Warren Hastings in 1788.
• Modern "hands-on" parenting has its roots in the Middle Ages.
• One of the oldest garments from Egypt: linen Tarkhan dress is about 5,000 years old (and how to make a replica.)
• Delve into the rabbit hole with Alice in this online exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.
• The first ferris wheel, 1893, was a glorious success.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.