Fresh for your weekend browsing - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images, gathered for you via Twitter.
• On the way to masculinity: women in trousers, 1914.
• Beautiful photographs of a visit to Dr. Johnson's house in London.
• How ritual vessels from China's Bronze Age have influenced various modern objects.
• The nightwalker and the nocturnal picaresque: 17thc. London at night.
• Two late 19thc. albums lead to the story of an African-American family in North Adams, MA.
• Now digitized and online thanks to Cornell University: Harper's Bazaar, 1867-1900.
• Images: Advertisements from the 1960s: "When boredom and fatigue bring on Housewife Headache."
• Knitting and sewing for girls at an 18thc. charity school.
• Defining the abstract concept of deep nerdery: the definitive post on James Bond's suits.
• The New York Female Giants: briefly a league of their own, c 1913.
• Preserved and full-dressed corpse of 350-year-old French noblewoman discovered.
• William Anthony, the last of the Charlies.
• Image: Fleet Market was built on the culverted Fleet River in 1736, in turn was cleared in 1829 to build Farringdon Street in London.
• The complicated history of the tampon.
• Useful historical textile booklet "toolkits" to download free from UK's Design & Textile Specialists.
• Dear Librarian: the New York Public Library reveals some of its quirkiest inquiries.
• Twenty-one morbidly fascinating things from Scotland Yard's crime museum.
• Image: Autographed seating plan for an 1877 dinner with many literary luminaries: Longfellow, Emerson, Howell, more.
• Hodge, Samuel Johnson's favorite cat.
• Etheldreda Laing: portraits by a pioneering early 20thc. color photographer.
• Death by hair.
• The Victorian fraudster who unwittingly acquired Henry VII's marital bed.
• Image: Oxford's High Street has changed very little in 200 years: Turner's 1810 painting & a modern photograph.
• Ancient gladiator school linked to the Colosseum in Rome to be restored.
• Poignant photographs of suitcases & belongings of incoming patients of Willard (NY) Psychiatric Center, 1910-1960; most never left.
• Georgian actor David Garrick's homage to Shakespeare in the form of a garden folly.
• Image: See how your country estate will look before and after improvements.
• True blue: A brief history of the color ultramarine.
• Queer as folk: the fantastical costumes of old English festivals.
• The sad fate of William Pitt the Younger's childhood home.
• A wealthy NYC dry goods merchant gave his son this lavish mansion as a holiday gift in 1908.
• Medicine and surgery at Waterloo.
• Novelist Georgette Heyer's birthplace now honored with an English Heritage Blue Plaque.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.
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.