Saturday, July 18, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of July 13, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Served up fresh for your weekend reading - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images via Twitter.
• The buried remains of Little Compton Street, London.
• A dip in the briny: bathing in the sea wasn't always fun in the 18thc.
• The myth of designer Poiret abolishing corsets debunked by 1906.
• Contemporary 17thc drawings of rather splendid palaces & country houses, and their gardens.
Image: This 1722 phrasebook from a gentleman's pocket companion tells a story in French & Italian.
• An 18thc. sailor's possessions (and they weren't much.)
• Babies on display: when hospitals couldn't save premature infants, a Coney Island side-show did.
• How a twelve-year-old girl in 1930 gave the planet Pluto its name.
• The Michelangelo next door: David statue in front yard divides suburban neighborhood.
• Religion and the experience of sickness in the early modern world.
Image: Stunning embellished 1957 shoes by Dior.
• "Wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day": beautiful letter to a stranger by author & essayist E.B. White.
• Georgian hair: fashionable but potentially fatal.
Swimming on dry land, 1900.
Image: Elegant beadwork on these Iroquois leggings.
• Heartbreaking video of what remains of Clandon Park, a once-beautiful 18thc. country house, after the fire earlier this year.
• A quick look through women's tennis fashions at Wimbledon.
• The experience of growing up in medieval society.
• When wellness was weird.
Image: 1916 newspaper printed on poplar leaf to shame deadbeat subscribers.
• Mug shot fashion: late 19thc. female inmates of San Quentin prison and the hats they wore when arrested.
• When Scottish Fair Isle met traditional Vancouver Island motifs: the Cowichan Indian sweater.
• The pet parrot in 18th-19thc. art, literature, and history.
Images: One of the most beautiful libraries in the world: inside the Pierpont Morgan Library Museum, New York.
• There's a million-dollar reward for finding Dorothy's missing Ruby Slippers.
Image: A real patent found in the British Library. Think about that....
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Anonymous said...

The kicking machine is cute, but not unique. It is a 2001 US patent. It is lapsed, so if you want to build your own ...........

Here is one built in 1937 -

There are earlier patents for similar devices. In the 1990s I saw a water powered one on the net, but now can't find a link

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