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.... Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily. 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.