Saturday, September 26, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of September 21, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Fresh for your weekend browsing - our weekly round-up of favorite links to other websites, blogs, articles, and images via Twitter.
• Vintage decorative and fashion ideas: Wright's bias fold tape sewing books, 1931.
• Artist John Singer Sargent and his people.
• In colonial New England, women were forced to confess to fornication outside of marriage, and fined for it.
• What 200 years of African American cookbooks reveal how we stereotype food.
Martha Washington's essential encampment tool kit.
• The belated pardoning of Salem Witch Trial victim Ann Pudeator.
Image: Stowaway cats escape capture and sail to Europe, 1930.
Jane Austen and the art of letter-writing.
• At the Pearlies' Harvest Festival in London.
• The persevering lover and the false wife, 1786.
• This official war artist drew stunning portraits of RAF pilots during World War Two.
• Newly rediscovered early modern Maryland ship was likely built on a plantation by slaves or indentured servants.
Image: Mark Twain in Instanbul, 1867.
• Quick quiz: which character from Thomas Hardy's novels are you?
• Good overview of 19thc. theatre in London.
• The history of the Stamp Act shows how Native Americans led to the American Revolution.
• Rare video footage of artists Monet, Rodin, Renoir, and Degas.
Image: "Wide-Awake" was once a common compliment for boys and men, as this dime-novel proves.
• Alexander Cruden, from Corrector of texts to Corrector of people.
• Why have Indian British suffragettes been erased from popular history?
• Do you adore Dior? How a fashion late bloomer changed the game in 1947 with his New Look.
• Bits of medieval France are incorporated in the Joan of Arc statue in NYC.
Image: In case you missed National Punctuation Day this week, here's a 15thc. manuscript with early pilcrows (paragraph marks.)
• A brief history of London tourism since 1800.
• A marooning scandal in the Royal Navy, 1807.
• We're still trying to figure out what made this poor cat a "badly marked tabby" in 1895.
• Just for fun: modern art simplified.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

The story of the Joan of Arc statue in NYC is important reading, even if I find the motives ambivalent. Thank you Ephemeral New York.

Quinn said...

Which of those tiny figures is identified as Mark Twain?

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Quinn, my guess is that Mark Twain is the man sitting on the left of the steps in his shirtsleeves. But that's only a guess!

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