Ready for your Sunday browsing - our weekly round-up of favorite links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images via Twitter. • "A pearl of a woman....goodness without sin": 16thc. Queen of France Claude de Valois.
• Adventures in chintz: rediscovering the traditional techniques of traditional 18thc. Indian chintz designs.
• A literary history of dot, dot, dot....
• A love story like you see in the movies: Jacob Riis and Elisabeth Gjortz. • Image: A crowded schoolroom on the Lower East Side, NYC, was photographed in 1890 by Jacob A. Riis.
• The continuing mystery of Edgar Allen Poe's death: nineteen theories.
• The skin she lived in: how a 19thc. physician used the skin of one of his pauper-patients to bind books.
• The haunting human zoo of Paris.
• A visit to the opera in 1886, including a clever place to stash your hat.
• Roaring horses, lame dogs, and the reframing of British veterinary surgery.
• Neighborhood by neighborhood: where to catch cholera in London during the 1832 epidemic.
• A Regency history guide to Stourhead.
• Image: This photo is more than 100 years old, yet it still evokes autumn in New England.
• "You little confounded toad": genuine Georgian eccentric Dr. Messenger Monsey.
• Photographer William Whiffin captured early 20thc. London.
• "Wish you were here": the first postcards were introduced 145 years ago.
• Here lies Fluffy: pet obituaries, written by the owners left behind.
• Image: You could still find your way around central Cambridge using this 440 year old map.
• An economic history of leftovers.
• London's clothing streets, from Boot Street to Whalebone Court.
• The story behind the Irish flag.
• Image: Delicious embroidered details on an 18thc. gentleman's waistcoat.
• Fire prevention through history.
• Jess, the whiskey-loving mare, 1829.
• Nine trendy words that are older than you think.
• Image: We can relate: Christina Rosetti's reaction to having her poetry reviewed in The Times, as drawn by her brother Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1862. 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.