Time for Breakfast Links - our weekly round-up of fav links to other articles, images, blogs, and websites via Twitter.
• Oscar Wilde's tenure as editor of a high-end woman's magazine.
• English fertility towns: was there really something in the water?
• Gossip girls: early tea parties and the sexist slang they inspired.
• New National Parks Service website allows you to tour Ellis Island through your computer.
• For sale: Edith Wharton's $16,500 baby rattle.
• The real story of witches in Salem, MA, 1692 to 2015: "tragedy to farce without the pause for history in between."
• How Pauline Bonaparte lived for pleasure.
• Image: a lovely example of marbling in a 19thc. book.
• Ghosts are scary, disabled people are not: the troubling rise of the "haunted" asylum for entertainment.
• Changing image of American girlhood: scanned Girl Scout equipment catalogues, 1918-2015.
• The London beer flood of 1814.
• Benjamin Howell, a 19thc. confectioner who also sold patent medicines
• A young Nantucket woman paints autumn in 1797.
• Image: the fashionable silhouette for 1900.
• Atmospheric photographs of 1930s London at night.
• A spider that tumbled into a paper press in 1650 can be seen today, embedded in a math book.
• A woman convicted and beheaded for witchcraft 300 years ago to get a retrial.
• Ernest Hemingway, clutterbug: the stuff he left behind.
• Who was the mysterious female Agent 344, a Revolutionary War spy who has never been completely identified?
• Erotic dreams and nightmares from antiquity to the present.
• Image: WWI munitions workers - no medals for an extremely dangerous job.
• A medieval love letter (and eat your meat!)
• Running his stall and crying his wares: recording of a 1930s herbalist from Petticoat Lane, London.
• Glastonbury Tor and the labyrinth of the soul.
• Witch houses.
• Just for (Halloween) fun: what if your favorite books were Halloween candy? 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.