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• Conserving 19thc. actress Ellen Terry's famous costume embellished with beetle-wings.
• The early 20thc. magician who astounded the world by raising spirits and talking with mummies.
• Who were Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and how did they become pirates?
• The final resting place of the bishops of London.
• The now-forgotten "scribbling woman" who outsold Nathaniel Hawthorne.
• Image: Early 20thc. unworn corset still in original box.
• A medieval town and its imported and domestic woollen cloth.
• The Chiswick churchyard where William Hogarth now lies with his neighbors.
• Why ancient Rome matters to the modern world.
• The incredible expandable medieval book.
• Image: Brilliantly colored early 20thc. advertising fan.
• Scars of war: shrapnel and bomb damage that remain as reminders in modern London.
• The fashion police in 16thc. Italy.
• The paper airplane collector of New York.
• A history (and an ode to) strong women in black turtlenecks.
• Creature feature: centaurs.
• Image: Joseph Lister's hearse, 1912.
• A fanciful 1873 cast-iron facade on Broome Street, NYC, features sunflowers.
• This looks like an intriguing one-week exhibition on costume at the University of Washington.
• Ahoy! The English language is chock-a-block with invisible nautical terms.
• Unbuilt London: 19thc. plans for straightening the Thames.
• Image: From Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, 1922: "the explosion of pedigreed bunk."
• Feeding the troops: the emotional meaning of food during wartime.
• A very close look at the earthquake repairs to the Washington National Cathedral.
• "I beg to apply for a ticket": Lenin visits the British Library.
• Moptops to Apple Corps: the language of the Beatles. • Just for fun: Who knew Doc Marten and William Hogarth would become design collaborators? 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.