Saturday, October 3, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of September 28, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Fresh for your reading pleasure - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The Hackney whipping post.
• Selling corsets door to door, 1890.
• Second-hand wedding shoes from a time of post-WWII austerity.
• Lies, half-truths, and irrelevancies: American slavery myths debunked.
Image: Carrying the Papal Umbrella, 1464.
• Coveting clothing: six women and one theft in 18thc. London.
• From patrons to chefs: a history of women in restaurants.
• A rare 1921 "vestal virgin" costume from a ceremony dedicating a WWI memorial.
• Come see, come sew: vintage books on handicrafts.
• "I fell down the stairs": marital violence, material culture, and space in the long 18thc.
Image: Teacups on the ceiling at Cassandra's Cup in Chawton, opposite Jane Austen's house.
• Very necessary in 19thc. America: Mahlon Day's Originary Counterfeit Detector, 1828.
• When Rudyard Kipling's son went missing at the Battle of Loos, 1915.
• Finding "buried treasure" in a rare book library.
• Yale launches new archive of over 170,000 photographs documenting the Great Depression.
• Why Jane Austen never goes out of style.
Image: Humorously staged stereograph photo of a seance interrupted by a ghost, 1894.
• The remarkable story of Britain's first woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. And more here.
• This is amusing: an interactive Georgian celebrity map.
• Beautiful photographs: twelve places where the Blood Moon looked better than from your house.
• The Strasburgh exorcism hoax, 1807.
Image: The 14thc. Octagon of Ely Cathedral, which would be impossible to duplicate today because there are no trees tall enough.
• Finding a place to reconcile a painful past: three historical "sites of conscience."
• Quiz: Which of these outlandish 19thc. newspaper titles are real, and which are fake? Here are the answers.
Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820), early American author and feminist.
• The handwriting of a future queen: Elizabeth I, age 19, wrote this letter to her half-brother EdwardVI shortly before his death in 1553.
• The 12thc Lewis Chessmen are probably the best-known archeological find from Scotland.
Image: Silver-winged red rubber 1920s bathing shoes.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

I love examining WW1 memorials and have seen plenty. But this was special - the dedication in 1921 brought together five of the main Allied military leaders. Very special!

Thank you to the National WW1 Museum and Memorial.

Anonymous said...

The marital violence link goes to the papal umbrella site

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Argh! Sorry about that, Anonymous (and anyone else who tried that link). It's fixed now. Here it is as well:

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