It's time for Breakfast Links - our weekly round-up of fav links to other articles, images, blogs, and websites via Twitter.
• How suffragists used cookbooks as a recipe for subversion.
• The forgotten kaleidoscope craze of Victorian England.
• 350-year-old Italian collar seeks 350-year-old English dress for meaningful, short-term relationship.
• There once was a dildo in Nantucket....
• Can reading make you happier?
• Image: Hats are a good indicator of an image's date and the status of the people; this London street-scene dates from about 1902.
• How the ballpoint pen killed cursive.
• How Paul Revere's powerful image of the Boston Massacre was copied and reused repeatedly.
• The most popular boy's names in Tudor England.
• Lavish apartments for millionaires were fitted out like mansions in New York's now-lost Hotel Marguery.
• Over a million documents from the slavery era to be digitized and put online, helping African Americans learn more about lost ancestors.
• Image: "Society despairs of the Modern Woman, 1915."
• The first surgeon to successfully perform a C-section was a woman disguised as a man.
• How women's history and civil rights came to the Smithsonian.
• William Hogarth at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 1733.
• The exotic taste of rice.
• Controlling a small world: doll houses and gender roles.
• A block of flats in London with its own air-raid shelter - now preserved.
• Image: A fan with poppies for Armistice Day.
• Discovered: a lost short story by Edith Wharton, written in France during World War One.
• And also discovered: a previously unseen story and poem by Charlotte Bronte.
• A spicy history inside a round 19thc. wooden box.
• Image: 1910 suffragette banner signed by 80 hunger-strikers.
• Spreading their wings: the post-WWII Wingfoot homes for returning GIs.
• A brief history of London crypts.
• Nine pronunciation arguments you can stop having.
• The death of the ruthless Empress Tzu-hsi, who ruled imperial China for nearly half a century. 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.