Breakfast Links are served! Our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images via Twitter.
• Shop windows: the drapery trade in the long 19thc.
• How the naming of clouds changed the skies of art.
• What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today?
• The beginning of the women's health and fitness industry: the fit flapper of the 1920s.
• Image: This is fantastic! Women prospectors on their way to the Klondike, 1898.
• Jane Austen's copied music manuscripts now available online.
• Flower power: two stunning 18thc gentlemen's waistcoats.
• Image: Beautiful penmanship for this 17thc recipe for a lemon biscuit.
• Pet rabbits in 19thc literature and history.
• Sobering: nearly every historic fruit and vegetable once found in the United States has disappeared.
• Sir John Falstaff, the notorious highwayman.
• Where the statues of Paris were sent to die.
• Image: A beautiful pair from the Fashion Museum in Bath: a fashion doll's mantua and a woman's court mantua, both from the 1760s.
• Oak Hall ready to wear menswear, c1902 - what a dapper clerk with the measuring tape around his neck!
• In 1942, the Hershey Hotel was a chocolate-scented POW camp.
• What do Thomas More, Hans Sloane, and a Moravian burying ground have to do with one another?
• A Roman ruin at the hairdresser.
• Image: Silver "Jailed for Freedom" pin that belonged to activist Alice Paul.
• An 1830s cream-colored silk dress - that likely isn't a wedding dress.
• Explore the contents of a 17thc bookshop, recreated from the bookseller's will and inventory.
• Ten abandoned places and ghost towns in Florida.
• In honor of the young men whose Movember efforts weren't quite up to snuff: The Lay of the Red Moustache, 1851.
• Dr. G. Zander's medico-mechanical gymnastics.
• Just for fun: Tudor Tinder. 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.