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• Time to get out your ice skates: Gillray's Elements of Skating, 1805.
• The great rocking chair riots of 1901 in New York's Madison Square Park.
• Image: Jane Austen's writing desk.
• The world's first hunk: why we're obsessed with muscle-men.
• A squash does in fact hold dried blood of beheaded Louis XVI.
• Falkirk tartan is oldest in Britain, dating back to Roman times.
• The ideal marriage, according to novels (and it's male writers who tend to portray love as something mysterious and irrational.)
• Image: Portrait by self-taught itinerant painter Ammi Phillips, c1815.
• Oh, red shoes! Red pumps with moosehair embroidery, c1850-1870.
• This is wonderful: What Estella saw.
• More similar than you'd think: how Victorian daily habits compare to ours today.
• Make-up and medicine in the Middle Ages.
• This 19hc French policeman's amulet includes a piece of a hangman's rope and a dried slice of a murderer's skin.
• Big Hair of the 1960s in snapshots.
• Check out the on-line exhibition for the MuseumFIT's Denim: Fashion's Frontier - including a pair of 1830s denim work pants.
• If, like most of us, you can't get to Glasgow for the Century of Style exhibition, you can still download the app.
• Image: Vintage London underground poster.
• Are you (or your daughter, or granddaughter) part of the Felicity generation?
• Ogling another man's girl in 1912 cost a NY salesman his life.
• A tailor looks for customers so he can support his "very distress'd Family," 1766.
• Pye Corner: flames, poltergeists, and bodysnatchers.
• Mud hovels, mean houses, and natural philosophy in early 19thc India.
• Image: F.Scott Fitzgerald's financial ledger for 1925.
• Fashion never sleeps: looking back at the last time wearing pajamas in public was in style.
• The "virgin's disease" that could only be cured by sex.
• David Bowie in historical costume. 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.