Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The enduring appeal behind an iconic Boston painting.
• "Under the influence": mesmerism in England.
• Tickets on the royal dime: a tattered document tells what royal mistress Nell Gwyn saw at the playhouse.
• Skiing through the Depression (and colorfully, too.)
• How the Spirella Corset Company forever changed women's undergarments.
• The latest technology in 1790: George Washington ordered these argand lamps for Mt. Vernon.
• Scottish myths: Wulver the kind-hearted Shetland werewolf.
• Image: 1911 census page where a suffragette refused to complete: "no vote no census."
• How the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was celebrated in India.
• Preserving and displaying a pair of Egyptian curtains from 6th-7thc AD.
• While Charles Darwin was writing hist masterpiece, his children were drawing on it.
• Belinda's petition: how an ex-slave successfully won a case for reparations in 1793.
• Sex in the Middle Ages.
• Eighteenth century families on terraces and out-of-doors in art.
• Image: Waiting for parcels of food, Cheapside, London, 1900.
• Harry Stokes and "female-husbands" of the 1800s.
• How Catherine de Medici made gloves laced with poison fashionable.
• "She was both poxt and clapt together": confessions of sexual secrets in venereal cases.
• Ancient Pompeii lives again as Italian officials unveil six more restored ruins.
• What makes Franz Liszt still important?
• Pocket Books and Liquid Bloom: advertising in the 18thc Lady's Magazine.
• Image: What the Victorians threw away: alphabet cup.
• The strange and mysterious history of the ouija board.
• Scientist Mary Somerville will be the first woman other than a royal to appear on a Scottish banknote.
• Mrs. Abigail Norman Prince and her French evening shoes, 1875-1885.
• Crime keeps you young - or maybe not.
• Pancake Day in the Georgian era. 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.