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• Revealing the truth about 18thc women's necklines.
• Strawberry Hill: Horace Walpole's eccentric house that inspired the Gothic Revival.
• How daylight shaped the worklives of 16th-17thc people.
• Twenty-four Old English words we should start using again.
• Tracking down an early 19th London tailor's family and his shop.
• Image: "Better than a dog" but "less money for books": Charles Darwin's 1838 list of reasons for and against marrying. • Breakfast withJohn Adams. • Medieval challenges: how do you put atorcaround your neck?
• How LACMA added this rare surviving zoot suit to its collections.
• Image: This headstone is the definition of a "badass."
• The first known fencing master in America was a Black man who escaped slavery.
• In search of Queen Victoria's voice.
• Restoration of Roman tunnels gives a slave's eye view of Caracalla Baths.
• The full story of the body (and severed head) of Charles I.
• "Dear Rosey": an 18thc British soldier far from home seeks help from his wife.
• Image: There is so much to love about this 19th headline.
• Ever-evolving toyland: Barbie's lurid past in the 1940s as a sexyGerman call girl.
• When pyjamas ruled the fashion world.
• Image: Yanks in Germany want more books.
• How an 1830s children's magazine taught the hard truths of slavery.
• The funeral of Queen Jane Seymour.
• New exhibition highlights "plus-size" garments across four centuries.
• A cheerier version of the Depression years, in hyper-bright postcards of recreatio spots.
• Image: Ornate Victorian public toilet. 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.