Saturday, March 5, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of February 29, 20016

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Fantastic collection of pictures of women at work during World War One.
• George Washington, hairdresser.
• The persistence of high heels through fashion history.
Virginia Poe's sad acrostic valentine for husband Edgar Allen Poe.
• Love boats: the delightfully sinful history of canoes.
• Merging 18thc fashion with modern sensibilities to create the costumes for the Broadway hit Hamilton.
• Dashing World War One pilots smiled for the cockpit cameras.
Image: Carved shell sewing kit from Paris, 1815-1820.
• George Cruikshank's 1867 illustration showed British society as a beehive.
• The art of giraffe diplomacy.
• How did Napoleon escape from Elba?
• Poignant 1,800 year old letter from a Roman soldier serving far from home.
• How cat hair brought down a pair of art forgers.
• Historical insults, thanks to the Oxford Dictionaries.
• How 43 giant, crumbling presidential heads ended up in a Virginia field.
• What did female friendships in the early 20thc. have to do with international relations?
Image: A London bookseller's bill, 1727, for the equivalent of $25,000.
• From World War Two parachute to the world's most romantic wedding dress.
• Does sleep have a history?
Disability in the 18thc Foundling Hospital at Ackworth.
• "And did those feet in ancient times....": cat paw prints discovered on a 17thc map of Japan.
• Ten things you probably don't know about the Queen's House in Greenwich.
Image: A rare slashed silk doublet from 1620, one of only two that have survived.
• Playing at women's liberation, World War I, and colonialism through vintage board games.
• "Imprudent acts and great bastards": sex advice from 1861.
• Medical quackery: bloodletting.
• Mid-19thc comic manuscript illustrating verb tenses.
• A closer look at Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Fight by Johann Zoffany.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

I love reading history through objects/records that are not part of official state/church/army chronicles. Suffragetto at the Bodleian is more than a fascinating game; it does indeed tell a lot about British society in 1917.

Anonymous said...

The link on Geo. Washington's hairdresser leads to a site of cookery books at the Uni of Leeds.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Anonymous, The link is corrected now. Same site, different landing page. :) Sorry about that!

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