Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Behind the music: the story of a rare and beautiful three-piece man's court suit.
• Conde Nast to release thousands of unpublished fashion photographs from its archives of Vogue and Vanity Fair. • The hidden history of maps made by women.
• Why slaves' graves matter. •Women's work: depictions of idealized women and labor on paper currency.
• The amazing story of Dorothy Levitt, holder of the world's first water speed record.
• Image: Now this is a regal signature - zoom into see the signature of Elizabeth I.
• Midwives, abortion, and the Offenses Against the Person Act of 1861.
• You don't want to know: the mystery of "French kid" gloves, 1858.
• Microbiologists find Hannibal's route through the Alps, a crossing made 2,000 years ago.
• Joseph Crouch: "a Body Snatcher since a child."
• After 36 years of hunting, archivists finally found the Wright Brothers' airplane patent.
• Marbled madness. • The mysterious Thelma X and the struggle of black domestic workers.
• Image: "The Dinner Horn" a wood engraving by illustrator and artist Winslow Homer.
• Fifteen characters by Charles Dickens with really silly names.
• At the center of a difficult and contested marriage: Ingeborg of Denmark, a 12thc Queen of France.
• Photographs of a vanishing world: the disappearing post offices of the rural South.
• Graves with a view: exploring the picturesque burial grounds of the Isle of Mull.
• New insight into Shakespeare's life revealed through scientific analysis of his will.
• Image: From 1874: train schedules were much more complicated to decipher before time was standardized.
• A favorite topic of ours: Queen Victoria was NOT the first bride to wear white.
• The English earthquake of 1580 had a moral and religious dimension that far outweighed the damage it caused.
• The peculiar history of celebrity dolls.
• Poisons, potions, and charms in Shakespeare's plays. 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.