Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• How the Mickey Mouse watch was born in Connecticut in the depths of the Great Depression.
• The mystery of concealed witch bottles.
• Goat rituals and tree-trunk gravestones: the peculiar history of life insurance.
• Image: Map of nightclubs and speakeasies in 1920s Harlem.
• Holloways: Roads tunneled into the earth through the traffic of time.
• The smallest show on earth: a Victorian flea circus.
• Quaker, whaler, coward, spy: how one man was caught up in the Age of Revolution.
• Image: Magnificent diamond tiara made for Queen Victoria of Spain, 1906.
• According to his reviews, Sir Walter Scott took Jane Austen's books very seriously.
• If you were an 18thc sailor, your diet wasn't going to have much variety.
• Some very oddly titled (but charmingly illustrated) sheet music from the early 20thc.
• Image: How to remove ink stains from linen, 16thc style.
• "You know the balance of trade was always against me": Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson go shopping in Paris, 1785.
• Victorian and Edwardian umbrellas.
• All the different ouija boards you never knew existed.
• Andrew Jackson, the original anti-establishment presidential candidate.
• Image: Suffragist Margaret Foley drops "Votes for Women" leaflets from a balloon over Lawrence, MA.
• "When gentlemen play'd high and stay'd late" - and what that meant.
• A rare pair of George III silver candlesticks featuring a sailor and his lass.
• The American Civil War soldiers who tempted fate with North African fashion on the battlefield.
• When New York was the greatest port in America, and its piers were filled with excitement.
• Image: An unusual portrait: Queen Victoria's face on the bowl of a pipe. 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.