Saturday, April 9, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016
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.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.

2 comments:

Anne Hoile said...

Did you follow the eighteenth century notes to this site. Fascinating...
http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/

Daniela said...

I've just discovered your so wonderful blog and I cannot help but following it with so much joy !

Enjoy your new week ahead !

Daniela at -My little old world-

 
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