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• When booklovers guarded their prized possessions with tiny works of art.
• Were the Victorians healthier?
• Frolicsome engines: the long prehistory of artificial intelligence.
• Expenses, 1774: the cost of living and the cost of giving.
• Egyptian mummies in tartan?
• Medieval "proof" that Star Wars happened (maybe).
• Walking and skipping: how Edwardian footballers trained.
• Image: When a lady is corseted and nature calls.... • Duart Castle: the turbulent history of the ancestral home of Clan Maclean.
• Fearless photographs of the first tornado chasers, 1890s.
• These shoes once stomped out the rhythm of Los Angeles.
• Is Thomas Jefferson the most over-rated of the Founding Fathers?
• A 19thc map of our "square and stationary" Earth.
• Saucy escort cards were a way to flirt in Victorian era.
• Punch and Judy still live on in London's Covent Garden.
• Image: Cancan boots, c1900-1920.
• A 1900 advertisement for bicycles for women made a daring claim.
• Medieval textiles: Italian silks and velvets.
• "That country is my country": Loyalism and 18thc maps of British America.
• Rate this 1860s dress and all its flowers and swags.
• Napoleon's napkin from the Island of Elba, 1815.
• Bathing in an age of extravagance: make your own 17thc scented washball.
• Image: New rates for traveling the Thames in 1803.
• A forgotten plague: making sense of medieval dancing mania.
• A bottle with a message tossed into the sea in 1906 is finally recovered.
• Canoeing fashion in 1903 and the United States Postal Service. 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.