Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Brains plus bonnets equal an historic first: meet Mary Kies, America's first woman to become a patent holder.
• London watermen's steps in Wapping.
• Six lesser-known female pioneers of 19thc photography.
• A brief history of menstruating in outer space.
• Knitting for victory: a how-to book of projects for men serving in World War One.
• Image: "Have dinner at one, dear": 1897 stereocard shows a dramatized version of the "new woman" and her bicycle.
• Thirsty? Documenting the fresh-water springs and wells that used to be in New York City.
• The Scottish Play and the real Macbeth.
• Early color photographs of Russia from the Library of Congress.
• The 19thc Cherokee Phoenix allowed a people to speak with a newly created voice.
• Enjoy a virtual tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon.
• Image: Lady Duff Gordon - also known as the designer Lucile - fashionably dressed on the deck of the Titanic.
• Dressing the part for Carnival.
• "Summer, sun-brightest": an Anglo-Saxon summer.
• The story of a Rembrandt painting's complicated journey from a basement in New Jersey to the Getty Museum.
• The effulgence of country gardens - on velvet.
• How was Napoleon's death reported by the newspapers?
• The life and death of Mummy Brown.
• Found in Yorkshire: a gold ring, possibly worn by royalty, from the 5th-6thc, and with a sapphire that came from Sri Lanka.
• Image: An American woman teaches English busboys how to do the Charleston, 1925.
• No men were allowed at a Puff Pant Prom in the 1920s-30s.
• "Human serpents sent to us by our Mother Country": the transformation of Anthony Lamb, transported convict, 1724.
• Dressing up smart for God in the Tudor church.
• Twelve word facts you may not know about cake.
• Explore the photos of old NYC from the New York Public Library with their new free app. 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.