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• Circassian bloom: cheek rouge for 18thc and 19thc ladies.
• "My present dreadful situation": the perils of fame as an 18thc actress.
• Tabasco and the war against bland military meals.
• Jane Austen's manuscripts are finally all digitized, and may now be viewed as a whole online.
• Video: If you're a Regency era lady, a new spencer jacket is a great way to spruce up your look for summer.
• Converting Jews to Christianity in Regency England, 1809-1813.
• Lavish lace in the Martha Washington collection at Mount Vernon.
• What spilled ink and fingerprints reveal about medieval manuscripts.
• Soldier newspapers in the American Civil War.
• Epic battles in medieval manuscripts: knights vs. snails.
• Image: Pretty much all you need to know about Victorian children's literature.
• What did it mean to be called an Amazon during World War One?
• Why memes matter for feminism.
• America's mid-century rest stops were real roadside attractions.
• A Coney Island pie-maker invents the hot dog, 1870.
• Built around 1780, this Federal-style house in what is today Chinatown, NYC, managed to survive until the 1920s.
• Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti in his Chelsea home.
• Eight places associated with the wives of Henry VIII.
• Uncovered in Hyde Park: 165-year-old toilet remains from "spend a penny" exhibition.
• The Endicott pear tree: still alive in Massachusetts after nearly 400 years.
• Blood, controversy, and puddings in early New England.
• Changing concepts of time: art in a speeded-up world.
• Image: Medieval church door in Gloucestershire believed to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's entrance to Moria.
• They marched with torches: getting out the vote, 1840-1900. 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.