Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Image: Miniature corset, 1890s, most likely used as a salesman's sample.
• Elizabeth Simmonds, who had a lucky escape on the dissecting table, 1826.
• The polyamorous Christian Socialist utopia that made silverware for proper Americans.
• Archibald MacPheadris and his room: a Baroque merchant's house in Portsmouth, NH, 1716.
• How fashion magazines talked in the 1930s.
• The route of Don Quixote: following in the footsteps of one of the greatest novels of all time.
• Image: Edwardian postcard: Suffering to achieve the ideal beauty, yet mocked for the fakery.
• How England became a nation of tea-drinkers.
• Horn and Hardart automats: redefining lunch time, dining on a dime.
• Six New England ghost towns.
• Gout, king's evil, plague in the guts, murder: how people died in 17thc London.
• The Elizabethan garden: plants that Shakespeare would have known well.
• Image: Convenience store in St. James's Park, complete with cow, c1900.
• How two 18thc female pirates became BFFs on the high seas.
• America's obsession with presidential hair.
• A brief history of goldfish globes and goldfish hawkers.
• What she left behind.
• Video: A favorite of dandies: the now-long-lost spat.
• How "domestic" was women's work, 1500-1700?
• A three-year-old's shoes are a powerful monument to the General Slocumtragedy of 1904.
• Image: Judy Garland stood 4'11", but not in these - created for her by Salvatore Ferragamo in 1936 (and still sold today.)
• Fifteen women who deserve their own biopics.
• Be honest: can you really tell left from right?
• And then there were ten: surviving landmarked Dutch houses in Brooklyn, NY. 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.