Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Dick Turpin, 18thc butcher and highwayman.
• America's bloody history: five famous dueling grounds.
• Why these anatomical models of women are not disgusting.
• The heraldry windows of Chawton House Library, here and here.
• How a chemical engineer returned home from World War Two and created a company that led to the...Tunnel of Fudge.
• Photographs that remind us what polio – now nearly wiped out world-wide – once looked like.
• Image: A c1900 bodice with built-in bust enhancers.
• "The Newsboy is a trifle profligate": sketches of New Yorkers from 1840s.
• A gold "safety pin" from the 7thc BC.
• Louisa Catherine Adams, the first and only foreign-born First Lady.
• Will the last person to leave Regency England in 1816 please turn off the light?
• Image: From an 1880 census, Ellen Adams' occupation is "taking it easy."
• Fascinating obituary for Jane Fawcett, who went from being a London debutante to a decoder at Bletchley Park who helped doom the Bismark.
• For Outlander fans: ten things you (probably) didn't know about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
• A soldier of the Massachusetts line, 1777.
• Star-shaped Sunday school badge honoring Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.
• Image: Grand Central Terminal, NYC, by John Collier, 1941.
• What would Britain be like today if Charles II had been captured and executed in the 17thc?
• The murder confession of Mary Voce, 1802, which inspired George Sand.
• Discover the hair industry of the past through a 19thc hairwork buckle.
• Gabrielle d'Estrees, mistress of the French Henri IV.
• Stuck on 1962: the ghost advertisements in London's abandoned underground stations.
• Image: Some days, exactly, c1800. 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.