Saturday, June 4, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of May 30, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Art under the microscope: a close-up look at the silver-wrapped threads of a tapestry.
• Not fiction: Elizabeth Bennett, blacksmith at Blenheim 'Castle'.
• The Emperor Nero and the history of sunglasses.
• Was this going to be Marie-Antoinette's home if she'd escaped? Versailles on the Susquehanna.
• Conserving an 18thc gentleman's coat of many colors.
Image: Florence Nightingale's writing case.
• Brief video timeline of children's shoes from the collection of the Museum of London.
• "Limbs not yet rigid": a history of dissecting the living ::shudder::.
• The 18thc tax on gloves.
Marital coercion and the wife who got away, 1844.
Image: 19thc embroidered silk waistcoat with paddle steamers.
• Nineteenth century blogs for stamping embroidery patterns.
• Why the first cremation in America in 1876 was so controversial.
• World War Two through the lens of an African American soldier.
• A selection of early fashion and cloth trade-cards.
Image: Well, this is awkward....
• Who was the King of the Beasts in New France?
• Sumptuous 16thc Florentine portfolio binding.
Arson and rural poverty in 1830 - and the grim consequences.
• A fanciful (and terrifying - those insubstantial railings!) view of a future journey by airship from New York to Chicago in twelve hours, 1919.
• Truly retro recipe: ham banana rolls, 1947.
Image: Good job by the Royal Mail, who managed to deliver this letter in 1898 despite its vague yet artistic address.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

I love the trade cards created for textile traders; after all, they would have had a very fine eye for design. The Bristol based Draper & Taylor card was particularly informative (and elegant) because of the architecture.

Lynn Symborski said...

The article on the origins of French Azilum showcases a lovely site with a unique history. I've been fortunate enough to work with them for a few costume exhibits in the beautiful LaPorte House which highlight the various eras of the site, and can be seen here: article 016-at-french-azilum-over-garments-under-clothes/

thorngrove said...

Another fascinating set of links - thank you!
I am definitely going to try the banana ham rolls. :-)

Somerville66 said...

Thanks for including my execution for arson story with all these other great links.

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