Saturday, July 16, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
• Victorian sewing: a brief history of plain and fancy work.
• Boxing with Byron.
• The heavenly strawberry: an earthly delight and symbol of summer.
• A breech-less brute.
• All for publicity: a 1940s abalone picnic on the beach.
• Video: short video featuring an embroidered, fringed velvet dress from the 1920s.
• Stunning 19thc photographs of Native American girls and women (scroll down past the ads; the images are worth it!)
• Killed by beer: the Meux brewery flood of 1814.
• The bloody history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
• A hound named Sweetlips belonged to George Washington: soldier, statesman, and dog-lover.
• For the flapper craving the perfect cupid's-bow lips: the lipstick template.
• The evolution of the kilt.
• Image: Fashion reality: 1912 Sourbet dress by Poiret beside fashion illustration of the same dress.
• Victorian sheet music covers.
• How a Portuguese-to-English phrasebook became a comedy sensation in the 1880s.
• A brief history of London's mulberries.
• Jack Daniel's embraces a hidden ingredient: help from a slave.
• Treasure of historic clothing revealed on the effigies of Westminster Abbey.
• The christening of Princess Victoria, June 24, 1819.
• Garden Bridge vs. Pier 55: why do New York and London think so differently about privately funded parks?
• Image: It's 1861 - and you can read this entry in the journal of nine-year-old Bostonian Sarah Putnam to discover how she spent her day.
• Remembering Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, 19thc naturalist and educator.
• A town tries to care for, and let go of, its oldest resident: a 600-year-old oak tree.
• "My darling, au revoir": the World War One diaries of Captain Charles May.
• Hanging out at La Morgue in 19thc Paris.
• Image: Portrait of Emily Bronte by her brother Branwell.
• From Bunker Hill to "Gilligan's Island," Shakespeare has a special place in American culture.
• It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a monster - or the 1880s Coney Island Flying Man.
• Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in the last place you'd expect: Vermont.
• Image: Gloriously euphemistic 1939 advertisement for maternity clothing.
• The circus comes to Newburyport MA in 1810 - and upright people are scandalized.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.