Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The parachute wedding dresses of World War Two brides.
• Winged skulls and hot air balloons: the unusual grave of Etienne-Gaspard Robert, pioneer of phantasmagoria.
• What's in my bag, 1890s Montreal edition.
• Speculating about the appearance of Elizabeth I through dress reconstruction.
• Let them eat stale bread: the diet of the poor in Regency England.
• Image: Scrap album fancy dress, 1893.
• Victorian and Edwardian lingerie pin-ups.
• While John Adams was in Philadelphia in 1776, Abigail Adams wrote this letter to him with news of having their children (and herself) inoculated against smallpox.
• Canines and crinolines: Victorian dogs confined by fashion.
• Image: A 17thc recipe for "an approved Elixir for the recovery of health in those that have longe languished."
• A 1936 junior miss suit with a lot to say.
• Read this 1891 booklet online: Don't Marry; or, Advice as to Who, How, and When to Marry.
• George Washington's favorite horse, Nelson.
• The children of World War One in photographs.
• The mirrors (or not) behind Rembrandt's self-portraits.
• The high cost of life for Europeans in India.
• New York man finds enslaved ancestor's bill of sale, 220 years ago.
• Image: Author Charlotte Bronte was only 4'10". Here's her bodice and her gloves.
• Modish dresses, modesty, and Napoleon's brother, 1815.
• How a Dutch fabric-maker became the father of microbiology.
• Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Fountain of Youth.
• The first Indian restaurant in London, 1810.
• Dress made from World War Two silk escape maps.
• Who was luckiest in the American Revolution?
• Just for fun: An oldie but goodie: copywriter proofreading marks explained. 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.