Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• A dinosaur dinner, and and relics from "one of the greatest humbugs, frauds, and absurdities ever known."
• The Major Oak, capturing the imagination for centuries.
• The naked truth about French postcards.
• Mabel Loomis Todd, the adulteress who made Emily Dickinson famous.
• Taming a scaly sphinx - and making it into a fabulous jewel.
• Scott and Zelda document their lives: Fitzgerald scrapbooks now online.
• Video: Pineapples and frogs: a selection of whimsical purses from the Museum of London.
• Be-neaped and beating the booby: talking like a sailor, 1867.
• Some of history's most beautiful combs were made to remove lice.
• Samuel Pepys at St. Olave's
• The last ruins of Dunwich, Suffolk's lost medieval town.
• Educated fleas, health-giving beer, and sweet-smelling elephants: highlights from American pamphlets, 1820-1922.
• The secret messages hiding inside 17thc engagement rings.
• The Devil's Column at the Basilica Sant'Ambrogio.
• Image: Letter written in 1842 with the question "What's up?"
• "The frightful consequences of self-pollution": Why has masturbation historically been a shameful fact of life?
• Black women featured in early modern cameos.
• Meet the woman who preserves the vintage clothing in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
• Image: Did you know that Amelia Earhart also had a successful clothing line?
• Thousands of early 20thc art posters available to download for free from the New York Public Library.
• Paris, the big picture.
• An old Maryland recipe for vanilla ice cream, plus why the food of the past wasn't always better.
• The Bromley Wizard and the cheese kettle.
• The Glastonbury Cows and the fight for women's suffrage. 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.