Saturday, August 13, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of August 8, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• American vacations of the early 1900s in color.
• London's westward expansion in the 18thc and the development of Mayfair.
• Celebrating Elizabeth Siddal, Pre-Raphaelite artist, poet, model, and muse.
• A charming 1920s "autograph quilt" from the Pink Granite Grange, New Hampshire.
• "Girls bowled, batted, ran, and catched": yes, women's cricket was played in the 1700s.
• Free to read online: rare novels and plays by women writers, 1600-1830, from the Chawton House Library.
Image: One hundred years ago, Wyoming guardsmen stage a protest in Cheyenne by marching in nothing but their underwear.
• How exhaustion became a status symbol.
Charlotte Cushman, a star of the stage who demanded equal pay - in the 19thc.
• Napoleon's remarkable porcelain "cabaret set" - a 36-piece breakfast service decorated with scenes of Egypt, 1810.
• Syphilis onstage: Eugene Brieux's 1913 play Damaged Goods brought a taboo subject into the limelight.
• English rose: cosmetics in 18thc England.
Image: How cooking has changed - recommended boiling (!) times for vegetables and seafood, 1922.
• Five female coders that changed the world.
• Blessing cars and eating oysters: celebrating the saints' days of St. Christopher and St. James.
• The language of 18thc politics.
George Washington writes to his step-granddaughter with advice for a happy marriage: companionship is more important than passion.
• "Have mercy on your dear child," 1818.
• Image: Victorian mourning ring mounted with the glass eye of the deceased.
• An interview with Tracey Panek, the official historian of denim for Levi Strauss & Co.
• True colors: light damage and historic needlework.
• The forgotten wife of Charles Dickens.
Ambire, an antidote against all sorts of poisons, from the New Kingdom of Granada, c1628.
• The 1880 police raid on the notorious cross-dressing ball at Temperance Hall.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

Great post, thanks. I am always looking for fine or decorative arts inspired by, or commissioned for Napoleon.

Is there a photo available so that the students can see the details of the cabaret set?

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Hels, The link should be taking you to the Louvre's page, with several images of the cabaret set. The site doesn't seem to have a zoom feature, but you can enlarge to full screen, which shows quite a bit of detail of the individual pieces. If you're NOT seeing the images, perhaps try using a different browser - I've found that sometimes the international web sites don't like Chrome but they do like Safari, and vice versa. Sometimes it does take a bit of trial and error!

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