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• 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. 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.