Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Is this the key to Alexander Hamilton's secret correspondence?
• The physics of Rapunzel's hair: could a man really use it to climb up? Apparently yes.
• A familiar part of Georgian travel: falling off your horse.
• French kissing to lesbian orgies: the origins of the myth of the debauched French court.
• Image: From the Lady's Magazine, July 1797: "Rules to be observed at City Feasts, especially Parochial Ones" - and perhaps at BBQs, too.
• "Gymnasticks" and dumbbells: exercise in 17th-18thc Britain.
• The weathervanes of Old London.
• Ring for a bride, made from shard of glass that nearly blinded a WWI tank commander in battle.
• Image: Already a tourist attraction: Philadelphia house where Jefferson wrote Declaration of Independence, shown in an 1855 photo.
• Are these seven pigtails from the infamous mutineers of the Bounty?
• Great rooms in children's literature.
• "A most lamented princesse": a 17thc English princess at Versailles.
• Uncovering a different side of Bath.
• The 18thc man with (supposedly) 87 children – and only one wife.
• Image: A Medusa mosaic, 2nd-3rdc AD from the Archaeological Museum of Tarragona.
• The tragedy of early 20thc beauty, model, and actress Audrey Munson.
• When fashion becomes a form of protest.
• British female felons in the 18thc.
• The newest historical American Girl doll has Motown swagger.
• General George Washington, hairdresser.
• Image: Oh, the Illustrated Police News, 1895: "Pinching girls' legs his mania." Story here.
• One hundred and fifty-one years after the last shot was fired, a Civil War pension is still being paid by the U.S. government to the daughter of a veteran.
• Criss-Cross Spelling Slips: sold as an educational game in the 1880s.
• "Gone for a solider": but the 19thc British Army wasn't for everyone.
• Image: Just for fun: arguably the best photo and caption on Wikipedia. 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.