Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Doris Duke, the last Gilded Age socialite of Newport, RI.
• Bowled over at the 1927 Highland Park Bowl.
• Lord Woolton Pie: recipe and history of the much-mocked carrot pie created during wartime rationing and which might be worth trying today.
• Image: Chills: when you find something in an old book....
• Mad, bad, and dangerous to spar with: boxing with Byron.
• Was Florence Foster Jennings really the worst singer in the world?
• Postage due: the perils of American Civil War mail delivery.
• Nineteenth century children employed in dangerous trades.
• Image: This failed 1838 constitutional amendment would have forbidden duelists from holding public office.
• Work out like an Edwardian: read 1913 Physical Culture for Women online.
• The clothes! Wonderful photos of American department store workers, c1898-1900.
• Accidental explosions: gunpowder mishaps in Tudor and Stuart London.
• Image: At the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, a librarian's tombstone that looks like a catalogue card.
• Huh: in 1875, someone published a novel with rivals "Trump" and "Clinton."
• Ten Dickensian character names deciphered.
• Thomas Newington's recipes, 1715.
• The nearly-lost drawings of an artist who spent most of his life in an insane asylum.
• Image: Wouldn't you like to know more about Miss Macdonald, the inventress of this 1818 walking dress?
• Tape loom weaving and its traditions in colonial North America.
• Repetition is celebrity: Austen and Shakespeare.
• Combating the fear of "white slavery" in the 1930s: the FBI, sexual predators, and the Mann Act.
• Short video: It's just a box of old sewing supplies.... 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.