Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The ghosts of Old London.
• After World War One: A silk surplus, armistice fashion, and a philanthropic innovator.
• How four young brothers skipped out on digging potatoes and walked sixteen miles to watch the British army march to Cambridge in 1775.
• An 1837 court case over how a woman fought back after an unwanted kiss.
• Bringing the drugstore home: the history of the bathroom medicine cabinet.
• Image: Dr. Townsend's residence was the largest in New York City when it was built in 1853; it only survived until 1868, when it was torn down to build another, larger house.
• Cured by a nightmare.
• How ancient Roman athletes and fans cursed rival teams during the postseason.
• Dr. James Barry: the woman who fooled the Royal College of Surgeons, Queen Victoria, and the world.
• Country house telephones.
• Chasing the sun: Annie Maunder, the 19thc woman forgotten by science.
• Image: Victorian slippers embroidered with floral motifs.
• The halls of the Great Exhibition, 1851.
• Central Park's lost statue to Commerce.
• What do people most get wrong about history?
• Jet and dressed in black in the Victorian era.
• Period pains: how were women's menstrual cramps regarded in the past?
• Image: Rare early color photograph of young Russian peasant women, 1909.
• Stepping back in time at a Parisian fencing club.
• Classical splendor: Painted furniture for a grand Philadelphia house in the early 19thc.
• The early 20thc fashion empire of Lucile - with roots in Guelph, Ontario.
• Which sister made this extravagant, mid-19thc pieced quilt?
• When the world truly stank, tussie-mussies were a breath of fresh air.
• Image: Just for fun: discover your Regency name. 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.