Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The weathervanes of old London.
• A crewel pocketbook for Benjamin Stuart, 1763.
• Beautiful images of New York and New England by Robert L. Bracklow, a weekend photographer in the 1890s.
• Unusual suspects: finding the humanity in vintage mugshots.
• Giles Cory, the only person in American history pressed to death by a court of law.
• The links between Queen Elizabeth I and the Muslim rulers of the late 16thc: England's forgotten Muslim history. • Image: Beautiful woodcut-printedkite, c1855.
• Time-travel down NYC's Fifth Avenue with photographs from 1911 and today.
• Death personified: the many different appearances of death in culture.
• Runaway! Recapturing working women's dress through runaway advertisement analysis, 1750-90.
• "Every minutes counts": the legacy of photojournalist Katherine Joseph.
• Drowning in Tudor England: Why was water so dangerous?
• Forgotten Georgette Heyer stories to be republished.
• Image: A page filled with drawings and signatures, c1909, from the visiting book kept by Lady Olwen Ponsonby, daughter of the eighth Earl of Bessborough.
• Snakes, mandrakes, and centaurs: a medieval herbal now online.
• The opposite of a muse: for two decades a medical secretary in Paris persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture (NSFW).
• New postage stamps honoring Agatha Christie don't just celebrate her mysteries - they contain their own.
• Image: A flashy 1920s billboard advertising "Holeproof Hosiery."
• The monstrous 18thc Beast of Gevaudan.
• How an imaginary island - said to be inhabited by sorcerers and giant black rabbits - stayed on maps for five centuries.
• What to expect when you're expecting, from a 1671 midwife. 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.