Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The amazing 19thc butter sculptures of Caroline S. Brooks.
• A humble skirt worn by an enslaved child finds a place in history.
• The mystery of the phantom page-turner. • Native American captiveElizabeth Hanson, a Quaker mother in 1724 New England. • Explore all the treasures of the Red Drawing Room atBlenheim Palacein 360 degrees. • Skeleton of a teenaged girl confirmscannibalismat Jamestown. • Image: Gold leaf on Coptic shoes, making a fashion statement while strutting the streets of ancient Egypt.
• Fingerspitzenformer, otherwise known as a late 19thc fingertip shaper. Really.
• Danger and the amorous woman: prostitution in 19thc Britain.
• An inspiredpot.
• Many questions from the title alone of this 1892 advice book to read online: "How to Get Married Although a Woman, or, The Art of Pleasing Men" by a Young Widow.
• Image: Enchanting c1915 autochrome portrait of a lady happily surrounded by her books.
• Inside the old-fashioned world of New York's vintage girls.
• Benjamin Franklin's silver court sword is coming up for auction.
• Why John Hancock's signature was so big and other hands FAQs about the Declaration of Independence.
• Image: Bonnie Prince Charlie's stunning silver-hilted broadsword, found on the battlefield after the defeat at Culloden.
• Domestic and imported woolen cloth in a medieval town.
• The Wolf's Water, coming from a historic London pump.
• Queen's House, Tower of London: the most complete high-status, timber-framed building in London that predates the Great Fire of 1666.
• The Countess Greffulhe, Proust's fashion queen, reigns again in a new exhibition. 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.