Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• What bloomers reveal about the 19thc women who wore them.
• The lavish work of one of the last gilders of the royal court at Versailles.
• Abraham Lincoln's tough love letter to his step-brother about laziness and his work-ethic.
• Mini-video: Victorian and Edwardian sewing samples.
• Fashioning the 17thc in Boston: clothing belonging to Hannah and John Leverett.
• Image: Found: a long-lost photograph of Harriet Tubman.
• How a reproduction scenic wallpaper featuring the "Ruins of Rome" finally completes one of the grandest private spaces from colonial America.
• Valentine's Day and the romance of cobwebs.
• "Now or never": African-American troops in the Civil War.
• Is this the most jaw-dropping room in London?
• Image: An ocean liner departing from New York for Europe, as seen from the Empire State Building, 1921.
• The tailor made: the power suit of the Edwardian era.
• History's love letters provide heartfelt glimpse of the beloved.
• The sad tale of the 18thc miser Mary Luhorne.
• Seldom mentioned: a Regency abortion, 1816.
• The legendary 19thc counter-revolutionary, royalist, and insurrectionist Jean "Chouan" Couttereau.
• Image: Crossing the frozen Hudson River at Albany, NY by sleigh, 1853.
• Crafting protest, fashioning politics: DIY lessons from the American Revolution.
• Mr. Darcy's tempting, pleasing, and dangerous mouth and lips.
• Everything you know about corsets is false.
• "America is lost!" wrote King George III - of did he?
• Image: Just for fun: When you lie on your resume, but still get the job. 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.