Saturday, April 30, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of April 25, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

As can be imagined, this week’s Breakfast Links have the distinct flavor of royal weddings recent and long past. But there’s also more assorted fare to be found in our weekly collection of links, blogs, and news snippets gathered from the Twitterverse. Enjoy!

The remarkable generosity of Victorian Philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts:
• Flutter away: 19th c Spanish fans on a grand scale:
• Wish books were still illustrated like this: N. C. Wyeth's art for James Boyd's Revolutionary War novel DRUMS:
• Beautiful view of 19th c seaport: Town of Gloucester, 1835-1836, by Fitz Henry Lane
• Abraham Adcock, Handel's trumpeter:
• Love this idyllic slideshow: Gravetye Manor -
• A pair of 18th c wedding shoes: red, not white:
• Do you pine to knit Jane Eyre's shawl for running about the moors?
• And they’re not Caspar, Melchior & Balthasar: Famous Three Kings pub sign, Clerkenwell.
• Yes! 18th c Americans ate their vegetables & plenty of them, too:
• Pretty quick, & pretty terrifying: Plastic Surgery in 1910
• White fur coats on the shoulders of glamorous young starlets: Caught on Film: A 1930s Hollywood Premiere
• The Rise and Fall of 'Ladies Only' Railway Accommodation in 19th Century England'
• Wedding garters: Hare-skin garters for runaway brides, & a diamond one for Prince Albert:
• Unusual 1871 star-patterned quilt fragment from 1854 Godey's Lady Book pattern:
• Sad to lose such beautiful buildings: melancholy before & afters (use the Fade bar to see the difference).
• Whoa: fine art Barbies:
• All the floral symbolism in the decorations on the royal wedding cake. And photos of the finished cake itself:
• A "dainty dish" from 18th c tables: Small loaves with oyster ragout (both 18th c recipe & modern version: 
• In another symbolic touch, the Countess of Cambridge's bridal bouquet has been placed on the grave of the unknown warrior:


Anonymous said...

i love your breakfast links. the gravetye manor makes me goose bumps.

nightsmusic said...

Gravetye Manor is awesome. I would love to spend a month in England/Scotland exploring the old manors, but then I think I'd really need several years.

The plastic surgery was very scary but I was surprised by how little some things have changed over the years. Now they burn you with chemicals instead of a hot poker ;)

The building losses always make me so sad. So many were beautiful and the craftsmanship lost is something we'll never regain.

What a moving picture though of Kate's bouquet on the grave. She had such beautiful simplicity to everything. It was wonderful.

As a side note, my mother was married in a navy blue suit (the star patterned quilt page had a beautiful one shown.) Funny, I hadn't thought about that in years.

I love these Sunday morning links. They're so much more than just information.

Lauren said...

The things you ladies find on the 'net! This is my Sunday morning "treat." I really liked the slideshow of Gravetye Manor and the sapphire wedding garter that Queen Victoria gave to Prince Albert. I also want to make that romantic Jane Eyre shawl.

Sylvan Lady said...

I hadn't known that about Princess Kate's bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. How touching and thoughtful for her to remember those lost young men on her own wedding day.

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