Saturday, May 14, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of May 9, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Much to our amazement and delight, we’ve just acquired our one thousandth follower on Twitter! Many, many thanks to all of you who’ve joined us there. But if tweeting isn’t your cup of tea, here are this week's favorites that we’ve discovered for you, gathered from from the far corners of the Twitterverse:
Dream, dream, dream....The beautiful Hanham Court is for sale – for £2,500,000:
Hilarious montage of men's underwear history:
Mother & First Licensed Female Colonial Printer - Dinah Nuthead of Maryland -
• Slideshow tour of red front doors in Dublin:
• Why are pix of celebrities as nerdy adolescents so endlessly fascinating? Celebrity Yearbook -
• Read1843 honeymoon diary of British couple who rode New Jersey’s 1st railroad
• Primo yard sale, or 'deaccessioning' nightmare? "For Sale: 10,000+ Historic Clothing & Textiles":
• Striving for Gainsborough? Gen Thomas & Margaret Gage have themselves repainted in the English style:
• Harriet Tubman, Union Spymaster: One of my favorite stories from the Civl War:
• Wartime romance captured: lovers in Hyde Park, 1944:
• Historical May Mayhem! Celebrating Mr. Punch's birthday (w/ Judy, too) at the Covent Garden May Fayre:
• Oof! The scales at Berry Bros, where Brummel, Byron, Fox, & many others weighed themselves:
• Very fine virtual tour of 1850s Wilton's Music Hall in London here:
• "As much as would fit on the head of a silver penny" - which is exactly HOW much in 1818?
• Edward Ferrars, Napoleon and Nelson's Hair Jewellery as Memorials and Love Tokens:
• Pretty pocket trinket: Ivory card case by Tiffany and Company, 1860, from Museum of the City of New York.
• Swoon! Red velvet heeled mules, embroidered in silver 17th c.:
Photos of Edwardians playing dress-up in clothes from 18th-19th c, with mixed results:
• History of Boston pyrate John Halsey who now rests "in a garden of watermelons":
• Darwin's mother & her miniature: story behind the portrait of Susannah Wedgwood:


Jane O said...

Love that Music Hall.

Would it have been acceptable for a lady to attend, or was it strictly a lower class entertainment? (Plus, of course, a few gentlemen behaving badly.)

Anna said...

Terrific finds!!! And thanks loads for including my wartime lovers in Hyde Park post! :)

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

You're welcome, Anna. As long as you keep discovering and sharing those fantastic old photographs, we're sure to take notice. :)

Jane O, wasn't that music hall great? A little down at the heels (ok, a lot down at the heels), but with such wonderful presence. You can almost hear the old crowds and performers. I hope the restoration group can gather enough funds to bring it completely back to life.

As for ladies attending - somehow I doubt it was considered "proper". But there must have always been brave souls willing to "dress down" and sneak in for a fun time, don't you think?

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