Saturday, November 26, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of November 21, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011
We’re back from our holidays, feeling refreshed and ready to serve up our weekly offering of favorite links to other blogs, web sites, pictures, and articles, collected for you from the Twitterverse. Dig in!
Victorian Christmas on display at Windsor Castle:
An 1856 NYC housing experiment that failed as a mansion, but suceeded as early women's college:
The odd & tragic death of Margaret Fuller, literary lioness:
Magnificent Victorian Jeweled Girandole Earrings c1850:
Leonardo Da Vinci's To-Do List
Colonel Brandon's Curries, Part Two /
Zooming in on a wonderful yellow striped sacque gown c 1770s:
Fascinating resource for fashion and textile objects: Scottish Textiles Heritage Online:
Take this quiz and find out which Greek hero, monster of god matches your personality.
Knit Eleanor Roosevelt's mittens - pattern plus vintage photo of First Lady knitting at the beach:
Luminous orange panne velvet 1930s evening coat from FIDM blog archive.
Louisa May Alcott & the American Civil War:
"Childhood in the Roman Empire"
How can wet slippers be fatal? Why heroines die in classic fiction
'Lancets and Leeches and Cupping! Oh, My! Bloodletting Practices' -
Black Friday and the missing retail amenity
The original dunce was actually brilliant (we especially love his rationale for the pointed hat).
Beautiful images: Statuary slideshow to stir the soul -
• Visting the British Museum in 1760: 
At National Trust's Avebury Manor: a different approach to historical interpretation:
Colour footage of Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, 1939 -
A spurious telling of #Thanksgiving legends c 1900:
• We have never seen this Mirror Photography trick before, and great to see an explanation:


Chris Woodyard said...

Lovely posts as usual, ladies. Welcome back!
Now, about those elaborate opal girandole earrings... I have my doubts for two reasons. Supposedly, after 1829, when Sir Walter Scott wrote of a villainess who wore an opal talisman, opals were considered highly unlucky. This continued until 1900-19-teens, when they came back into fashion. So opal earrings c. 1850 would be very unusual. Also, girandole earrings were not revived until the 1870s, not in the 1850s. Here's a link from a 1907 book on precious stones and their powers that talks about the opal question:

Susan said...

I am Polyphemous. I'd rather stay home with my animals (and books).

Susan Bailey said...

I loved the explanation of your blog - made me subscribe right away. I think history and biography are great fun, especially when it has anything to do with Louisa May Alcott. I blog about Louisa at

So many interesting links! I took the Greek God test (Hera was always my favorite) but the test said I was most like Polyphemos. I may be more like him, but I still prefer Hera. :-)

nightsmusic said...

I'm Helen. Go figure. Great links this week. Thank you.

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