Saturday, February 25, 2012

Breakfast Links: Week of February 20, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Served up fresh: our weekly offering of Breakfast Links! Our favorite links to other blogs, web sites, pictures, and articles, collected for you from around the Twitterverse:
• To catch a thief – self-help against highwaymen:
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1923 earnings. His advance for The Great Gatsby is at the bottom:
• Laura Bassi, 18th c woman who succeeded in a man's world: physics.
• Which meal of Marie Antoinette's would you be willing to eat?
• Mermaid furniture: Social associations of the different styles used in the interiors at Kedleston Hall:
• Poets & Pugilists: Byron & his fellow Romantics' love affair with bare-knuckle boxing
• “When the Pancake Bell rings, we are free” – Elizabethan snippets on Pancake Day. Recipes included!
• Metropolitan Museum of Art opened to the public for the first time 140 years ago this week. Learn more:
• In honor of Presidents' Day: The Tale of the Wandering Washington
• What were a young French woman's options "Without a Dowry" in Paris, 1883?:
• Wonderful postcard/photo archive: Miss Ripley's WW1 nurse album (a bit of written history)
• Menu of final lunch on Titanic to sell for £100,000 at auction
• Hilarious, esp if true: The 'Cork Rump' as life preserver, 1770:
• Washington Pie, thrifty dessert of left-overs, served in 19th c Wash DC bakeshops & boarding houses:
• Peek-a-book painting of 16th c Venetians canoodling in a gondola:
• So many are so young! Sleeping soldiers from WWI-Vietnam:
Average writer day: (at least according to John Galsworthy) "Trying not to fall asleep in chairs.....1/2 hour"
• William Craig Marshall's Itinerant Traders 1804:
• The Potocki palaces, magnificent homes to Polish nobility:
• A 12th c church in Elkstone, Gloucestershire with its own pigeon loft in the tower:
• The food-myth of George I as the "Pudding King":
• Love the recreation of candlelit dining at Attington Park: Regency Banqueting Splendour:


nightsmusic said...

Great links this week. The cork rump was funny though I'm glad she didn't get burned at the stake!

I've spent several hours now going through them and down rabbit trails, but the best trail was after reading about the Titanic menu. I'm fascinated with Titanic memorabilia anyway and this was a great time waster ;o) Loved it.

Beebs said...

Love the pictures of the Itinerant Traders. A fascinating insight into daily life and the buildings are backgrounds are wonderful.

Keri said...

Thanks for another great round-up! I especially enjoyed the post about Laura Bassi the scientist.

Anna said...

Awesome as always!

Shay said...
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Shay said...

In re: comment on the sleeping soldiers (so many are so young).

Wars are fought by young men. The average Marine when I enlisted in 1970 was nineteen years old. Someone in his late twenties was (and still is) referred to as "the old man."

This is something the movies never get right. Tom Hanks was great in "Private Ryan" but he was also about fifteen years too old to be an infantry line officer.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

This was a nice selection. Thanks.

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