Saturday, March 31, 2012

Breakfast Links Week of March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Served up fresh for your browsing delight: our favorite links of the week to other blogs, web sites, pictures, and articles, collected from around the Twitterverse.
• Brief history of royal barges, including Eleanor of Provence's being pelted with stones from London Bridge in 1263.
• The onager, a fabulous beast, and symbol of the devil, who brays 12 times on the spring equinox.
• Artist at the window: 18th c French painter Marie Victoire Lemoine.
• Who was Casanova - history's greatest lover, a cad, or a misunderstood intellectual?
• Breathtaking pink silk satin evening gown by Liberty c 1910 - esp. like the open sleeves & tassels.
• An "angel in a top hat" or "a great meddler"? Henry Bergh (1813-1888) inspiring founder of ASCPA.
• Few artists are as sharply cruel as caricaturist James Gillray: his 1807 take on Lady Hamilton, "greatly enlarged."
• The original "Mad Men" office building 1957.
• Rare archival photographs of everyday life on board the Titanic by fortunate passenger who disembarked early.
• Who killed Alexander the Great? New theories about his death.
• Grim way of punishing outspoken women in the 16th-17th c: the scold's bridle.
• The education of an 18th c squire: John Wilkes (1725-1797.)
• The donkey born in a First World War trench that became a mascot for British troops.
Caroline, Byron, and Annabella, in the same house on the same "fatal day."
• So cool! Virtual tour of Victorian chemist shop at Hitchin Museum.
• Garden history: 19th c White House gardens and grounds.
• A view of London: Tottenham Court Road, 1812.
Self-Murder: The Sad Case of Mary Hunt (1767-1792.)
• An unusual Italian Renaissance mansion on NYC's Upper East Side survives relatively unchanged.
Fannie Farmer & Cooking: fantastic list/links of historical cooking & recipe sources.
Automaton: The Turk-The Grandmaster Hoax.
• "The wisdom of Solomon"and a stone pyramid, in the yard of a Hawksmoor church in London.
• Elegant black lace mitts from 1830s, not 1980s.


Lynn said...

I think I found you from a link at a link via Twitter, and in the few days since, I have two pages of ideas.

WTH? as my students say. I'm working on a story that takes place in modern day Seattle. No offense, but I don't need two pages of ideas from your site! ...and then my inbox gets Breakfast links this morning. Time to stop what I'm doing, say thanks, and praise your willingness to share.

Thank you!

nightsmusic said...

I'm not through quite all the links yet, but they're wonderful again this week.

It always amazes me how nearly pristine some of the silk that survives today remains. That dress is glorious! One could wear it to an evening soiree today. And the gloves are in just as grand a condition.

Now the mask? That I could do without ;o)

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