Saturday, September 15, 2012

Breakfast Links: Week of September 10, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Here's your weekly offering of Breakfast Links – our favorite links of the week via Twitter, including links to other blogs, web sites, photos, and articles you don't want to miss.
• Curious communications: an 18th c English sedan chair becomes a 20th c Australian phone booth.
• The most enduring (if mistaken) legend of the Yorktown surrender: its musical accompaniment.
• Truth or history-myth: "They're called 'sadirons' because ironing was such a hated chore that women were sad to iron."
• Inside Queen Victoria's wedding shoes.
• Killing time: how card-playing shaped the American Civil War, and how the war shaped cards.
Sara Guppy, eclectic 18th c English inventor.
• Two striking memorials to victims of 17th c witch trials.
• Thirty haunting abandoned doors in pictures.
• Stephen Hales's syllabub machine.
• Bristol: where you can sell your wife for half a crown (or at least you could have in 1787.)
• "Call for Philip Morris!" A spark of celebrity at the funeral home.
• Read Anne Morgan's Sept 10, 1918 letter to her mother from devastated France during WWI.
• Statue headed for Missouri becomes a poignant, unintentional 9/11 memorial through a twist of fate.
• Women's suffrage, the shut mouth, and forced ingestion.
• Excavation team may have discovered remains of Richard III in Leicester.
• A first class lady passenger - fab image from the 1930s, from the National Railway Museum.
• Amazing librarian tattoos.
• Letter by Charles Dickens surfaces after 150 years.
• Looking at dummy boards, those mysterious slightly uncanny painted figures.
• Snake oil almanacs: 19th c patent medicine advertising.
• The Bristol Old Vic: built in 1766, it's the oldest working theatre in Great Britain & about to reopen.
• An historic dress for fall, c 1842.
• Just your usual medieval day.
• The female convicts who made the Rajah quilt en route to Van Diemen's Land, 1841.
• Seven famous people who luckily missed the Titanic.
• The smarmy facade of 60s playboy manhood: James Bond auditions, 1967.
• Lock of Jane Austen's hair, made into a mourning brooch.
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Donna Seger said...

Thanks for doing all this surveying! Great links, as usual, and it's always a privilege to be included.

Ana said...

Could you edit the "sadirons" and "A first class lady passenger" links?

I found the former by googling, but I couldn't find the latter.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Whoops! Sorry about the mixed-up-links, Ana - they're fixed now. Sometimes my fingers just trip up on all that cutting and pasting...

Vintage Maison said...

Thanks once again for a great collection of history bits and bobs - must have my Sunday fix - it sets me up for the week!

Hope all is well on the health front.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Great reading for a Sunday afternoon!

Ana said...

Thank you, Isabela :) .

nightsmusic said...

Those tats are fabulous! Very talented artists. And the dress. Oh, I would love to wear a dress like that. Gorgeous.

The Salem Witch Trials memorial was haunting, the way the stones cut off here and there. Very moving.

Great bunch of links again this week. Thank you so much!

I wanted to put a note here, Titanic: Blood and Steel is running for 12 weeks (series) on the Encore channel starting October 8th at 8pm. The time frame runs from the inception of the idea through the launch, the obstacles they faced, the lives of all the classes involved in building it, it really looks to be good if anyone is interested.

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