Saturday, January 5, 2013

Breakfast Links: Week of December 31, 2012

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Happy New Year! The Breakfast Links are back, ready to bring you a week's-worth of tasty links to other blogs, web sites, articles, videos, & pictures, all gathered for you from around the Twitterverse.
• Enamel pig, a Glucksschweinchen, symbol of good fortune to wish in 2013.
• Consuming an entire avian population in a single gluttonous 18th c. meal.
• The poignant, secluded 1797 tomb of "an aimable child" on a summer estate survives as NYC engulfs the area.
• Amazingly detailed set of drawings by George Jones, published in a book on Waterloo in 1815.
• European royalty chart, back to Maximillan I (d. 1519), available to download here.
• Vintage New Year's Day postcards from early 20th c.
• Still in a festive mood? Check out these over-the-top fancy dress costumes from the early 20th c.
• To keep the Hogmanay party going strong, here's The Top Secret Drum Corps performing at Edinburgh Castle.
• What gifts did Queen Elizabeth I give (& receive) in 1578? It's all listed in her New Year's gift roll.
• Woody Guthrie's "New Years Rulin's" from his journal, 1943.
• The bridges of Old London in photographs.
Party time with Martin Luther (or at least devil-spiting) "Whenever the devil harasses you thus...drink more."–Martin Luther, 1530.
• Fitness advice from 1920s chorus girls.
Cripplegate: Destruction and rebirth of one of London's oldest areas.
• "Ran to the Canal & Jumped in to the Rescue": heroics of a Victorian tram conductor.
• Hold onto your horses - it's snowing! 1908 snow plow in action in Chicago.
• Never too late for a Christmas ghost story!
• The real story of Queen Victoria's 'domestic bliss.'
• After four marriages, Bess of Hardwick (1518-1608) was England's wealthiest woman.
• Women on the Force: Chicago's first female police officers, 1913.
• "To Vanish A Glasse of Beere", other 17th c. party tricks.
• A history of sequins from King Tut to the King of Pop.
• A Cruikshank dig at Horatio Nelson and the Hamiltons, and more smoke besides.
• Wonderful moody photographs of a dark city: London at night, 1930s.
• Dipped in the blood of a beheaded French king: DNA confirms gruesome momento from Louis XVI's execution.
• 1930s silk crepe gown would have been perfect for New Year's Eve party.
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Deb said...

As always, a feast of historical goodies! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing way to pass the time on a dreary Sunday afternoon. Thank you!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Wonderful selection, thanks so much. I especially found the article about Queen Victoria interesting, as my middle grade mystery is set in Victorian London. But I liked the ghost story, too! I'm a sucker for anything that mentions ghosts.

Hope you both have a wonderful 2013.

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