Saturday, January 19, 2013

Breakfast Links: Week of January 14, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Served up fresh for you - our latest collection of links of the week, bringing you our favorite blog posts, photographs, articles, and news stories via the Twitterverse.
• Twenty spectacular abandoned mansions from around the world.
Streaking in bad weather is not a good idea, 1791.
• What a way to save paper! Criss-cross letter by Jane Austen, 1808.
• Forgotten corners of Old London.
• The beautiful creations  of 19th-20th c.  Brooklyn dressmakers find a place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collections.
Corsets destroy health, 1857.
• "The sting of a hornet": Edwardian hat-pin self-defense
Madeline La Framboise (1780-1846), enterprising French/Native American fur trader in Northwest Territory.
• Detailed account of the coronation of Elizabeth I, on January 15 1559.
• How the racy confessions of an NY society girl saved the New Yorker magazine in 1925.
Alfred the Great: no Domestic God, but no slouch, either.
Lady pirates: Mrs. Fulworth, little-known accomplice of notorious rich-girl-turned-pirate Anne Bonny.
• Exit, pursued by a bear? Bear-baiting in Shakespeare's London.
• The Devil, & Medea & her Dragons: Lord Byron exchanges juicy gossip with John Cam Hobhouse, 1813.
• Here you go, fellow nerdy history knitters: vintage knitting patterns to download for free.
Gossip from 1500s Italy: the story of Bianca Capello de' Medici (1548-1587).
• In Naples, 1822, "it is a common thing enough for ordinary men's wives to suckle the lap-dogs of ladies of quality."
• How President Lincoln's second inaugural ball turned into a food fight of sorts, including the lavish menu.
• New research concludes that Roman bath-houses were places where weird things went down.
• There may be a shot for the modern flu, but in 17th c. Toulouse, the only preventative for lovesickness is excessive playing of the lute.
• A scandal survives: society fashion designer & Titanic passenger Lucile (and yes, she designed Lady Edith's wedding gown on Downtown Abbey.)
• A project to study and reinterpret the wonderful 1730s dollhouse from Uppark.
• Occurring this week in 1919, the Boston molasses disaster 21 dead, 150 injured, and $100 million in damage - plus a landmark court case.
• Learning to dance was an essential attribute for a young lady or gentleman in the 18th c.
ยช Ancient beauty aids, including one attributed to Cleopatra that requires "one part of burnt domestic mice."
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curator said...

Thanks for the mention of my Neapolitan lapdogs post! It's a great thrill to be on your list.

greg6833 said...

Lovesickness is truly a horrible experience. I'm glad to learn that the next time it happens, all I have to do is go to my local barber/surgeon for a nice bleeding. Sounds like it would be much quicker than wearing a leech belt. Thanks! Love your site!

nightsmusic said...

I'm late this week, playing catch-up with blogs, but I wanted to say how exciting to think that my aunt must have worn a dress designed by Lucile since she was a Ziegfeld girl at the same time Lucile was designing.

Too cool...

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