Saturday, March 30, 2013

Breakfast Links: Week of March 25, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013
Breakfast Links are served! Here's your weekend helping of our favorite links to other web sites, blogs, articles, photographs, and videos, gathered for you from the Twitterverse.
Stewed cheese, a favorite of Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Johnson, & Charles Dickens.
• The mail-order catalogues of fashion designer Lady Duff-Gordon (aka Lucille) 1916-1917.
• The New Steam Carriage, operating 'twixt London & Bath, 1829.
• George III's birthday ball, 1783: who "sported the most patient grizzle in the room"?
• Victorian workhouses made "unchaste" women wear "ignominious" clothes & given poor food to shame them.
Easter bonnets galore!
Margaret Sanger, the mother of modern contraception.
• What Pompeii's victims tried to save as they fled.
• Fishscales & fluting: investigating the 1805-07 Nash stairs at Attingham Park.
• The New York apartment house where a spoiled young heiress found it impossible to survive on $25,000 a year in  1915.
• 'To the Faire Murderess of my Soul": compliments from 1699.
• This set of 52 cards constitutes the only known complete deck of illuminated playing cards from the 15th c.
• Dramatic story of how a family of dwarves survived Auschwitz.
• Casino Royale: the magnificent 18th c. Casino Marino is located not in Italy, but Ireland.
• A young girl's beautiful Easter bonnet, 1852, with a poignant story behind it.
• Inspiring web site features suffragists & other remarkable women of West Kent.
• "What a wicked Man!!!" - Lady Melbourne to Lord Byron, March 25, 1813.
• 18th c. woodcuts of the world turned upside-down.
• Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Civil War soldier and spy.
• Return of the Edwardian Sartorialist: Sambourne's Kensington street style photographs.
• Policing the crowds in Aberystwyth when the Prince & Princess of Wales visited in 1896.
• Noel Coward's brilliant, stern relationship advice to Marlene Dietrich.
• Page through a digital facsimile of a Gutenberg Bible.
• Here comes the Daisy Buchanan bride: the Gatsby Look of the 1920s is favorite for 21st c. weddings.
• Secrets of the Medici granducal pharmacy.
•  "Are you suffering from heats to the face?": selection of 18th c. news stories & advertisements.
• How a disgraced Civil War general became one of America's all-time best-selling novelists.
• The owls are not what they seem on the Herald Square clock atop Macys, NYC.
• Edwardian servants' quarters, Montacute House: stockman's "hole", governess's room.
• Roman shrine to Minerva, goddess of quarrymen, in source of Chester's sandstone.
• Something was afoot: Victorian deaths from poisoned stockings.
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Chris Woodyard said...

Thanks so much for linking to my poisoned stockings post and to Mrs Daffodil Digresses!
Another winning collection of links, ladies! I particularly like the young girl's bonnet, Noel Coward's tough-love advice to Marlene Dietrich, and the things carried by the victims of Vesuvius. Your variety always surprises and delights. Happy Easter!

KittyinVA said...

Hey Darlin's! Enjoy this blog so much, not to mention your books. One teeny thing - designer Lucile was spelled with one "L". I got gently corrected just the other day on tumblr! I am if you'd like to check me out. My main interest there is 1915-1920's fashion and film, but I throw in historic costuming, Dark Shadows, The Monkees, costume films, whatever I like! I worked at an 18th c. plantation, Gunston Hall, VA, home of Geo. Mason for 17 years, so the 1780's is a particular interest of mine, too. Best regards, Kathie

nightsmusic said...

Great links this week again. Sorry it took me almost all week to get through them. I found the stockings very interesting and the bonnet, such a tragedy but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that something like that happened more often than we'd like to think back then.


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