Saturday, May 3, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of April 28, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Served up fresh for you! Here's a heaping serving of Breakfast Links, our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, & images, all gathered for you via Twitter.
Coffee à la carte, with a large helping of London history.
Mata Hari's doomed last lover, who failed to save her from the firing squad & met a tragically appropriate fate.
Image: European jewel-toned silk velvet and gilt shoes, c 1890. And the stockings!
• All inspiring London streets: pissing alleys, meat markets, and revolting peasants.
• Why we look the way we look now: how the 1930s put the body at the center of fashion.
• Into the garden: esaplier and wall trees in early America.
• The secret libraries of New York City.
• Working icons: Rosie the Riveter.
Image: Constable's Haywain. Same place, different centuries. 
• "Every man would walk into the sweet meadows": 17th c May Day celebrations.
• Old times: photos of people using the Cincinnati Public Library card catalog, 1950-1970.
• Snapshots taken by pilots while flying biplanes, c 1917.
• For all the fans of Edward Gorey's illustrations: a catalog of an upcoming sale of his art.
Image: Detail of Henry VIII's armour with the initials of Henry and Katherine of Aragon decoratign the skirt.
• School days in early children's books.
• Racing through France: fabulous set of early motorcycling images.
Belladonna and beauty sleep.
Dampening desire and lessening lust in the 17th c. with lettuce (among other foods.)
• Beautiful buttons: Flickr group of photos of elaborate buttons made in Birmingham, UK, 1780-1820.
• Beware of 18th c. bed buggs!
Girls' & boys' names from medieval London (and not the usual ones, either.)
Image: Early 20th c. advertisement for ambition pills, the cure-all for weak and nervous men.
• The 225th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration and the 75th anniversary of this odd tribute at the 1939 World's Fair.
• The complicated 18th c life of Elizabeth Sarah Villa Real, better known as Mrs. Gooch.
• How to visit a quaint 19th c. New England fishing village...hiding in The Bronx.
• A status-conscious fruit: pineapple cultivation in Britain, 17th-19th centuries. 
Image: Developing the perfect Wedgewood blue: 18th c. color experiments for Jasperware.
• Breaking up is hard to do: letter Lord Byron wrote to Lady Caroline Lamb, telling her their relationship must end, 1813.
• "Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal": wise words from author Harper Lee.
• Behind the scenes: costume designer Sandy Powell discusses her fantastic 19th c. costumes for Young Victoria.
A miniature olive pit sculpture masterfully carved in China in 1737.
• An unexpected hold-out: half haunted house, half tacky deli, a Civil War era house survives in NYC's midtown.
• Curling irons for a man's perfect 19th c. moustache.
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