Saturday, June 21, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of June 16, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Fresh for you! Here's our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered from around the Twitterverse.
• Were these patriotic 18th c shoes made from fragments of an American Revolution flag?
• An account of the courage and harrowing experiences of two soldiers' wives at the battles of Quatre Bra and Waterloo.
Boys' names form medieval London (and not the usual ones, either.)
Crinoline conflagrations: the fatal hazards of skirt fires, 1860s.
Father's Day in 1953: "The one day when Father can sit at ease - but very few appear to know about it."
• What to make of this husband's reaction to his wife's miscarriage in 1811? (Be sure to read the comments, too.)
Image: A great picture you may not have seen: brave women of the Red Cross in 1944 beach landing to assist injured troops at D-Day.
Tarot mythology: surprising origins of the world's most misunderstood cards.
• French hair art, 19th c. mourning fashion, and its industry.
• What can the Oxford English Dictionary tell us about the language of World War One?
• In an attempt to dethrone Mrs. Astor as queen of NYC society, Alva Vanderbilt erects a lavish French chateau on Fifth Avenue in 1882.
Image: The magical interior of Duke Humfrey's Library, Oxford.
Underpinnings, c 1900-1903: what was underneath all those beautiful dresses of the early 20th c.
• Fresh eggs: San Francisco menus from 1853, when food was brought by clipper ships.
• A rare peek inside the Paramount Theatre, Staten Island, NY, which has been shuttered for over 25 years.
• Weird and wonderful creatures of a medieval bestiary.
• Madame Bob Walker, a notorious arranger of elopements.
• From The Lady's Magazine, 1776: The Dead Lothario & letters to the living.
Image: Believed to be the earliest photograph taken of New York City: Broadway, May 1850.
• Exquisite illustrations from the Peter Pan portfolio by Arthur Rackham, 1912.
Birth control and condoms in 18th-19th c. America.
• How did America's most beautiful library get demolished?
• From function to fashion: platform and wedge footwear from the 1930s-40s.
Image: Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900.
• The 1555 Jewel Book of Duchess Anna of Bavaria.
• Just for fun: this clever Vine was our most popular tweet of the week - and no wonder!
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