Saturday, July 12, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of July 7, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Fresh for your morning reading: this week's Breakfast Links, featuring our fav links of the week to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, all gathered for you from Twitter.
• This week in 1859, the French daredevil Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
• Rooftop shenanigans: the Ziegfield Follies know how to throw an after-party, 1915.
• A history of the nude in photography - in pictures.
• Purposeful wrongness: Colonial Revival tourism, or how we thought it looked.
• How does an 18th c. recipe for "Maccarony Cheese" taste?
Image: "The New Woman": Stereograph celebrating women's changing roles (and wardrobe), 1901.
• Hitting the road in style in a sumptuous early 19th c. travelling chariot.
Lingerie ads show how perceptions have changed since 1900s.
• Medieval magic manual includes decapitation trick.
• From retail palace to zombie mall: how efficiency killed the department store.
• Marina Rossi, celebrated 18th c. rope dancer.
Image: This 1912 poster from the Indiana State Board of Health basically sums up most health books, ever.
• An elegant dinner with General Washington at Valley Forge Headquarters, 1778.
• Top Georgian tips for looking beautiful.
• Abigail Adams on racial integration of local schools in 1797.
Image: By the seaside: Biarritz, France, 1900s - Collection Roger-Viollet.
• The ten best beds in art.
• A rich, elderly widow looks up from her book to find a masked robber in her NYC mansion, 1925.
• Hudson picturesque: Newburgh, NY's historic district of 19th c houses.
• Spiraling out of control: the greatest spiral staircases in the world.
Female artists in World War One recorded the contributions of women to the war effort.
• A warning to troublesome wives and a (very) merry widower, 1733.
• A hairy history of the moustache.
• A sordid tale of bigamy and attempted murder in Georgian London.
Image: Save gas, roller skate to work!
• A collection of paintings of women in white with summer parasols.
• How the "Star-Spangled Banner" became America's national anthem.
• This 1868 etiquette book (free online) reveals like, what was the Victorian version of teens saying "like" like every other word.
Image: The creative progress: how great poems by William Black and Lord Byron began on a scribbled manuscript page.
• The forgotten illegitimate daughter of Major General Banastre Tarleton.
• California's forgotten pro-slavery past.
• Making a Palladian country house: Trafalgar Park and its first owners.
• Giving history the finger: the long, strange journey of Galileo's middle finger.
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Elinor Aspen said...

Love the spiral staircases. I'll have to send the link to my husband. He toured the Octagon house (daytrippable from our home) and also insisted we see the Contarini del Bovolo in Venice (which was challenging due to the construction scaffolding blocking the usual route that year, but we managed to make our way there). Could only see the outside, though. Legend has it the original owner was a very heavy man who needed his horse to carry him upstairs (hence the unusual exterior staircase).

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

The 1868 Etiquette book is a treasure trove. Thanks!

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