Saturday, October 11, 2014

Breakfast Links: Week of October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014
The leaves may be beginning to fall, but our Breakfast Links are going strong - our weekly round-up of favorite links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images via Twitter.
• The most popular girls names in Tudor England.
• An "honest" garment: the traditional Scottish shepherd's maud.
• The Litchfield Academy and schoolgirl embroidery in 18th-19th c. Connecticut River Valley.
Decoding diplomacy: how John Adams and John Quincy Adams used ciphers & codes in their correspondence.
Image: Marie Curie's notebook, 1899-1902, is still so radioactive that it cannot be handled.
• The last days of Edgar Allan Poe were almost as grim as one of his own stories.
• Rediscovered: previously unknown photo of three of General Robert E.Lee's female slaves.
• Infamous 15th c. prophesier Mother Shipton & how she has been sensationalized for centuries.
• The perks of being a 19th c. courtesan.
Image: Rembrandt, the king of the selfies.
• The 18th c. merchant who was swallowed up by an earthquake but lived to be buried twice.
• The role of women in 1737, from virgin to widow (plus recipes.)
• Which photograph is the "real" one of the Bronte sisters?
• Shaker recipe for apple butter from 1871 uses all the edible parts of the apple.
* Hideous (?) Georgian hats.
• The ghost of Merry Andrew: a forgotten bodysnatcher tale.
Image: An 18th c. street vendor with a basket full of tiny pigs made of pie crust.
• Had-colored etchings of 1870s Parisian street scenes.
• Nine perfect works from the illustrator who ruled the Mad Men era.
• Interesting way of considering history: determining your personal "mirror year."
• Americans celebrate the Empress of China, 1785.
Image: Horses ploughing in Ledbury, the way it used to be.
• Author Elizabeth Gaskell's house opened after restoration to "former glory."
• Stunning illustrations of Victorian business life from London in 1888.
Mandrakes: from mythology to museum collectible.
• The lost Gilded Age NYC mansion of oil tycoon Henry M. Flagler.
• O death where is thy bling? Victorian mortuary extravagance.
Coffee houses, taverns, tea, and chocolate in Restoration London.
• Rarest of the rare: 15th c. black parchment.
Image: Louisa May Alcott's writing room, where Little Women was written.
• How to escape the Victorian asylum of Broadmoor.
• Portrait miniature of the 21-year-old Mozart sent by composer to his first love - to be sold.
• Buried under a bridge in Paris: the misfit mausoleums of Montmarte.
Bathers, bath-houses, and the law in 1921.
Image: Music was the theme for Elsa Schiaparelli's fall 1939 collection.
• Despite how it appeared in Downton Abbey, contraception options for 1920s London women were not simple.
• Nineteenth century triangular bandage printed with first-aid procedures.
• How blind Victorians campaigned for inclusive education.
Image: Just for fun: the best headline (and article) you'll read today.
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Hels said...

The topics of beach behaviour, beach clothes, bathing boxes and public baths has fascinated me in my blogging history. Partially because I am Australian and spent 3 months of the year on the beach. But also because we can tell more about a society from its leisure time activities than we can from official royal or military documents.

Thanks for the 1921 report.

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