Saturday, May 2, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of April 27, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fresh for your weekend reading and relaxing - our weekly collection of our fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images via Twitter.
• Homemade fortune-telling game, c. 1820.
• London's lost Victorian pneumatic railway: the world's second oldest underground.
• Nine beautiful libraries with extraordinary reading rooms.
• How 19thc. sailors' love tokens got into women's underwear.
• Tipu Sultan's ambassadors at Saint-Cloud in 1788: Indomania and Anglophobia meet in pre-Revolutionary Paris.
• In search of William Shakespeare's London.
• The gruesome murder of Thomas Webb, 1800, in Cuddridge, Hampshire.
Image: Swedish knitted wool wedding gloves, c. 1720-1775, worn by seven generations.
• Dream-like 1913 autochrome portraits of an engineer's daughter are among earliest color photographs.
• Books of art: images of medieval and Renaissance women reading.
• Windeby Girl (or was she a boy?): one of archeology's mysterious "bog bodies."
Child-stealing: the case of little Thomas Dellow, 1811.
Image: The enumerator in this 1901 census form must have been bored.
• "A jury of her peers": how American women finally got the right to serve as jurors, shockingly late in the 20th c.
• The rise and fall of the codpiece.
May Day festivities in the Georgian era.
• A very rare letter as old as Boston itself.
Image: Breathtaking painted and pierced mother-of-pearl figural fan.
• Fantastic Moorish music room in 19thc. house currently for sale.
Lord Byron's letter to Lady Caroline Lamb insisting that their relationship must end, 1813.
• Seventeenth-century gardens in the backgrounds of family portraits.
• Wondering about that too-awesome-to-be-true photo you saw on the 'net? Check out this blog to see if it's real or Photoshop.
Gender-neutral clothing isn't new; men and women have dressed similarly for centuries.
Image: "Come on, Dad!": poster from election of 1929, first for young women after universal suffrage.
• The Jealousy Glass: how to spy on a suitor without looking like you're trying.
• Setting the record straight on the bewitching history behind The Witch of Blackbird Pond (you know you read it in middle school!)
Olive Oatman, the pioneer girl with the tattooed face.
• Why can't we read anymore? Or can books save us from what digital does to our brains?
Image: The first female gardeners at Kew Gardens in 1896 were encouraged to wear men's clothing so as not to be distractions.
• Politics and slander: In 1731, the leader of the Opposition and a supporter of the prime minister fought a duel in London.
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Hels said...

Normally I like to think as a neutral historian, when reading these posts. But sometimes I read them from a very personal perspective. I want to study in Trinity College Library Dublin! Now!

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