Saturday, May 23, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of May 18, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Ready for your weekend reading enjoyment - our weekly round-up of fav links to other blogs, web sites, articles, and images, collected for you via Twitter.
• "All the nice girls love a sailor": the enduring and complicated lure of Jack Tar.
• A very special pair of c1760s London shoes, worn by Eliza Lucas Pinckney of South Carolina.
• Not your average vacation: 1950s atomic bomb explosion tourism.
Image: Cradle commissioned by Queen Victoria for Princess Louise, 1850.
• In literature and song: the legacy of the Napoleonic Wars.
• For lovers of patterns, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, and intarsia knitting: a beautiful book of Mordvin stitch patterns.
• The bride wore...nothing: naked and smock weddings in early New England.
Image: This week in 1774, the first public advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette.
Box it, bag it, wrap it: medieval books on the go.
Wig-making illustrated, via Diderot's great French 18thc. Encyclopedie.
A sunny 1950s hat for summer made from a very unusual natural fiber.
• WebMD of the 18thc.: more than 5,000 digitized medical consultation letters.
Image: Fantastic aerial shot of Blenheim Palace.
• How to grow a beard in the style of an ancient Roman emperor.
• In 1596, two Scottish witches were charged for the cost of the fuel that burned them.
• The erotic secrets of Lord Byron's tomb.
• What's the younger generation coming to? In the 1960s, it was the Youth Quake!
• How a freed slave fought for her kidnapped children.
Image: Magnificent 18thc. portrait of Xaing Fei, the Fragrant Concubine.
• Something you never expected: 60s Woodstock rocker Country Joe McDonald donates his collection of Florence Nightingale memorabilia.
• Strawberry delight: Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill begins to emerge from restoration with stunning results.
• Two strong Jacobite women who fought for the cause in '45.
Chemistry sets, past and present.
• Irish pickpocket George Barrington, the "genteelist thief ever remembered."
• Archbishop Hatto, allegedly killed in the 10thc. by a mischief of mice.
Image: Two army sergeants enjoy a drink in the Crimea, 1855. Photo by Roger Fenton.
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Hels said...

Byron's scandalous affairs with an endless list of (unsuitable) women, and his ever-mounting debts were well known. But that he was built like a pony? That I didn't know.

Karen Anne said...

Those chemistry sets are fabulous. (Brief pause to grind my teeth over the chemistry set for boys and the lab technician set for girls.)

I remember spilling tannic acid from a set on my bedclothes (it stains permanently) when I was a kid. No desk/table in my room for some reason.

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