Saturday, September 19, 2015

Breakfast Links: Week of September 14, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Breakfast Links are ready for your weekend browsing! Enjoy our weekly roundup of fav links to other websites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
Jack and the flagpole: what to call the British national flag.
• Did medieval executioners really wear black hoods?
Drinking in early America.
• "Lest We Perish": the campaign that raised over $117 million for refuges, 1915-1930.
Image: Liverpool "Reserves", wives of soldiers on parade in 1915.
• Death at sea: 18th-19thc. mourning jewelry and nationalism.
• The gallant and heroic Madame du Frenoy, 1785.
• Remade brocade: 18th c. wedding shoes made from an earlier dress.
• Five women booksellers and printers in London in the 1660s.
• Would this 1850s skeleton alarm clock help you wake in the morning?
Image: golden lions from Her Majesty's rowbarge Gloriana.
• Fit for a falcon: an elaborately beaded and embroidered 17thc. falcon's hood.
• Seventeen things George Washington never said.
• Not exactly earthshattering: scholars discover earliest use (so far) of the f-word in 14thc. court case, and another point of view that says it's not that easy.
• The 430 books in Marilyn Monroe's library: how many have you read?
Image: the Lady Chapel at Lichfield Cathedral.
• Happy Rosh Hashanah! Images of Jewish New Years' long past.
• The story behind Francis Scott Key's The Star-Spangled Banner.
• A brief history of stitched samplers.
• Teaching high school American history with cookbooks.
• Old London trade cards.
Image: A rare 18thc. portrait of a Mohawk chief.
• Gossip, news, and manners: the barber-surgeon in 16thc. Italy.
• Humble yet stylish thrift: a feedsack dress from the 1950s.
• Public toilets in the middle ages.
• Strange rain: why frogs, fish, and golf balls fall from the skies.
Video: watch Japanese workers pick up and move a 400-year-old castle.
• Instructions for chambermaids in 1675.
• For National Piano Month: five historical pianos from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
• Prevention before a vaccine for tuberculosis: a daily health guide for boys and girls, 1920.
• Just for fun: the stylish, useful, and sometimes absolutely necessary Oxford comma.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

The Rosh Hashana photos are brilliant, Bowery Boys!! Thank goodness they were photographed in the New World and not in Europe, because the pictures clearly survived and can still give pleasure to millions of families.

Families who survived the Holocaust after 1946 had no photos of their parents.

SilkDamask said...

I want to spend the day reading all the links you have gathered here! Many thanks as well for posting our "Remade Brocade" piece. Cheers, Kimberly

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