Saturday, March 26, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of March 21, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Artist seeks to revive the lost craft of painted Tudor wall coverings.
• Never returning to normality: zoot suits, drape jackets, and bondage trousers.
• More than a musical instrument: a portable Irish harp, 1819.
• From fashion accessory to feather duster: the history of the ostrich feather trade in London.
• Followed by: fashion, feathers, and animal rights.
Dracula and the Victorian politics of blood.
Image: Birmingham's Victorian "Temple of Relief" is surprisingly elegant for a public urinal.
• Florence Nightingale saved lives with statistics and made data beautiful.
French customs and manners as observed by an 18thc Scotsman.
• The unknown Roman girl buried beneath a London landmark.
• The global connections of 18thc Charleston, SC.
• Psychologists have studied writer's block - and they know how to beat it.
Image: A luxurious gold box for storing hats or headdresses from 15thc Florence.
• A plea on behalf of immigrants, most likely written in Shakespeare's hand.
• An international incident in 1839: an unsigned treaty and a slave ship from Duxbury, MA.
• Here be dragons - and battleships. In the middle of Manhattan, 1917.
• Touching the past: why history is important.
• Seven strange facts about early American funerals.
• Image: Spinning op art mosaic floor with Medusa at the center, from 115-150AD.
• Fighting in plain sight: women soldiers of the American Civil War.
• Would you buy a used car from William Shakespeare? How about mustard?
• Picking locks and foreign plots: ciphers in British Library manuscripts.
• Just for fun: Quiz to determine what your profession would have been in Victorian England.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

The gold box is stunning. Now enquiring minds want to know who made it, for which family, what are the measurements, what are the decorative elements made from etc.
I would love it for myself *sigh happily*

Recycled Cottage & Garden said...

I was intrigued about the Tudor wall coverings, but not so much I want to pay to read about it.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Ladyhawthorne - Boo! When I first copied the link to the Tudor wall coverings, it was free. Not wanting you or anyone else (including me) to have to pay to read a Breakfast Link, I searched and found another, free article about the artist, Melissa White, who is doing this interest work. I've changed the link, and here it is as well:

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