Saturday, April 23, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of April 18, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• What is dazzle, and how did it influence 20thc fashion?
• "Deserved and received respect": how after twenty-four years as a female, Deborah Lewis transformed into the male Francis Lewis in 18thc Massachusetts.
Image: Tiles with instructions for gymnastic exercises for young girls, 1840.
D-Day hero set to marry his first love - 72 years after he first proposed to her.
• Poignant 19thc petitions from mothers hoping to find sanctuary for their illegitimate children.
• A 17thc silk gown with possible royal Stuart connections discovered off the Dutch coast.
• Extreme longevity in the 1700s.
• After centuries of innovation, is the library card dying?
• The sound of the past: Wheatley's Cries of London.
Image: Warning sign at Yosemite National Park, 1915 - not that it stopped the people on that rock!
• On the trail of the Last Supper.
• Why the hit musical Hamilton is a potent reminder that historians are not the only custodians of history.
• Previously unknown Shakespeare First Folio discovered just lying around a grand Scottish home.
• A shot in the dark? A mysterious find in a bundle of archived papers.
Image: Tax avoidance, 17thc style: a house built over a river between two jurisdictions.
• The tragic love story of children's illustrator and author Beatrix Potter.
Lady Hamilton as a bacchante, restored and rediscovered.
• The life of a movie costume after filming is done.
• "Beware of the lascivious tango", warned the Ladies' Home Journal, and these are the boots to prove why.
Image: Nineteenth century Coca cola contained cocaine, and doctors prescribed it as a "nerve stimulant."
• Where's a witch to rest? Chimney stacks and witches' seats.
• Historical socks and stockings from the Nordiska Museet, Stockholm.
• George Washington's troublesome teeth.
• Image: Fantastic 18thc Polish pulpit.
William Kidd, the pirate who was framed.
• Book quiz: do you know these last lines of famous novels?
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

Re Beatrix Potter, I agree that Beatrix’s parents cancelled her first engagement because they hated the idea that their daughter would marry “into trade”. Or perhaps marry at all!

But old Mr Potter had been a rock solid support to Beatrix when she was young. Thus it must have been the mother who was more controlling; by the time Beatrix could marry in 1913, she was too old to have children.

Beatrix's brother Walter escaped home and lived a normal life. Beatrix had the independent income to escape, yet she never did :(

thanks for the link

Anonymous said...

And her brother married and kept it a secret from his parents. The parents were horrible people.

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