Saturday, July 23, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of July 18, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• How the corset turned into a girdle, 1900-1919.
• The now-forgotten "girl mayors" of the 1920s became the first face of feminism.
• Keeping khaki-kool during World War One.
• Baunscheidt's Lebenswecker: the 19thc "life-awakener" (and now considered fraudlent.)
• The peculiar history of cows in the OED.
Video: Short video of magnificently embroidered early 20thc evening dress.
• The (almost lost) art of handwriting.
• How and when did the thirteen colonies learn of the Declaration of Independence?
Image: 19thc purse made from hundreds of melon seeds.
• Magical photographs of fireflies in Japan.
• The rich and fascinating history of dhaka muslin.
• Ten strangest deaths of Roman emperors.
Descendants of a South Carolina plantation owner and slaves unite to have dinner together 181 years later.
• The 18thc anatomist who celebrated life with dioramas of death.
Image: Photographer Margaret Bourke-White sets up camera on a gargoyle on the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building, 1934.
Cleopatra's Needle: how an Egyptian obelisk ended up by the Thames.
• "An extraordinary delivery of rabbits": how Mary Tofts convinced doctors she'd given birth to rabbits, 1726.
• Creating La Dolce Vita in post-war Italy.
• The surprisingly raucous home life of James and Dolley Madison.
• Why women led anti-suffrage movements against themselves.
Silk-dyers in 18thc London.
Image: Women's day at the free public bathing house in the East River, NYC, 1876.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

The Anti-Suffrage Movement was fascinating and is still counter intuitive. We understand why men would want to oppress their wives and daughters, but why would women want to oppress (or liberate, depending on which side they chose) other women.

Australians, New Zealanders etc would have felt great pity for Americans in 1917 when there was a major shift in the USA's anti-suffrage narrative. We had had women's suffrage for 2 decades by then, peacefully gained.

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