Saturday, September 17, 2016

Breakfast Links: Week of September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Is this the key to Alexander Hamilton's secret correspondence?
• The physics of Rapunzel's hair: could a man really use it to climb up? Apparently yes.
• A familiar part of Georgian travel: falling off your horse.
• French kissing to lesbian orgies: the origins of the myth of the debauched French court.
Image: From the Lady's Magazine, July 1797: "Rules to be observed at City Feasts, especially Parochial Ones" - and perhaps at BBQs, too.
• "Gymnasticks" and dumbbells: exercise in 17th-18thc Britain.
• The weathervanes of Old London.
Ring for a bride, made from shard of glass that nearly blinded a WWI tank commander in battle.
Image: Already a tourist attraction: Philadelphia house where Jefferson wrote Declaration of Independence, shown in an 1855 photo.
• Are these seven pigtails from the infamous mutineers of the Bounty?
• Great rooms in children's literature.
• "A most lamented princesse": a 17thc English princess at Versailles.
• Uncovering a different side of Bath.
• The 18thc man with (supposedly) 87 children – and only one wife.
Image: A Medusa mosaic, 2nd-3rdc AD from the Archaeological Museum of Tarragona.
• The tragedy of early 20thc beauty, model, and actress Audrey Munson.
• When fashion becomes a form of protest.
• British female felons in the 18thc.
• The newest historical American Girl doll has Motown swagger.
• General George Washington, hairdresser.
Image: Oh, the Illustrated Police News, 1895: "Pinching girls' legs his mania." Story here.
• One hundred and fifty-one years after the last shot was fired, a Civil War pension is still being paid by the U.S. government to the daughter of a veteran.
• Criss-Cross Spelling Slips: sold as an educational game in the 1880s.
• "Gone for a solider": but the 19thc British Army wasn't for everyone.
Image: Just for fun: arguably the best photo and caption on Wikipedia.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Ana said...

Oh, god, I remember the Best Storybook Ever from when I was a child, and I was searching for it - not knowing its name or anything other than "children's book with rabbits", which, as you can imagine, wasn't the best for a search - just a week ago, to no avail.

And now I know what it is! Finally!

Thank you!

Karen Anne said...

Two wives.

Unknown said...

When you have time to re-visit: the "exercise" link goes to Hamilton's cypher. I'm as smitten by anyone with Hamilton these days but am curious to see if the ideas about proper exercise have changed as much as they have about medicine.

I look forward to the breakfast links every week. A very pleasant way to catch up, especially when the week has been busy.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Helen ~ Whoops! Clearly the all-powerful Hamilton overwhelmed the "gymnasticks" (or maybe his secret ciphers had to do with his new Ham-Workout?) Anyway - it's fixed now. Here it is, too:

Thank you for pointing it out!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the fix. Hamilton is maybe like TR, wants to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral. In this case the subject of every link.

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