Saturday, April 29, 2017

Breakfast Links: Week of April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Finally, from Italy, the full George Washington.
• Charles Dickens called this machine a monster - but it helped the lives of Londoners.
• The sad perils of love unapproved by Queen Elizabeth I: Lady Mary Grey.
• Coach-building in the late 18th-early 19thc.
• Preserving the signs of censorship in a 16thc astronomy book.
• Tiny hand-bound books made by the Brontes as children.
Image: A stunning 1939 embroidered outfit by Schiaparelli.
Florence Nightingale's "rubbish' amulets to go on display for the first time.
• Europe's famed bog bodies are finally beginning to reveal their secrets.
Image: Women on a fire escape during a drill, c1913; their hobble skirts made it difficult to escape in the event of an emergency.
• Surgeon, apothecary, engineer, inventor, antiquarian, musician, artist, and author - William Close was all of these.
• While this menu from Delmonico's is interesting in its own right, the history of its ownership adds to its context.
• Romania's problem with Dracula.
Drums, bugles, and bagpipes in the Seven Years' War.
Pirate Sam Bellamy lacked the fame of Blackbeard, but made more of a fortune.
• Is it just a recipe for soup, or a counter-revolution in a bowl?
Image: Daffodil from Grandville's Flowers Personified, New York, 1845.
• After the devastation of World War One, French women sustained their families by embroidery sold to Americans.
Louise May Alcott wrote "The Brother" for The Atlantic based on her experiences as a Civel War nurse.
• A tiny face  on a glass bead looks at you through a screen from the 1stc BC Roman Egypt.
• Fur coat worn by Titanic stewardess sold for £150,000.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection


Hels said...

I thought I knew everything about Florence Nightingale, including her stay in Egypt. But I have never heard of Nightingale's collection of little amulets. Nor did I know that these amulets were donated to the museum by one of her relatives.

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