Saturday, May 12, 2018

Breakfast Links: Week of May 7, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Breakfast Links are served! Our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• A packet of seeds and a sheet of music called "Romances d'Estelle": part of the prize included in a Dutch ship captured by the British in 1803.
• Anne of Green Gables goes to war.
• A hundred-year-old handmade American flag flies Scotland.
• Analyzing the fashion details in an 1830s portrait of a Susan Brown Moody.
• The trashy, expensive, contradictory reputation of leopard print.
Image: A 1789 cyanometer that measured the blueness of the sky.
• How to suppress the writing of women like the Brontes: "She only wrote one good book."
Wojtek, the bear who went to war, and linked together the heritage of Scotland and Poland.
The Household Book of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, can tell you who came to dinner on Sunday, May 13, 1431.
Image: A Hayden concert ticket from 1792, signed by the composer.
• Elizabeth Arden thoughtfully (!) provided these hints in 1943 for how women in the military could adapt their hairstyles to their uniform caps.
Shakespeare and marriage, in his plays and in his own life.
• Repurposed stone first shaped by Roman builders discovered in a medieval Saxon vault.
• Traces of a famously lost ninth-century Bible turn up in a 1474 printed book.
• The torrid love letters of famous authors.
Image: Rediscovered in a London church, an original Waterloo Fund collection box for aid to the wounded and families of the fallen at Waterloo.
• Discovering the history of the Ram Jam Inn, and its links to notorious 18thc highwayman Dick Turpin.
• An interactive map with merpeople sightings, 1610-1784.
• Eveline, Elsie, Agnes, and Joan: May Queens through time.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

Thanks to The Conversation

I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child, but I was never aware of her later novel dealing with the horrors of WW1. Nor was I aware that it was not until WW1, 50 years after the nation Confederated, that Canadians "bonded together as a nation". While this view of history replicates the Australian experience of loyalty to the British Empire and the creation of Australian nationalism, it will require more reading on my behalf.

Anonymous said...

I regret to inform you that your link to the Elizabeth Arden article was blocked by an aggressive attempt by Blogger to sign up new blog writers - on Blogger, of course.

I love Breakfast Links. They are the highlight of my Sunday mornings and always keenly anticipated. Pity about Blogger's intrusion, though. How they think that such tactics will succeed in recruiting, I can't imagine.

In any case, more power to your historical elbows!


Susan Holloway Scott said...

Dear Anonymous -

Grrrrr........! I have no idea why that link went to Blogger. That has happened before, and I suspect that it must have something to do with this blog being hosted there. Maybe after every thousand links I post, Blogger believes they should get a freebie.

Anyway, I found the Elizabeth Arden one again through other channels, and corrected the link. Here it is as well:

Thank you for your kind words for the Breakfast Links! I enjoy putting them together - not only do I get to share all this cool information with our readers, but I also love being able to shine the Breakfast Links spotlight on some wonderful but lesser-known blogs and sites so they get the extra traffic.

(We won't talk about how the Breakfast Links are the terrible proof of how much time I spend/squander on Twitter, but hey....)

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