Saturday, July 14, 2018

Breakfast Links: Week of July 9, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Breakfast Links are served! Our weekly round-up of favorite links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• The 1802 Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy faced unexpected competition from the wax figures of Marie Tussaud.
• Gin shops in the Regency: the "blue ruin" before hipsters discovered it.
• When reading inspired women to change history.
• How 18th-19thc literary women like Mary Robinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning embraced opiates.
• The accidental Pied Piper of cats in 1909 New York.
Video: Rotating jeweled flowers on this 18thc clock (sound up!)
• The 1866 wedding fashions in the painting The Hesitant Fiancee by Auguste Toulmouche.
• The link between women, witchcraft, and stirring.
• Pearls for the bride: a magnificent 1830s pearl parure.
• Cimitero delle Fontanelle and the Neapolitan cult of the dead.
Image: "Touch watch" owned by author Helen Keller.
• Napoleon's pleasure-loving sister Pauline Bonaparte.
• A short history of tennis fashions.
• When butter was a food group: food and freedom in World War Two.
• The eagle as the ideal ruler, from ancient times to the Founding Fathers.
Image: An aerial view of Hyde Park Fair on the day of Queen Victoria's coronation, June 28, 1838.
• A recipe for an unusual - and very potent - 18thc cocktail: King Calli's Spruce Beer.
• A brief history of the American Pledge of Allegiance.
• Ruth Wakefield is the name and the place behind legendary chocolate chip Toll House Cookies.
• How to live like an 11thc prince.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


CZEdwards said...

Hi, Pied Piper of Cats takes one to the Royal Academy’s Chronicle in Head Shots for 1802. Which is an interesting year - Duke of Cumberland, heroic portraiture vs the depiction of real war injuries, and Mme Tussaud’s waxworks as depiction of crime - don’t get me wrong... but it is not a 1909 Pied Piper of Cats.

Lucy said...

I too would like to know about the Pied Piper of Cats. Hope to see the link fixed when you get the chance! :-) Thanks for putting all this together, even though your schedules are tight.

Susan Holloway Scott said...

My apologies! The link to the Pied Piper of Cats is now fixed - here it is, too:

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