Saturday, September 15, 2018

Breakfast Links: Week of September 10, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Breakfast Links are served! Our weekly round-up of favorite links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Why don't more boys read Little Women?
 Aretha Franklin, and the only hat that matters.
Paths of glory: the road to lasting fame and fortune rarely runs straight.
• The Georgian Post Office played a major role in espionage,  doing what the Secret Services do today.
Dreams and telepathy at the end of the American Civil War.
• An Indian chintz gown: fashion, status, and slavery in 18thc America.
Image: An exquisite hairnet of gold, a superb example of a Hellenistic goldsmith's talent and skill, c200-150 BC.
• Coffee houses, taverns, tea, and chocolate in Restoration London.
• An extended family of stay-makers (corset-makers) living and working in 18thc London.
• Real estate history: when Trinity Church ruled lower Manhattan.
Image: Silk damask gauze shoes from Chinese royalty that look surprisingly modern - yet are 800 years old.
Imposters in history: sixteen famous con-artists and pretenders.
• Culture in the early American classroom: a failed attempt at assimilation.
• Fashion + competitive masculinity = the codpiece.
Elizabeth Keckley: businesswoman, philanthropist, and dressmaker to a president's wife.
Image: From these drawings, it's clear that 19thc artist Gericault had a very bite-y cat.
• The dipping and drinking wells of Hyde Park.
• Film star: a classic Baltimore movie palace shines again.
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Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection.


Hels said...

The post "Coffee houses, taverns, tea and chocolate in Restoration London" is fascinating, particularly for historians who love the era and love the drinking theme. This is a topic I come back to often.

Alas I could not find the date, author's name or comment section.

Many thanks
Art and Architecture, mainly

Rosefolly said...

I love it that you provided the link to the discussion to Little Women. It is one of the half dozen favorite books of my childhood, and I read it several time as I was growing up. I knew that not many boys read it, but I was not aware that schools were turning their noses up at it as well. Yes, I think schools ought to try to appeal to the reading tastes of boys, but not at the expense of girls.

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