Served up fresh for your weekend delight: our favorite links of the week to other blogs, web sites, video clips, and articles, collected from around the Twitterverse.
• Annie Miller, that scandalous stunner, immortalized by the Pre-Raphaelites.
• Madame Jeanne Guyon: the Accused Witch Who Defied King Louis XIV.
• Titanic survivor Eleanore Widener lost her husband & son - but left many legacies in their honor.
• Painted out of history: the abdication crisis& a doctored portrait of Edward VIII.
• How cool is this Victorian tattoo'd lady?
• A long-"lost" letter from Paul Revere to his wife Rachel rediscovered, preserved.
• From Civil War drummer boy to Titanic passenger: the fascinating & full life of Frank Millet.
• Aaron Burr describes the flogging of the "impertinent" ship's steward by the "good-natured Captain on his voyage from England to America.
• The death of Anne Boleyn: a correspondent writes to Elizabeth I.
• What an 18th c gentleman packed in his trunk for a journey.
• The 1912 Little Theatre (aka the Helen Hayes Theater) remains the smallest in the NYC theater district.
• This week in 1906: the San Francisco earthquake: rare color photos of the damage.
• Portrait of legendary 18th c transvestite Chevalier D'Eon discovered, identified.
• Would you believe there's still an outhouse in NYC?
• Thomas Jefferson's "Maccaroni" machine with instructions for making pasta.
• Murder of suicide? The strange death of the Earl of Essex, 1683.
• Historic Dress of the Day: dinner dress, 1910-1912.
• Ancient staute depicts female gladiator.
• Parisians in 1842: The Upper Class.
• Sweet history: Domino cakes and Battenburg cakes.
• Hair apparent: false hair caps & the mysterious world of 19th c hair anxiety.
• Keeping women happy in the workplace, 1943.
• Photographs by C.A. Matthews from 1912 show daily life in Spitalfields, London (look closely for the Titanic announcement)
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.