Served up fresh: the new serving of Breakfast Links includes our favorite links to other websites, photographs, and articles, all gathered for you this week from Twitter.
• Ready for fall: c. 1895 tweed suit with puffy leg-of-mutton sleeves.
• The yale's tale: History and symbolism of the yale, a fantastic medieval beast with extraordinary horns and a royal pedigree.
• Ship's chair, 1840s, in storage so as not to frighten the kids.
• The strange journey of Napoleon's penis.
• Bundling, "a very extraordinary method of courtship."
• How to use the telephone, 1917.
• The blue-green fronds of the herb rue were admired for their beauty in the Middle Ages.
• From Jane Austen's family: a receipt for a pudding in verse.
• Cocaine tooth drops, morphine teething syrup, and other Victorian quack cures.
• Russia's museum cats in the Hermitage.
• Monarchs marrying for love: the experience of Edward IV & Henry VIII.
• Lord Holland writes to Lord Byron expressing a strong dislike for the word "intellectual."
• The murderous, pie-loving prostitutes of Dover Street, 1819.
• He spat fire in your face: the Victorian legen of Spring Heeled Jack.
• Raise a pint! Happy birthday, Arthur Guinness.
• "Unfinished, ugly, slipshod": The Times is not impressed by the Impressionists.
• The 18th c. courtesan actress and the press.
• Madeleine of Valois, 16th c. Queen of Scotland.
• Astonishingly detailed article on the history of very early American daguerreotypes.
• San Francisco in ruins after the earthquake, 1906.
• Gulp! Brief history of modern drinking straw.
• William Wordsworth's childhood home, a beautiful recreation of a 1770s middle class interior.
• Astonishingly beautiful 18th c. button: wrapped metallic thread over wooden core.
• Wild, wild west: Buffalo Bill in Earls Court, London. Crave more than a once-a-week update? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirlsant for fresh updates daily!
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.