Saturday, September 29, 2012

Breakfast Links: Week of September 24, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012
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.
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