Here's your weekly offering of Breakfast Links – our favorite links of the week via Twitter, including links to other blogs, web sites, photos, and articles you won't want to miss.
• An appropriate abode: housing the middle classes in Victorian Bloomsbury.
• Long before Justin Bieber, there was Beatlemania, c. 1963.
• Clever coded masked letter from Lt. General Sir Henry Clinton in 1777, during American Revolution.
• Fascinating raw silk coat, c. 1905.
• Taking the bull by the horns: the decline of bull running in 19th c. English town of Stamford.
• Jane Austen and lovers' vows.
• Medicines for the poor: Birmingham's Dispensary, c. 1790.
• Finding the NYC locations of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
• Untold stories of ten children evacuated during the Second World War.
• Animals occupied an important place in medieval art & thought.
• Paper doll book c. 1819 featuring Cinderella.
• Tips for an Edwardian Ball.
• Abigail Adams' thoughts on living in the White House.
• Shirley Temple, juvenile trendsetter, 1930s.
• Newly discovered portrait of King Charles I's wife Queen Henrietta Marie by Anthony Van Dyck.
• Edwardian motoring clothing, or how to dress for a ride in a 100-year-old car.
• "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army": story behind slogan from Katz's Delicatessen, NYC.
• Rebel Rose Greenhow, the widow turned Confederate spy who was lost at sea.
• An open letter to the young women of America from "The Reformed Bundler."
• A dignified 1830s home off Washington Square becomes a brassy night spot during NYC's Roaring 20s.
• Sweet potato dinner, curtsey of the Swamp Fox.
• Embroidered butterflies on a girl's ensemble, 1865.
• Fabulous description of a Georgian masquerade held at the King's Theatre, January, 1783.
• Stunningly beautiful pictures from the first fashion photographer, Clementina, Lady Hawarden. Crave more than a once-a-week update? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates ever day!
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.