Beat the summer heat and relax with our latest edition of Breakfast Links - our favorite links of the week to other web sites, blogs, videos, articles, and images gather for you from around the Twitterverse.
• Video: Costume & stage designer Jenny Tiramni recreates a fantastic gentleman's outfit from the 16th century.
• Oh, that chance encounter with royalty, with advice from Lady Troubridge, 1939.
• Expensive, nervous, sexual: "I'm a Widow Worth Having" - at least in 1861 song.
• The striped dress that Rosamund Hussey wore in her 1900 portrait.
• A Revolutionary discovery in the stacks at Harvard: Bostonian women among those who signed papers protesting Townsend Acts, 1767.
• Magenta divine: a family history rich with color and dyers.
• Cautionary tales of Spanish Fly: murder, lust, and coffee.
• The Pot & Pineapple and Gunter's: Domenico Negri, Robert Gunter, and the confectioner's art in Georgian London.
• Lady Jane Grey, the nine-days' queen, was pronounced monarch on July 10, 1553.
• "Cave in, boys": a discouraging leaflet aimed at the Confederate defenders of Vicksburg, 1863.
• "To Persons of Foreign Birth: Write Your Soldier Boy in the Language of the United States": WWI poster that is, ironically, in English.
• An elegant yellow chiffon dress, perfect for a summer party in 1932.
• A (slightly) biased view of the French in 1792.
• Who wore it better, Georgian style: three ladies, one gown, all painted by Thomas Hudson.
• A brief history of khaki pants.
• The serpent mourning ring for William Harry Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland, 1842.
• The hazards of the chamber pot in the Victorian home.
• The Great Gatehouse of Hampton Court Palace.
• "Shall I cry, faint, scream, or go off in hysterics?" Civil War diary of a rebel girl in Louisiana, 1863.
• This week in 1960: Novelist Harper Lee gave America a book for the ages in To Kill a Mockingbird. • The scandals & bold superhero moves of Revolutionary War heroine Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler.
• Twain vs. Cooper, Shaw vs. Shakespeare: the greatest literary takedowns of all time.
• Great 17th c. Dutch image of two very well-dressed gentlemen playing tennis.
• A bride sees her husband's shaving "ghost" while he sleeps, deathly pale, beside her, 1883.
• A sign of gratitude and submission as well as friendship: hand-kissing between early 18th c. men.
• Vignettes from the lost history of 19th c. brothels along the Minneapolis waterfront. Hungry for more? Follow us on twitter @2nerdyhistgirls 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.