Served up fresh - our latest helping of Breakfast Links! Our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, all gathered for you from around the Twitterverse.
• Know a woman who is bossy or wants the right to vote? "Fun" badge from 1898.
• The Vikings had a taste for fine Persian silk.
• Beautiful portraits show sisters and sisterhood.
• Useful for chilly days: a 12th c. Irish bronze handwarmer.
•Paper instead of gold? The 18th c. furor surrounding the issue of the first paper bank notes.
• A brief fashion history of the iconic LBD, or little black dress.
• Recreating a 1920s that may not have existed: short video from the VFX team behind the recent film The Great Gatsby.
• Nice to see some highly immature 19th c. behavior involving a painted moustache immortalized in print.
• At the ghost parade: night-time rehearsal for the Lord Mayor's Show, and oh, that coach!
• From Jane Austen's handwritten manuscripts to the Lindisfarne Gospels - explore treasures of the British Library with these eBook downloads.
• A look at Hart Island, New York City's Potter's Field, and the largest mass grave site in the U.S.
• This 1747 recipe for "Nothing Pudding" has far more ingredients than the title indicates.
• A dog named Bashaw: 1832 life-sized marble statue of a faithful Newfoundland, plus other canine portraits.
• Charlotte Bronte's tiny, tiny handwritten book.
• Using garlic to test for fertility in the ancient Greek world.
• Let your closet dream big! Catalogue to upcoming auction of Victorian, Edwardian, & 1920s clothes and jewelry.
• Ignatius Sancho, a black Georgian in 18th c. London.
• Why do we kiss?
• Charlotte Bronte's portrait of her friend Sophia Hudson returns to Bronte Parsonage for the first time in 170 years.
• The Great Storm of 1703: eyewitness accounts of the worst storm in England's history.
• How much meat did medieval people eat?
• Feeling lonesome? 19th c. love charms and party games.
• Ending washday blues: the invention of Washing Mill.
• Georgian comfort-food: 18th c. recipe for Shin of Beef Stewed.
• The lost NYC mansion of Mrs. Mary Mason Jones, the indomitable aunt of Edith Wharton and inspiration of her character Mrs. Manson Mingott.
• Confessions of 19th c. children who committed murder.
• Ready for a 1606 masque at court in a costume 'A la nimphale.' 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.