Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• One woman's Boston Tea Party.
• The Great War, and great changes for women.
• Avis Clarke: a female pedlar, or chapman, 1624.
• Benedict Arnold's phantom duel.
• Did Jane Austen become virtually blind because of arsenic poisoning?
• Image: Pugs are just a millennial obsession: illustration from Strand Magazine, 1892.
• Ada Lovelace, the first tech visionary.
• The ideal American home, c1841 according to Catharine Beecher.
• Taking the waters at Buxton in 1800.
• How dishabille in 18thc portraits symbolized female empowerment.
• Springing forward into Daylight Savings Time with Uncle Sam, 1918.
• Image: Suffragettes outside the Kennington Oval Cricket Ground, 1908.
• How did corsets evolve into girdles?
• In the years following World War One, women took to the skies, pushing the limits of what was possible.
• Martha Washington, the first First Lady.
• A lazy but tasty recipe for Regency-era lemonade.
• Image: The wallpaper from Emily Dickinson's bedroom.
• Spices for the 18thc kitchen.
• The suffragette and fascist Mary Richardson and the Rokeby Venus in the National Gallery.
• An upmarket new suburb for London in the late 17thc: the development of St. James's.
• Image: Just for fun: 1970s men in jumpsuits. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily. Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection
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.