Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Sex, drugs, and poetry: Renaissance writers were the original rockstars.
• The unrivaled beauty of the hand-held fan.
• George IV's sisters and their Oriental fantasies.
• Easter Sunday, 1939: When Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.
• It's taken 30 years, but the restoration of the State Bedroom at Kedleston Hall is finally, beautifully finished.
• Image: F.Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten notes for The Great Gatsby, published in 1925.
• Historical photographs of women pioneers in medicine.
• The wages of a servant at Chatsworth.
• The persistent "fake news" that haunted George Washington.
• A 400-year-old recipe for rose cakes.
• Gowland's Lotion, a popular 18th-19thc medical remedy mentioned by Jane Austen, contained mercury.
• Making history: 2nd Lt. Lillian Polatchek is the first female Marine Tank Officer.
• A room with a loo - a potted history of the British bathroom.
• Image: A spirited spotted-pony unicorn from a fruit crate label, c1925-40
• The first coffee house opened in London in 1652, but the phenomenon took off during the 18thc.
• The 1898 Bloomingdale Branch Library in New York City had low windows to lure youths who "did not care to be outdone" by kids reading inside.
• Did the Victorians really get brain fever?
• Going down the rabbit hole: the surprisingly complex symbolism of rabbits in British art.
• Image: Woman selling Irish lace on board the Titanic.
• Codex rotundus: a 15thc miniature manuscript in a circular form.
• Friends, family, and rivals: Queen Victoria and the European empires.
• New research reunites a 1758 London Foundling Hospital token with the identity of its infant owner.
• Fame, fortune, fire, and brimstone: the legend of Jonathan Moulton.
• Why there are many small memorials in New York City to those who perished with the Titanic, but no large one. 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.