Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
This is an invitation from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush
Look closely at the outside of the letter, at the names of the recipient… and the sender…
Gatsby’s mansion and the Biltmore Estate
Archaeology and forensic anthropology confirm survival cannibalism at Jamestown (by JamestownRediscovery)
Jamestown colony’s “starving time” — including a skull that shows signs of being chopped at and pried apart.
“Our team has discovered partial human remains before, but the location of the discovery, visible damage to the skull and marks on the bones immediately made us realize this finding was unusual,” Bill Kelso, chief archaeologist of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in Virginia, said in a news release issued Wednesday. Specimens from the Jamestown site were laid out during a Washington news conference.
SILK TAFFETA GOWN with TWO BODICES, 1860’s. French blue with wide grey stripe, day bodice with long collared sleeve, lace collar and cuff all trimmed in cream bobbin lace (all but one self button replaced with milk glass). Short sleeve evening bodice with open neck trimmed in pleated ribbon, white net and velvet ribbon, both bodices cut straight at waist. Voluminous trained skirt with large pleats, off center front closure, unlined, hem with deep stiffened backing below hooks & eyes to raise hemline by 3-4 inches.
PLAID SILK ROBE a la FRANCAISE, c. 1765. Red, pink and cream taffeta open gown with 3/4 sleeve and U-neck trimmed in self furbelows, back having two double box pleats falling from the neckline flanked by inverted pleats at the waistline. Trained skirt with deep satin hem facing on train, bodice lined in linen, matching petticoat having three front furbelows, upper back panel of linen with waist tie.
I want a dr scholls commercial with a bunch of 16th century men on a boat all crazed and starved
and there’s one guy who’s just chilling out and they’re like “sir we’ve been at sea for months, we’ve run out of supplies and we still have no idea where the indies are, how can you take it?!”
and he says “because I’m Magellan”
In the 18th and 19th centuries, grave-robbing was a serious problem in Great Britain and the United States. Because surgeons and medical students could only legally dissect executed criminals or people who had donated their bodies to science (not a popular option at the time), a trade in illegally procured corpses sprang up. This cemetery gun, held in the Museum of Mourning Art at the Arlington Cemetery of Drexel Hill, Pa., was one dramatic strategy used to thwart so-called “resurrection men.”
The gun, which the museum dates to 1710, is mounted on a mechanism that allows it to spin freely. Cemetery keepers set up the flintlock weapon at the foot of a grave, with three tripwires strung in an arc around its position. A prospective grave-robber, stumbling over the tripwire in the dark, would trigger the weapon—much to his own misfortune.
Grave-robbers evolved to meet this challenge. Some would send women posing as widows, carrying children and dressed in black, to case the gravesites during the day and report the locations of cemetery guns and other defenses. Cemetery keepers, in turn, learned to wait to set the guns up after dark, thereby preserving the element of surprise.
Because the guns were rented by the week and were prohibitively expensive to buy, the poorer people most likely to end up beneath the anatomist’s knife—historian Michael Sappol writes that these included “black people, criminals, prostitutes, the Irish, ‘freaks,’ manual laborers, indigents, and Indians”—probably wouldn’t have benefited from this form of protection.