As aforementioned, Victorian women were, for one of a number of possible reasons, frequently afflicted by fainting fits. Whilst indoors this might be easy enough to remedy, however, a sudden fit whilst out and about might prove more perilous. Thus, Police constables of the era were equipped with small vials of smelling salts in small containers adorned with a crown, to revive women in the streets.
apparently some people of my acquaintance are labouring under the impression that smelling salts (also known as spirit of hartshorn or sal volatile) are pleasant
fuck no they smell like rotten eggs and dirty nappies, you wake from your faint so you can get that shit the fuck away from you
I initially thought this was some Victorian bubble-blowing novelty. Which makes the truth about the “lady revivers” all the more amusing - imagine blowing a rotten egg bubble and then frolicking in the grass after it.
An Elizabethan gilded pocket sundial by Augustine Ryther. Dated 1585 Made for Sir George St Paul, a Lincolnshire squire.
“the heart book” (denmark ~1550)
the heart book is regarded as the oldest danish ballad manuscript. it is a collection of 83 love ballads compiled in the beginning of the 1550’s in the circle of the court of king christian III.
Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends. (Source: Dr. Marty Becker)
“After almost fourteen months overseas in England and France the Wacs pictured above were happy to be home. They arrived from France on Friday, March 8th and landed at Staten Island Terminal of the New York Port of Embarkation. They were among the last contingent of the 6888th Central Postal Directory to return from overseas. 3/13/46.”
Sverd i fjell (English: Swords in Mountain) is a commemorative monument located at the Hafrsfjord fjord, just outside the city of Stavanger in Norway. The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne and was unveiled by king Olav V of Norway in 1983. Three very tall swords are planted into the rock of a small hill next to the fjord. They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord that took place here in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The largest sword represents the victorious Harald, and the two smaller swords represent the defeated petty kings. The monument also represents peace, since the swords are planted into solid rock, whence they may never be removed.