LINKS

All links have been checked and updated - 3/7/2016
I've tried to sort links into appropriate sections, though sometimes that can be difficult.
Right now this page consists of the following sections:

Clothing / Costume
Books online
Art Galleries
This 'n That: misc. interesting sites
Castles
Newspapers and magazines online
Cottage, Village, City and Town, assorted sites for old house and history fans
Georgian and Early American
Mid Twentieth Century
Links for early Twentieth Century homes
Victorian architectural and historic links

Click on older posts at the bottom of the page for the final sections.

Be sure to check The Old House Book List if you're looking for links to period online books on architecture and interior decor

Clothing / Costume


FASHIONS OF THE 50'S - 60'S - 70'S

TRULY VICTORIAN - they sell authentic period patterns



ANOTHER 20'S FASHION FILM There are many more similar films from assorted decades on You Tube.



ALBUM OF MAINLY PERIOD FASHIONS ON FLICKR

MARINA'S GALLERY Interesting collection, along with many albums dedicated to crafts, sewing patterns, needlework, there are also some vintage clothing catalogs in Russian and German, primarily 50's - 60's & 70's.

HISTORIC CLOTHING PATTERNS

THE COSTUMER'S MANIFESTO a great site to research period or ethnic dress, or just for entertainment.

FRENCH FASHION PRINTS the prints on this page are from La Mode Illustree 1875-1886. In the 1800's women would cut the pages out of the magazine, then frame and hang them. They were later reproduced and the framed reproductions were sold for decades. I have a couple of them in my own home, and if you check out Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's first apartment, you'll find a couple hanging there too.

COSTUME OF COLONIAL TIMES, a book published in 1911, from Hearth, at the Cornell Library.

LA COUTURIERE PARISIENNE the English version. Fashion through history with colorful plates, paintings, some patterns and links. Some things are in German only.

THE FREAKS OF FASHION: with illustrations of the changes in the corset and crinoline, from remote periods to the present time., A book published in 1870. I haven't had a chance to read this, it has a great title, doesn't it? The drawings are very nice too.

HAIRSTYLE HISTORY part of the Online Costume Gallery. At the bottom of the page you can access the rest of their site.

HISTORIC DRESS IN AMERICA 1800-1870 a book published in 1910, also from the Hearth Library. The illustrations didn't scan very well, but the text is very informative.

FASHION-ERA another large site.

MORBID OUTLOOK an article about Victorian mourning clothes.

THE TAILOR'S GUIDE a book published in 1856. The second volume is full of drawings of patterns for menswear.

Books online

The first section lists online book collections.
Following that are links to some of the books I've found there.


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR THE DECORATIVE ARTS

THE ONLINE BOOKS PAGE from the Univerity of Pennsylvania




DIGITAL BOOK INDEX you have to log in to use this site. For the organization line, just put in 'none'.

PROJECT GUTTENBERG

CORNELL UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
MONOGRAPHS COLLECTION


CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON LINE You'll love the illustrations in these old books

HEARTH the home economics archive from Cornell University. Check Subjects to see what's covered on the site, I like to use the Browse page to look through books.

IBIBLIO from the University of North Carolina

THE INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY'S LISTING OF ONLINE TEXTS



THE BRITISH LIBRARY ONLINE GALLERY did you ever think you could read the Lindisfarne Gospels, or Jane Asten's The History of England written in her own hand, or peruse Leonardo da Vinci's personal notebook? Now you can.


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VILLAGE LIFE IN AMERICA 1852—1872, as told in the Diary of a school-girl, Caroline Richards, who lived in Canandaigua, N. Y. ( link repaired)



THE LADIES'S WORK-BOOK :containing instructions in Knitting, Crochet, Point-Lace, &c., Victorian era, date unknown


THE LADIES' ALBUM OF FANCY WORK FOR 1850 "NOVEL, ELEGANT, AND USEFUL DESIGNS IN KNITTING, NETTING, CROCHET, BRAIDING, AND
EMBROIDERY"


GODEY'S LADY'S BOOK Vol. 42, January, 1851

A NEW TREATISE ON FLOWER PAINTING,or, Every lady her own drawing master: containing familiar and easy instructions for acquiring a perfect knowledge of drawing flowers with accuracy and taste: Also complete directions for producing the various tints...published 1818

AMERICA OF THE FIFTIES,LETTERS OF FREDRIKA BREMER the 1850's, that is. You can also read the scanned page images if you prefer.

TRAVELS IN AMERICA 1750-1920 an extensive collection of books and pamphlets, all from The Library of Congress

MY LIFE AS AN INDIAN:THE STORY OF A RED WOMAN AND A WHITE MAN IN THE LODGES OF THE BLACKFEET published 1907 --- link fixed


ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FURNITURE FROM THE EARLIEST TO THE PRESENT TIME the present time being 1893


STYLES OF ORNAMENT exhibited in designs, and arranged in historical order, with descriptive text. 1906

Art Galleries and Vintage Images

I've found online art galleries both entertaining for browsing and enlightening when looking for information about historic periods.
I've listed museums, commercial galleries and auction houses that are easy to browse.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS - BOSTON The collections page

THE ATHENAEUM

WORLD IMAGES from California State University. Paintings, photographs, interiors, etc.

VINTAGE IMAGES Free vintage pictures, photos, and illustrations

LARGE LIST OF FREE VINTAGE IMAGE WEBSITES

ARC you can search by artist, or browse the alphabetical list page by page.

ART UNFRAMED over 23,000 paintings

OLDMASTERPRINT.COM etchings, engravings and drawings from the 15th,16th and 17th centuries

ANTIQUE MAPS AND PRINTS

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

SCHWARTZ GALLERY a fine art gallery in Philadelphia

SHANNON'S fine art auctioneers. This link will take you to the archives page, pick a sale date, then view.

TATE MUSEUM a link to the search page

WEB GALLERY OF ART

This 'n That: misc. interesting sites

OXFORDSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

LANCASHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

DEVON ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

ULSTER ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

DORSETSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

NORFOLK ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

YORKSHIRE - WEST RIDING ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

YORKSHIRE - EAST RIDING ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

SCOTCH BORDERS ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

IRISH FREE STATE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

NORTH WALES ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

SOUTH WALES ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

SOMERSET ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

WESTMORELAND ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

COCKNEY ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

CORNISH ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

SUSSEX ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

AYRSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

NORTHUMBERLAND 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

SHROPSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

LINCOLNSHIRE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

ABERDEEN ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

FIFE ACCENT 1930's dialect recording by the British Drama League, You Tube

G MAPS PEDOMETER - How far is the walk to -----?

WORLD WAR II, PEOPLE'S MEMORIES, from the BBC, an archive of war memories written by the public. Very interesting reading.

THE ELIZABETHAN ERA.Lots of information about Elizabethan life, very good

WHAT COLOR DEFICIENT PEOPLE SEE An interesting site for those of us with correct color vision. My father had a degree of red-green color blindness, my son has a slight problem with blues and purples.

TAQUITOS.NET, a site that has reviews of snack foods...weird, though sort of helpful, I guess. I couldn't help looking around.

THE WORD DETECTIVE Have you ever wondered about the origin of words and phrases?


THE PHRASE FINDER, the meanings and origins of phrases, sayings and idioms.

THE WORLD CLOCK The next time your kid asks you "what time is it in....? you'll be ready. For more information, check out their home page.

CLUSTER HEADACHE WATER TREATMENT My son suffers from cluster headaches. His doctor prescribed some medications for him, none of which helped very much. I found this site recently and printed it out so my son could try it the next time they occured. This remedy does seem to work for some people. I hope it does the trick for him.

THOUSAND EGGS, The website of Cindy Renfrow, author of books on ancient and medieval cooking and brewing. History of foods and recipes.

COOKBOOKS Links to online texts of historic cookbooks from Cindy Renfrow's site.

MOTION PICTURES FROM 1894-1915 150 films of Americans at work and play, a Library of Congress site

MOTION PICTURES OF VARIETY ACTS 1897-1920 See what folks regarded as entertainment in the good old days.

HOUSE CLEANING TIPS do you like to clean? a great site for you. Do you hate to clean? a great site for you too. Personally, I hate to clean.

WORLD WIDE WORDS explores the origins and usage of words and phrases.

SNOPES what's true and what isn't. Does it really take seven years for chewing gum to go through the digestive system?

RADIO LOVERS.COM listen to old radio shows like Gunsmoke, Blondie, Death Valley Days, and Buck Rogers.

DISTANCE CALCULATOR,a fast and easy way to find out how far you'll have to travel to get to where you're going.

THE BETSY TACY HOME PAGE when I was a girl I loved the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. If you did too you'll enjoy this site.

THE BETSY-TACY SOCIETY Yes, Betsy, Tacy and Tib rate more than one site. You can see pictures of the girls' homes here.

REMINISCE MAGAZINE, memories of back when....

THE INTERNET ARCHIVE a wonderful site full of music, films, texts, all of which you can download for free. I hadn't seen a Little Audrey cartoon in years, and in 1930's music, well, I find the Hoosier Hotshots a hoot.

ANTIQUES DIGEST Lost Knowledge From the Past, a sizeable collection of articles.

MIDSOMER MURDERS LOCATION INDEX I love the show Midsomer Murders, and not just for the charming English locations. On this site you can check out various old buildings used in the show.

THE OLD FOODIE an old foods blog. On every weekday the Old Foodie gives a short story on a food history topic, with a recipe.

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD describes itself as "The best online onscreen virtual multilingual keyboard emulator on the internet!" Pick your language, and the alphabet keyboard appears. You can then type your message, and cut and paste it wherever you wish. Šeši begėžiai čiulpė saldainius.. I'm not sure if I spelled the words right, but you get the idea.

Castles

CZECHOSLOVAKIAN CASTLES, photos of some gorgeous examples.

CASTELAND

CASTLES, B&W photos from old books, with some plans

CASTLES OF BRITAIN


COWDRAY CASTLE, a very informative site

MEDIEVAL FURNITURE sketches and plans to make your own furniture. Miniaturists, just scale them down.

MORE MEDIEVAL FURNITURE PLANS

SCOTTISH CASTLES VISITED BY MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Note: The home page can be slow to load, and plays bagpipe music. The pictures of the castles are very good.

THE GROWTH OF THE ENGLISH HOUSE, Photos from an old book of castles and manors, with some plans.

CASTLE WEBRING