I have read a couple of interesting articles about makeup in history in the last couple of days and thought you might enjoy them. The first is by Erin Blakemore on How Makeup went Mainstream and she discusses the way actresses were used to market makeup in the early 20th century. Testimonials from actresses and makeup artists were used to convince, non-actresses that we needed the stuff to look our best. I love the irony of creating a “natural look.” 🙂
The second is weirder, 100 years of banned beauty products. Yep, click the link to see hair removers that can kill you, hair dyes that blind, all kinds of crazy stuff, and these are recent, not even counting the ones you already knew about like the Elizabethan’s white lead makeup, the Victorian’s favorite arsenic face cream, or the ancient Egyptian penchant for mixing sacred crocodile dung in kohl eye makeup. Here is a bonus link: In the realm of “more dangerous than crocodile dung,” the FDA issued a periodic statement to avoid kohl, kajal, and al kahl in eye makeup because they have been found to consist of salts of heavy metals, such as antimony and lead, leading to lead poisoning in children, they are probably not so good for your eyes either.
HAUKELI, NORWAY—A hiker who sat down to rest discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in central southern Norway. “The sword was found in very good condition. It is very special to get into a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” archaeologist Jostein Aksdal told The Local, Norway. He added that the sword probably dates to between A.D. 750 and 800, and is of a type that was common in western Norway. “When the snow has gone in spring, we will check the place where the sword was found. If we find several objects, or a tomb, perhaps we can find the story behind the sword,” he added. To read about another recently discovered Viking weapon, go to “Artifact: Viking Sword.”
And just in time to celebrate… here is a free lecture from The Teaching Company.
You know how much I love history… and The Teaching Company. This one’s part of the course, Foundations of Eastern Civilization, by Dr. Craig G. Benjamin, Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In this lecture, you will:
look at the political rebellions that led to today’s republic,
meet Mao Zedong, Sun Yatsen, and Chiang Kai-shek,
and witness conflict between Nationalist and Communist parties.
Seattle certainly demonstrated some spectacular weather for Easter and Passover celebrations this weekend. I always equate crocuses with Easter because they were usually just blooming by then in Chicago, but ours bloomed back in February here.
The Hyacinths and Tulips are putting on a show right now along with the Cherry blossoms that you can see all over town. What a beautiful time of year! In fact, while much of the country is still dealing with snow, we could have started camping weeks ago. I hope you enjoy these small samples from the garden:
I am preempting the kitchen cabinet update to share this audio clip: Deer Crossing via Youtube.
The clip is great but check out the 8 pages of comments on Youtube for the real horror show. I’ll be back with pix of the cabinet installation later today.
Scott just sent this, Today In History:
1947: Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier
1962: Aerial photos show Soviet missiles in Cuba
1890: Five-star US Army General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower born in Denison, Texas
Have you browsed Queen Victoria’s Journals yet? Queen Elizabeth has made the entire collection available online to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. If you have ever been interested in Queen Victoria, British history, Jane Austen or historical novels at all, you must read these. The journals begin with a chronicle of a trip to Wales taken when (then) Princess Victoria was thirteen years old. Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Journals→