If you were the average climber/mountaineer in the mid-to-late 19th century, how aware were you that your gear was basically crap in terms of providing protection from falls? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Nov 25, 2013 -
Imagine you are in 19th century Britain and sharing a cocktail and a cigar with some upper crust gentlemen. What are some subtle actions that, while not essentially rude in nature, would still come across as a huge faux pas or violation of etiquette in that time period, specifically among the wealthy? I'm more interested in actions performed incorrectly, rather than spoken statements which are unintentionally offensive.
posted by egeanin
on Jun 19, 2013 -
What would be the book
to read to understand the intellectual climate of the first decades of the 19th century in England? [more inside]
posted by Marauding Ennui
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Were there any famous writers, politicians, public figures etc in the 19th century who were both extremely popular and also known to be born out of wedlock? (And by "famous" I mean for talent or achievement, rather than say, axe-murder.)
I'm curious about the public's relationship with celebrity vs class hierarchies in the mid to late 1800's.
posted by pgswim
on Mar 13, 2013 -
I'm interested in learning about rape in 19th century America for a fictional piece I'm writing. I'm not really sure where to start in researching this, but I'd be grateful for any resources or information. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Can you recommend good books on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, specifically their part in WWI and the breakup of the Empire?
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not
Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian
on Nov 19, 2012 -
Tombstone symbology and purchase
: I'm tasked with designing, purchasing, and securing the installation of headstones for two men (a murderer and his victim) who died in the late 19th-century. What online resources exist that speak to the design and purchasing process and/or could help clarify period-appropriate symbology and appearance? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Nov 13, 2012 -
Would love some help tracking down a novel that intrigued me, but unfortunately I have only the tiniest bit of info to go on... I know there's a girl in a boat on the river in New York City, and that it's set in the past. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly
on Aug 12, 2011 -
Book identification: 19th century (?) American (??) novel with a scene that compares telepathy to rape [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse
on Jul 8, 2011 -
Blogger Steerforth of The Age of Uncertainty found an old picture
which intrigued him, especially the figure in the center
. He wonders in his blogpost if it might be Queen Victoria. Some commenters dissent. I'm curious about it myself. Can anyone shed further light on the image? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 29, 2011 -
What are some resources I can look at describing the conditions of northern Germany during the 19th century, and why people may have wanted to emigrate from there? [more inside]
posted by sanka
on Nov 20, 2010 -
What specific items of clothing are these two 19th century men
wearing? Is there a name for that style of hat, those styles of trousers, etc? If you happen to know the exact name for those precise styles, that's great-- but if not, even general terms that would help me describe them would be great. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Mar 31, 2010 -
An article (or essay? almost a manifesto?) on the proper role of a police officer, or perhaps rather, the philosophy of what a British constable is supposed to do. From I think the late 19th century. Can you find me the link?
posted by Eshkol
on Mar 22, 2010 -
How did surveying work in the late 19th century? I'm looking for a brief layman's overview of tools & techniques. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on May 28, 2009 -
I'm looking for information on Mike Girty, outlaw and "half-breed" who lived in the first half of the 19th Century and was supposedly involved in the Black Hawk war in Illinois. Libraries (at least the ones I can access) are strangely quiet about him, and the web only has a few mentions of him. Anyone have an idea about where I could find a good biography? Thanks!
posted by CrunchyGods
on Nov 9, 2005 -
I am looking for books and/or magazines with lots of photos of pre-20th Century living spaces. Why, you ask? Because I'm trying to paint the walls of my 115 year-old brownstone apartment in a color that (1) I like and (2) complements the architecture.
posted by ParisParamus
on Dec 10, 2004 -