I haven’t done one of these posts in absolutely forever…well, since March, but I’m (only very occasionally) prone to hyperbole. Because I’ve been kinda sorta busy, I don’t have a huge stockpile of links, which is probably a relief for both writer and reader. Have fun with these!
History and botany…what could be better? I love this post from Lyndon Penner, detailing the life of Carl Peter Thurnberg (1743-1828) and his contributions to horticultural science.
Victorian pteridomania and all its wackiness and excitement is illustrated in this story.
If you’re interested in butterflies, the samples of illustrations alone in this article about the work of American lepidopterist Titian Peale will delight. His biography is nearly as fascinating.
Anyone who crafts and sews might enjoy this fun article, which contains history and trivia about pincushions and pins.
The post needs an update (it was written in 2012) and it is a definite niche, but for anyone interested in children’s literature set in my home province of Alberta, this link will bring you to a list complete with short summaries of each work.
78 rpm records aren’t making a comeback on turntables in 2017 (although if you tossed out your collection of 33 1/3’s in the early ’90’s, you might be surprised to know that there are A LOT of us in used record stores looking for that old stuff…and we’re purchasing new albums on vinyl by current artists as well). But if you’re interested in some 78 gems, this link will get you to a site where you can listen to hundreds of digitized songs, for free (and no pesky software download). If you’re a music fan, be prepared to spend hours browsing!