Monday, April 7, 2014


Just two quickies tonight:

One, a collection of fashion watercolors spanning a very interesting period in costume history, as rendered by the lady who wore and admired these clothes.  As primary sources go, witness testimony in such a form as this is impossible to beat.

Two, the use of asbestos for its fire retardant properties goes back significantly farther than you might think.  In Byzantine wall paintings, for example.  Yep, one more thing we didn't invent in the twentieth century, kids.

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