Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

Christmas Shopping and Westphalia

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Letter from Ferdinand III
I just noticed that you can buy the letter signed by Emperor Ferdinand III (shown left) at Amazon.com. My first thought was, who would want a letter signed by Ferdinand III? Charles I, maybe, or Louis XIV, or Richelieu, but Ferdinand III? He is not exactly a monarch whose name is known to a lot of people outside of period specialists.

Then I noticed the price of the letter — $3,999. So presumably this is not a replica, but the actual letter signed by Ferdinand himself. And a lovely signature it is, I might add.  You don’t see those beautiful swirls anymore. If you don’t fancy all the hand printing, or if the price seems a bit low for your tastes, you can acquire this other printed document signed by Ferdinand for the bargain price of $5,499. “A memorable & special gift!” the advertising text notes. “A unique centerpiece for the home or office! Only 100% Authentic Autographs & Manuscripts – Certificate of Authenticity Provided.” Well, I can’t argue with that. If anyone is looking to get me a Christmas present and can’t find any appropriately themed Westphalia merchandise that I don’t already have, look no further. (I should clarify that these documents don’t appear to have anything to do with the Peace of Westphalia itself other than bearing the signature of one of the peace’s signatories. I can’t tell for sure because I can’t get a large enough version to read the text.)Everything Peace of Westphalia

More history garments

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

In addition to the nerd onesie (see below), we now have the arrogant history-major t-shirt.  You don’t get much else from a history major, so in that sense, this shirt is entirely understandable.  One of my professors told me that everyone else wants to be an historian, which is the consolation for going into a profession that has so little pay and prestige.  And he actually got a job in history.

I majored in history, so assume I’m right

Westphalia for Nerds

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Nerd Onesie

I was fascinated to discover the onesie on the left recently (yes, it really is available for sale — click on the image to go to the site). Apparently the Peace of Westphalia defines nerdiness these days.

(Sadly, the image appears to be gone forever, but the page can still be viewed on the wayback machine.)