New York & Hudson River :
The treasure trove! The New York Historical Society
Ephemeral New York—full of goodies
The Bowery Boys—essential!
Millbrook Winery is a flagship Hudson Valley winery. Their Tocai Friulano is served up and down the river towns for good reason.
Whitecliffe Winery: another Hudson Valley award-winning vineyard
The Vanishing Art of Letter Writing?
Victorian Rituals an introduction
Letters, Letter-writing and Other Intimate Discourse, by Wendy Russ—lots of links to more
On Victorian letter-writing manuals, from Victorianweb.org
For map lovers
Strange Maps! (thanks, Warren!)
Historical Charts: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keeps a list of historical navigation charts, and here is clickable, zoomable example of what the pilot Utterson and Twain would have been using aboard the Lorelei (this one from 1865) (Thanks, Anne!)
The David Rumsey maps database: tons of searchable maps! (Thanks, David!)
From the University of Texas, a magnificently illustrated Glossary of Victorian Sartorial Terms!
Superb photo exhibits at Clio Visualizing History.
Dating in the Victorian Age: “The Unsuitable Suitor of 1879″—from Victoriana.com
Essential tool for historic typography: MyFonts.com
A few outstanding WEBCOMICS (but who has time for that?)
Tune—from the virtuoso Derek Kirk Kim, a new panel every day.
Friends with Boys—by the incomparable Faith Erin Hicks
HARK! A VAGRANT—Kate Beaton! The must-read for lovers of wit and history and everyone else too. And for the occasional saucy mermaids.
Lovelace & Babbage by the marvelous Sydney Padua
The Realist—by the crazy-talented Asaf Hanuka, exquisite and compelling
The Act-i-vate Studio—The New York comics scene in full blossom, in our time!
Mermaid Hostel—Jen Vaughn’s mermaid-laden weekly underwater webcomic
AXE COP—the viral sensation co-created by the 5 year old Malachai Nicolle
Astronaut Elementary—Dave Roman’s every Friday treat
Seamonster —atmospheric and mysterious for those of us who like that sort of thing (!)
XKCD —ultra hugely popular and for good reason
Anders Loves Maria—romance aplenty
Great T-Shirts and Prints:
The blog about Webcomics:
JOURNALISTA!—from the good folks at The Comics Journal
WORLD CLASS TALENTS—Artists and Writers of First Second:
Frizell, St. John
Hicks, Faith Erin
Kim, Derek Kirk