So, what’s new?

[ironic pause]

Wherever you are right now, I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. If you’re practicing “social distancing” and/or staying isolated at home, I hope you’re finding some calm and comfort in your favorite pastimes…reading? writing? wearing perfumes that you haven’t tried in a while?

I, for one, am going to take advantage of my “working from home” situation by wearing a different fragrance every day, particularly the ones that I tend to neglect because they aren’t office-friendly. (Nahéma! Bond no. 9 Broadway Nite! Youth Dew!)

I might even have more time for blogging, since I won’t be spending any time on mass transit for the next few weeks (or longer?)…

I just came across this excellent illustrated post about historical scent-based “remedies” for illness and plagues on the Wellcome Collection website. I heard two staff members from the Wellcome Collection give a presentation on their online engagement at a conference a few months ago, and their website has been a favorite of mine ever since.

Here you go:

“Deadly Stinks and Life-Saving Aromas in Plague-Stricken London” by Amelia Soth

I’ll be back soon with more posts, probably not on this topic — but in the meantime, be well!

Image: Albert Lloyd Tarter, “New York seen through the porthole of an arriving ship, bringing the plague,” 1940s. Pencil drawing. Credit: Wellcome CollectionAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)