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  • Daily History Picture: Goldminers, South Africa November 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    1950s

    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids November 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids

    This interesting account appeared in the British press in 1827 (Anon). It describes excitement about mermaid bones, in Portsmouth and an unusual dinner. ‘Mombuss’ is Mombassa, which we have seen before connected to mermaids. Beach seems to hear Lieutenant Emory, two hundred years ago, leaning across the table and saying ‘capital meat, Captain!’ The skeleton of […]

    Ostrich in Medieval China November 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Ostrich in Medieval China

    Chinese Ostriches The Qianling Mausoleum was used for three hundred years (from the seventh to the very early tenth century) by Tang dynasty emperors and their court officials. It includes, in some of its magnificent stone sculptures, a large flightless bird, pictured above. This bird is clearly an ostrich, which begs a number of questions. […]

    Fairy Photographs from 1930 November 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Fairy Photographs from 1930

    June 1930 and various snooty Britons are opening their spanking new copy of Tatler, the house magazine of Britain’s upper middle classes and down-at-heel aristocrats. But what is this on page 25: ‘a spring time fantasy’ involving some posh tots! It would not be very difficult to imagine that Titania and her friends Peace-blossom, Moth, […]

    History Roundup 940: Ways and Means November 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 940: Ways and Means

    Today’s links follow 1) Salt Tears: Incas 2) French Naughtiness: the continent 3) Lewis and Clark: reconstructed 4) New Fairy Tales: shivers…. 5) Little House Origins: US and from the archives 6) Dog-Headed Saint Other links: Roger Scruton Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: How to Make a Ghost November 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: How to Make a Ghost

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    History Roundup 939: Archives and Research November 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 939: Archives and Research

    Today’s links follow 1) Soviet Archives Murder: Ukraine 2) Post Its in Days Gone By: Library 3) Romantic Archives: ‘found a space at the intersection of literary studies and media theory’, aaargh! 4) WW2 Cat Makes 15: LA 5) More Kennedy Assassination: US and from the archives 6) Misremembering Kennedy Other links: Old Man River […]

    Daily History Picture: An Almost Handshake November 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: An Almost Handshake

    Kennedy meets Khrushchev.

    History Roundup 938: Archaeology November 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 938: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Sun Dial Revolution: Roman Empire 2) Extraordinary Agate Stone: Wow 3) Serial Killer Grave: US 4) Folklore Meets Archaeology: !!!!! 5) Assassins Creed and Archaeology: Computer and from the archives 6) Song Against Songs Other links: Nick Drake, Time Has Told Me Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Jamaican Immortal November 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Jamaican Immortal

    This is one in the immortals series. Human beings who lived remarkably long lives (be they factual or fictional). First the report from 1825. Died on 13 the December, at Kingston, Jamaica, an old negro woman, Patience, alias Nancy Lawrence, supposed to be aged about 140 years. The precise age of this extraordinary creature could […]

    Daily History Picture: Reclaiming Atlantis November 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Reclaiming Atlantis

    Who needs the channel study…

    History Roundup 937: Medicine November 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 937: Medicine

    Today’s links follow 1) The Killer Flu: Hospital Bed 2) Medical Miracles: Korea 3) Chopin’s Heart: the lab 4) Old Wine: Georgia 5) Strange Treatments Past: US and from the archives 6) French Kisses and Guinea Pigs Other links: Everything You Do Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Irish Vampire November 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish Vampire

    Note the harp…

    Mussolini and the Water Sprinkler November 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Mussolini and the Water Sprinkler

    There are few things in life sweeter than self important people being made to look silly. The picture above is one of this blogger’s favourite. The subject is, of course, Benito Mussolini, in the mid, late 1930s.* A group of Fascist dignitaries are prancing up some steps at the Foro Italico: but not all is […]

    History Roundup 936: Supernatural November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 936: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Cottingley Fairies: Britain 2) Beckoning Soldier Ghost: Trenches 3) Aesthetics of Witchcraft: (sceptical) 4) Mysterious Islands: Imagination 5) Dragons: History? and from the archives 6) The Longest Surviving Medieval Heresy Other links: Freedom Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

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