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  • Fairy Photographs from 1930 November 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

    fairies

    fairies

    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, Mustard-seed, Cobweb, and all the other gauze-winged sprites of fairyland had been caught in these charming pictures. Unhappily they are all mortals, and in real life, as may be said, some particularly lively little pupils of the Mayfair School of Dancing, acting in a little fantasy all about a little boy and a little girl who fell asleep in an enchanted garden and dreamt that the fairies fluttered down and smothered the trees in flowers. Because of the low thermometer the real fairies are working overtime to get the countryside properly dressed in its spring clothes

    The pictures are fascinating. In much the same way as ghost pictures are sometimes faked the children, through slow exposure or the artful mixing of slides, seem ethereal: this is particularly true in the first image. Can anyone give any other fairy examples of this kind of pleasing nonsense? drbeachcombing AT gmail DOT com

    Note that there is a fine and, if managed properly, profitable media-sociological experiment to be carried out here. 1) Download the two images; 2) contact the British media explaining that you’ve just come across some curious photographs in your grandmother’s pre-war diary – can they help?; 3) if they are only half interested remind them that it is the anniversary of Cottingley, point out, too, that fairy photographs make good copy; 4) negotiate a price; 5) change all your contact details.

    Beach won’t do this, not because it is wrong but because he is too tired and Mrs B has earache. Please report back though…

     

    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

    Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Nude Scottish Mermaids

    Here is a Scottish account from 1833 (Anon) of what were apparently river mermaids. What is most interesting here is certainly the reaction of the community, though the resolution of the mystery has some entertainment value. Some time back, the inhabitants of some hamlets, situated near the Tay, a little below Dunkeld, had been kept in […]

    Daily History Picture: Gaelic Warband Fires Farm November 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gaelic Warband Fires Farm

    Late 1500s

    Braham’s Parrot November 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Braham's Parrot

    A busy day in paradise, so Beach thought he would limit himself to sharing this charming parrot story. Mr Braham was John Braham (obit 1856), an early nineteenth-century opera singer: ‘he sang before Napoleon’s Josephine and gave lessons to Nelson’s wife.’ Part of the charm of the story is the parrot in the presence of two […]

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