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  • Daily History Picture: Luminous Lady December 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    1957 ghost drawing

    Frozen Love Returns at Chamonix December 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Frozen Love Returns at Chamonix

    This story is haunting and involves ice: so December fare. In 1844 young man left a village near Chamouny [Chamonix], on pilgrimage to the Convent St. Bernard, in consequence of a vow made before gaining the belle of the village. After leaving the convent, he went to several places and bought some linen, with the […]

    Margaret Murray: Sect Member? December 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Margaret Murray: Sect Member?

    Margaret Murray (obit 1963) is so often a rather obscure presence, flitting behind her bizarre writing on witchcraft and her sensible writing on Egyptology. It is from Hilda Ellis Davidson that we get a precious glimpse of the real woman in her twilight. HED, a great medievalist (obit 2006) had known Murray for many years […]

    History Roundup 958: Miscellany December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 958: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) Fake Islands: Map Library 2) Underwater Supernatural Creatures: the sea 3) Flying to the Moon: imagination 4) The Orangery: Scotland (I liked the pineapple more…, read down) 5) Folklore Immortalised: Ireland and from the archives 6) Mystery Animal in Africa Other links: Monty Python do communism Any links to send in: […]

    Daily History Picture: Scottish Sea Serpent December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Scottish Sea Serpent

    Love the expressions: damn, you sir!

    Victorian Urban Legends: Missionary Tales December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Missionary Tales

    This story appeared in Table Talk in 1870. Not having easy access it is taken here from the British press. Was it true or wasn’t it? When in India with my regiment, we were, at one time, quartered at a place where there was a missionary station. Some of the officers (as was frequently the […]

    History Roundup 957: Archaeology December 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 957: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Human Migration Rewrite: Prehistory 2) Washing Places: Middle Ages 3) Myth and Geography: US etc 4) Ancient Seals: the Med 5) Food Archaeology: Ireland and from the archives 6) Hitler’s Class Mate Other links: Cockney Star Trek (sorry) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Seminary Soccer December 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Seminary Soccer

    Seminarists play soccer, 1962: deep Franco.

    History Roundup 956: War and Crime! December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 956: War and Crime!

    Today’s links follow 1) US comics and Hitler: (Don’t read German, then enjoy the pictures) 2) Pearl Harbor Burial: US 3)  Cigar Death: US 4) Missing on Boat: 7 Seas 5) War Fences: UK and from the archives 6) Oft Hung Other links: Walk on the Wild Side Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: Sigurd Kills December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sigurd Kills

    Sigurd kills an enemy

    Ghost Wreck and Murdered Monkeys December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Wreck and Murdered Monkeys

    A busy day today, but ran cross this ‘charming’ sea tale about a ghost wreck: we’ll get to the monkeys shortly. There is a book to be filled with supernatural stories at sea: perhaps it already exists. This deserves, in any case, to be jammed respectfully into a footnote somewhere. The British sailing ship Glooscap, […]

    History Roundup 955: Christmas Stuff December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 955: Christmas Stuff

    Today’s links follow 1) Santa Claus’ Jaw Bone: Illinois 2) Elf on the Shelf: shops 3) Creepy Christmas Rituals: all over 4) Mince Pie History: UK 5) and, why not, upside down Christmas trees… and from the archives 6) Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Other links: midnight coffee Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Sophia in the Garden December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sophia in the Garden

    Sophia Loren in the orchard.

    Katharine Briggs: Some Thoughts December 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Katharine Briggs: Some Thoughts

    Anyone who studies fairies, witches and the supernatural generally will have a simple series of thoughts about Katharine Briggs (1898-1980): gratitude for keeping the Folklore Society going over a rocky couple of decades; love of her marvelous books, including one of the great fairy novels; and an affection for that brooding severe child of Victorian […]

    History Roundup 954: Supernatural December 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 954: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Poltergeist Fun: Austria 2) Asp Ghost: Sea 3) Review of Hutton’s Witch: READ THE AUTHOR’S ANSWER 4) Tucked Up: US 5) Unicorn: Scotland and from the archives 6) Genocide on Wight Other links: Twelve years looking for a song; Excellent lecture on Italian-Ottoman war http://bobrowen.com/nymas/podcasts/Brian%20Sullivan%20-%20Italo-Ottoman%20War%201911-12%20320kbps.mp3 Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

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