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  • Daily History Picture: Castro and Khrushchev March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    kruschev and castro

    Ah, the tolerant smile… Two friends with poor Marx on the wall behind: what would he have said about goons like this…

    History Roundup 368 including Pin Up Collection March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 368 including Pin Up Collection

    Today’s links follow. 1) Victorian Fairytales: UK 2) Monster of Florence: Italy 3) US Ancestry: everywhere… 4) Ozark Fairies: US 5) The Pig War: Comic 6) Eloping Elizabeth: England 7) Pin Up Collection: US and from the archives 8) Moas of Cannibal Gorge Other links: Selling Strange, Do you Lose Keys, Genesis, Where the Sour […]

    The Index Biography #17: Prize = A Good Book March 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #17: Prize = A Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    Daily History Picture: Anti-German Poster March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Anti-German Poster

    Russian propaganda from WW1. Love the Russian thrashing the German soldier…

    History Roundup 367 including Dead Dolls March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 367 including Dead Dolls

    Today’s links follow. 1) Women Working: US [amazing photographs] 2) Greeks, Nazis and the Body Beautiful: Greece and Germany 3) Dead Dolls: Paris 4) Dickies’s Relatives on the Battlefield: Bosworth 5) Madame Constans’s Predictions: France 6) Melting Pot: Meso America [interesting if true] 7) Potato History: Comic and from the archives 8) Baby Eating Eagles […]

    Natator #3: the Fight with Fish Man March 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Natator #3: the Fight with Fish Man

      In a previous post Beach outlined the early success of Natator, the frog man and Frank Buckland’s examination of this unusual specimen. The next chapter in Natator’s life is though a more traumatic one. Acts inevitably get old and Natator recognised this. By September of 1867, just three months after he had begun, Natator […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Demons March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Demons

    They are angry, very angry….

    Natator 2#: Buckland Speaks March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator 2#: Buckland Speaks

    Natator had no biographer: who would be equal to such a life! However,  10 August 1867 Frank Buckland the celebrated naturalist and son of a great British eccentric (who once ate a king’s heart) visited the Cremorne Gardens to examine Frog Man. We learn more from this account than from any other. First, the aquarium: […]

    History Roundup 366 including American Exceptionalism March 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 366 including American Exceptionalism

    Today’s links follow. 1) Thorir Saga: Iceland 2) Vanishing Batallion: Gallipoli 3) Elegy to Hatra III: Iraq 4) Early Breast Cancer: Egypt 5) Beware Goblins Bearing Gifts: Morristown 6) Headless Frenchies: Comic 7) American Exceptionalism: WW1 etc and from the archives 8) Mysterious Medieval Chinese Weapon Other links: Wind turbine trouble (comic) Somewhere Over the […]

    History Roundup 365 including That Psycho Richard III March 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 365 including That Psycho Richard III

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Building Burning: Carpathians 2) Celebrating Richard III, Why?! Leicester 3) Ice Age Shaman: Newark 4) Israeli Digs and Settlement: Palestine 5) Oldest Telescopes: Museum 6) English Bastards: America… 7) Medieval Irish Information on Christ’s Home: Palestine 8) Time Travel: Continental US [amazing] and from the archives 9) Hot Chocolate at […]

    Natator 1#: Arrival of the Master! March 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Natator 1#: Arrival of the Master!

    Nineteenth-century London. Three million human beings crammed into rookeries and tenements, villas and palaces and desperate for stimulation outside the normal run of work, gin and jellied eels. The theatres and music halls did their best, of course, but even the wildest cant, the heartiest acting, the prettiest legs quickly jade in the world capital. It was […]

    History Roundup 364 including Fairy Screams March 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 364 including Fairy Screams

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ben Nevis Fairy Screams: Scotland 2) Victorian Gentleman Etiquette: 3) George Washington Gossip: US 4) 2000 Year Old Sword: China 5) 13 Club: London 6) Cow Pox: England 7) Bone Predictions: Armenia and from the archives 8) Crow Bombs! Other links: Alcoholics Anonymous, Best selling cereals, Gymnopedie 2 (Satie)

    Teetotallers Unlucky at Sea March 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Teetotallers Unlucky at Sea

    In 1914, a month into the First World War, a British ship the Fisgard II was lost in a gale (not through enemy action) in the English Channel. Sixteen of the sixty four abroad were drowned. There followed an inquest and inquiries and, as sometimes happens, the crew began to make sense of things in […]

    History Roundup 363 including Moa Pie March 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 363 including Moa Pie

    Today’s links follow. 1) Writing A Source Commentary: Historiography 2) Sultan’s Weapons for Sale: India/Auction House 3) Cooked Moa: New Zealand 4) Female Detective: Chicago 5) Letter Lost Behind Radiator: Scotland 6) The Last Astrologer: London 7) First Viking Chiefess: Shetland 8) The Cafe: European High Streets and from the archives 9) Church Fathers and […]

    Daily History Picture: Christ Recrucified March 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Christ Recrucified

    A late medieval, early modern head of Christ from the Netherlands…

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