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  • Daily History Picture: Funny Face Stalin June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    Serial Killer in Chief

    History Branching June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History Branching

    Today is the anniversary of Britain’s vote, suicidal or brave as you see fit, to leave the European Union. Beach thought he would remember that day with a quotation that has more resonance with him than anything else he has read on the campaign because it describes a strange lived historical experience: the sense of […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick

    This is a great story which appears with the heading, ‘Scotch Ghost Story’. We are in Glasgow. Beach has no doubt though that it is a Victorian urban legend. Let’s face it, the tale is so satisfying that if it ever actually happened it would have been abstracted and told to everyone who would listen. […]

    History Roundup 860: Food June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 860: Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Oysters: NY 2) Institutionalized Food: Hospitals and prisons 3) Southern Food: US (book review) 4) Gruesome Fad Diets: the west 5) Chinese US Food: US and from the archives 6) Jean Hill Misremembers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Paint it black

    Daily History Picture: In Search of Roanoke June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: In Search of Roanoke

    19C illlustration of the tree message

    History Roundup 859: Mysteries and Madness June 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 859: Mysteries and Madness

    Today’s links follow 1) Classicist and Death Threats: !! 2) Dr Seuss Taxidermy: highlight of my week? 3) Alcatraz Mystery: US 4) Slave Registars: Jamaica 5) Gentleman in Black Mystery: Notts and from the archives 6) Songs against songs Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Moral panic urban legends

    Daily History Picture: Disc Player June 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Disc Player

    Old school

    History Roundup 858: Supernatural June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 858: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Fairy Stealing: Scotland 2) Minotaur Amuck: Virginia (of course) 3) Spirit Wedding: US 4) 18C Charm: Philly 5) Dream Tyranny: Germany and from the archives 6) Baby eating eagles Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Lying

    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses

    Sculpture class

    History Roundup 857: Very Old June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 857: Very Old

    Today’s links follow 1) Languages: all over 2) Settlement Site: US 3) More DNA: Euro-Asia 4) Colouring Books: US 5) Amber Bird: pre-pre-history and from the archives 6) Parrot of Atures Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Psychopaths and brains

    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River

    A girl, a radio…

    First Vehicular Suicide? June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    First Vehicular Suicide?

    Beach read this story, tried to forget it but couldn’t. There are two questions. First, did it really happen? 19C British newspapers are usually quite reliable, but 19C French newspapers are not. If this had been clipped from a French newspaper it could have been a complete invention, it would be interesting to see whether […]

    Beggar for a Day June 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Beggar for a Day

    Beach has long been curious about the begging life and was fascinated to run across this article from 1889 about how difficult it was to make money in London by holding out your hand. A clearly middle class man took a bet with his friends, after dinner, and presumably after taking port, that he could […]

    The Male Midwives Called Peter and the Empty Box Trick June 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Male Midwives Called Peter and the Empty Box Trick

    The Chamberlen brothers were first generation French Hugenots whose father had fled to Britain in 1569: one brother Peter was born in Paris (1560) and the other brother Peter was born in Southampton (1572). Yes, you read that right. Two sons and both were called Peter: a fair introduction to a very unusual family. (And […]

    Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester) June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester)

    Elder daughter’s birthday party in a swimming pool coming up in minutes so this is just a curiosity pulled out of the rusty filing cabinet without too much thought. The following is dated to 1341 and appeared in the Annals of Ireland. The Irish annalistic tradition is incredibly complex in its early phase and rather […]

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