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  • Daily History Picture: Cocaine Toothache Drops October 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cocaine Toothache Drops

    Cocaine toothache drops, for tiny tots who can’t get to sleep…  

    The Poison Duel 6#: The Poisoned Draught October 5, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 6#: The Poisoned Draught

    There follows a story that appeared during research into poison duels. As with many duel stories it is thrilling: ref Hartlepool Mail, 18 Dec 1888, 4. Herr Karl von Krulhanser— the Professor, he was called— was an eccentric man of science. With the exception of a few students, to whom he gave private lessons, he […]

    History Roundup 220 including Lost Saxemberg Island October 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 220 including Lost Saxemberg Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Massacre (that didn’t happen): Dublin 2) Saxemberg Island: the sea… 3) Vascular Prints in Brain: Egypt 4) Stone Tools Evolved Independently: US 5) Brass Corset: ouch 6) Druggist and Dagger: New York 7) Doddington Hall: UK (look out for the pyramid) 8) Fire Fart Tale: Vatican and from the archives 9) […]

    Could Japan Have Fought On? October 4, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Could Japan Have Fought On?

    On the 6 August 1945 American planes dropped their first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Japanese would surrender within a month, arguably hundreds of thousands of US lives and very possibly hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives were saved by Little Boy and his elder brother Fat Man. The Japanese surrender came about because of […]

    History Roundup 219 including Hideous Hats October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 219 including Hideous Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hideous Hats: UK 2) Digging Through Oldest Graveyard in the World: Ethiopia 3) Prehistoric Sweat Lodge: US 4) Waiting Mortuaries: US 5) Mystery Burial Vault: Cork, Ireland 6) Uboats  and WW1: Germany 7) Seeing Fairy Review: Peter Muise 8) First Round World Flying Woman: US and from the archives 9) Occam’s […]

    Daily History Picture: Christopher Robin with Poo October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Christopher Robin with Poo

    A.A. Milne’s son with his beloved bear: a posed photo of Pooh and Christopher Robin?

    Faking History on the Internet: Romans Invade Ireland October 3, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Ancient
    Faking History on the Internet: Romans Invade Ireland

    ***Thanks to Louis for help with this story*** The following is a parable about how history is written on the internet. Let’s imagine you have a web page and you want people to visit it. How could you get the history scoop of 2014? Well you could go and bribe some doctorate students, ask for […]

    History Roundup 218 including Holocaust Mannequins October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 218 including Holocaust Mannequins

    Today’s post is on ancient door bells and today’s links follow. 1) The Golden Spoon: Europe 2) Holocaust Mannequins: US 3) The Enema Button: England 4) Franklin Wreck Confirmed: Canada 5) Bringing Ancient Wine Back: Israel 6) Looking For King Harold: England 7) Glass Breaker Ghost: Mass US 8) Top Ten Toilets Through Time: bathrooms and […]

    Daily History Picture: Martyrs of Nagasaki October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Martyrs of Nagasaki

    A particularly murderous episode in Japanese history

    The First Automatic Door Bell in History? October 2, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The First Automatic Door Bell in History?

    ***Thanks to the person who sent this in. Sorry I can’t find your name now!*** It is the middle of the first century AD and you need holy solace from priests in your native Alexandria. You head down the dingy streets of the city as the sun is just breaking and then turn out in […]

    Beachcombed 52 October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 52

    Dear Reader, Sun still shining in Italy and Mrs B with six more weeks till baby touchdown. Some tension here not least because she has opted for a home birth… den! den! den! doooorn! Huge thanks to those who sent in emails below and also to Borky, Invisible, Chris S, Ricardo, Wade and Amanda for sending in […]

    Daily History Picture: Black Power! October 1, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Black Power!

    In 1968 at the Olympics

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