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  • Daily History Picture: Execution 1945 December 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution 1945

    Vivid shot of German general Anton Dostler being executed for his part in the murder of American POWs.

    The Loneliness of Nineteenth-Century Infanticide December 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Loneliness of Nineteenth-Century Infanticide

    Today an unmarried mother, in a western country will be, assuming that the father is nowhere to be seen, taken care of by the state or by her family. This was not necessarily the case in the nineteenth century, and in that period an unmarried mother would find herself the object of scorn to boot. […]

    History Roundup 286 including Husband Wives December 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Husband Wives

    Today’s links follow. 1) Christmas in War: the Trenches 2) Christmas Ghosts vs Christmas Fairies: UK 3) Swimming Pool Fish: Australian Desert 4) Husband Wives and Gay Scene: Georgian England 5) Snow Lore: New England 6) Smelly, Rowdy, Dangerous: Colonial New York 7) Duck Master: Taiwan 8) Jousting on Scooter: insanity and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Deportation from Greece December 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Deportation from Greece

    Nazi deportations of Greece’s ancient Jewish population, 1943  

    Why Children-Stealing Gypsies? December 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Why Children-Stealing Gypsies?

    The idea that someone is out to get our children has been around from classical times. Several antique Christian writers, for example, credit ‘the Jews’ with stealing children and this became, by the Middle Ages, part of the notorious ‘blood libel’ for which hundreds and perhaps thousands of men, women and, yes, children of Jewish descent […]

    History Roundup 286 including Rogue Santas December 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 286 including Rogue Santas

    Today’s links follow. 1) David and Solomon Proof: Israel 2) Medieval Notepads: libraries 3) Monster Mittens: Coach Journeys 4) Birth of Choral Music: British Library 5) Burning Libraries and Barbarians: varia 6) Underwater Plane: English Coast 7) Buried Horse: England 8) Rogue Santas: US 9) Drying Knickers on Enigma: Britain and from the archives 9) […]

    A Monkey in the Late Roman Army December 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    A Monkey in the Late Roman Army

    Do you remember the ape buried in Iron Age Ireland? Well, here is a cousin, who also travelled far from home. In 2001 a monkey, a macaque, in fact, was dug up at Iulia Libica (Llívia), a late Roman settlement in the Pyrenees. He was, at death, 78 cms tall: a young male. It goes without […]

    History Roundup 285 including A Million Mummies December 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 285 including A Million Mummies

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Million Mummies: Egypt 2) Buying Gatling Guns: Texas 3) Spiritualist Star: Canada 4) Philip II, New Bio: Spain 5) Viking Meals: Bloodied Table 6) Princess of Ukok to be Reburied: Steppes 7) The Most Amazing Bed: Rome 8) Miraculous Waterloo Crucifix Recovered: Belgium 9) Old Time Shaving: Roman Empire and […]

    Daily History Picture: Heavenly Delights December 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Heavenly Delights

    Courtesy of Bosch a view of heaven. We see his hellish scenes too often…

    Witch Oven Near Florence December 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Witch Oven Near Florence

    This story appeared in 1893. It is a witchcraft report from Italy in a period when Leland assures us that there were still many cunning women and planet rulers making their living in the country. What is unusual is the advice given. In any case, first the preliminaries… At Ponte a Ema, about three miles […]

    History Roundup 284 including Surviving Alcatraz December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 284 including Surviving Alcatraz

    Today’s links follow. 1) Beautiful Star Tomb: China 2) Impossibly Strong Roman Concrete: The Empire 3) Racton Man Died in Combat: England 4) Surviving Alcatraz: waters round about 5) Love at Sea: English Channel 6) History of Seaweed: shorelines 7) Pakistanis Fighting for Britain: Punjab 8) Flyting is Back: Scotland (our take on flyting) 9) Shugborough […]

    Daily History Picture: Best Ankles Competition December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Ankles Competition

    London 1930 a bobby helps to judge who has the best ankles.  

    For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow and WW2 December 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    For He's a Jolly Good Fellow and WW2

    A painful moment from 1939, at least for any Britons reading this post. Neville Chamberlain and his capable foreign minister, Lord Halifax, have travelled, 11 January, to Rome for a meeting of minds with Mussolini. In fact, Britain is just nine months away from a World War and a year and a half away from […]

    History Roundup 283 including Banshee Memories December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 283 including Banshee Memories

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cod Pieces and Wolf Hall: Fantasy Tudor England 2) Execution by Burning Ape: Byzantium 3) WW1 Time Capsule: Germany 4) Hundreds of Babies Buried in a Cistern: Ireland (oldy from the summer) 5) Banshee Tale: Ireland 6) Egyptian Beads: in Denmark 7) George VI Saved the Monarchy: Britain 8) Oldest Human […]

    Daily History Picture: Amelia’s Last Hair Cut December 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Amelia's Last Hair Cut

    Amelia Earhart before rushing off for that round world flight…

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