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  • Daily History Picture: Eastern Fireworks July 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Eastern Fireworks

      The Mughal Emperor marries. Fireworks explode.

    History Roundup 456 including Ghost Island July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 456 including Ghost Island

    Today’s links follow. 1) 4 July Memories: America 2) Brittia, Ghost Island: Atlantic Ocean (our take) 3) Bobcat Pet: America 4) Ruins of Empire: Middle East 5) Black Tom Explosion: New York 6) Getting Drunk: Colonial America 7) Ringo Starr, what a guy: England 8) They Day They Hung an Elephant: US and from the archives […]

    Why Couldn’t WW2 Italians Fight? July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Why Couldn't WW2 Italians Fight?

    There are endless tales about twentieth-century Italian military ineptitude and more importantly the perception of the same. Churchill said to Ribbentrop of the Italians just before the last war: ‘We had them last time, it is only fair you take them this time.’ In a meeting between British and German WW1 veterans in 1937 or […]

    Daily History Picture: Mourning for Lincoln July 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mourning for Lincoln

    Lincoln is dead: a nation (or at least a good part of half of it) in black.    

    History Roundup 455 including Pigs Did Fly July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 455 including Pigs Did Fly

    Today’s links follow. 1) Murderous Cobalt: the lab 2) 4 July Grief: US 3) Roman Villa Opens: Italy 4) Unexpected China Heads: New Zealand 5) Mongolian Invasion Shipwreck: the sea 6) Kafka Stays Abroad: Israel 7) Pigs Did Fly: the sky 8) Creepy Tunnels: England and from the archives 9) Last Elephant Charge in History […]

    Whipping Boy: Origins of a Royal Institution July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Whipping Boy: Origins of a Royal Institution

    The whipping boy needs little introduction. He was the child, brought up with a prince or with a young king, and punished on his behalf, when the prince or king was naughty: crucially the royal and his proxy were friends so any pain was vicariously felt. And why not just hit the royal in question? […]

    Daily History Picture: Riefenstahl’s Massacre Horror July 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Riefenstahl's Massacre Horror

    Leni Riefenstahl’s coming face to face with Nazi brutality as 22 Polish civilians butchered, 1939.

    Yahoos in North America July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Yahoos in North America

    Reading anomalous material there is sometimes an overlap of tiny details that are perplexing. Consider this description of three different North American wild men (who would certainly be called Big Foot today). In 1905 an article in the Washington Post described a Maryland wild man: ‘When it shrieks it sounds much like ‘Ya-ho! Ya-ho! Ya-ho!’ […]

    History Roundup 454 including Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 454 including Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ghost Photography: the lab 2) Artifact Going Home: India 3) Digging for Commoners: South East Asia 4) Ritual Bath: Jerusalem 5) Haunted Castles: Scotland 6) Sleeping Beauty and Cannibals: Storybooks 7) Two Suffragettes: India 8) David Garrick, the Myth: England and from the archives 9) Elephant Invades Italy in 1936 Other […]

    Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ July 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Devil Tempts Christ

      the Devil carries (a plaster cast?) Christ away

    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you… July 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    And So Goodbye Ray Girvan, I knew you but never met you…

    Some sad news via email today. Ray Girvan, a very old friend of this blog, died 30 June 2015, after a three-year fight with lung cancer. He was 59 (a victim of these speedbumps that hit 15-20% of us in late middle age), witty, knowledgeable, and had, of course, never smoked, something that tempts me […]

    Daily History Picture: London Victorian Slum July 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: London Victorian Slum

    1868 the inhabitants of a London slum alley gather together for a portrait.  

    History Roundup 453 including Bronze Age Dolphin July 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 453 including Bronze Age Dolphin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Return of the Pictish Pony: Scotland 2) Bronze Age Dolphin: Gaza Strip 3) Pride: Auction House 4) Cathedral Dig: Norwich 5) Dangerous Hag: Scotland 6) Bronze Age Food: Britain 7) Not the Holy Grail: Britain 8) History Jokes: Buzzfeed and from the archives 9) Perpetua’s Death Dream Other links: Michelle Obama […]

    The Monster of Piper’s Hole: Scilly July 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Monster of Piper's Hole: Scilly

    This was one that really got the curiosity going. Samuel Drew was an early nineteenth-century author who have we visited a couple of times on this blog: once while describing a Cornish bear monster (about 1500 years after bears had disappeared from Cornwall) and once being set up as the author of a fictional sky […]

    History Roundup 452 including Victorian Showers July 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 452 including Victorian Showers

    Today’s links follow. 1) Showers in the 1800s: the bathroom 2) Abracadabra: Magic in the Ancient World 3) Saxon at Dundee: Scotland 4) Aboriginal Cast: Australia (beautiful) 5) Victorian Photographs: London 6) Confederate Flag Madness: US 7) Trenches Dug Up: Australia 8) Parthenon Wealth: Athens and from the archives 9) Russian Roulette Before the Pistol Other […]

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