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  • British Provincial Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    British Provincial Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Bee Trick: X carries bees around in a matchbox and releases them onto young wealthy women. The bee attaches to the dress that X pats down, then Y picks their pockets while they are distracted. Sus Adv, 2 Sept 1851, 8. Betting Man: X goes to working class houses announcing […]

    Daily History Picture: Empire States September 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Empire States

    Taking a photograph off the eagle.

    History Roundup 492 including Paleo Flour September 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 492 including Paleo Flour

    Today’s links follow. 1) Brave Madame and the Pirates: France 2) Stray Napoleonic Troops Dug Up in: Germany 3) Ancient Hittite Feast Recreated: Fertile Crescent 4) WW1 Barfight: joke 5) Nazis and Atom Bomb: Germany 6) Paleo Flour! Prehistory 7) Witch and Surgeon’s Wife: Sussex and from the archives 8) A Suicidal Ghost Other links: […]

    Human Pixy-Leading in Suffolk September 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Human Pixy-Leading in Suffolk

    As noted before in this place Suffolk, where this story took place, is part of East Anglia in which witch traditions were particularly strong. In fact, so strong were these witching traditions that sometimes they blotted out other parallel traditions. Fairylore, for example, are difficult to dig up in this part of England. Take this lovely […]

    Daily History Picture: Bin Laden Dead September 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bin Laden Dead

    By far the most interesting face here is Hillary’s, even more striking in the video.

    History Roundup 491 including New Pyramids September 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 491 including New Pyramids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Violent Tree Death: Ireland 2) New American Wreck: Maryland 3) Burning Beds: US 4) Princess and Naked Life Guards: Britain 5) New Pyramids: Sudan 6) Decapitated Children’s Head: Scotland 7) Early Reality Show: World and from the archives 8) Burying Irish Under Buildings?! Other links: Bagel Genius, Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands Lecture

    US Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    US Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our nineteenth-century swindlers series. Confess: X writes to hundreds of bank clerks across the country saying that he was in receipt of tens of thousands of dollars left by a banker to help bank clerks who had embezzled money. Many bank clerks replied admitting that they had done so at which point X blackmailed […]

    Daily History Picture: Witch? September 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Witch?

    A witch on a French cathedral door? Note the goat and a hare (?) being whirled around. Perhaps better a hag (a non-human supernatural witch)

    History Roundup 490 including 1984 Murder Mystery September 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 490 including 1984 Murder Mystery

    Today’s links follow. 1) Civil War Dead: US 2) Hanged Man Cave Finds: Poland 3) 1984 Murder Mystery: US 4) Nazi Poetry: Germany 5) 7000 Year Old Memories: Australia 6)  Pilgrim Bodies: Britain and from the archives 7) Evans-Wentz’s Missing Thesis Other links: Ice on the Mars, Napoleon Debate

    The Judge, His Wife and the Witch’s Orgy September 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    The Judge, His Wife and the Witch's Orgy

    Beach has recently been reading the descriptions of Johann Weyer (obit 1588) who published in 1563 On the Illusions of the Demons and on Spells and Poisons. Weyer’s position was essentially this: the supernatural certainly existed (there was no question for example that the Devil abused and tempted humanity); but the witch craze, which he […]

    Daily History Picture: Budapest Resists September 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Budapest Resists

    Burnt out Soviet tanks in the streets of Budapest: 1956.  

    History Roundup 489 including King and His Parrot September 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 489 including King and His Parrot

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Last Incan Bridge: Peru 2) Visiting Hell: Italy 3) Dressing Up the Past: Wardrobe 4) Ancient Porridge: Prehistory 5) 1813 Sea Wreck and Survival: Arctic 6) King and His Parrot: England and from the archives 7) The Gagauz: Forgotten Kingdoms Other links: New species of river dolphin, accidentally takes hallucinogens, […]

    London Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    London Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    Here are some lovely London swindles from the nineteenth-century. Bet Swindle: Victim in railway carriage joined by man x and man y (travelling separately), man x loquacious and obnoxious American who bets victim that Henry VIII had six not seven wives. The two agree to wager five pounds that they give to y. Y turns […]

    Daily History Picture: Enemy Buried September 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Enemy Buried

    Dead British pilot giving full military service in Germany in 1941.

    Dead Babies and Creature and Vitalis September 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Dead Babies and Creature and Vitalis

    You are reading through a medieval or early modern English record and you come across the name Vitalis or alternatively Creature, as you will from time to time. Two random examples. Vitalis, son of Richard Engaine, and Sara his wife, released his manor of Dagworth in 1217 to Margery de Cressi. 1550, Nov 5. Buried […]

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