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  • Burning Libraries: Lost Yorkshire Folk Collection May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Burning Libraries: Lost Yorkshire Folk Collection

    Beach has frequently pointed to burning libraries, lost books or in this case lost sheaves of papers. First, let’s introduce the author ‘Ariel’ writing in the Blackburn Standard in 1892. ‘Ariel’ wrote a column for this publication from the late 1880s and then right through the 1890s apparently ending in 1900: normally termed ‘Passing Notes […]

    Daily History Picture: Nazi Fashion May 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazi Fashion

    So awkward, love the eyes… EC writes, 30 May 2016: I don’t have an ironclad source but the internet is saying that the woman is Clara Bow and the picture dates to the 20s, i.e. before the NSDAP had worked up a head of steam. (1), (2) http://sydneyflapper.tumblr.com/post/53971362765/missclarabow-leafwoman-i-used-to-think    

    History Roundup 647 including Hidden Manuscript Faces May 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 647 including Hidden Manuscript Faces

    Today’s links follow. 1) Man in the Iron Mask Identified (Again): France 2) Dead Monkey Orders: Stuffing Room 3) UV Faces in Manuscript: UK 4) Deaf Utopia: US 5) Female Ghost Buster: All Over 6) Ancient Horse Racing: Turkey and from the archives 7) Violent Deaths of Scottish Kings Other links: Bizarre Turkish Historical Soap […]

    Daily History Picture: Unbalanced Knight May 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Unbalanced Knight

    If you don’t know what an aquamanile is look it up. I had to and am now a better person for it…

    Review: Lost Book of Moses May 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Lost Book of Moses

    Chanan Tigay, The Lost Book of Moses (Harper-Collins, 2016) This blogger has a dilemma. There are three pages of a century-old book he wants about an obscure English county. The book is not present in any library in the world, but one copy exists in the hands of a bookseller who wants about two hundred […]

    New History Books: The Lost White Tribe May 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Lost White Tribe

    Michael F. Robinson, The Lost White Tribe (Oxford University Press) Really intrigued by this one: a bit of pleasant Victorian madness. They’ll be talking about Welsh Indians in Iowa next.  

    Grow a Tree Trick and Poltergeist Wood Chips May 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Grow a Tree Trick and Poltergeist Wood Chips

    This was one that really whets the curiosity. We are brought back to London in the early seventeenth-century, whereas this is being remembered in the later 1600s. What the hell is going on here? Dr Lamb, who was killed by the Mob for a conjurer, about 1640,* met one Morning Sir Miles Sands and Mr […]

    New History Books: Lost Book of Moses May 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Lost Book of Moses

    Chanan Tigay, The Lost Book of Moses (Ecco) Biblical shenanigans and antiquarians. It doesn’t get any better… Reading this now and definitely worth the price of entrance.

    Silly Crests May 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Silly Crests

    Beach has recently been looking lovingly through the various volumes of medieval armour and arms, particularly those of Guy Francis Laking (all online and all free if you have time and inclination). Particularly fascinating is the high silliness of the crests that were put on the top of the helmets. Above is perhaps the only […]

    History Roundup 646 including Dating Fairy Stories May 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 646 including Dating Fairy Stories

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dating Fairy Stories: the library (dodgy methodology, but interesting) 2) A Shell Kingdom: Florida 3) Species Faking: Library 4) Oldest Geoglyph: Nazca 5) Hidden Folk: Iceland 6) Wealth and Changing Life Expectancy: Lab and from the archives 7) Selling Children in the 1800s Other links: Interview with author of Lost Book […]

    Painting on Water May 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Painting on Water

    The strangest painting technique ever employed? The Mountain Man of Fan-Yang, an artist from T’ang China perhaps holds the prize in what for Europe would have been the early Middle Ages. The Mountain Man’s preferred method was as follows: as you remember this think about a French or Irish monk inking a manuscript. Mountain man […]

    History Roundup 644 including Lady Warriors and Baby on Board Sign May 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 644 including Lady Warriors and Baby on Board Sign

    Today’s links follow. 1) Anti Japanese Pogrom? California 2) Dangerous Marriages: England 3) Baby on Board Sign: Car 4) Lady Warriors: Scotland 5) Climate Change and Civilisation Collapse: the Desert 6) Invention Fun: America and from the archives 7) Jacob of Edessa’s America Other links: The three Gymnopedies

    Problems with the Paleo Diet May 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Problems with the Paleo Diet

    We are digital human beings living in caveman’s body. This, at least, is the perspective of a growing number of nutritionists and their followers: who explain problems in human health through our eating Neolithic or, worse, industrial foods. The natural conclusion is that, for our bodies’ sakes, we can surf the internet and drive cars, […]

    History Roundup 644 including Original American Cross May 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 644 including Original American Cross

    Today’s links follow. 1) Why Learn Sanskrit: India 2) Original American Cross: Arkansas 3) Cradling Fossil: Taiwan 4) Holocaust Archaeology: Germany/Poland 5) Mind Controlling Arcade Game: urban legends 6) Bizarre Trains: Ads 7) Bizarre Rolling Folklore Monster: Britain and from the archives 8) Churchill’s Daemon Other links: Chopin’s Nocturnes

    Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England May 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Transvestite Vicar Ghost in Interwar England

    This story haunted Beach more than any other he has covered in the last couple of weeks. There are several Beachcombian themes that come together and then rip a man’s life apart: ghosts, English deference (and its disappearance), the eccentricities of those in religious office, and the loneliness of each and everyone of us in our […]

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