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  • Daily History Picture: Polygamist Prison December 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Polygamist Prison

    1889 polygamist Mormons righteous in prison.

    History Roundup 758: Christmas Monsters December 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 758: Christmas Monsters

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghost as Witness: West Virginia (no the only time…) 2) Christmas Monsters: Norway 3) Witches’ Waffling: US 4) Fairy History: Scotland (some good stuff here) 5) Neanderthal Religion: Prehistory and from the archives 6) White Indians in Brazil Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Crimea […]

    Celia Alleyne: A Fairy Woman? December 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

    In 1920 the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research published a letter from Celia Alleyne. I like this letter because having been through tens of such cases from the twentieth century now this is (a) written by a person of above average intelligence and (b) average in terms of relations with the ‘fairies’ (or […]

    Daily History Picture: Miranda in Prison December 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Miranda in Prison

    Miranda shortly before his death: the most colourful death and now montony in a small room. Can anyone go lower on sad prison images?

    History Roundup 757 including Iced Viking and Leprous Monarchy December 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 757 including Iced Viking and Leprous Monarchy

    Today’s links follow 1) Lost Ship: France and Florida 2) Iced Viking: the Glacier 3) Leprous King: Scotland 4) Mad Murder: Scotland 5) Weird Book: London and from the archives 6) the human drum Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Helping the best site on the internet, British Battle […]

    Daily History Picture: Mini Skirts For Ever December 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Mini Skirts For Ever

    Why we love mini skirts…

    Creepy Christmas Fairy Tale December 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Creepy Christmas Fairy Tale

    Here is a remarkable fairy account from Newfoundland. We are in Canada and the report appeared in the Evening Telegraph 26 Dec 1900. This, then, is a creepy Christmas story. A resident of this city, who is subject to extraordinary hallucinations, was the other night, as he seriously states himself, ‘again carried off by fairies’. […]

    History Roundup 756: Bizarre Medical History December 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 756: Bizarre Medical History

    Today’s links follow 1) Curses = Death? US 2) Lead Poisoning: Arctic 3) Ancient Virus in Pottery? Germany 4) Smallpox Mummy: Cemetery 5) Gold Medicine? Italy and from the archives 6) Killing After Surrender Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Into My Arms

    Digital Manuscript Losses December 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Digital Manuscript Losses

    Beach has recently been dealing with the horrors of losing manuscripts in times before personal computers and photocopiers. But why exempt the contemporary world? Why ignore the potential of broken hard discs and failed backups and lost pen drives to ruin lives? Example. Several years ago Beach found himself associated with a family whose matriarch […]

    Daily History Picture: Russian Gas Masks December 20, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Russian Gas Masks

    And on bikes too: Great War image

    History Roundup 755: 5 Crazy Nazi Stories December 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 755: 5 Crazy Nazi Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Anne Frank’s Betrayal: Netherlands 2) Nazi Race Laws and America: US 3) Amerindian Nazi: US 4) Jewish Nazi Assassin Mystery: Germany 5) Did Nazis Invade Britain in 1943?! UK and from the archives 6) Egyptian Quisling Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Vanishing people in […]

    Fairy Wings: Bat, Bird or Insect? December 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    Fairy Wings: Bat, Bird or Insect?

    Another fairy wings question thinking of the last two posts on the origins of fairy wings and on the production of fairy wings: what do fairy wings look like? Here Beach is going to start wide by looking at all winged flying supernatural creatures including angels, Cupid, putti (curse them), cherubs (curse them), Psyche and […]

    Daily History Picture: Australia Celebrates December 19, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Australia Celebrates

    Sydney 1945: Japan prostrate.

    New History Books: Surge of Piety December 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Surge of Piety

    Christopher Lane, Surge of Piety: I read one of Norman Vincent Peale’s books many years ago and was fascinated. If the publisher wants to send me a copy…

    Making Fairy Wings December 18, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Making Fairy Wings

    After yesterday’s post on the origin of fairy wings, Beach now asks a parallel question. If from the later 19C children were wearing fairy wings at parties who actually made the damn things. Today there are special firms. What about in 1850 or 1890 or 27 October 1933. Here is a short article from that […]

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