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  • New History Books: Rasputin December 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Rasputin

    Douglas Smith, Rasputin: ‘you have to sin to be forgiven’. Fascinated, watching with my daughter, by the role that Rasputin take on in the Disney’s Anastasia.

    In Search of the Earliest Fairy Wings December 17, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    In Search of the Earliest Fairy Wings

    Next year Beach has to write an article on the history of fairy wings, something that he is greatly looking forward to: for absolute beginners fairies were not shown with wings until relatively recent times. There are three big historical questions: (i) when were fairies first portrayed in art or literature as wearing fairy wings; […]

    History Roundup 754 including Eva Braun Nude! December 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 754 including Eva Braun Nude!

    Today’s links follow 1) Princess Victoria and the Gypsies: UK 2) Eva Braun Nude! Germany 3) Cobweb Painting: Europe 4) Expensive Prayer Book: Auction House 5) Soldier in Gas: Germany and from the archives 6) Babs Says Goodbye to Son Before Execution Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Bittersweet […]

    Daily History Picture: More Gifts for Hitler December 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: More Gifts for Hitler

    An anniversary bomb!

    Ann Atkin and the Gnomes December 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Ann Atkin and the Gnomes

    Aged 7 or 8 Beach had a life changing experience in the garden of a Mrs Ann Atkin’s in south-western England. He stumbled on this article today and wanted to publish it for the historical record, but also out of, well, gratitude. Briefly he was a member of the Gnome Club of Great Britain. Somewhere […]

    History Roundup 753 including Roman Weirdness December 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 753 including Roman Weirdness

    Today’s links follow 1) Malaria in Ancient Rome? Italy 2) Roman Tombstone in US: New York 3) Missing Knees: Egypt 4) Crossing the Desert Problems: Sahara 5) Pompeii Erotica: Italy and from the archives 6) Fire Boy Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Thousand Miles, Carlton

    Priest as Cunning Man December 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Priest as Cunning Man

    This is an interesting case from 1867 recorded in a local newspaper. Readers might need to be reminded that Britain was an overwhelmingly Protestant country at this date; that the Protestant majority despised Catholicism and that Lancashire, in the North-West of England was one of the places where English Catholicism had survived best, albeit as […]

    Daily History Picture: Presents for Adolf December 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Presents for Adolf

    I would be fun to do a series of these from all wars and all armies

    History Roundup 752: Bizarre US Stories December 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 752: Bizarre US Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Memorials and Monuments: US 2) Forcibly Sterilised Americans: California 3) Murdered Lovers: US 4) Early Car Book: the library 5) Killed by a Corpse: US and from the archives 6) Flirty Fishing (a personal favourite) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: World Leaders, For the […]

    Daily History Picture: Illuminated Manuscript December 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Illuminated Manuscript

    A voice among the gentiles…

    Burning Bluecoat Memoirs December 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Burning Bluecoat Memoirs

    Exam grading and sadness at leaving a much loved job continues. In this melancholic frame here is some more missing manuscripts. These stories are often, as the distance of a more than a century, quite amusing. But there is no question that, at the time, they must have been horrifically painful for those involved. A […]

    History Roundup 751: Prehistoric Curiosities December 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 751: Prehistoric Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) Neolithic Face Reconstruction: Middle East 2) Lucy Strong Arms: Africa 3) Where History Began: Mesopotamia 4) Neolithic Agriculture: the Granary 5) Paleo Cistine Chapel: France and from the archives 6) Britain and Pearl Harbor Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Google search problems, Losing in […]

    Daily History Picture: Penguin and Girl December 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Penguin and Girl

    One of those magnificent pre war London Zoo shots.

    Dumb Duels #4: Cigarette Duel December 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #4: Cigarette Duel

    A nice story from the British press about a duel  at Casale (not clear where this is other than northern Italy) from a great Italian actor, Ernesto Rossi (obit 1897): a cigarette duel. A strange duel is related to have been fought by the celebrated tragedian Signor Rossi. The latter, during a farewell performance of […]

    History Roundup 750 including Jack Frost and Bogey Men December 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 750 including Jack Frost and Bogey Men

    Today’s links follow 1) Magical Dinosaur Tracks: China 2) Devil’s Chain: Sweden 3) Where Witches Come From: Prehistory 4) Jack Frost: Winter 5) Bogeymen: the Nursery and from the archives 6) An Incubator of Evil: Fiume Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: McNamara

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