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  • Daily History Picture: Gordon Riots December 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gordon Riots

    Painted in 1956! Like the action scene and the intolerant Londoners beyond.

    Victorian Urban Legend: the Expensive Manuscript December 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: the Expensive Manuscript

    Beach now has a couple of difficult days as he leaves his old university and says goodbye to a particularly fine cohort of students. Here is some more manuscript nonsense to keep him and you distracted. Is this urban legend? Probably but pleasing. A celebrated authoress wrote a drama, which she committed to the manager […]

    New History Books: Murderous History of Bible Translations December 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Murderous History of Bible Translations

    Harry Freedman, The Murderous History of Bible Translations: how to get yourself killed in the middle ages

    Lost Manuscripts: The Perils of Public and Private Transport December 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lost Manuscripts: The Perils of Public and Private Transport

    Some years before Bach was born, Beach pater left a manuscript for his first book on a tube train. Of course, back then, if you lost a manuscript it was over. Photocopies were practically unheard of and expensive and computers were but a gleam in Turing’s eye. The manuscript was happily retrieved some hours later, […]

    New History Books: Palatino December 10, 2016

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

    Robert Bringhurst, Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface: we need a good general history of fonts, italics and typefaces…. Go Garamond!

    A Missing Folklore Book: Marie Campbell December 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    A Missing Folklore Book: Marie Campbell

    Recently Chris, from Haunted Ohio Books, wrote a fascinating post on a missing folklore manuscript. Chris reached out to see whether anyone could find this precious document, a series of fairy legends from the Appalachian Mountains collected by Marie Campbell (1907-1980).* The legends were referred to in 1976 by Katharine Briggs in her Dictionary of […]

    History Roundup 749 including Killing and Feeding Fairies December 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 749 including Killing and Feeding Fairies

    Today’s links follow 1) Wells’ Missing Ghost Story Published: UK 2) Missing Fairy Encounter Transcript is Found: Nottingham 3) Killing a Fairy in 1895: Ireland 4) Fairy Food: Ohio 5) Christmas Monsters: Folklore and from the archives 6) Headless Witch Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Hutton on fairies […]

    Daily History Picture: Young Finnish Soldier and Dog December 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Finnish Soldier and Dog

    40 below zero…

    Images of Deviant Burials December 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Images of Deviant Burials

    When Beach was in his early twenties he used to spend hours, and they were happy times, looking through detailed archaeological graphics of Anglo-Saxon and Roman cemeteries. At one point he used to take them to bed and fall asleep with Winchester A or Circencester 1982 Season open on his chest. There is something, well, […]

    History Roundup 748 including Titanic Dogs and Molasses Flood December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 748 including Titanic Dogs and Molasses Flood

    Today’s links follow 1) Bomber House: Airfield 2) Unusual Family: US 3) Dogs on the Titanic: the Atlantic 4) Molasses Tsunami: Boston 5) Freaky Gourd: US and from the archives 6) 8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Some Nick Drake Songs

    Daily History Picture: Troops in Reich Wreckage December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Troops in Reich Wreckage

    British paras in Lower Saxony: the end of the iron dream

    Queen Victoria, Baby-Killer! December 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Queen Victoria, Baby-Killer!

    Beach has to satisfy himself with a very short post today, not because he doesn’t have time but because he has not the slightest idea how to deal with the material at hand. Great consternation, says the Bedford Times [unable to get the original], has prevailed amongst certain classes at Luton, from rumour that the […]

    History Roundup 747 including Burnt Bread and Dead Cats December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 747 including Burnt Bread and Dead Cats

    Today’s links follow 1) Burnt Bread: Italy 2) Origins Glass: Egypt 3) Drawing Palmyra: Syria 4) Cat Cemetery: Egypt 5) Paleo Diet for Pets: ?!? and from the archives 6) Nessie as Biker Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Crimea Doc (dry but good)

    Daily History Picture: Lauren and Harry December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Lauren and Harry

    Lauren Bacall was so stunningly beautiful…

    Misruled by the Planets and Unfound by Bread December 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Misruled by the Planets and Unfound by Bread

    This is the kind of tragic little story that is worth absorbing, because it shows how certain superstitions survived deep into the nineteenth century in the UK and the strange mélange of learned with popular superstition. Let us start with Sarah Evelyn Walker, 24 and a governess, daughter of a farmer from Everdon (Northamptonshire) the […]

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