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  • 19C Rumours from Britain January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    19C Rumours from Britain

    In his search for Victorian urban legends, Beach has recently been chasing the word ‘rumour’ through the Victorian press. He did not find much in the way of urban legends but he did find lots of inexplicable international gossip. Of course, in the age of the internet the rumour that the Prince of Wales had drowned […]

    Daily History Picture: Goblin Scare! January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goblin Scare!

    When Farmer Smith’s barn becomes a luminous grinning monster…

    The Servant Who Became a Bride January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Servant Who Became a Bride

    Beach has often offered up stories that sound like that they may be urban legends from Victorian Britain. Many of these stories involve crime because crime was acceptable to the reading palate of Victorians: morality, punishment, sometimes redemption… There were unquestionably many sexual urban legends. Unfortunately most of these went unrecorded because of Victorian sensibilities. […]

    History Roundup 756: Food, Drink and Household Stories January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 756: Food, Drink and Household Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Being a Roman Patriarch: Italy 2) Calico Witchcraft Soup: 3) Food as Art: All Over 4) Early Disposable Cups: Germany 5) Creativity in WW1 Diet: US and from the archives 6) Strange Encounter in 9C Tunisia Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Hallucination Talk

    Daily History Picture: Germans Captured in Crimea January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Germans Captured in Crimea

    The long road home, for some…

    History Roundup 755: WW2 Strangeness January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 755: WW2 Strangeness

    Today’s links follow 1) Mengele Tortured: Brazil 2) Auschwitz Ring: Poland 3) Hitler Escaped: South America 4) Death Camp Archaeology: Poland 5) Watch and WW2 Mystery: Scotland and from the archives 6) In search of an author: Do not stand at my grave Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Blood, Ankles and Calculations: The Temple Mount at Jerusalem January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Blood, Ankles and Calculations: The Temple Mount at Jerusalem

    One of the memories of the Crusader victory at Jerusalem in 1099 is the blood of Jewish and Muslim inhabitants spilled when the city was overrun. Contemporary Christian accounts described blood up to the ankles, up to the knees and, finally, up to the bridles of horses at the Temple Mount where most of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Antiquarians in Action January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Antiquarians in Action

    Late 18C antiquarians out and about…

    History Roundup 754: All Prehistory January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 754: All Prehistory

    Today’s links follow 1) Prize Tomb: Greece 2) Not a Goddess: Turkey 3) Impossibly Early Construction: France 4) Impossibly Early Spears: Ethiopia 5) Impossibly Early Silk: China and from the archives 6) Prince Jean Comes Home Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: e invece non finisce mai

    Daily History Picture: Complaints January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Complaints

    The London underground before the complaints box came online.

    Daily History Picture: Last Supper January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Supper

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    Japanese Dragon Hunt January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Japanese Dragon Hunt

    Beach has a busy day, so he offers this story up almost without comment. It would be fun to expand it though. Can anyone help with original sources, or at least ones nearer the fount: drbeachcombing At yahoo DOT com Thousands of peasants in the province Sessbu [in Japan] are engaged in a dragon hunt. […]

    History Roundup 753: Deviance Fun and Crime Horror January 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 753: Deviance Fun and Crime Horror

    Today’s links follow 1) Murder in the Colonies: Kenya 2) Don’t Stowaway: Canada 3) Wig Snatching: London 4) The Green Man: Brighton (a new hero) 5) Salt Murder: Britain and from the archives 6) jokes in wartime Brussels Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Making 2000 Yr Old Bread

    Daily History Picture: Town Mouse, Country Mouse January 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Town Mouse, Country Mouse

    Urban type visits the countryside. Love the children inspecting his socks…

    Decades and Apostrophes: 1880s or 1880’s? January 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Decades and Apostrophes: 1880s or 1880's?

    Readers of this blog will now have to excuse Beach for possibly the single most boring post in strangehistory history, but the following has been rankling inside for some time. 1880s or 1880’s? This might seem unimportant, but if you spend several hours a day reading books about the past it starts to matter. How should […]

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