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  • New History Books: Forrest and the Battle of Fort Pillow January 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Forrest and the Battle of Fort Pillow

    Seabrook, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Fort Pillow Bit late with this one (!), but looking forward to getting a copy…

    Best Irish Fairy Books: The Twentieth Century January 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Best Irish Fairy Books: The Twentieth Century

    Yesterday we offered the best nineteenth-century writing on Irish fairies. Today the best of the twentieth century: 1911: In this year W. Y. Evans-Wentz changed fairy writing for ever by publishing his brilliantly bizarre The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Evans-Wentz offered a collection of fairylore for all the Celtic nations (Cornwall, Man, Scotland, Brittany, […]

    New History Books: Morisi, The Italian Folgore Parachute Division January 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Morisi, The Italian Folgore Parachute Division

    Paolo Morisi, The Italian Folgore Parachute Division Morisi on one of Italy’s few achievements of WW2.

    Best Irish Fairy Books: the Nineteenth Century January 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Best Irish Fairy Books: the Nineteenth Century

    So you have decided to become an expert on fairies. Your eyes wander over the map of western Europe and after some consideration of the different regional varieties you settle on Ireland: English fairies too pompous; Dutch fey MIA; Icelandic elves aloof; Scandinavian trolls stupid… But where do you begin? There follows a list of […]

    History Roundup 752: Shock Originals January 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 752: Shock Originals

    Today’s links follow 1) The Original Shakespeare: England (wisdom: never argue with anyone about Shakespeare’s identity) 2) Original American Ceramics: US 3) The Original London: UK 4) The Original Zero: Cambodia 5) Original Ancient Women: the Med and from the archives 6) In Search of Enys Tregarthen, the Little Cripple Any links to send in: […]

    Daily History Picture: Run, Germans! January 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Run, Germans!

    May 1945 (just) ahead of the Red Army…

    Dumb Duels #5: Golf Duel January 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Dumb Duels #5: Golf Duel

    A golf duel from the US picked up by a British newspaper in 1927 and so dating to that year? From America comes an account of a strange duel – a combat with golf clubs and balls as ‘the weapons’ wherewith two disputants went out to seek satisfaction. A St. Louis man and a visitor […]

    History Roundup 751: Prehistoric Curiosities January 12, 2017

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

    Today’s links follow 1) Sounds of Stonehenge: UK 2) Sicilian Stonehenge discovered: Italy 3) Lost History of Ancient America (Review): US (cruel but good sense of humour) 4) Falling off the Edge of the World: Oceania 5) Lost City of the Monkey (Review): Honduras and from the archives 6) Catholics, Dead Sheep and Fire Balls […]

    Daily History Picture: Nero as Rome Burns January 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nero as Rome Burns

    From Quo Vadis, the lyre is magnificently outsized…

    Wandering Jew in Tunis January 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wandering Jew in Tunis

    Beach offered, just the other day, a Wandering Jew story. Here is another encounter, this time from Tunis: incidentally how can the WJ live in both Tunis and Monte Carlo, perhaps he got the boat over once a year? Canadian movie star Matheson Lang meets a fan, after he produces a play, The Wandering Jew. […]

    History Roundup 750: Crazy Americana January 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 750: Crazy Americana

    Today’s links follow 1) Paying for drugs in the 1930s: US 2) Walking Down Manhattan: New York 3) Glass Penny Madness: Auction House 4) Disnefying America: with Walt 5) Beating up your wife: New Jersey and from the archives 6) the oldest flame in the world Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Bowling January 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Bowling

    Village games, late 18C

    Invisible Library: Sherlock Holmes’ Publications January 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Invisible Library: Sherlock Holmes' Publications

    Beach once before ran a post on missing Sherlock Holmes stories in the Invisible Libraries series: books that do not exist save in the imagination. However, he missed a trick. There are not just missing Sherlock Holmes stories there are also missing Sherlock Holmes publications. On several occasions in the canon Sherlock refers, en passant, […]

    History Roundup 749: 20C Madness January 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 749: 20C Madness

    Today’s links follow 1) Bridge Dares: Soviet Union (incredible) 2) Nazi Brain Removal: Germany 3) Killing Topsy: US 4) First Drones in the 1940s: the Lab (reminds me of…this) 5) Mickey Mouse Gasmask: US and from the archives 6) Punishing suicide Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Leonard Cohen, […]

    Wandering Jew Plays Roulette January 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wandering Jew Plays Roulette

    There is a book, admittedly a very small book to be written about sightings of the wandering jew: the man cursed by Christ to walk all over the earth for refusing a drink on the road to crucifixion. Here is one of the most curious of these myths. This one was first attested 18 Jan 1902 and […]

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