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  • History Roundup 779: Supernatural Encounters February 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 779: Supernatural Encounters

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghosts and Country Music: US 2) Wollaton Gnomes: Britain 3) Fairy Tale Creatures: All Over 4) Churchill and Aliens: Outer Space 5) Devil: Cairo and from the archives 6) Last Zombie Burial? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Is human evolution over?

    Daily History Picture: Selling Coats February 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Selling Coats

    Selling coats Danish style: Copenhagen 1936

    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Wealth February 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Sewer Wealth

    Sewer stories… Several years ago a little German Jew, named Schwartz, believing that in the sewers of New York might be found many articles of value which had been lost, entered them, and for three days wandered through the labyrinth. He was very successful, picking up some 27,000 dols. worth of jewellery, spoons, forks, &c.; […]

    History Roundup 778: Animal Tales February 21, 2017

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    History Roundup 778: Animal Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Electrocuting Animals: the lab 2) The Most Amazing Dog: Germany 3) Elephant Trunks and Trumpets: Medieval Europe 4) Rich Dogs: India 5) Hunting for the ‘Fox‘: Scotland and from the archives 6) Knights and Lightning Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Mending marriages with hallucinogens, Inspector […]

    Daily History Picture: Electric Fairy February 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Electric Fairy

    British exhibition in the 1950s. A fairy shows children how electrical appliances will transform the home…

    History Roundup 777: Curse Stories February 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 777: Curse Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) My Fatal Valentine: US 2) Black Pearl Earthquake: Pacific 3) Lincoln’s Pockets: US 4) Tute’s Curse: Egypt 5) Curse of the Monkey God: the Jungle 6) Cursed Poll: US and from the archives 7) Lost Saucy Roman History Book Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Training Wives February 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Training Wives

    This was an advertising style for a while. It would be interesting to do a post… 23 Feb 2017: EC I don’t have proof but that picture just screams “modern fake”. I mean, the woman is nude under her apron – THAT wasn’t an advertising style back then! And both that address and that organisation […]

    The Kentish Baboon February 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Kentish Baboon

    Here is an unusual story from Great Chart, Kent, UK. It is 1858. On Saturday evening week a person in the employ of Mr. E. Greenhill, at Bucksford-farm, Great Chart, was startled by the sudden apparition of what appeared to him to be an extraordinary kind of animal, resembling a large baboon, in one of […]

    Beating Up Ghosts February 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized

    It is surprising (or perhaps depressingly predictable) that many ghosts turn out to be men dressed up in sheets. Very often these ghosts are roistered by the local population, who seem to enjoy the hunt: memory of ghost riots… Here are two reminders of why you never want to be that person: when the Scooby […]

    New History Books: Three Days February 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Three Days

    Bret Baier, Three Days in January The end of the US’s greatest postwar President.

    The Witch Bottle Spell February 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Witch Bottle Spell

    Location: The witch bottle spell seems to have been used against witchcraft throughout much of early modern and modern Europe. Aim: To free a human victim from a witch’s spell by attacking the witch. Ingredients: A bottle, fire, and then various other objects including urine, nails, pins, salt and thatch. Method Ridgewell, Essex (Anon 1859) […]

    New History Books: Lost City February 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Lost City

    Douglas Preston, Lost City of the Monkey God A fan favourite from January 2017

    Radio Before Radio February 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Radio Before Radio

    Many moons ago Beach ran an article on telephony, the use of telephones as a kind of primitive music radio. Essentially telephone owners would subscribe to a ‘channel’ and would then phone into said channel to listen to shows: those of us old enough to remember the speaking clock or telephone weather forecasts were listening to […]

    History Roundup 776: Stories from the Americas February 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 776: Stories from the Americas

    Today’s links follow 1) South American Stonehenge: the Amazon 2) LIW Books and Biography: US 3) What Did Lincoln Sound Like: US 4) 24,000 BC Arrival: the Americas 5) Black Cowboys: the South and West and from the archives 6) Apocalypse Demographics Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Better […]

    Irish Fairies in the 1930s: Marrie Walsh February 17, 2017

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    Irish Fairies in the 1930s: Marrie Walsh

    How long did fairy beliefs survive in different parts of Ireland? And how well did these beliefs survive? In some senses the question should be easy to answer. After all, Ireland has the most detailed folklore records in the world. But unfortunately Irish folklorists were, after independence, more interested in folklore tales and tale types […]

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