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  • Early Alien Encounter February 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Early Alien Encounter

    This is a particularly precious account from the Athenian Mercury, a late seventeenth-century publication. As Beach is always interested in encounters with supernatural entities he thought that he would print it in full: this might stand as an early alien encounter. He likes the way the narrative unwinds. He didn’t see the climax coming. Not […]

    New History Books: A House Full of Females February 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A House Full of Females

    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females Perhaps the book I most want to read from January.

    The Ring Dodge February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ring Dodge

    This trick is so well known that Beach has seen versions of it on crass TV shows. Still here is the ring dodge in all its pristine glory from 1894. At the London Guildhall, on Monday, Ann Francis was charged with attempting to obtain money by false pretences. Detective Evans, of the Great Eastern Railway […]

    History Roundup 766: Graves, Resurrection and Reincarnation February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 766: Graves, Resurrection and Reincarnation

    Today’s links follow 1) Romano-British Vampire? Britain 2) Witch under a Boulder: Lancashire 3) Leper’s Grave: Winchester 4) Rooster Reincarnation: US 5) Resurrection/Erection: Medieval Art and from the archives 6) Killer Cats Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Waterloo

    Daily History Picture: Catching an Airship February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Catching an Airship

    This picture (1929) is normally shows because it was the last voyage of the airship in question: things ended badly… Beach was fascinated by how they got on. Andrew Z writes, 30 Mar 2017: Your picture of the R101 at its mooring mast reminded me of something I’d read recently in the book “Airship” by […]

    History Roundup 765: World War Stories February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 765: World War Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Hitler Cafe: Paris 2) Pipers at the Somme: Scotland 3) Black Nazis? Germany 4) Magic in WW2: Germany 5) Red Army and Killing Camps: Poland and from the archives 6) Close Encounter of the Zeppelin Kind Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Massacres at Waterloo

    Kidnapped by the Pombero February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Kidnapped by the Pombero

    The story starts nicely enough and then takes a decided turn for the bizarre. In July of last year (2016) a two and a half year old child was lost in the Argentinean countryside in an area of ‘bush and mountains’. Beach’s youngest is two and he shivers to think what this means. The little […]

    Daily History Picture: Six Pack Jesus February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Six Pack Jesus

    This is the worst example I’ve seen, but there are a lot out there: the horrors of late renaissance art.

    Beachcombed 80 February 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 80

    Dear Reader, A good if terrifying couple of weeks teaching in a new university. Thanks for your interest and support. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Have a warm February Beach A Very Old Carp: Gary finds the fount of the legend… All the Fun […]

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