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  • Daily History Picture: Burning Heretics April 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture:  Burning Heretics

    Something about the blue and red of the French king and the black, white and flames of death.

    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #2: the Hilltown Ghost April 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #2: the Hilltown Ghost

    Yesterday, Beach introduced the Dundee ghost of 1886. Here is the sequel. All is quiet at Blackness Quarry, but elsewhere in the town evil brews. Here is the main report Two or three weeks ago we drew attention the remarkable doings of an individual who the role of a ghost, and disported himself in the […]

    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #1: Blackness Quarry Ghost April 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The 1883 Dundee Ghost Flap #1: Blackness Quarry Ghost

    In early 1883 in Dundee, the coastal Scottish city, a ghost was glimpsed in Blackness Quarry. Here we have a ghost flap, a ghost riot and a ghost hunt all combined. It is an interesting case because contemporary reports were rich in details. This, though, is the only report, known to this blogger, from the […]

    History Roundup 818: Supernatural April 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 818: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Suspect Leprechauns: Ireland 2) Creepy Lincoln Story: US 3) A Haunted Apple Tree: Mass 4) Murder to Ghost: Sussex, UK 5) Ghost and Trial: Chicago and from the archives 6) In Defence of the Dark Ages Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Why do we […]

    Daily History Picture: Fishing Eels April 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fishing Eels

    15C manuscript  

    History Roundup 817: Graves April 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 817: Graves

    Today’s links follow 1) The Graves of a Confederate Camel: US 2) Crematorium Traditions: India 3) Empty Tomb: Israel 4) Fighting Priest? Yorkshire 5) Seamstress Sacrificed: Siberia and from the archives 6) A Duel in Battle Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Why America Lost in Vietnam?

    Shakespeare and Fairy Wings April 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Shakespeare and Fairy Wings

    In the 1890s Samuel Miller published a series of pamphlets entitled Shakespearian Costumes. The pamphlets were supposed to recreate the historical versions of Shakespeare’s characters from various plays. Indeed, on the title page we are informed: ‘compiled from authentic sources as given by Montfaucon, Royal MSS., Holbein, Zuccaro, Strutt etc.’ Beach does not look forward […]

    Daily History Picture: Tattooing Flappers April 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture:  Tattooing Flappers

    The photo dates to 1930. Are there any good histories of modern tattooing out there?

    History Roundup 816: War April 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 816: War

    Today’s links follow 1) Born in a Labour Camp: Austria 2) Themed WW2 Cards: Cig Packs 3) Britain in the East in WW1: Yemen 4) German Children in the Mountains with Hitler: Germany 5) 14,000 Dog Tags Mystery: UK and from the archives 6) Caesar’s German Unicorn Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail […]

    Daily History Picture: Bible Talk April 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bible Talk

    Sorry!

    The Supernatural on Ngram April 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    The Supernatural on Ngram

    Beach has recently been messing about with Ngram, as his leisurely ancestors used to mess around on southern English rivers. Ngram for the uninitiated is a Google tool that allows the user to measure the frequency of certain words in Google Books. It is not as sophisticated as Google Analytics, which measures search terms. But […]

    Nun Immured in Britain? April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Nun Immured in Britain?

    In mid March 1846 the Hereford Philosophical and Antiquarian Association had a meeting at which the Dean of Hereford Cathedral spoke about some remarkable finds at Hill House, at Woolhope not eight miles from Hereford. He spoke with sadness and, yes, some occasional indignation as human bones had been uncovered there. This was, he suggested, […]

    History Roundup 815: Weird Customs April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 815: Weird Customs

    Today’s links follow 1) Charged Bodies: UK 2) Ball Games: Mexico 3) Victorian Street Sweeping: UK 4) Crowd Sourcing Map: Portugal 5) Steppe Navigation: Mongols and from the archives 6) Rommel in the US?!? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Triumph Forsaken, Vietnam lecture

    Daily History Picture: In Perfect Harmony April 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: In Perfect Harmony

    All together now.

    Self Help as Magic April 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Self Help as Magic

    The literature on self help dates back to the book of Proverbs and Cicero, but in its modern multi-billion dollar form it has a particularly American imprint: Dale Carnegie, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill among the most interesting. Most self help coaches stress the science of self help: life changes are given as […]

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