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  • History Roundup 839: Weird Customs Past May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 839: Weird Customs Past

    Today’s links follow 1) Electric Gardens Past: UK 2) Meteorite Beads: the market place 3) Nude Races: England (our take) 4) Random Deaths: Middle Ages 5) Sacrificial Architecture: Korea and from the archives 6) Mongol Elephants in America Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Satie, Gnos 3

    Daily History Picture: Weapon Factory May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Weapon Factory

    Woolwich UK 1917

    Freedom in the Classroom: An Outdated Concept? May 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Freedom in the Classroom: An Outdated Concept?

    It is absolutely unsurprising that there is a strong liberal bias in university classrooms, particularly in the social sciences and to a slightly lesser extent in the humanities: and that this is true throughout the Anglo-Saxon and, indeed, the western world. It has been estimated, for example, that only one in forty sociologists in the […]

    History Roundup 838: Supernatural May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 838: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Hill of Dwarves: India 2) Devil: Symphony 3) Fairy in a Box: UK 4) Well Beast: US [unusual?] 5) Pub Ghost: Staffs, UK and from the archives 6) Bat Men and Moon Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Graphology is nonsense, Crime and the Media […]

    Daily History Picture: Smoking Car May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Smoking Car

    1920s? Floodmouse writes, 29 Jun 2017: I think your photo is from the early 1930s.  If you look at pictures from the 1920s, you will see the dresses have a lower waistline, which is sort of dropped below the hips.  The dresses in your photos have a higher waistline.  The high waistline and the length […]

    Lincoln’s Assassination Advertised? May 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Lincoln's Assassination Advertised?

    A busy day in paradise today. Exams. However, Beach ran, a few months ago across this story and wondered whether this was just journalistic bluff, sheer coincidence (very possibly) or a little bit of Civil War history that had been lost. The Evening Bulletin of San Francisco, dated February 24, 1885, is said to have […]

    History Roundup 837: Myths, Lies, Stories… May 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 837: Myths, Lies, Stories...

    Today’s links follow 1) Caligula’s Horse: Italy 2) Volcano Memory: Australia 3) Dracula Problem: Romania 4) Arthur and Film History: Cinema 5) The Cross: Art, mainly and from the archives 6) Oft Hung John Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Korea Reuniting (good luck with that)

    Urban Legend: the Magic Letter May 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Urban Legend: the Magic Letter

    In the last months Beach has put up a number of posts on possible nineteenth-century urban legends: as they are reported as facts though and as the nineteenth-century was a foreign country (‘they did things differently there’) it is difficult, perhaps impossible with any certainty to distinguish the legendary from the simply bizarre. This is […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Dog May 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Dog

    Delicate

    History Roundup 836: War! May 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 836: War!

    Today’s links follow 1) Working Out the Civil War: US 2) Coming War: China 3) Where WW1 Ended: Europe 4) Death Tunnels: Channel Islands 5) Great War: North Carolina and from the archives 6) Hitler and Lenin Play Chess Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Monkey Magic Episode

    Daily History Picture: Olympic Archery May 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Olympic Archery

    1908 London

    Creepy Familiars: Jarmara May 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Creepy Familiars: Jarmara

    One of the joys of reading about early modern witch trials is the description (particularly in British cases) of the crazy and creepy familiars kept by old women for their various delectations and debaucheries. Beach recently publicized a spirit mole and he now wishes to introduce Jamara, described in three different passages relating to some […]

    History Roundup 835: Fragments of the Past May 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 835: Fragments of the Past

    Today’s links follow 1) Early Kennedy Recording: US 2) Smelling History: the lab 3) Last Prosecutor: Nuremberg 4) Naledi Discovery: South Africa 5) African History: the faculty and from the archives 6) Hitler’s Classmate Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Ruiz, Witchcraft, a great lecturer

    Daily History Picture: Tattoo WW2 May 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tattoo WW2

    Interesting designs on wall beyond.

    William Blake and Bruno’s Fairies May 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    William Blake and Bruno's Fairies

    It is well known that William Blake drew and painted fairies and it is also a matter of record that Blake saw fairies. Blake, allegedly, described to a flabbergasted contemporary how he has witnessed a fairy funeral. Beach has looked in vain for other references to Blake kicking it up with the fairies and he […]

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