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  • History Roundup 849: Ghosts and Bogeys and Gnomes! June 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 849: Ghosts and Bogeys and Gnomes!

    Today’s links follow 1) Walking Dead: UK 2) Rolling Ghost: but is it a ghost… US 3) Wollaton Gnomes: Nottingham (great piece) 4) Wolfman: the screen and from the archives 5) Discovering Australia Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Local hero music

    Paul Stoller and Dongo June 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Paul Stoller and Dongo

    Paul Stoller was an American anthropologist who learnt sorcery among the Songhay people of Niger. After training, in the 1970s, with Adamu Jenitongo, ‘one of the most knowledgeable and arguably one of the most powerful Songhay sorcerers of his era’, he undertook a second apprenticeship with Hamidou Salou. Unfortunately in this apprenticeship the young American […]

    Daily History Picture: Suffrage in Ohio June 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Suffrage in Ohio

    Come in and learn why women ought to vote.

    History Roundup 848: Objects! June 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 848: Objects!

    Today’s links follow 1) Tarot: the table 2) Shaving Brushes and Anthrax: mother of God… 3) Seaman’s Chest: 7 Seas 4) Balloons: UK and France 5) Bombers: the ocean and from the archives 6) Female Flyting in Raj Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: John Prine Speed of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Plane June 8, 2017

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

    Must have been extraordinary in 1910 to look up into the sky and see this.

    History Roundup 847: Prehistory and Ancient! June 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 847: Prehistory and Ancient!

    Today’s links follow 1) Paint Cave: Prehistory 2) Ancient Hunters Made Love Not War: Prehistory 3) Mummy Genome: Egypt 4) Trade Outpost: Morocco 5) Frankish Loot: Netherlands and from the archives 6) Fidel Castro Jesuit Spy Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Love at Five and Dime

    WW1 Rumours June 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    WW1 Rumours

    Here are some more in the rumours series. Tales of international and sometimes local politics that relate or that are easily connected to the events of WW1. Beach did these at the same time as rumours for WW2 (another post another day). No question, WW1 rumours or those that the press deign to publish are […]

    Daily History Picture: Young Elvis June 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Young Elvis

    Always moody…

    Crazies and Gentles: Two European Families June 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Crazies and Gentles: Two European Families

    Beach has recently been thinking a lot about a crucial difference between European nations, one that is perhaps not immediately evident to outsiders, but one that divides the continent into two camps: the capacity of these countries for bold if stupid actions. Put in the most vivid terms possible if Spain or Sweden or Lithuania […]

    History Roundup 846: War! June 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 846: War!

    Today’s links follow 1) Vikings Winter Over: England (bastards) 2) Broken Faces: hospital 3) Milkman Photograph: UK 4) Smugglers (war by other means): England 5) Confederate Monuments: US and from the archives 6) Head Hunting Germans Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Ikea does history

    History Roundup 845: Bizarre! June 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 845: Bizarre!

    Today’s links follow 1) Body in Statue: China? 2) American Emperor: SF 3) Well Dressing: England 4) Forgotten Subway: New York 5) Mad Weapons: Germany and from the archives 6) Early Flight in Poland Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Anti jihadi

    Daily History Picture: Miss US June 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Miss US

    1922 Miss America

    Reprieve? June 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Reprieve?

    This weird war tale comes from a rather suspect book, Thrilling Stories of the Great Rebellion (1865), about the American Civil War. Note the almost total lack of details here: we are not even told whether this was a Confederate or Union regiment, though given the author’s loyalties we should presume the latter. This could […]

    Woman to be Stoned and Blindfolded Priest June 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Woman to be Stoned and Blindfolded Priest

    Unpleasant story warning. This dates to 1834 and incredibly was given in a public talk at the Society for the Conversion of the Jews. It is clearly a legend (there are many European parallels): see below. But Beach is desperately looking for more of the same from fiction or from ‘fact’. A clergyman in London, […]

    A Sieve, a Fairy, a Midwife and a Mystery June 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Sieve, a Fairy, a Midwife and a Mystery

    So here is a fairy mystery… In Romeo and Juliet Mercutio tells us that Queen Mab is ‘the fairies’ midwife’: a mysterious phrase that has never been explained. Most guides link it unconvincingly to a previous comment of Romeo’s. A much more interesting point of reference is  a fairy poem of Ben Jonson. Beach has […]

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