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  • Review: Primates July 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Primates

    Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, Primates This blog has a tradition of, from time to time, flagging up excellent children’s books on history and the supernatural. Primates, a 140-page comic, falls very much into the first of these two categories. It takes the lives of three biological anthropologists, only two of whom are still alive: […]

    Daily History Picture: Bird Shooting July 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bird Shooting

    Another flying legend.

    Victorian Urban Legends: Pawn Trick July 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Pawn Trick

    This is a lovely story from Paisley (Scotland), ‘about the truth of which there is no doubt’. The other morning there were, as usual, standing the Cross several journeymen dyers, one of whom had the reputation of being clever in his way in providing the needful when thirst is requiring to be quenched. They looked […]

    Daily History Picture: Don’t Put Gunpowder in Oven July 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Don't Put Gunpowder in Oven

    Got this from twitter but can’t find source or user: sorry! 31 Jul 2017: Larry writes  I don’t think they’ll ever learn: “St. Petersburg woman injured after bullet left inside oven explodes,” Tampa Bay Times, 2017 July 13. 

    History Roundup 874: Miscellany July 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 874: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) St Columba Found? Scotland 2) Ancient Medical Manuscript: Egypt 3) Ecocide? Easter Island 4) Amelia Earhart Found Again: the Pacific…. 5) Death of Europe: Review and from the archives 6) Eleanor’s Lovers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Girlfriend in a Coma

    Daily History Picture: Boxing July 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boxing

    Late 19C, Marines.

    Buckinghamshire Fairies and Little Witches July 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Buckinghamshire Fairies and Little Witches

    Fairy legends are common in the Celtic fringes and the north of Britain. They are to be found in northern England and south central England: they also occasionally crop up in the English Midlands. However, they were as rare as gold dust in south-eastern England and East Anglia by the time that folklore records were […]

    Daily History Picture: Bruce Lee Teaches July 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bruce Lee Teaches

    Student = Sharon Tate

    History Roundup 872: Crimes, Mysteries and Reputations July 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 872: Crimes, Mysteries and Reputations

    Today’s links follow 1) Typhoid Mary: New York 2) Mesmerism: London 3) Judge Disappears: New York 4) Shell Grove: Margate 5) Political Mystery: Australia and from the archives 6) Transvestite President Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Will you still love me tomorrow ‘west coast jazz’

    Daily History Picture: Abduction by Templars July 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Abduction by Templars

    19C taken from Walter Scott.

    Jane Fool July 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Jane Fool

    In the famous image of Henry VIII’s family from 1545 there is a mysterious figure walking on the left in the background. The woman apparently has no hair (note the back and front of her head and compare with the princesses in the picture) and she seems rather lost, perhaps even confused. Different theories for […]

    History Roundup 871: Ancient World July 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 871: Ancient World

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Dog: Rome 2) Ancient Graffiti: Egypt 3) Smelling the Ancient World: the Med 4) Gladiators: the Ampitheatre 5) Skull shapes: Italy and from the archives 6) Maggie Walls and Witch Cobblers Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Throwing it all away, Genesis

    Daily History Picture: Abduction July 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Abduction

    Christian woman stolen off.

    History Roundup 870: Prehistory July 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 870: Prehistory

    Today’s links follow 1) Moderns Living in Prehistory: US 2) Animals and Drought: Prehistory 3) Amber Trade: Europe 4) Poison Plastic: California 5) Sacrificing Folk: Wisconsin (video) and from the archives 6) Marco Polo and Pasta Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Mumford and Sons, Babel

    Victorian Urban Legends: Generosity Repaid July 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Generosity Repaid

    Beach goes to the motherland today with daughters and without dog or wife. Mixed feelings. Here is a familiar sounding story. Eugene Delacroix has persuaded the richest man in Europe, Baron James de Rothschild to pose as a beggar for a painting. Rothschild, a gentleman, agrees. Delacroix hung a tunic on his shoulders, placed a […]

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