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  • Daily History Picture: Cane Flask July 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cane Flask

    Prohibition era. Bruce T, 30 Jul 2017: Cane flasks are still being produced, for amusement purposes only, of course, and used at certain sporting events were liquor is banned, or events where drinking is considered inappropriate during the ceremonies, graduations, recitals, funerals, weddings, church, anywhere the long winded and so-called upright reign and go on for […]

    Story: Meeting the Devil July 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Story: Meeting the Devil

    Outstanding story about coming face to face with the devil in Paris. This first appeared in October 1888. The folklore motif that rounds the tale off is: G303.16.3.1. Happy reading… The chief persons named are a Russian Prince, Pomerantseff, and a French Abbé, Girod, who ridiculed the whole theory of apparitions. The conversation at a dinner […]

    History Roundup 869: Curious Customs and a Wedding July 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 869: Curious Customs and a Wedding

    Today’s links follow 1) Selling Wives: England 2) Telegraphy: the Exchange (our take on the same) 3) Country Wedding: England 4) Exhuming Salvador: Spain 5) Corpse Kissing: the wake and from the archives 6) Talking Dog Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: I almost cried, Darth Vader does death […]

    Daily History Picture: Cat in Castle July 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cat in Castle

    Beautiful detail.

    History Roundup 868: History of the Future and of Time July 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 868: History of the Future and of Time

    Today’s links follow 1) Future Cities: Moscow 2) Eternalism vs Presentism: Esoterx 3) Time’s Personality: 70s, 80s, 90s… 4) American Isolationism, past present and future: US 5) Leo Frank and Today: US and from the archives 6) Where was Columbus from? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Leo Frank

    Daily History Picture: Cesarean July 4, 2017

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

    Chances of survival nil.

    Daily History Picture: Indecency! July 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Indecency!

    Chicago police arrest bathers for indecency… 1920s?

    History Roundup 867: Supernatural Stories July 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 867: Supernatural Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Astral Travel? Cornwall 2) Fortean Brides: All over 3) Ghost or Vampire: the Balkans 4) Ghost or Witch: US 5) Nanny Ghost: Scotland (if you want a new job) and from the archives 6) A Look up Sforza’s Skirt Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Operation Resurrection: British Folklore July 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Operation Resurrection: British Folklore

    British folklorists badly screwed up their own discipline in the late nineteenth century. When they should have been collecting the rich crops from the home counties and the north and midlands they, instead, indulged in premature comparative work, looking overseas for answers to stupidly ambitious questions. The comparison with some of Britain’s smaller European neighbours […]

    Getting-to-Heaven Spell July 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Getting-to-Heaven Spell

    Location: This spell is only attested in the Countryman, a British magazine in 1949, for Cornwall. Bit suspicious of its authenticity, but then desperate circumstances… (Anon 1950, 155) Aim: To assure that a sinner of his or her deathbed will get through the pearly gates. Ingredients: A black rooster, a death bed, a dying man […]

    Beachcombed 85 July 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 85

    Dear Reader The above image comes from the web but my elder daughter wanted this picture of record on the web of two of Beach’s favourite friends. Happy times in the garden here. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Enjoy July! The mosquitoes have arrived […]

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