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  • Monday Mermaid: Singing Florida Mermaids October 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Monday Mermaid: Singing Florida Mermaids

    This was published in The Orchestra in 1870. It is a curious account of singing fish in the US… It is very tempting to connect these phenomenon and others like them to the mermaid tradition: in the same way as that the rhino is presumably somewhere behind the unicorn. ‘One day as I was returning […]

    Daily History Picture: Fairy Faith October 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fairy Faith

    Early and very elegant use of the phrase. 1874.

    Little Fairy on the Prairie October 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Little Fairy on the Prairie

    Beach spends a lot of his time chasing fairies in eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century books. Because he doesn’t have an exceptional library to hand and because travel is so damn annoying he finds the best thing to do is buy books on the basis of emails from friends and readers; or ‘snippets’ on Google […]

    The Monster of Ryde October 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Monster of Ryde

    Some weeks ago Beach had some fun running through twentieth-century British monster stories. Here was one of his favourites. It has everything: a lion’s head, big tracks, a creepy cry and became part of a war-time propaganda campaign. We are at Ryde on the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England: it is […]

    History Roundup 916: Prehistory and Antiquity October 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 916: Prehistory and Antiquity

    Today’s links follow 1) Polluting the Sea: Prehistory 2) Bronze Arms: Greece 3) Lady Sattjeni: Egypt 4) Fear Agriculture: Prehistory 5) Sex Networks: Prehistory and from the archives 6) A Book About Spitting Other links: Niall Ferguson on Trump Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Fairy Perfume October 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fairy Perfume

    Love to smell this.

    History Roundup 915: Personalities and Chess October 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 915: Personalities and Chess

    Today’s links follow 1) Almanacs and Fish: UK 2) Shakespeare and co’s Lost Works: Library 3) Medieval Chess: Scotland 4) Pop Eccentrics: Music World 5) Bentham’s Creepy Head: London and from the archives 6) Discovering Australia in 1500s Other links: April Come She Will Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Flight with Wings in France 1858 October 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Flight with Wings in France 1858

    Another in our series of early flight stories. This one comes from France and appeared in the Bradford Observer in 1858. We are informed that a shepherd, residing in a village in the neighbourhood of Langres, who, a few years ago, made some attempt at flying, has just tried a fresh experiment, not alone and […]

    Daily History Picture: Facial Hair October 12, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Facial Hair

    Loved this.

    History Roundup 914: Crimes October 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 914: Crimes

    Today’s links follow 1) Betraying Anne: Netherlands 2) Poisoning: Illinois 3) Beds Murder: England 4) Loyalist Island: Maine 5) Gandhi’s Murder: India and from the archives 6) Headless Races Other links:WW1 false memories (best lecture of the week) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Head Cutting October 11, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Head Cutting

    Sorry…

    History Roundup 913: Science and Technology October 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 913: Science and Technology

    Today’s links follow 1) Invention of Zeros: Arabs?! 2) Making Skeletons: Workshop 3) The Last Gasometer: London 4) Medieval Surgery: China 5) Bizarre Amnesia Cases: Hospitals and from the archives 6) Nationalising Women Other links: Springsteen, Walk Like a Man Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Familiar Spirits October 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Familiar Spirits

    Late 18C by (or in the book of) a man that saw them…

    History Roundup 912: Supernatural October 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 912: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Letter from Dead Wife: US 2) Creepy Cats: Scotland 3) Witch Hunts: France 4) Fairy Woman: Cornwall 5) The Haunted North: Scotland and from the archives 6) Mass Hysteria and Theatre Other links: Germany’s Lost Victory 1914 Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Drinking October 9, 2017

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

    Love the eyes.

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