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  • Daily History Picture: Germans Land in Canada November 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Germans Land in Canada

    Still worrying about this one!

    History Roundup 943: Science and Tech November 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 943: Science and Tech

    Today’s links follow 1) Telegraph from the Dead: US 2) Science and Tech: Byzantines 3) North American DNA: US 4) Barley Going East: China 5) Training Dogs: Saudi Arabia and from the archives 6) Irish Hang Women Other links: myths of the Luftwaffe Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Who is This? November 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Who is This?

    Sorry.

    Turkey Horror in Ireland November 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Turkey Horror in Ireland

    Beach would like to introduce to the sheer unadorned horror of the Irish turkey. Let’s start slow and, then, gradually crank up the volume. Willie Reilly of Gelsha was going home… It was fairly late: when he came to where Johnnie Connor lives now, there was a bend in the road and there was at that […]

    History Roundup 942: Food and Drink November 21, 2017

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    History Roundup 942: Food and Drink

    Today’s links follow 1) Daily Bread: Bakers 2) Turkey Hell: the otherworld 3) Renaissance Supper Knives: the table 4) Dog Meat: Russia 5) Cannibal Year: Egypt and from the archives 6) Atlantis in the Far East Other links: I’m British, thanks to a Spanish reader for sending this in. Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

    Daily History Picture: Niagra Veteran November 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Niagra Veteran

    Annie Edson Taylor

    Devil Wings Mystery November 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Devil Wings Mystery

    This site has pioneered the study of fairy wings. In the last years a number of posts have pointed to the origins of fairy wings in Britain in the late eighteenth century; looked at fairy wings types; and even looked at how fairy wings were constructed by anxious mothers in the 1800s. Our colleague and […]

    History Roundup 941: Archaeology November 20, 2017

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    History Roundup 941: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Inequality: the Bank 2) Soccer Archaeology: Bradford 3) Israeli Kingship: Palestine 4) Earthquake Treasures: Iraq 5) Underwater Fort: Turkey and from the archives 6) Ass Who Became a Saint Other links: Wonderful World Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Goldminers, South Africa November 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goldminers, South Africa

    1950s

    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids November 20, 2017

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    Mermaid Monday: Eating Mermaids

    This interesting account appeared in the British press in 1827 (Anon). It describes excitement about mermaid bones, in Portsmouth and an unusual dinner. ‘Mombuss’ is Mombassa, which we have seen before connected to mermaids. Beach seems to hear Lieutenant Emory, two hundred years ago, leaning across the table and saying ‘capital meat, Captain!’ The skeleton of […]

    Ostrich in Medieval China November 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Ostrich in Medieval China

    Chinese Ostriches The Qianling Mausoleum was used for three hundred years (from the seventh to the very early tenth century) by Tang dynasty emperors and their court officials. It includes, in some of its magnificent stone sculptures, a large flightless bird, pictured above. This bird is clearly an ostrich, which begs a number of questions. […]

    Fairy Photographs from 1930 November 18, 2017

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    Fairy Photographs from 1930

    June 1930 and various snooty Britons are opening their spanking new copy of Tatler, the house magazine of Britain’s upper middle classes and down-at-heel aristocrats. But what is this on page 25: ‘a spring time fantasy’ involving some posh tots! It would not be very difficult to imagine that Titania and her friends Peace-blossom, Moth, […]

    History Roundup 940: Ways and Means November 17, 2017

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    History Roundup 940: Ways and Means

    Today’s links follow 1) Salt Tears: Incas 2) French Naughtiness: the continent 3) Lewis and Clark: reconstructed 4) New Fairy Tales: shivers…. 5) Little House Origins: US and from the archives 6) Dog-Headed Saint Other links: Roger Scruton Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: How to Make a Ghost November 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: How to Make a Ghost

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    History Roundup 939: Archives and Research November 16, 2017

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    History Roundup 939: Archives and Research

    Today’s links follow 1) Soviet Archives Murder: Ukraine 2) Post Its in Days Gone By: Library 3) Romantic Archives: ‘found a space at the intersection of literary studies and media theory’, aaargh! 4) WW2 Cat Makes 15: LA 5) More Kennedy Assassination: US and from the archives 6) Misremembering Kennedy Other links: Old Man River […]

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