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  • Victorian Urban Legends: the Lady of the Key November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: the Lady of the Key

    A woman with a key around her neck haunts the French saloons. What is her story? Beach is always looking for Victorian urban legends (this one is 1870) and particularly sexual ones. Ask yourself this. Would this tale have appeared in a British newspaper if it had been set in London rather than Paris? The […]

    History Roundup 935: Soviet Stories November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 935: Soviet Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Soviet Urban Legends: USSR 2) Soviet Poetry Madness: USSR 3) Soviet Dogs in Space: USSR 4) Soviet Pools of Light? USSR 5) Soviets and Aliens: USSR and from the archives 6) Baby Eating Eagles (with exciting new Edinburgh entry) Other links: These Days Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Jewish Ritual November 10, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture:  Jewish Ritual

    The moon shines then the head disappears…

    Haunted Tree Swindle in Italy November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Haunted Tree Swindle in Italy

    This story appeared in a British newspaper in September of 1861. It relates to Gubbio in Umbria: the unity of Italy has just happened. A rural parish in the region of Agubbio, which was relieved last year of the Pope’s temporal rule, but which still endures the evils of ignorance and superstition consequent on many […]

    History Roundup 934: War November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 934: War

    Today’s links follow 1) When Auntie Margit Killed Lots of People: Hungary 2) Nazis in America: LA 3) Confederacy Honour: US 4) History Wars: Poland-Ukraine 5) Hitler’s Holiday Resort: Germany and from the archives 6) Parrot of the Atures Other links: Space Oddity (very curious) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Judy Garland Relaxing November 9, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Judy Garland Relaxing

    Filming of the wizard

    History Roundup 933: Other Times, Other Ways November 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 933: Other Times, Other Ways

    Today’s links follow 1) Walking: Middle Ages 2) Ancient Pregnancy Tests: Egypt 3) Secret LSD: Denver! 4) Interactive Map: Roman Empire…. 5) What Would American Fascism Look Like: US and from the archives 6) Made Up Battle Other links: Perpetuum Mobile Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Canvassing on the Beach November 8, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Canvassing on the Beach

    Julian Amery, conservative politician, canvassing on the beach.

    History Roundup 932: Supernatural November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 932: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Mr Hotfoot: England (Loved this one) 2) High Tech Ghosts: US 3) Contacting the Dead: the table 4) New Folk Tales: God forbid! 5) Ghost Hardwiring: the brain and from the archives 6) Getting the Future Wrong Other links: Bit of Satie Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Death of LHO November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Death of LHO

    Lee Harvey Oswald being shot

    Reiki: Not Waving but Drowning November 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Reiki: Not Waving but Drowning

    An autobiographical post. Six months ago  I detailed some experiences in Shiatsu. In the last eight weeks the same practitioner gave me a series of treatments in Reiki as part of her training. Reiki for the uninitiated, in which I would still include myself, is the laying of hands on or, for the most part, […]

    History Roundup 931: Archaeology November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 931: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Silver from Thrace: Bulgaria 2) Unexpected Persian Temple: Turkey! 3) Fossil Teeth Confusion: Germany 4) Ancient Mint: Bulgaria 5) Great Pyramid Row: Egypt and from the archives 6) Druidic Ravens Other links: Suicide is Painless Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Ku Klux Klan Clothes November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ku Klux Klan Clothes

    Looks genuine… Nathaniel writes, 6 Nov :’As you said, the Ku Klux Klothes advertisement does look genuine: It seems odd that a racist organization would be involved with (or lend its name to) a clothing business. But apparently, the 1920s KKK was mostly a fraudulent pyramid scheme.

    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid

    In 1834 a British paper ran with this story (1834) in early August: A fisherman at St Valery-sur-Somme (France), a few days since, caught in his net a fish exactly resembling the description given of the Mermaid. The head and breast are of the human form, and, when half the body is out of the […]

    Sphinx Dream November 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Sphinx Dream

    It is one of the earliest dreams recorded in history. Very approximately 1400 BC an Egyptian prince, Menkheperure, was riding out by the pyramids. We know this with some exactitude because Menkheperure later had the events of that memorable day written out in stone (pictured above). After some hunting, Menkheperure decided to shelter from the […]

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