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  • Hartlepool Wandering Jew January 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hartlepool Wandering Jew

    This is the record of a Wandering Jew from Hartlepool in the north-east of England. The text is in dialect and a rather difficult dialect at that: it appeared in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail (24 Jul 1880), 4. ‘Did ya ivver knaw thot Wandering Jew cam tiv Hertlepol, sir,’ said an old man, a […]

    New History Books: God’s Generals January 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: God's Generals

    Richard A. Gabriel, God’s Generals Great idea but a problem when two of the three may not have even existed… Still, looking forward to digging up this one.

    Wandering Jew c. 1700 January 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wandering Jew c. 1700

    In his Curious Myths of the Middle Ages Baring-Gould describes a Wandering Jew in England. This is his most interesting account of a modern encounter. About the end of the seventeenth century or the beginning of the eighteenth, an impostor, calling himself the Wandering Jew, attracted attention in England, and was listened to by the […]

    History Roundup 762: Five Photography Stories January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 762: Five Photography Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Spirit Photography: Lancashire 2) First Presidential Photograph: US 3) Prehistoric Selfie: Yorkshire (mmmm…) 4) First Selfie: US 5) Photographing Dreams: France and from the archives 6) Preferring Heaven to Hell Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Mummified Child

    New History Books: A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

    J.C.McKeown, A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities. This could be really good, fingers crossed….

    Cockney Wandering Jew January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Cockney Wandering Jew

    Beach has recently been interesting himself with sightings of the Wandering Jew in modern times. A friend of this blog Filip Graliński has been himself looking and has found a remarkable Polish record relating to sightings of the Wandering Jew from just before the First World War. Beach, stung by his failure to find anything […]

    Daily History Picture: Caving with Candles January 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Caving with Candles

    And then the fairies blew all the candles out…

    History Roundup 761: Prehistoric and Archaeological Curiosities January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 761: Prehistoric and Archaeological Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) When did first Americans arrive: Bering Strait 2) Massive New Monastic Graveyard: Sudan 3) Neanderthal Rock Collections! Croatia 4) Metaldetecting is Positive: the field 5) Sound Stones: Vietnam and from the archives 6) Ancient Chinese Automata Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: bella ciao

    Daily History Picture: Queen Mother Enjoys Blitz January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Queen Mother Enjoys Blitz

    Coloured photo, queen and king out and about in blitzed out London.

    Ghost Larks January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Larks

    Nineteenth-century newspapers are full of ghost reports. One thing that is rarely taken into account in modern ghost books, is just how many of these were larks. Remember that ghosts led to ghost riots and general excitement. Bored in an evening? Throw a white sheet over your head. Here is a typical one: At Felling, […]

    History Roundup 760: Supernatural Fun January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 760: Supernatural Fun

    Today’s links follow 1) Curse of Cottingley Fairies: UK [2017 hotting up for the anniversary] 2) Loch Ness Prehistoric Stone: Scotland (!!) 3) Late 19C UFO: Texas 4) Funeral Foreseen: Britain 5) White House Ghosts: US and from the archives 6) Hidden Flags Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Original […]

    Daily History Picture: Judge Study January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Judge Study

    Late 18C judge in various poses: do you feel rope tightening around your neck?

    Victorian Urban Legend: Thief at the Theatre January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Thief at the Theatre

    This is a fine urban legend like-story. The newspaper editor wrote ‘good if true’. A wealthy Englishman had the misfortune to be robbed of his portemonnaie the other day, containing a large sum, with a ticket for a box at the theatre, which he had purchased in the morning, and a carte-de-visite. He went to […]

    Daily History Picture: Tank Crew and Polar Bears January 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tank Crew and Polar Bears

    Allegedly Soviet Crew late 1950s: northern Finland in the war???

    History Roundup 759: Funny Food January 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 759: Funny Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Pickle Archaeology: UK 2) Oetzi’s Last Meal: Alps 3) Coffee House Matriarch: London 4) 1600 Yr Old Roast: Canada 5) The Truth about Roman Vomit: Italy and from the archives 6) Last shot at Waterloo Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Italian food experiences  

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