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  • Daily History Picture: Epiphany Pic January 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Epiphany Pic

    Goodbye Christmas…

    Epiphany Gift: Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry January 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Epiphany Gift: Superstitions of the Irish Peasantry

    These nine stories were published in 1825, then somehow fell through the cracks of history. William Wilde (Oscar’s dad) claimed in 1852 that they were the best things out there on Irish folklore. Yeats later (from what Beach can see) pretended to have read them, but there is suggestive evidence that he had not. Here […]

    History Roundup 746: Turning Hitler into a Woman January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 746: Turning Hitler into a Woman

    Today’s links follow 1) History of Strange Fruit: US 2) Strange Science: the lab (site that has just swum onto my radar) 3) Barbie Fashion Designer, the History of: Computer 4) Turning Hitler into a Woman: Britain and Germany 5) Selling Mein Kampf: Germany and from the archives 6) bombing roulette Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks […]

    Fairy Armies: A Medical Explanation? January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Fairy Armies: A Medical Explanation?

    We have literally hundreds of British and Irish fairy sightings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and it is striking how often fairies are seen in battle garb: the fairy armies. Yes, there are important folklore traditions about fairies fighting each other: the hosts of Ulster against the host of Connaught, the host of Ireland […]

    Daily History Picture: Paleo Tines January 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Paleo Tines

    When these animals were frightening. The intricacy and unreality of the horns… Invisible, 8 Jan 2017: While the creature in the painting is a little Seussian, I don’t see that the horns are completely unrealistic. The Cincinnati Museum Center has a prehistoric elk skeleton that is utterly terrifying; the horns depicted aren’t that far from the genuine […]

    In Defence of Fakelore January 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    In Defence of Fakelore

    ***dedicated to RJ*** Fakelore – fake folklore – is a term which we owe to Richard Dorson, who first employed the word in print in 1950. Beach recently followed suit in an article and was surprised at the howl of rage from several readers. It seems that fakelore is off-limits in decent society: whoops! Here is Francisco […]

    Daily History Picture: Imagined Ghosts January 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Imagined Ghosts

    When the gown goes ‘boo’!

    The Crowd Swindle January 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Crowd Swindle

    The originality of Victorian criminals is often breath-taking. Here is a particularly fine dodge and something that would have made a quite excellent Sherlock Holmes short story. A remarkable case of attempting to extort money is reported from New York. Some years ago, it may be remembered, a Mr Rosenbaum, in London, was annoyed in […]

    London Prostitutes, c. 1660 January 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    London Prostitutes, c. 1660

    The Wandring Whore was a mysterious late seventeenth-century English dialogue between a number of ladies of the night, which was published in five numbers 1660-1661. It is titillating stuff and, after some back and forth between these bawds, each edition included a list of London prostitutes. Of course the publisher did not approve. God forbid! […]

    Beachcombed 79 January 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 79

    Dear Reader, Beach has been a bad blogger. The past week he has barely put a post up as he was – writing his new book… The book in question is about the supernatural in the island whose cold, harsh Atlantic sands you see above. Apart from crazy and happy writing hours still a lot […]

    Index Biography #37: Prize a book December 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #37: Prize a book

    ***Matthew gets it…*** The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le […]

    History Roundup 745 including Bombs, Violins and Pseudohistory December 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 745 including Bombs, Violins and Pseudohistory

    Today’s links follow 1) All Allied Bombs from WW2 in Gif: Atlas 2) Standardising Time: the US 3) Stradavari Violin – why so good? Auditorium 4) Hitler Pseudo History: Argentina… 5) A War that Never Was: EuroAsia and from the archives 6) Cornish Black Dogs Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com […]

    Daily History Picture: Miranda Arrives in the Americas December 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Miranda Arrives in the Americas

    Shortly before his emphatic and embarassing defeat. People carried on shoulders rarely end well…

    History Roundup 763: Supernatural Strangeness December 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 763: Supernatural Strangeness

    Today’s links follow 1) Witchcraft Errors: Wicca etc 2) Mary Queen of Scots Ghost: Scotland 3) Lawrence Massacre Ghosts: US (OK not real ‘ghosts’ but…) 4) Witch Killings: India 5) Ghost Stories at Christmas: US and Europe and from the archives 6) Fighting the Plains Trains Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Shaven Romanovs December 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Shaven Romanovs

    Those Bolshevik bastards… Actually the four Romanov girls were shaved because of the measles (?)

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