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  • Beachcombed 71 May 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 71

    Dear Reader, Exhausted after yesterday finishing the last exams. Will drift back into consciousness over the next week, for now sitting out in the garden with the tortoises. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Invisible, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to the posts from […]

    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Revolutionary Iran

    One of the twentieth century’s bigger mistakes. Axworthy, Revolutionary Iran.

    Index Biography #29: Prize a book April 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Index Biography #29: Prize a book

          ***Invisible first across the line, look below for the answer*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 641 including Lost Chinese Civilization Clue April 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 641 including Lost Chinese Civilization Clue

    Today’s links follow. 1) Living in a Roman Province: Britain 2) A Nun Soldier: Spain 3) It’s Raining Coins: the heavens 4) Lost Civilisation Clue: China 5) Selling Wife for Ox: England 6) War Heroes: Malaysia and from the archives 7) Fairy Jousting Other links: Tate Horror, Genesis, Carpet Crawlers

    Daily History Picture: Spines April 29, 2016

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

    Allegedly Dioscorides and presumably late medieval?

    The Stalmine Fairy Tree: A Lancashire Mystery April 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Stalmine Fairy Tree: A Lancashire Mystery

    Here is a record that Beach simply cannot explain and that to the best of his knowledge is unique in England. Before getting to the fairy juice though some details about the document in which this unusual reference appears. Every British parish had, in the nineteenth century, tithe apportion records. The writers of these documents […]

    History Roundup 640 including American Dragons April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 640 including American Dragons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dragons: America 2) Second Hand Coffins: Egypt 3) Jane Digby and Her Lovers: UK 4) Hi Tech Survey of Culloden: Scotland 5) Psychedelic Concert Flier: Concert Hall 6) Forgotten Radar Station: Australia and from the archives 7) Fourteen Month Pregnancy Other links: One Step Up

    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign

    Absolutely dreadful art, but interesting history. The Germans are facing away from the ‘camera’ naturally.

    Woman-Hating Bedforshire Wild Man April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Woman-Hating Bedforshire Wild Man

    A couple of months ago Beach offered a post on British wild men. Here is one to add to the list, Simon Goodman or Simon Goodwin aka Tim Goodman or Tim Goodwin: those name variants give some warning of the kind of historical bog we are about to wade into. Simon Goodman was born c. […]

    History Roundup 639 including Sky Visions April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 639 including Sky Visions

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Human Footprints: Norfolk, UK 2) Sky Visions: Ancient Med 3) Men and Beards: Prehistory and… 4) Magic, Witches and Devils in the Ancient World: Museum 5) Strange Skulls and Bones: churches etc 6) Creepy Ghost Woman: US and from the archives 7) Dowding and the Fairies Other links: Soviet Soldiers […]

    Daily History Picture: 18Cent Knitting Needle April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 18Cent Knitting Needle

    Found this very beautiful GL writes, 30 April 2016, It’s a very understandable error, but what you are picturing here is not a knitting needle. All the carving would be seriously inconvenient if you were trying to use it to directly manipulate loops of yarn (as knitting does). There is a reason why knitting needles […]

    Lost Sounds #1: Dawn Chorus of Clogs in the Nineteenth Century April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Lost Sounds #1: Dawn Chorus of Clogs in the Nineteenth Century

    The clog was the preferred footwear of the English industrial north, and particularly the industrial north-west. Shoes were cut from wood and tipped with iron in Lancashire, in the West Riding and the mill towns of Cheshire and Derbyshire. The clog cost relatively little, it was good for defending yourself, it was durable and it […]

    History Roundup 638 including Plant Animal Hybrids April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 638 including Plant Animal Hybrids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Maupassant’s Horror: France 2) Plant Animal Hybrids: Imagination 3) Sea Monster Coins: Ancient Med 4) Dream Plane: Atlantic 5) The Rabbit of Doom: US 6) Dream Predictions: Mesopotamia and from the archives 7) Indonesians in Medieval Africa Other links: What wine does to us, Golden Slumbers, Beatles

    Daily History Picture: Russian Sniper Club April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Russian Sniper Club

    Happy Times in the Russian Girl Guides. Some of them look like they’ve killed a lot of the enemy, note bottom right eyes

    Mysterious American Indian Ceremony April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mysterious American Indian Ceremony

    This is a curious little snippet of American native religious ritual from the least expected source, a late seventeenth-century book of apparitions. We are introduced first to the protagonist. A goodly minister, Mr. Farnworth, that came hither from New England (being a Nonconformist and extream poor, dyed as all about him said, of meer Poverty, […]

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