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  • History Roundup 709 including Tombstone for a Trout October 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 709 including Tombstone for a Trout

    Today’s links follow 1) Tombstone for a Trout: Cemetery 2) Dead Rhino and the Dead Neanderthal: Prehistory 3) Our Mountain Lion: US 4) Britain’s South American Colony: Suriname 5) Fake Raphael becomes Genuine: Auction House and from the archives 6) America and Amerigo Other links: the hopelessness of understanding other cultures, World History in 17 […]

    Daily History Picture: Nazis Trampled October 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nazis Trampled

    Military Police reading all about it…

    Victorian Urban Legends: Surviving Death by Molten Iron October 10, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Surviving Death by Molten Iron

    A busy day today as Beach is going to go and do five or six useless tasks. Here, then, is a fillip post, put tentatively in the urban legends file: surviving death by molten iron (or ‘molten metal’). This can’t be true can it? Can it? Drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com But few men have […]

    New History Books: Myth and Reality of German Warfare October 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Myth and Reality of German Warfare

    Gerhard P. Gross, The Myth and Reality of German Warfare The Wehrmacht in action and inaction…

    Prostitutes’ Symbols October 9, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Prostitutes' Symbols

    Prostitutes have sometimes chosen to mark themselves apart, the red light at the window, and sometimes they have been obliged to mark themselves apart. This was particularly evident in medieval Europe, where the arbiters of taste would have loved to have colour-coded all society. This was the same cookie-cutter mentality that put merchants in red […]

    Review: Erotic Book Plates October 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Review: Erotic Book Plates

    Erotic Book Plates, (ed) Drs Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen (New York 1970) A rather eccentric and intriguing book from what we will one day look back upon as the mid-twentieth-century sex revolution. Two radical Freudians, who would write half a dozen works on western sex habits, including an old favourite of this blog Walter, were able […]

    New History Books: The Perfect Horse October 8, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: The Perfect Horse

    Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse I just love the idea of horse master race…

    History Roundup 708 including Fearing Weasels October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 708 including Fearing Weasels

    Today’s links follow 1) Campaign Songs: US 2) Rebel Caves: Israel 3) Mysterious Disappearance: creepy 4) Nehru: India 5) Fearing Weasels: Ancient Rome (Peter Jones new book) and from the archives 6) Last Witch in Dorset Other links: Did she jump or was she pushed

    The Pope Who Loved Me: Sixtus V and Elizabeth October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Pope Who Loved Me: Sixtus V and Elizabeth

    Sixtus V (the last of his name) was a grumpy counter-reformation pope who got mixed up with Philip II’s planned invasion of England: the invincible Armada. However, Sixtus, who hated Philip and saw the Spanish Empire as the greatest obstacle to the extension of his own power, made some strange conditions for lending money to […]

    Daily History Picture: Boggart Pool October 7, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Boggart Pool

    I’d love to know where this is. It was drawn in 1930

    Ship on Top of Iceberg! October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ship on Top of Iceberg!

    This is a haunting passage from the first volume of Cochrane’s Autobiography of a Seaman. The episode in question took place in 1794 while Cochrane was sailing on the Thetis. [63] The squadron sailed from Plymouth; and when about midway across the Atlantic an incident occurred worth relating… One night finding the temperature of the […]

    History Roundup 707 including Sea Burials October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 707 including Sea Burials

    Today’s links follow 1) Sea Burials: 7 Seas 2) The Woman Who Peed Through Her Nose: US 3) Giant Spider of Paris: France (wow) 4) Trump and Clinton, 1875: the library 5) Phantom of the Congress: Thirteen Colonies and from the archives 6) Non Existent Werewolf Other links: Coffee grounds useful, British Sea Power, waving […]

    Daily History Picture: Best Headline Ever October 6, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Best Headline Ever

    Why elections are bad for democracy (if they don’t go your way). Perhaps not a typical history picture, but something special about this…

    History Roundup 706 including Snot and Tobacco October 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 706 including Snot and Tobacco

    Today’s links follow 1) Snot and Tobacco: the smoking room 2) Special Effects for Seance: US 3) Vintage Ghost Hunting Tools: the lab 4) Memory Code: Oral Cultures 5) the Spy, the Wife and Dday: Britain and from the archives 6) Decisions Within Other links: ethical eating, Lamb lies down on broadway

    Daily History Picture: VE in the Fountain October 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: VE in the Fountain

    Two British sailors and friends in the fountains at Trafalgar Square

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