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  • Daily History Picture: Confederate Prisoners January 10, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Confederate Prisoners

    1863, Confederate prisoners in their misery.

    Death by Oak January 10, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Death by Oak

    Beach has recently been having nightmares about narrow corridors. This story is a form of reverse therapy. It also taps into other stories told in this place of men and women who get into trees and can’t get out afterwards. It is well known that during the French Revolution, the wood Kusel, near Deux Ponts […]

    Daily History Picture: Sept 11 January 9, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sept 11

    11 Sept. Love some of these pictures. First the confusion, then the anger.

    Obscene Mexican Japanese Generals January 9, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Obscene Mexican Japanese Generals

    Beach came across this list of Japanese generals that was allegedly published in a Mexican newspaper in 1941. It was republished in A. Jimenez, Picardía Mexicana in 1965. The joke is that the names are all clever and very obscene double entendres in Mexican Spanish. Beach does not understand them all, but if anyone else […]

    Daily History Picture: Three Men in New York Park 1940s January 8, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Three Men in New York Park 1940s

    Colorised pic from 1940s New York.

    Baby Face Günter in Saverne January 8, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Baby Face Günter in Saverne

    A delicate occupied zone with an unfriendly population. Think US Marines patrolling in southern Afghanistan or Israeli troops walking through a Palestinian village. That is challenging enough. But could we make it a little more interesting for, say, an HBO series? Why not, for example, put the occupying troops under the control of a young […]

    Children, Folklore and the Supernatural January 7, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Children, Folklore and the Supernatural

    Children, we are told, have supernatural encounters more easily than adults. On several levels this would make sense. But forgetting, for a moment, about whether this is true or false, where does the idea come from? There is a very strong notion among spiritualists and theosophists in the later 19C that kids had greater potential […]

    Epiphany Gift: Fairy Census January 6, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Epiphany Gift: Fairy Census

    The results of the Fairy Census are just out and are being hosted on the Fairyist, hence this link: scroll down. There are included 500 fairy sightings from around the world. If you have any experiences to add, then, by all means fill in the survey, as the second round of collection is now beginning […]

    World War 2 Rumours January 5, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    World War 2 Rumours

    Beach is continuing to hunt down rumours, this time from the British press in the Second World War. Here are some global and some local, some silly and some worryingly credible. All were published with the implication being that they are not to be believed and yet were they so far off the mark? The […]

    Beachcombed 91 January 1, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 91

    Dear Reader, A great December and a fun Christmas. Even better the family is about to go off skiing so a few days of writing… Thanks for all good wishes. There follow the most interesting words sent in to StrangeHistory. Thanks to all contributors and linkers… Note that the new email address is drbeachcombing AT gmail DOT […]

    Index Biography #49: Prize a book December 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #49: Prize a book

    *** Stephen D. gets it!*** Scroll down for answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz 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 […]

    Swiss Girl vs German Army December 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Swiss Girl vs German Army

    In 1499 the Swiss fought their last great war in the north. Their battle-hardened democratic armies proved superior to the pitiful Habsburg forces and by Autumn, the end of the campaigning season, the Germans were begging for peace. Here is a lovely episode from the middle of the war that gives some sense of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Victorian Street Kid December 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Victorian Street Kid

    Most struck by the cat.

    Daily History Picture: How to Train a Dragon December 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: How to Train a Dragon

    Notice the knotted tail.

    Iowa Vampire December 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Iowa Vampire

    Beach has recently been looking for 19C images of vampires and strayed across this extremely unpleasant image. Unpleasant because it is based on a real life episode, the exploit of the Iowa vampire. A wealthy rancher named Converse met a horrible death at Sioux City, Woodbury co. Iowa on Wednesday [pub Sat 25 Apr 1895, Illustrated Police […]

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