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  • The King of the Non-Existent Mary Ann Islands July 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The King of the Non-Existent Mary Ann Islands

    Strangehistory has enjoyed micronations on several occasions. However, here is a particularly early and exciting example from late nineteenth-century France.  A young pupil at the Ecole Normale of Grenoble, named Antoine Lanfrey, received by post in the course of the year a packet of papers, bearing the seal of a Royal Chancery constituting him King […]

    History Roundup 468 including Alcoholic Rhino July 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 468 including Alcoholic Rhino

    Today’s links follow. 1) Alcoholic Rhino: London 2) Evil Medieval Spirit: Scotland 3) Historical Thesaurus: ! 4) Metaphysical Murder: US 5) St Peter’s Prison? Italy 6) First Female Birthday Letter: Archaeology 7) Two Years Before the Mast: the seven seas 8) Branded for Bigamy: Georgian England and from the archives 9) Medieval Sex: The Good Salvation […]

    The Tower Monster #10: Cobblers July 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #10: Cobblers

    This wrap-up post looks at some of the modern accounts of the cylinder/bear ghost and particularly their inaccuracies. This is not done in a condescending way or with spite: this blogger makes factual mistake after factual mistake as his readers constantly remind him. It is, instead, to show again how we, with paranormal sources, where […]

    History Roundup 467 including Magic Viking Sword July 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 467 including Magic Viking Sword

    Today’s links follow. 1) 19 Cent Magic: US 2) Dressing Up Your Identity: Wardrobe 3) The Ancient Multiverse: The Med 4) Magic Viking Sword: Norway 5) Talking To Cats: US 6) Mystery Spirals: Denmark 7) Witches Seats: Britain 8) America Destroyed Roman Empire: Us/Italy and from the archives 9) Head Turn Ruined Twentieth Century Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Pacific War July 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pacific War

    Aftermath of a landing

    Daily History Picture: Crossing London Bridge July 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Crossing London Bridge

    Struck by the horse traffic jam.

    The Tower Monster #9: The Sexual Predator Ghost July 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #9: The Sexual Predator Ghost

    Chris from Haunted Ohio Books a world authority on ghosts (and urban legends, and fairies and…) has written in with an extract from a book entitled Familiar Spirits: Sexual Hauntings Through the Ages, Colin Waters, Robert Hale,1993, (for pdf extract click here) sexual hauntings. CW reviews the evidence but then reveals a new source ‘another nineteenth century […]

    History Roundup 466 including First Human Object in Space July 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 466 including First Human Object in Space

    Today’s links follow. 1) KGB Hallucinations: Russia 2) Mortimer’s Tunnel: Britain 3) First Human Object in Space: Out there (not what you’d expect) 4) Holocaust Hero: Britain 5) Online Immortality: Iraq 6) Prehistoric Village, Dorset: Britain 7) Ancient Milky Paint: Africa 8) Haunted Well: Britain and from the archives 9) Genocide on Wight Other links: The […]

    Daily History Picture: Opium! July 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Opium!

    San Francisco Opium Den c. 1900.

    The Tower Monster #8: A York Parallel July 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #8: A York Parallel

    One of the Notes and Query readers also suggested this as a parallel: a protean entity comes under a door and changes into different shapes or is perceived to do so. But first some background. Sir John Reresby (obit 1689) was a diarist who fought on the right side in the English civil war and […]

    History Roundup 465 including Lying about Special Services July 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 465 including Lying about Special Services

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hythe Ossuary: Britain 2) Inscription on End of Thrace: Bulgaria 3) Lying about Special Services: Britain (and presumably everywhere else) 4) Medieval Shoes Found: Underground 5) US Marine Found with Tooth: New Zealand 6) First High: India 7) First Gold Rush: America 8) Battle of Britain Blog: Britain and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Olmec Battle Mural July 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Olmec Battle Mural

    It takes about ten seconds for the colours to resolve into people.

    The Tower Monster #7: A French Parallel July 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #7: A French Parallel

    The following passage did not take place in London, nor indeed in Britain but it has been offered as a parallel to the Cylinder case. Certainly there are interesting points in common. The author, Owen, had taken the account from the Baron de Guldenstubbé, in Paris, 11 May, 1859. In March of the year 1854, […]

    History Roundup 464 including Nazi Hoard Found July 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 464 including Nazi Hoard Found

    Today’s links follow. 1) Early Cuisine Germs: Prehistory 2) Seattle Bridge Hides Treasures: US 3) Internet Fight with Medieval Docs: Oxford (of course) 4) Ancient Bath Under Sitting Room: Jerusalem 5) Nazi Hoard Found: Germany 6) Classifying Animals: Zaire 7) New York Prophet: America 8) Stephen McKerron Missing: Scotland (upsetting) and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Obscene Telly Tubby July 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Obscene Telly Tubby

    Telly Tubby in the Twelfth Century

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