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  • History Roundup 797: Books and Fragments March 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 797: Books and Fragments

    Today’s links follow 1) Parr as Author: England 2) The Greatest Library: Egypt 3) Darwin’s Fragments: US 4) English Phrases: the dictionary 5) Propaganda: the streets and from the archives 6) Food Orgy Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Essential Nick Drake

    Daily History Picture: Snipers Prepare March 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snipers Prepare

    Think of the Germans advancing

    Granddad Became a Seal March 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Granddad Became a Seal

    Busy day here as the students are to be crucified in a ritual quiz. Here is a curious seal story from Ireland; there are, Beach thinks, other British or Irish story of humans becoming animals at death, but he can’t find them. Can anyone help? drbeachcombing At yahoo DOT com I don’t exactly know whether […]

    History Roundup 796: Supernatural Stories March 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 796: Supernatural Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Forgotten Fairies: Ireland 2) King Kong History: Cinema 3) Ghost Photograph: US 4) Elementals: Ireland 5) Seeing What Others Don’t: the lab and from the archives 6) Where is the Oregon Trail Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Do you trust ghost hunters, Meeting Across […]

    Daily History Picture: St Francis Preaches in Egypt March 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: St Francis Preaches in Egypt

    He was very lucky to come out of that one alive…

    History Roundup 795: Ancient and Prehistoric Stuff March 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 795: Ancient and Prehistoric Stuff

    Today’s links follow 1) Humans and Deserts: Sahara 2) New Pyramid: Egypt 3) Bison and North America: the plains 4) Bone Harpoons: Africa 5) Male Migrants from the Plains: Europe and from the archives 6) Starving Duel in Idaho Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Tragic yet fascinating

    Daily History Picture: Anthony and Spiderman March 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Anthony and Spiderman

    I say spiderman. What else could you call him?

    Exploding Pipes March 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Exploding Pipes

    Bored, got nothing to do? Here’s a thought. Why not blind a friend for a lark? There are a couple score newspaper stories from 1850-1950 of workmen, companions and complete strangers giving victims pipes that have been doctored with gunpowder. Typically the smoker puts a match to the shag of tobacco, takes a deep breath and […]

    New History Books: McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo March 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo

    Michael J. McCarthy, Confederate Waterloo Honestly, I’m going to get this just to learn more about Pickett’s long lunch…

    The Eternal Mystic March 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    The Eternal Mystic

    Beach is eternally worried about mystics, people who have or believe that they have paranormal powers. Where do they come from? What do they mean? Most studies of ‘mystics’ put them in a historical tradition. The Cunning Man in the English or, for that matter, New England countryside in the 1700s draws on Christianity, Anglo-Saxon […]

    New History Books: Rydell, The Book Thieves March 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Rydell, The Book Thieves

    Anders Rydell, The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance Nazis, libraries… what’s not to like?

    The Train, the Turnip, the Knife and the Girl March 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Train, the Turnip, the Knife and the Girl

    A busy day today so here is a little 19C story: A practical joke of a strange kind was played recently on a young lady travelling in first class railway carriage in the West Riding of Yorkshire…. She had the carriage to herself until, at the station from which the train had a long run […]

    Vulva Bread Spell March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Vulva Bread Spell

    Location: this spell seems to have been used throughout the west Midlands and North of England. Aim: to seduce a man or to cement a sexual relationship with a man. Ingredients: flour, water, salt, a good sense of rhythm and an ample backside. Method (i) young woman makes bread (ii) when the bread is ready […]

    History Roundup 794: Images and Reconstructions March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 794: Images and Reconstructions

    Today’s links follow 1) The Boston Massacre: the US 2) Black on black: the gallery… 3) The Hen Images: California 4) Rome Remade: Virtual Italy 5) Lost UK Paintings: US… and from the archives 6) Ten Stupidest Duels in History Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Learning Italian (no […]

    Daily History Picture: First of the Few March 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: First of the Few

    Iconic picture from First of the Few. Three surviving spitfires flying towards the sun.

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