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  • London Prostitutes, c. 1660 January 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    London Prostitutes, c. 1660

    The Wandring Whore was a mysterious late seventeenth-century English dialogue between a number of ladies of the night, which was published in five numbers 1660-1661. It is titillating stuff and, after some back and forth between these bawds, each edition included a list of London prostitutes. Of course the publisher did not approve. God forbid! […]

    Beachcombed 79 January 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 79

    Dear Reader, Beach has been a bad blogger. The past week he has barely put a post up as he was – writing his new book… The book in question is about the supernatural in the island whose cold, harsh Atlantic sands you see above. Apart from crazy and happy writing hours still a lot […]

    Index Biography #37: Prize a book December 31, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #37: Prize a book

    ***Matthew gets it…*** 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 about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le […]

    History Roundup 745 including Bombs, Violins and Pseudohistory December 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 745 including Bombs, Violins and Pseudohistory

    Today’s links follow 1) All Allied Bombs from WW2 in Gif: Atlas 2) Standardising Time: the US 3) Stradavari Violin – why so good? Auditorium 4) Hitler Pseudo History: Argentina… 5) A War that Never Was: EuroAsia and from the archives 6) Cornish Black Dogs Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com […]

    Daily History Picture: Miranda Arrives in the Americas December 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Miranda Arrives in the Americas

    Shortly before his emphatic and embarassing defeat. People carried on shoulders rarely end well…

    History Roundup 763: Supernatural Strangeness December 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 763: Supernatural Strangeness

    Today’s links follow 1) Witchcraft Errors: Wicca etc 2) Mary Queen of Scots Ghost: Scotland 3) Lawrence Massacre Ghosts: US (OK not real ‘ghosts’ but…) 4) Witch Killings: India 5) Ghost Stories at Christmas: US and Europe and from the archives 6) Fighting the Plains Trains Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Shaven Romanovs December 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Shaven Romanovs

    Those Bolshevik bastards… Actually the four Romanov girls were shaved because of the measles (?)

    History Roundup 762: Medical Curiosities December 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 762: Medical Curiosities

    Today’s links follow 1) Female Doctor as Man: our take on the same… 2) Lost Art of Lying Down: the couch 3) Stone Babies: France 4) Disease and DNA: Americas 5) 200 Year Old diagnosis Tested: London and from the archives 6) Pagan Custom in Scotland? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT […]

    Daily History Picture: Prehistoric Gummy Bear December 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prehistoric Gummy Bear

    Adorable. Could this be mass produced for the greater good?

    History Roundup 761: Some Spying and Espionage Gems December 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 761: Some Spying and Espionage Gems

    Today’s links follow 1) KGB and Anti-Semitism: Russia and Israel 2) Elizabethan Spies: Britain 3) MI5 and Sex Secrets: Eton 4) CIA and Other People’s Elections: the world 5) Understanding Castro: Britain and from the archives 6) Neo-Pagan Partisans Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Jigsaw Pieces, Marillion

    Daily History Picture: Civil Rights Protest December 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Civil Rights Protest

    ‘integrates your money but segregates you’

    History Roundup 760: Some Christmas Weirdness December 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 760: Some Christmas Weirdness

    Today’s links follow 1) Christmas in North America: US 2) First Christmas Trees: Town Squares 3) Killer Christmas Trees: the Sitting Room 4) Killing Christmas: US largely 5) Lost Letters Santa: Postoffice (what an extraordinary historical resource) and from the archives 6) Burning Libraries Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other […]

    Ghost Changes Will December 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Changes Will

    This is one of those only in Ireland stories, which the British press loved in the nineteenth century. The tale originally came up in the Cork Examiner, but this text was taken from Bu He, 3 April 1869. An amusing instance of post mortem bequest and its consequences transpired at the Kanturk Petty Sessions on […]

    Daily History Picture: A Historical Christmas to You All! December 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: A Historical Christmas to  You All!

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Cheese Thief December 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

    This tale appeared in a good Protestant paper in the six counties. It has a puritan twist and a capitalist ethic. The following story is told of Mr. Sheaf, a grocer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: it appears that a man had purchased some wool of him. which had been weighed and paid for and Mr. […]

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