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  • Balloon Bridge Across the English Channel, c. 1850 April 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Balloon Bridge Across the English Channel, c. 1850

    This story appeared in British newspapers in September of 1850. It was one of several attempts, attempts that had been going on since Napoleon had considered invading England and that would continue until the Channel Tunnel was finally drilled through, to do away with the English Channel. Any dolt can build a tunnel or a […]

    History Roundup 390 including Cross-Dressing Georgians April 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 390 including Cross-Dressing Georgians

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cross-Dressing Georgians: UK 2) Dakota Fairy: US 3) Ancient Hangover Cure: Egypt 4) Warrior Queens: Arabia 5) Weird Wedding: France 6) Bohr and Einstein: great photo 7) Theatre Recalls Lincoln’s Assassination: US 8) Legacy of Agent Orange: Vietnam (horrific) and from the archives 9) Mayan Blood and Mayan Victims Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Pinkerton, Lincoln and McClellan April 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pinkerton, Lincoln and McClellan

    Three great Americans at Antietam  

    Manx Judge and Manx Fairies, 1932 April 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Manx Judge and Manx Fairies, 1932

    We have noted previously here the spectacle of the fairies in a law court in nineteenth-century Ireland. However, this one came surprisingly late (11 March 1932 the report) and from the Isle of Man. The Deemster is a Manx judge: The unusual spectacle of Manx Deemster, or law-giver, weighing up the evidence for and against […]

    History Roundup 389 including Neanderthal Fire Failure April 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 389 including Neanderthal Fire Failure

    A roundup of the best and strangest history news: volume 389

    403 Cossack Adolescents: Soviet Genocide? April 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    403 Cossack Adolescents: Soviet Genocide?

    Beach lives in a part of Europe (Italy) where the memory of the Soviet Union is revered not only by daft revolutionaries creeping out at night to graffiti their way to world revolution; a good part of the general population also makes this mistake. Of course, they will not defend Stalin and they shed some […]

    Daily History Picture: Liberation! April 23, 2015

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

    De Gaulle drives into a free Paris

    History Roundup 388 including Surviving the Medusa April 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 388 including Surviving the Medusa

    A roundup of the best and strangest history news: volume 388

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Donuts? April 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Donuts?

    I have no idea… Probably the artist didn’t either…

    Guest Post: Walking the Pennine Way in 1965 April 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Guest Post: Walking the Pennine Way in 1965

    This guest post sets out the experiences of one of the first walkers on England’s best long-distance trail just after it had opened in 1965. I still keep one bit of kit in my rucksack that goes back to my 1965 trip up the Pennine Way. It’s a small blue, plastic container with a cracked, click-on […]

    History Roundup 387 including Real Unicorn Remains April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 387 including Real Unicorn Remains

    A roundup of the best and strangest history news: volume 387

    Daily History Picture: Marco Pole En Route April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Marco Pole En Route

    Fourteenth century illustration of Marco Polo’s travels…  

    Gay Ponte Vecchio and the Office of the Night April 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Gay Ponte Vecchio and the Office of the Night

    Florence was famous in the renaissance for its relative tolerance for homosexuality. True, after one sermon by Bernardino of Siena bonfires were prepared for any ‘sodomites’ and Savonarola and his allies were also violently disposed towards homosexual citizens. However, homosexuals were not, outside of Christian rhetoric, routinely burnt and in many cases ‘the Office of […]

    History Roundup 386 including Neanderthal Cannibalism April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 386 including Neanderthal Cannibalism

    Today’s links follow. 1) Pounce Papers: England 2) Neanderthal Cannibalism? France 3) Napoleon’s Last Memory: St Helena 4) Last Holocaust Survivors: America 5) Two WW2 Books: Shetland 6) 18 Cent Port: London 7) Meteorite in the Garden: New England 8) Prominent Secret Gays: US and from the archives 9) Christopher Columbus and Mermaids Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins April 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Painting Virgins

    Beautiful late medieval painting of painting

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