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  • The Witch Bottle Spell February 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Witch Bottle Spell

    Location: The witch bottle spell seems to have been used against witchcraft throughout much of early modern and modern Europe. Aim: To free a human victim from a witch’s spell by attacking the witch. Ingredients: A bottle, fire, and then various other objects including urine, nails, pins, salt and thatch. Method Ridgewell, Essex (Anon 1859) […]

    New History Books: Lost City February 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Lost City

    Douglas Preston, Lost City of the Monkey God A fan favourite from January 2017

    Radio Before Radio February 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Radio Before Radio

    Many moons ago Beach ran an article on telephony, the use of telephones as a kind of primitive music radio. Essentially telephone owners would subscribe to a ‘channel’ and would then phone into said channel to listen to shows: those of us old enough to remember the speaking clock or telephone weather forecasts were listening to […]

    History Roundup 776: Stories from the Americas February 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 776: Stories from the Americas

    Today’s links follow 1) South American Stonehenge: the Amazon 2) LIW Books and Biography: US 3) What Did Lincoln Sound Like: US 4) 24,000 BC Arrival: the Americas 5) Black Cowboys: the South and West and from the archives 6) Apocalypse Demographics Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Better […]

    Irish Fairies in the 1930s: Marrie Walsh February 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Irish Fairies in the 1930s: Marrie Walsh

    How long did fairy beliefs survive in different parts of Ireland? And how well did these beliefs survive? In some senses the question should be easy to answer. After all, Ireland has the most detailed folklore records in the world. But unfortunately Irish folklorists were, after independence, more interested in folklore tales and tale types […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: Familiar Robbers February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Familiar Robbers

    This is a cute story from the States, picked up by an Irish newspaper in 1873. Whether this story is true or false we do not know; but it is said here that recently in the parish of St. Martin, Iberia, or somewhere down that way, an old widow lady, whose children had all married […]

    History Roundup 775: Unusual Artifacts February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 775: Unusual Artifacts

    Today’s links follow 1) Skeleton in a Hole: Britain 2) Written Egg: Arabic World 3) Children’s Footprints: Egypt 4) Plague Skeleton: London 5) Prehistoric Beer: China and from the archives 6) So you want to become a witch…. Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Oldest Beer in the World

    Daily History Picture: Maastricht Rebels February 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Maastricht Rebels

    Six Tory MPs: 1992 (?) fronted by Teresa Gorman, one of the UK’s more eccentric MPs in the later 20C.

    History Roundup 774: 1700 – c. 1900 February 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 774: 1700 - c. 1900

    Today’s links follow 1) Charades with the Duke of Wellington (wow): England 2) At the Coroners with Dickens: London 3) Victorian Death Moulds of Criminals: Britain 4) Camden Murder: London 5) A Great Miser: Britain and from the archives 6) Papal Sorceror Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Total […]

    Daily History Picture: Woodstock Responsible February 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Woodstock Responsible

    The Yasgurs at the end of Woodstock: what have they done to our land…

    History Roundup 773: the Supernatural February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 773: the Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Spooky Castle: Lothian 2) Creepy Grave: Germany 3) Psychogeography: New Book 4) Lost Viking Ship: California (ok no ghost but…) 5) Lemming Trolls: Orkney and from the archives 6) Killer Sheep Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Doll Dead Speaking, Falklands Legacy

    Daily History Picture: Naval Bombardment February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Naval Bombardment

    19C Naval Bombardment of Bomardsung

    Poker Wallet February 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poker Wallet

    This poker story comes from an extremely rare poker book that has, unfortunately, never been scanned and put online, John Lillard’s Poker Tales. It is perhaps the best collection of poker anecdotes the world has seen and dates to 1896: A certain very well known New Jersey politician – an old man, whose fame extends […]

    History Roundup 772: Archaeological Stories February 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 772: Archaeological Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Gender Differences and Origins: Prehistory 2) Hunter Gatherers Become Farmers: Baltic 3) New Dead Sea Scroll Cave: Israel 4) Armchair Archaeology: your laptop 5) Early General’s Tomb: China and from the archives 6) Mysterious Boggart Body Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Max Hastings on […]

    Daily History Picture: Soviet Monstrosity February 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Soviet Monstrosity

    The Palace of the Soviets, begun in 1937 and never finished thanks to the war: it now has a cathedral on top of it which says it all…

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