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  • Daily History Picture: Twain and Tesla October 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Twain and Tesla

    Perhaps the best photograph of Mark Twain. Casting spells in Tesla’s lab…

    Telephony and Music: the Perils of Modernity October 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Telephony and Music: the Perils of Modernity

    In 1876 the telephone was born after a half dozen inventors had scrambled for the right formula for years: who could forget poor old Philip Reiss with his beer barrel, sausage skin, kinitting needle and two cups of mercury? The telephone was, in fact, one of those technologies that took off remarkably quickly and was […]

    History Roundup 236 including The Truth about Tut October 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 236 including The Truth about Tut

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tutankhamun had Girlish Hips and Buck Teeth: 2) Victorian Book of Dead Review: love the puppets 3) How Marijuana Conquered the World: Everywhere 4) Oldest Art Threatened: Australia 5) Excavating Films: West Coast 6) Footprint in the Sand: somewhere in the Pacific 7) New Holy Well: Devon 8) Weird Take on […]

    Daily History Picture: Manchester Postmen October 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Manchester Postmen

    Manchester postmen in 1894, sorting the post for their walks  

    M. R. James’ Invisible Library October 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    M. R. James' Invisible Library

    M. R. James is among the finest of the English-speaking ghost writers, finer even perhaps than Le Fanu and so much better than Howard Phillips L in style and in dialogue. But there is one undoubted problem with his canon: it is small, a mere thirty four stories. The quality is consistently high but fans […]

    History Roundup 235 including Book of the Dead October 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 235 including Book of the Dead

    Today’s post is on a strange Irish ceremony and today’s links follow. 1) Victorian Book of Dead is Here: been waiting for a long time… 2) Medieval Bark Note: Russia 3) New Ancient Greek Poem: Turkey 4) 16 Cent Dance Plague: Europe 5) Witch Bottle: England 6) Mountain Battle Archaeology: The Alps 7) Modern Air Superiority: […]

    Bathing Mystery at Lahinch October 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bathing Mystery at Lahinch

    In 1892 Laurence Gomme gave a presidential address to the Folklore Society. Gomme was particularly interested in the parallels between British (by which was meant at this date British and Irish) folklore and the folklore of the ‘savages’. If he could snap some branches from the golden bough while proving that the Aborigines and the […]

    Daily History Picture: Say it with Flowers at the Pentagon October 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Say it with Flowers at the Pentagon

      1967 flower protest at the Pentagon

    History Roundup 234 including Tarantula Hell October 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 234 including Tarantula Hell

    Today’s links follow. 1) Somme Survivor Buys it at Loos: Sunderland 2) Mad Gay Granddad: London 3) Tarantula Hell: US and Cuba 4) Black History Denial? UK 5) Women Spies: US 6) Chariot Turns Up: UK 7) The Giantess! Scotland 8) Pre Neanderthal: France and from the archives 9) Flinders Island Other links: hogwarts does sex […]

    Daily History Picture: Disney Meal October 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Disney Meal

    Disneyland cafeteria 1961

    The Poison Duel 10#: Playing Cards and Poison at Tombstone October 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Poison Duel 10#: Playing Cards and Poison at Tombstone

    This story was allegedly taken from the Detroit Free Press by an English newspaper, 27 Oct 1894. That it appeared in the DFP there is no reason to doubt, English newpapers are almost frightening reliable about these things: that such a duel took place between an English and a French man in Tombstone… Well, this […]

    History Roundup 233 including Dandy in Distress October 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 233 including Dandy in Distress

    Today’s links follow. 1) Elvis Becomes a Soldier: US photos 2) History of Tattoos: Published in Australia 3) Fossilised Bladder Stone: cemetery 4) Fool’s Gold: Staffordshire 5) Cat Attack: Newport, England (loved the picture) 6) Psychiatrist Germany Raid: Scotland 7) An Archaeologist Remembers: US 8) Dandy in Distress: England and from the archives 9) Black Cats […]

    Daily History Picture: The Misery of War October 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Misery of War

      Summary justice on the battlefield, the hanging tree.    

    The Truth about Mussolini’s Death? October 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Truth about Mussolini's Death?

    There is no more controversial minute in Italian history. The sixty seconds took place around four o’ clock in the afternoon 28 April 1945 at Villa Belmonte (picture shows a man tracing bullet holes there). In those seconds a wrecked man, old before his time, and his much younger lover were shot dead. The man was, of […]

    History Roundup 232 including Mermaids, Murder and Sex October 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 232 including Mermaids, Murder and Sex

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mermaids, Murder and Sex: Oceans of the world 2) Silly Victorian Photos: UK 3) Spirit of Place: Cornwall 4) IWM and Colonials: London 5) Neanderthals and Projectiles: France 6) US Helped Sadam Gas? Iraq 7) Ancient Sundial? Russia 8) The Kissing Bandit: US Baseball and from the archives 9) Julian in the […]

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