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  • Ghost Larks January 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Larks

    Nineteenth-century newspapers are full of ghost reports. One thing that is rarely taken into account in modern ghost books, is just how many of these were larks. Remember that ghosts led to ghost riots and general excitement. Bored in an evening? Throw a white sheet over your head. Here is a typical one: At Felling, […]

    History Roundup 760: Supernatural Fun January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 760: Supernatural Fun

    Today’s links follow 1) Curse of Cottingley Fairies: UK [2017 hotting up for the anniversary] 2) Loch Ness Prehistoric Stone: Scotland (!!) 3) Late 19C UFO: Texas 4) Funeral Foreseen: Britain 5) White House Ghosts: US and from the archives 6) Hidden Flags Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Original […]

    Daily History Picture: Judge Study January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Judge Study

    Late 18C judge in various poses: do you feel rope tightening around your neck?

    Victorian Urban Legend: Thief at the Theatre January 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: Thief at the Theatre

    This is a fine urban legend like-story. The newspaper editor wrote ‘good if true’. A wealthy Englishman had the misfortune to be robbed of his portemonnaie the other day, containing a large sum, with a ticket for a box at the theatre, which he had purchased in the morning, and a carte-de-visite. He went to […]

    Daily History Picture: Tank Crew and Polar Bears January 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tank Crew and Polar Bears

    Allegedly Soviet Crew late 1950s: northern Finland in the war???

    History Roundup 759: Funny Food January 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 759: Funny Food

    Today’s links follow 1) Pickle Archaeology: UK 2) Oetzi’s Last Meal: Alps 3) Coffee House Matriarch: London 4) 1600 Yr Old Roast: Canada 5) The Truth about Roman Vomit: Italy and from the archives 6) Last shot at Waterloo Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Italian food experiences  

    Mermaid Lies January 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Lies

    Thomas Crofton Croker was an early mid, nineteenth century Irish writer, most famous today for his Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland, which appeared in three volumes between 1825 and 1828. Croker was not, in the modern sense, a folklorist. Some of the stories he wrote out he had heard as a […]

    History Roundup 758: War Horror January 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 758: War Horror

    Today’s links follow 1) Anne Frank’s Pendant? Germany 2) Chemistry Warfare, WW2: Allied soldiers… horrific 3) World Nuclear Flight: the skies 4) CIA Declassifications Online: Archive 5) Rescuing from Nazi Germany: US and from the archives 6) Mexican Indians Glow in the Dark Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Fortean Scutcheon January 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Fortean Scutcheon

    Baron Munchausen’s coat of arms. This has real potential…

    Breaking the Ampoule January 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Breaking the Ampoule

    A WIBT moment from eighteenth-century France: the collision of the hoary old with the bright-eyed, metallic and ghastly new. It involves a cathedral, a hammer and the crystal fragments of a Roman perfume bottle, the Sainte Ampoule, one of the longest continuously used objects in world history. This tiny flacon had been made in the late Roman […]

    New History Books: Agente January 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Agente

    Douglas Boyd, Agente: Female Secret Agents in World Wars, Cold Wars and Civil Wars Another spy book. Am worried that the range might be too great, but look forward to getting.

    Richard Cosway Meets the Wandering Jew January 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Richard Cosway Meets the Wandering Jew

    This story appears in Cyrus Redding’s Fifty Years in the third volume (1858). Redding is describing a Mr. Beckford, an immensely rich Englishman in the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century with whom he was personally acquainted. The following story is not from Beckford but from a friend of Beckford which means, of course, we are […]

    New History Books: Are Racists Crazy? January 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Are Racists Crazy?

    Sander L. Gilman and James M. Thomas, Are Racists Crazy? Race and racialism have become one of the great postwar markers. Greatly look forward to reading this.

    How to Turn around Political Punditry? January 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    How to Turn around Political Punditry?

    The most interesting thing that Beach has read so far in 2017 has been Dominic Cumming’s extraordinary piece for the Spectator on fighting a modern political campaign. The campaign he had in mind was the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Cummings gives 20,000 words to the fight over Europe in the UK, but to the […]

    History Roundup 757: the Supernatural January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 757: the Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Rasputin’s Ghost and Walt Disney: US 2) Dancing Mania: the Rhine 3) Mournful Gust of Wind: New England 4) The Donkey Lady: Texas 5) Gate to hell: Turkey and from the archives 6) Roman Killing Theatre Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: The Testimony of […]

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