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  • History Roundup 535 including Nazi Cows and Cat Fights November 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 535 including Nazi Cows and Cat Fights

    Today’s links follow. 1) Nazi Cows: Germany 2) Cat Fights: Newspaper 3) Missing Caucasians: Central Asia 4) Hanging Musician Outlaw: Scotland 5) Opinion Polls and WW2 Refugees: US 6) 18 Cent (Foot) Corns: Britain and from the archives 7) Weirdest Fairy Knick Knacks Other links: the problem with health guidelines, Pimpernel Smith (the wonderful ending)

    The Subscription List Swindle November 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Subscription List Swindle

    This particular swindle should have gone in the post on British provincial swindles, but Beach loves it so much that he kept it apart to do honour to its creator, Mr Hartley, somewhere still picking oakum in purgatory. First, though a little background on the subscription system. If, in the nineteenth century, a striving author wanted […]

    Daily History Picture: Pyramid of German Helmets November 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pyramid of German Helmets

    Celebration of victory in WW1: helmets stacked into a pyramid.

    History Roundup 534 including the Great Vanishing Act November 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 534 including the Great Vanishing Act

    Today’s links follow. 1) Curse of Tupton Hall: UK 2) Investigating Spirits: Seance Room 3) Greatest Vanishing Act: North America 4) School Disaster: Texas 5) Stone Throwing Demons: New England 6) Nine Circles of Hell in Lego: the Playroom and from the archives 7) Boggart Catching Other links: Hermitage cats, I Remember It Well

    Daily History Picture: Rat Catcher November 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rat Catcher

    With a gun? London? Anon X writes in: this is not 1930, its rather 1960, and the city is Bern, Switzerland. The street is called “Kreuzgasse“…

    Wesley Ghost #9: Fairy, Witch or Demon? November 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wesley Ghost #9: Fairy, Witch or Demon?

    In previous posts Jeffrey has been explained by this blogger as a product of life in a strictly regulated religious setting, where adolescent girls were yoked to Samuel Wesley’s strict high Anglican ideals. There is a very good chance that this is the key to understanding the poltergeist events and that some sort of poltergeist […]

    History Roundup 533 including First Thanksgiving November 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 533 including First Thanksgiving

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lost Holocaust Documents: Bulgaria 2) Pagan Secret Room: Rome 3) Denisovan Teeth: Asia 4) First Thanksgiving: Mexico 5) Historic Tax Haven: Qatar 6) Lost Children: Ohio and from the archives 7) 200 Yr Old Memories of Dunbar Other links: ISIS kill list, telekinesis in Stalker (strangely memorable scene)

    Daily History Picture: Prohibition Beauties November 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Prohibition Beauties

    This has to be a put up? 30 Dec 2015: Nathaniel: According to the this site, the “Lips That Touch Liquor…” photo is “a still from an [Thomas] Edison motion picture produced around 1910”. See the comment posted by Andrea Grimes about halfway down the linked page: So no, apparently not a photo of an actual […]

    Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft November 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Persuasions of the Witch's Craft

    ***Thanks to Stephen D for bringing this book to my attention*** Most anthropologists choose an exotic destination and then head off to live with the Kwang or the Baiga for a couple of years, subsequently using the material they gather there for their doctorates. In the 1980s Tanya Marie Luhrmann, instead, headed from Cambridge in […]

    Mine Disaster Premonitions at Morfa November 22, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mine Disaster Premonitions at Morfa

    10 March 1890 one of the worst mining accidents in British history* took place in Morfa in South Wales. 87 miners were killed. A gas explosion had been set off, probably by an unfastened lamp. Interestingly the local community had had forebodings before the explosion. This article came out almost two months later in the […]

    New History Books: Islamic Paradise and Hell November 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    New History Books: Islamic Paradise and Hell

    Chrisian Lange, Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions Another one I’ve been looking forward to: parallels between Christian and Islamic hells are fascinating…

    Dealing with Double Agents The British Way November 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Dealing with Double Agents The British Way

    From the 1920s to the 1940s Britain had perhaps the best spy agencies in the world: this was particularly true of its foreign spy agency, SIS or MI6. Ian Fleming, Graham Greene and even John Le Carré’s fiction carry the distilled essence (albeit sometimes shifted to later times) of British triumph against Nazi Germany, Imperial […]

    New History Books: Naked in the Woods November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    New History Books: Naked in the Woods

    Grundstein, Naked in the Woods Ah, Hippies. Can’t wait for this one…

    History Roundup 532 including Pyramid Heat Anomalies November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 532 including Pyramid Heat Anomalies

    Today’s links follow. 1) Red Tape and War Dead: Canada 2) Pyramid Heat Anomalies: Egypt 3) Mountain Sacrifices: Andes 4) A Lost Emperor: China 5) Sky Magic in WW1: the Trenches 6) Graves in New York: US (amazing photo at head) and from the archives 7) Hydropathy Other links: Trouble in Oldham (future of social […]

    Daily History Picture: Snowball Fight Princeton November 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snowball Fight Princeton

    Princeton students after a snowball fight: thanks to Wade for this many months ago. 22 Nov 2015: Anon X writes in with this tab that shows that snowball fights did take place. He also points out though that there are many on the net who claim that this was taken after a boxing match. Any […]

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