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  • Index Biography #49: Prize a book December 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #49: Prize a book

    *** Stephen D. gets it!*** Scroll down for answer*** The Index Biography is a quiz pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up […]

    Swiss Girl vs German Army December 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Swiss Girl vs German Army

    In 1499 the Swiss fought their last great war in the north. Their battle-hardened democratic armies proved superior to the pitiful Habsburg forces and by Autumn, the end of the campaigning season, the Germans were begging for peace. Here is a lovely episode from the middle of the war that gives some sense of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Victorian Street Kid December 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Victorian Street Kid

    Most struck by the cat.

    Daily History Picture: How to Train a Dragon December 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: How to Train a Dragon

    Notice the knotted tail.

    Iowa Vampire December 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Iowa Vampire

    Beach has recently been looking for 19C images of vampires and strayed across this extremely unpleasant image. Unpleasant because it is based on a real life episode, the exploit of the Iowa vampire. A wealthy rancher named Converse met a horrible death at Sioux City, Woodbury co. Iowa on Wednesday [pub Sat 25 Apr 1895, Illustrated Police […]

    Daily History Picture: Aarhus Stone December 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Aarhus Stone

    Battle runes

    Romanian Military Make-Up December 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Romanian Military Make-Up

    An oft quoted fact about the Great War is that the Romanian Army in 1916, when it bravely but foolishly entered that conflict, ordered its soldiers not to wear makeup. But is this unlikely sounding detail true? Did Romanian soldiers routinely wear mascara and the like? And did their generals try and control the practice? The claim about Romanian […]

    Daily History Picture: 17C Fairies December 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 17C Fairies

    Three Jacobean fairy designs from the stage.

    WW1 Christmas Pics December 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    WW1 Christmas Pics

      There follow some WW1 Christmas pictures from the British press. Most soldiers, naturally, served in the ‘holidays’. Here is a British sailor on HMS Jupiter The gifts are given out in the trenches This being Britain there were lots of silly Christmas parties with the awkward but ritualistic mixing of the classes. Rather you than […]

    Daily History Picture: Early Midsummer Night December 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Early Midsummer Night

    Perhaps the first illustration of Midsummer Night’s Dream, early 1700s. The fairy bands meet.

    The Prince of Peace in a World at War December 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Prince of Peace in a World at War

    Happy Christmas to all readers and their families: originally published in the Graphic.

    Christmas Fairy Trees December 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Christmas Fairy Trees

    What is a fairy tree? By rights a fairy tree should be where fairies gather to dance or perhaps to dwell: fairies it will be remembered have a special place particularly in Irish legend. However, Beach has recently started to run across curious late nineteenth-century reference to fairy trees of a decidedly none traditional sort. […]

    Calabrian Werewolf December 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Calabrian Werewolf

      This is a delightful piece on a Calabrian werewolf from Norman Douglas: we are in deepest southern Italy, 1907-1911. In some senses it is a massive anti-climax, but perhaps that is the point… At last we started, and I began to slumber once more. The carriage seemed to be going down a steep incline; […]

    History Roundup 963: Miscellany December 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 963: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) Digitised Coat: England 2) Dublin Growing: Ireland 3) Dreidel History: Israel 4) Why People Get Old (theories): the lab? 5) Best 2017 Discoveries and from the archives 6) First Unicorns Other links: The Right in the French Resistance (excellent) http://nymas.org/podcasts/Valerie%20Deacon%20-%20French%20Resistance%20160kbps.mp3 Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Careful of Those Legs December 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Careful of Those Legs

    Good Italian girl sits side saddle.

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