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  • History Roundup 407 including Kilted Killer May 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 407 including Kilted Killer

    Today’s links follow. 1) Military Bishop: Georgian England 2) Doctor’s Tomb: China 3) Lawrence of Arabia and the Crash Helmet: UK 4) Firebird on Boat: US 5) Kilted Killer: Britain 6) Hearts Buried Elsewhere: All over 7) Ransacked Roman Temple: Lebanon 8) Love Bites: England and from the archives 9) Jack the Ripper Lies Other links: Fear […]

    A City Without Buildings: Themistocles Before Salamis May 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    A City Without Buildings: Themistocles Before Salamis

    A WIBT (Wish I’d Been There) episode from the wars between Greece and Persia in 480/479. The Athenians, save some brave warriors who attempted to defend, futilely the Acropolis, have fled from their city. The unstoppable Persian army has fired the temples and the holy places of Athena: and the Persian fleet has moved down […]

    History Roundup 406 including Self Hanging Gallows May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 406 including Self Hanging Gallows

    Today’s links follow. 1) Russia Celebrates the Nazis? Soviet Union (brilliant!) 2) Old Penants: Alaska 3) Royal Mommies: UK 4) New Stone Circle: Dartmoor 5) Early Native Portraits: US 6) Self Hanging Gallows: US 7) Animal Mommies: Egypt 8) Divorce as Target Practice (love this title): Chicago and from the archives 9) Kingdom in a Hotel […]

    Daily History Picture: Golden Gate Bridge Opens May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Golden Gate Bridge Opens

    1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opens and pedestrians get to enjoy themselves before the cars arrive.

    Late Storm Bellringing May 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Late Storm Bellringing

    Enjoy this short extract from a Sheffield newspaper about a folk practice in Devon in south-west England: 28 July 1899. Bells it will be remembered were for the supernatual like alcohol for bacteria: they drove away witches, fairies and, of course, storms… There is a curious survival in that pretty, quiet little south country place, […]

    History Roundup 405 including the Worst Parliaments May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 405 including the Worst Parliaments

    Today’s links follow. 1) The Illuminated Edda: worthy kickstarter 2) The Real Camelot: South Cadbury 3) The Worst Parliaments: UK 4) Obscene Lyrics and the FBI: US 5) Churchill’s Victory Watch: Auction House 6) The Lost Cloister: Iceland 7) Nazi Castle and US Forces: Austria 8) Surprise Schooners Dug Up: Toronto and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Wilbur Flies Around Liberty May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Wilbur Flies Around Liberty

    29 Sept 1909 Wilbur Wright takes a breeze around the Statue of Liberty. Note the human ants at the bottom, looking up.

    Anglo-Saxon Church Eaves and Baby Burials May 11, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Anglo-Saxon Church Eaves and Baby Burials

    Burial customs are always interesting and often mysterious. Consider this one. In early medieval Britain, particularly, it seems in Anglo-Saxon regions, fetuses and children were regularly buried up against church walls or extremely close to the same. Archaeologists have long recognized that strange constellations of bodies appeared in Christian cemeteries in Anglo-Saxon England; there are […]

    History Roundup 404 including Cannibal Magician May 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 404 including Cannibal Magician

    Today’s links follow. 1) Depression Apocalypse: US 2) Medieval Death Selfies: Europe 3) Mothering a Ghost: US 4) Out of the Jaws of a Lion: Rhodesia 5) Pharos of Alexandria to be Built Again: Egypt 6) Cannibal Magician: Bohemia 7) Mysterious Disappearances: Vatican 8) World’s Oldest Bracelet: Siberia and from the archives 9) Garibaldi’s Worst […]

    Daily History Picture: Germany Quits May 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Germany Quits

    Amazing photograph, first publication thanks to Leif. ‘Burtonwood US Army Air Force Base, Cheshire, England on 8 May 1945. The newspaper is the ‘Stars and Stripes’, published by the US Army.’

    The Rudest Diplomatic Letter Ever Written? May 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Rudest Diplomatic Letter Ever Written?

      ***Thanks to Chris from Haunted Ohio Books for putting me onto this story*** There are many uncertainties about the letters that follow, so let’s give the orthodox version, then the letters themselves and move on from there. In the 1670s the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in cooperation with the Khan of the Crimea […]

    History Roundup 403 including Oldest Red Blood Cells May 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 403 including Oldest Red Blood Cells

    Today’s links follow. 1) War of World Illustrations: Auction House 2) Capt Kidd’s Treasure: Madagascar 3) Liberation Theology and the KGB: Latin America 4) Teething Whistle: Colonial America (love this site) 5) Ruffs: Early Modern Europe 6) Last 5000 Years: Map 7) Travelling Menagerie: Exeter, UK 8) Oldest Red Blood Cells: Alps 9) Death Flowers: […]

    Wild Man Circus Fakery May 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wild Man Circus Fakery

    The wild man was a staple of nineteenth-century circuses and penny shows. This personality was typically black, mostly undressed and the possessor of a cannibal’s grin. He (and it was invariably a male who took on the role) would stomp back and forth in his cage every so often lunging at some unwary child, allowing […]

    Daily History Picture: Randy Nineteenth Century May 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Randy Nineteenth Century

    Not sure what this is about, but the image from 1835 is clearly slanderous…

    Hortatory Names May 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hortatory Names

    Hortatory names were names given by Puritans in South-East England and, to a much lesser extent, in New England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A hortatory name exhorts correct Christian behaviour with the few syllables of the first name available. A tame example might be Hope Smith, a more dramatic example might be Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon, […]

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