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  • History Roundup 931: Archaeology November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 931: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Silver from Thrace: Bulgaria 2) Unexpected Persian Temple: Turkey! 3) Fossil Teeth Confusion: Germany 4) Ancient Mint: Bulgaria 5) Great Pyramid Row: Egypt and from the archives 6) Druidic Ravens Other links: Suicide is Painless Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Ku Klux Klan Clothes November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ku Klux Klan Clothes

    Looks genuine… Nathaniel writes, 6 Nov :’As you said, the Ku Klux Klothes advertisement does look genuine: It seems odd that a racist organization would be involved with (or lend its name to) a clothing business. But apparently, the 1920s KKK was mostly a fraudulent pyramid scheme.

    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid November 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: St Valery-sur-Somme Mermaid

    In 1834 a British paper ran with this story (1834) in early August: A fisherman at St Valery-sur-Somme (France), a few days since, caught in his net a fish exactly resembling the description given of the Mermaid. The head and breast are of the human form, and, when half the body is out of the […]

    Sphinx Dream November 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Sphinx Dream

    It is one of the earliest dreams recorded in history. Very approximately 1400 BC an Egyptian prince, Menkheperure, was riding out by the pyramids. We know this with some exactitude because Menkheperure later had the events of that memorable day written out in stone (pictured above). After some hunting, Menkheperure decided to shelter from the […]

    The Rolling Muff of Gross Isle November 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Rolling Muff of Gross Isle

    Several years ago Chris from Haunted Ohio Books came across, in Paranormal Great Lakes, an Illustrated Encyclopedia, Charles Cassady, Jr., Schiffer, 2009,  p 64, a marvelous sounding monster called the Rolling Muff. As Beach has a now four-year interest in what Bob Rickard has called Unidentified Rolling Objects (UROs) he thought he would share this with […]

    History Roundup 930 November 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 930

    Today’s links follow 1) Rat King: all lover 2) New sketch of ‘that Woman‘: Scotland 3) UFO Patents: the drawing board 4) Horse Boxes and Chariots: China 5) Hitler Alive Until 1955: Columbia [CIA idiocy] and from the archives 6) Lies and Jack the Ripper Other links: internet changes sex, Battisti My Freedom Song. Any links […]

    Daily History Picture: School Fire November 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: School Fire

    Female boarders abseiling down building.

    History Roundup 929: Here and There! November 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 929: Here and There!

    Today’s links follow [Sorry but I missed a couple earlier this week with the flu] 1) Newly-discovered Cave Art: Caribbean 2) Earliest Broomstick and Witches: Europe vs our take 3) Kennedy Conspiracy: US 4) The Roma and the Holocaust: Moldova (amazing pictures) 5) Skeletons being made: Factory and from the archives 6) Cave Art Cobblers […]

    The History of the Playpen November 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    The History of the Playpen

    The playpen originated when a hunter-gatherer mother realized, many thousands of years ago, that she could keep her child in a safe corner of the cave with a simple barrier. But when did the business of playpens becomes serious, when were the first commercial models available in the shops? Beach set himself the task of trying […]

    Daily History Picture: Last Cig November 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Cig

    WW1 execution, probably for desertion.

    Beachcombed 89 November 1, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 89

    Dear Reader, A crappy October. Three bouts of flu and a three-day migraine: never in my life anything like this. Not sure what is going on but I’ve been confidentially and confidently told that it will mark a change in my life! Sceptical, but looking forward to being able to swallow without pain again. Certainly […]

    Index Biography #47: Prize a book October 31, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Index Biography #47: Prize a book

    ***Melissa gets it, scroll down for the 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 previously […]

    Portuguese Werewolf October 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Portuguese Werewolf

    This note was published in Folklore in 1942 by, of all people, Violet Alford, one of a handful of impressive interwar British folklorists. Following Professor Hutton’s Presidential Address on Werewolves, this note may be of interest. An English friend, born and brought up in Portugal, remembers, when she was about seven years old, the mysterious […]

    Daily History Picture: Cruiser Tank October 30, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cruiser Tank

    1941 (in England?) Stephen D. 31 Oct 2017 writes: Re your tank picture: these are, I think, the infamous Covenanter tanks (Cruiser Mk V; A13 MkIII), ordered in 1939, declared obsolete in 1944 after no combat use, and after over 1,700 had been built. They were designed for whatever reason by the London, Midland and […]

    Napoleon and the Dorset Convent October 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Napoleon and the Dorset Convent

    Beach recently ran with a story that Napoleon was believed to have visited Britain incognito in 1803: Wales to be exact. Here is an annex to that post. The wonderful idea that Napoleon’s brother had holed up in a convent in Dorset at Marnhull no less! These were the glory years when the French were […]

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