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  • Daily History Picture: Kissing Hitler September 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Kissing Hitler

    Admirer (American) comes to kiss Adolf Hitler…

    Earliest Optography? September 16, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Earliest Optography?

    Two ideas interested late nineteenth-century crime fiction writers. First, the ridiculous notion that finger prints were unique and that they could be recorded to incriminate this or that thief or murderer; and, second, optography, the sensible-sounding proposition that a murder victim would record the last thing he or she saw on the eye’s retina. Take […]

    History Roundup 692 including Black Pigs and Hidden Horrors September 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 692 including Black Pigs and Hidden Horrors

    Today’s links follow 1) First First World War Deserter: Britain 2) Glaciers Surrender Their Dead: Italian Alps 3) Longest Running Experiments: the Lab 4) Hidden Horrors: Soviet Union 5) Black Pig Mystery: the Farm and from the archives 6) Breakfast in the Imperial Palace Other links: Welsh Sasquatch, Assyrian Civilization   strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of […]

    Daily History Picture: Petain and Hitler September 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Petain and Hitler

    No smiles here…

    The Future and Moles September 15, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
    The Future and Moles

    Weak old humanity has long tried to wring drops of the future out in the present by: cutting open live calves, watching birds, reading palms, throwing bamboo rods and, well, hundreds of other methods. It is rarely that Beach comes across a form of divination that has most others beaten. His reference work is a […]

    History Roundup 691 including Gabby’s Bones and Polts Afloat September 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 691 including Gabby's Bones and Polts Afloat

    Today’s links follow 1) Polts Afloat: 7 Seas 2) The Mystery of Gabby’s Bones: US 3) Bloody Smithfield: London 4) How One Man Writes History: Library and Study 5) Magic Well: Scotland and from the archives 6) Was Leonardo Chinese? Other links: Fairy Gold, Chinese Bronze Age strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: Baltic Fisherwomen September 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Baltic Fisherwomen

    Baltic fisherwomen

    Italians in the Wind September 14, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Italians in the Wind

    Italy has a long history of emigration. Between 1869 and 1939 eighteen and a half million Italians left their home country, travelling to all corners of the world. After the Second World War emigration started up again, particularly towards northern Europe, and there was massive internal migration as five million southern Italians came to the […]

    History Roundup 690 including Hitler Fancy Dress September 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 690 including Hitler Fancy Dress

    Today’s links follow 1) Disaster at Bolama: Caribbean 2) Women in the Black in the Window: US 3) 7 Weirdest Soap Deaths: TV (sorry but loved this, it was the hall of mirrors…) 4) New Goddess: Turkey 5) Hitler Fancy Dress: School… and from the archives 6) Persians and Roman at the End of the […]

    Daily History Picture: British Anti-Semitism September 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: British Anti-Semitism

    !!!! ‘A Custom’

    Maria Screams September 13, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Maria Screams

    A WIBT moment from early nineteenth-century Portugal. Thousands of well dressed but harassed men and women are milling and pushing in Lisbon harbor before a score of great British and Portuguese ships. The tense silence is suddenly broken as a piercing scream begins from behind. The woman’s voice, from a royal carriage is continual. Maria […]

    History Roundup 689 including Viking Rings September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 689 including Viking Rings

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghost in Parliament: UK 2) DNA Fantasies: the Lab 3) Powerful Rings: the Vikings (God help us) 4) The Fortsas Hoax: Library (our take) 5) Second Sound: Scotland and from the archives 6) Chamberlain Screwing Up at Milan Other links: Nick Cave, Push the Sky Away strangehistorylinksATgmailDOTcom for consideration of links

    Daily History Picture: The Earth is Flat September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: The Earth is Flat

    Great book covers…

    A Shaman’s Apprenticeship September 12, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    A Shaman's Apprenticeship

    Beach has been interested, nay fascinated, this summer, by the way in which certain people have serial transformative ‘psychic’ experiences as they grow through adolescence and towards middle age: let’s use very loose terminology and call it the shaman ‘s apprenticeship. In a modern industrial or post industrial society these experiences are usually ignored, kept […]

    New History Books: Where the Jews Aren’t September 11, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Where the Jews Aren't

    Masha Gessen, Where the Jews Aren’t Might be a good one for bizarrists, the Soviet attempt to create a Jewish homeland. Naturally, this being the Soviet Union, it didn’t end well…

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