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  • Daily History Picture: Disc Player June 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Disc Player

    Old school

    Mumps Spell June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mumps Spell

    Location: Ireland (Wilde 1888, 199), late nineteenth century Aim: To cure the mumps Ingredients: a piece of rope, an alarm clock, nine black stones, a torch, a holy well. Method: (i) go out with your torch before dawn and find nine black stones (ii) once the sun is up tie the rope into a noose […]

    History Roundup 858: Supernatural June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 858: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Fairy Stealing: Scotland 2) Minotaur Amuck: Virginia (of course) 3) Spirit Wedding: US 4) 18C Charm: Philly 5) Dream Tyranny: Germany and from the archives 6) Baby eating eagles Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Lying

    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses June 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Reagan Poses

    Sculpture class

    History Roundup 857: Very Old June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 857: Very Old

    Today’s links follow 1) Languages: all over 2) Settlement Site: US 3) More DNA: Euro-Asia 4) Colouring Books: US 5) Amber Bird: pre-pre-history and from the archives 6) Parrot of Atures Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Psychopaths and brains

    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Radio and the River

    A girl, a radio…

    First Vehicular Suicide? June 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    First Vehicular Suicide?

    Beach read this story, tried to forget it but couldn’t. There are two questions. First, did it really happen? 19C British newspapers are usually quite reliable, but 19C French newspapers are not. If this had been clipped from a French newspaper it could have been a complete invention, it would be interesting to see whether […]

    Beggar for a Day June 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Beggar for a Day

    Beach has long been curious about the begging life and was fascinated to run across this article from 1889 about how difficult it was to make money in London by holding out your hand. A clearly middle class man took a bet with his friends, after dinner, and presumably after taking port, that he could […]

    The Male Midwives Called Peter and the Empty Box Trick June 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Male Midwives Called Peter and the Empty Box Trick

    The Chamberlen brothers were first generation French Hugenots whose father had fled to Britain in 1569: one brother Peter was born in Paris (1560) and the other brother Peter was born in Southampton (1572). Yes, you read that right. Two sons and both were called Peter: a fair introduction to a very unusual family. (And […]

    Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester) June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Dog Glove Magic Disease Near Dublin (or Leicester)

    Elder daughter’s birthday party in a swimming pool coming up in minutes so this is just a curiosity pulled out of the rusty filing cabinet without too much thought. The following is dated to 1341 and appeared in the Annals of Ireland. The Irish annalistic tradition is incredibly complex in its early phase and rather […]

    History Roundup 854: Weird Customs June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 854: Weird Customs

    Today’s links follow 1) Suicide Customs: India 2) Grand Tour: Continent 3) Roman Cheques: Wales 4) Nazi Occult: Germany or not 5) Spanish Inquisition: Mexico and from the archives 6) Origins of Two Fingered Insult Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Sound of Silence (Canadian TV)

    Daily History Picture: Monkey Escape June 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Monkey Escape

    Enjoyed this.

    Tree-Felling Ghosts or Youth Vandalism? June 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Tree-Felling Ghosts or Youth Vandalism?

    This is a very confusing story: perhaps one reason for taking it seriously. We are in Orkney in March 1907. There were certainly believed-in ghosts in Orkney but in 1907 there was also still strong belief in trows: the local fairy population. Ghostly happenings have disturbed the town of Kirkwall, the capital of the county […]

    History Roundup 853: Shivers! June 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 853: Shivers!

    Today’s links follow 1) Facial Reconstructions: the lab 2) Long Travelled Viking Treasure: Ground 3) Roman Cat Paw Print: Lincoln, UK 4) Dna Connects: Egypt, Europe, Middle East 5) Missing Artifact: Michigan and from the archives 6) Last Words Last Lies Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: How to […]

    Daily History Picture: Dancing in New York June 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dancing in New York

    Postwar New York

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