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  • History Roundup 865: Far Travelled June 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 865: Far Travelled

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Skulls: Roman Empire 2) Ancient Islamic Town: Ethiopia 3) Cats Far Travelled: Egypt 4) Aryan Migrations? Eurasia and from the archives 5) Total eclipse Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Who Knows Where the Time Goes

    Daily History Picture: Liberation German Prison June 29, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Liberation German Prison

    Hamelburg Prison, American Marines Louis K writes: After reading your caption for the picture, I was mistified. According to my knowledge there was no (major) US Marines presence in the ETO (European Theater of Operations). And looking on the internet more or less confirmed that: So I wonder where the caption came from, and who […]

    History Roundup 864: Fakes, Lies and Rumours June 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 864: Fakes, Lies and Rumours

    Today’s links follow 1) Fake News: US 2) Tsar Survived: USSR 3) Lizzie Borden Innocent?! US 4) Ancient Roman Science Feud: the Lab and from the archives 5) Diodorus’ Island Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Wonderful Tonight

    Daily History Picture: Sherman Picnic June 28, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sherman Picnic

    Sheltering under a Sherman tank on the Gothic line.

    History Roundup 863: War June 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 863: War

    Today’s links follow 1) Third Floor Atom Bomb: Berlin 2) Nazi Trove: Argentina 3) Horror Diaries: USSR 4) War Forts: Britain 5) Post-War Choc: Germany and from the archives 6) Decapitated head blinks Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: The Race for Space

    Daily History Picture: Elfen Picture June 27, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Elfen Picture

    A Cruikshank pic: love the guy’s expression.

    History Roundup 862: Supernatural June 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 862: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Origin of Fairies: Europe 2) Fairies and Potatoes: Ireland 3) Shape-Changer: New England 4) Devil Monster: 7 Seas 5) Ritual Objects: the pentagram and from the archives 6) Ass who became a saint Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Hitler in Argentina

    Daily History Picture: Two Irelands June 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Two Irelands

    Love this. Late 19C British view of the two Irelands, Protestant and Catholic.

    Snowball Atrocities 7#: Ghostly Snowballs in Illinois June 26, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Snowball Atrocities 7#: Ghostly Snowballs in Illinois

    Beach was awfully fond of his snowball tag, and was disappointed when he simply ran out of good snowball stories. Imagine his joy then to run into some ghostly snowballs in Skinner’s Myths and Legends of Our Own Land. The year is apparently 1849 Forty-seven years ago, in the township of St.  Mary’s, Illinois, two […]

    The Lost Canyon and the Impossible Buffalo June 25, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Lost Canyon and the Impossible Buffalo

    This fine ‘lost valley’ story comes from Texas, but the tale of the shepherd who accidentally walks through into a hidden dell or stumbles up, while chasing a lamb, onto an unknown plateau is probably as old as our Neolithic ancestors. This particular version was collected by J. Frank Dobie at the end of the nineteenth century. West […]

    Council Séance Over Haunted House June 24, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Council Séance Over Haunted House

    Beach has only once been to Bedfordshire, a tiny English county near London. He got stuck in its chief town, Luton, took a room in a sordid pub (the bookshelf had a rack full of well-thumbed pornographic magazines – if only Tripadvisor had been around…) and missed his bus.* In any case, enough of Luton. […]

    History Roundup 861: Medieval Stuff June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 861: Medieval Stuff

    Today’s links follow 1) Viking Parliament: UK 2) Medieval Cats: Spain 3) Drug-Rape: Christendom 4) Brunetto Latini’s City: Florence 5) Bastards: Medieval Christendom and from the archives 6) Irish hangwomen Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Riders on the Storm

    Daily History Picture: Funny Face Stalin June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Funny Face Stalin

    Serial Killer in Chief

    History Branching June 23, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    History Branching

    Today is the anniversary of Britain’s vote, suicidal or brave as you see fit, to leave the European Union. Beach thought he would remember that day with a quotation that has more resonance with him than anything else he has read on the campaign because it describes a strange lived historical experience: the sense of […]

    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick June 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legend: The Mourning Trick

    This is a great story which appears with the heading, ‘Scotch Ghost Story’. We are in Glasgow. Beach has no doubt though that it is a Victorian urban legend. Let’s face it, the tale is so satisfying that if it ever actually happened it would have been abstracted and told to everyone who would listen. […]

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