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  • Was Napoleon III an American?! February 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Was Napoleon III an American?!

    Beach has already proved (to no one least of all his own satisfaction) that Napoleon III survived death. But Beach now discovers, to his horror, that Napoleon III was not Napoleon III. This story appeared in the American press in 1858. This was a story given by one Louise Mercier on her sick bed in 1853. […]

    History Roundup 768: Supernatural Shenanigans February 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 768: Supernatural Shenanigans

    Today’s links follow 1) Ghost in Cairo: Egypt 2) Hypnotism Posters: the Street 3) Doppelganger: Photo Shop (scary) 4) Green Tea and Supernatural Visions: the café 5) Canadian Ghost? Toronto and from the archives 6) Irish in Medieval Spain? Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Esoterx speaks wisdom, interesting […]

    Daily History Picture: Landing in Russell Islands February 7, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Landing in Russell Islands

    Clearly staged photo of a US landing

    History Roundup 767: Medicine and Science Tales February 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 767: Medicine and Science Tales

    Today’s links follow 1) Ancient Modern DNA: Asia 2) Oldest Prostrate: Prehistory 3) Neanderthals and Fire: Prehistory 4) Perkins Tractors: Cabinet 5) Fairy State of Consciousness: the brain and from the archives 6) The Hands Haven’t It Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Reconnecting with a lost love (be […]

    Daily History Picture: Rolls Royce to Nepal February 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Rolls Royce to Nepal

    There are arguments about the date for this one, but allegedly this is a rolls royce being delivered to the Nepalese royal family.

    Hinge Moments: Leave! February 6, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Hinge Moments: Leave!

    History, particularly military and political history, often enough seems to be a series of interlocking junctions and roads. The roads splay and, as we march along, other roads and junctions appear as those behind us disappear in the twilight. In the same way that we sometimes remember our mortality, stroking the skull on the desk, […]

    New History Books: War Against War February 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: War Against War

    Michael Kazin, War Against War The failed fight to keep America out of the war.

    Early Alien Encounter February 5, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Early Alien Encounter

    This is a particularly precious account from the Athenian Mercury, a late seventeenth-century publication. As Beach is always interested in encounters with supernatural entities he thought that he would print it in full: this might stand as an early alien encounter. He likes the way the narrative unwinds. He didn’t see the climax coming. Not […]

    New History Books: A House Full of Females February 4, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: A House Full of Females

    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A House Full of Females Perhaps the book I most want to read from January.

    The Ring Dodge February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Ring Dodge

    This trick is so well known that Beach has seen versions of it on crass TV shows. Still here is the ring dodge in all its pristine glory from 1894. At the London Guildhall, on Monday, Ann Francis was charged with attempting to obtain money by false pretences. Detective Evans, of the Great Eastern Railway […]

    History Roundup 766: Graves, Resurrection and Reincarnation February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 766: Graves, Resurrection and Reincarnation

    Today’s links follow 1) Romano-British Vampire? Britain 2) Witch under a Boulder: Lancashire 3) Leper’s Grave: Winchester 4) Rooster Reincarnation: US 5) Resurrection/Erection: Medieval Art and from the archives 6) Killer Cats Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Waterloo

    Daily History Picture: Catching an Airship February 3, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Catching an Airship

    This picture (1929) is normally shows because it was the last voyage of the airship in question: things ended badly… Beach was fascinated by how they got on.

    History Roundup 765: World War Stories February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 765: World War Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Hitler Cafe: Paris 2) Pipers at the Somme: Scotland 3) Black Nazis? Germany 4) Magic in WW2: Germany 5) Red Army and Killing Camps: Poland and from the archives 6) Close Encounter of the Zeppelin Kind Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Massacres at Waterloo

    Kidnapped by the Pombero February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Kidnapped by the Pombero

    The story starts nicely enough and then takes a decided turn for the bizarre. In July of last year (2016) a two and a half year old child was lost in the Argentinean countryside in an area of ‘bush and mountains’. Beach’s youngest is two and he shivers to think what this means. The little […]

    Daily History Picture: Six Pack Jesus February 2, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Six Pack Jesus

    This is the worst example I’ve seen, but there are a lot out there: the horrors of late renaissance art.

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