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  • Daily History Picture: Good Neighbours? December 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Good Neighbours?

    Witchcraft or bad neighbours?

    Mysterious Carnivorous Plant Animal December 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mysterious Carnivorous Plant Animal

    Here is a bit of gossip that span through the European press in 1852, a good twenty years before Darwin wrote his Insectivorous Plants. According to some Italian journals, a new organised being has been discovered in the interior of Africa, which seems to form an immediate link between vegetable and animal life. This singular […]

    History Roundup 959: Supernatural December 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 959: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Phantom Bus: UK 2) Phantom Hog Train: US 3) UFO in New York Times: US 4) Bloodcurdling Fairies: UK, Ireland and North America 5) Afro-American Folk Tales: US and from the archives 6) Victorian Sewer Pigs Other links: First person language Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Mermaid Monday: The Mermaid’s Tail in Argyll December 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: The Mermaid's Tail in Argyll

    In early October 1811 two young Scots in Argyll claimed to see mermaids: one aged twenty-three, the other aged eight. That is interesting enough, but what is fascinating for the historian is how this news fed through into the wider world. In early November the two witnesses and the eight-year-old’s father were deposed, in other […]

    Daily History Picture: Luminous Lady December 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Luminous Lady

    1957 ghost drawing

    Frozen Love Returns at Chamonix December 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Frozen Love Returns at Chamonix

    This story is haunting and involves ice: so December fare. In 1844 young man left a village near Chamouny [Chamonix], on pilgrimage to the Convent St. Bernard, in consequence of a vow made before gaining the belle of the village. After leaving the convent, he went to several places and bought some linen, with the […]

    Margaret Murray: Sect Member? December 16, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Margaret Murray: Sect Member?

    Margaret Murray (obit 1963) is so often a rather obscure presence, flitting behind her bizarre writing on witchcraft and her sensible writing on Egyptology. It is from Hilda Ellis Davidson that we get a precious glimpse of the real woman in her twilight. HED, a great medievalist (obit 2006) had known Murray for many years […]

    History Roundup 958: Miscellany December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 958: Miscellany

    Today’s links follow 1) Fake Islands: Map Library 2) Underwater Supernatural Creatures: the sea 3) Flying to the Moon: imagination 4) The Orangery: Scotland (I liked the pineapple more…, read down) 5) Folklore Immortalised: Ireland and from the archives 6) Mystery Animal in Africa Other links: Monty Python do communism Any links to send in: […]

    Daily History Picture: Scottish Sea Serpent December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Scottish Sea Serpent

    Love the expressions: damn, you sir!

    Victorian Urban Legends: Missionary Tales December 15, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Missionary Tales

    This story appeared in Table Talk in 1870. Not having easy access it is taken here from the British press. Was it true or wasn’t it? When in India with my regiment, we were, at one time, quartered at a place where there was a missionary station. Some of the officers (as was frequently the […]

    History Roundup 957: Archaeology December 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 957: Archaeology

    Today’s links follow 1) Human Migration Rewrite: Prehistory 2) Washing Places: Middle Ages 3) Myth and Geography: US etc 4) Ancient Seals: the Med 5) Food Archaeology: Ireland and from the archives 6) Hitler’s Class Mate Other links: Cockney Star Trek (sorry) Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com

    Daily History Picture: Seminary Soccer December 14, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Seminary Soccer

    Seminarists play soccer, 1962: deep Franco.

    History Roundup 956: War and Crime! December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 956: War and Crime!

    Today’s links follow 1) US comics and Hitler: (Don’t read German, then enjoy the pictures) 2) Pearl Harbor Burial: US 3)  Cigar Death: US 4) Missing on Boat: 7 Seas 5) War Fences: UK and from the archives 6) Oft Hung Other links: Walk on the Wild Side Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT […]

    Daily History Picture: Sigurd Kills December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Sigurd Kills

    Sigurd kills an enemy

    Ghost Wreck and Murdered Monkeys December 13, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghost Wreck and Murdered Monkeys

    A busy day today, but ran cross this ‘charming’ sea tale about a ghost wreck: we’ll get to the monkeys shortly. There is a book to be filled with supernatural stories at sea: perhaps it already exists. This deserves, in any case, to be jammed respectfully into a footnote somewhere. The British sailing ship Glooscap, […]

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