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  • The Tower Monster #7: A French Parallel July 21, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #7: A French Parallel

    The following passage did not take place in London, nor indeed in Britain but it has been offered as a parallel to the Cylinder case. Certainly there are interesting points in common. The author, Owen, had taken the account from the Baron de Guldenstubbé, in Paris, 11 May, 1859. In March of the year 1854, […]

    History Roundup 464 including Nazi Hoard Found July 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 464 including Nazi Hoard Found

    Today’s links follow. 1) Early Cuisine Germs: Prehistory 2) Seattle Bridge Hides Treasures: US 3) Internet Fight with Medieval Docs: Oxford (of course) 4) Ancient Bath Under Sitting Room: Jerusalem 5) Nazi Hoard Found: Germany 6) Classifying Animals: Zaire 7) New York Prophet: America 8) Stephen McKerron Missing: Scotland (upsetting) and from the archives 9) […]

    Daily History Picture: Obscene Telly Tubby July 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Obscene Telly Tubby

    Telly Tubby in the Twelfth Century

    The Tower Monster #6: Shoe Polish Devil at the Tower July 20, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #6: Shoe Polish Devil at the Tower

    This poem appears as part of the Tower Ghost series. It appeared in an Irish paper in 1825 and was an advert for Warren’s shoe Blacking! Beach includes it because it looks very much like an outer ripple from the events of 1816. The problem is the story, which has escaped this careful reader. A […]

    History Roundup 463 including Virgin in Limerick July 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 463 including Virgin in Limerick

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eva’s Lobotomy: Argentina 2) Weird Animal Human Burials: Celtica 3) Virgin Comes to Limerick: Ireland 4) Fart War: Japan 5) Incredible Fresco from Gaul: Zenobia’s back… 6) 18 Cent Courtesan: Britain 7) Toothed Mummy: Tibet 8) Sheep Panic of 1888: Britain and from the archives 9) Romans in China Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Demon Backpack July 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Demon Backpack

    Not honestly sure about this one. Mum has found a human being and put hb in her baby backpack with junior?

    The Tower Monster #5: Another Sentry July 19, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #5: Another Sentry

    This letter appeared in The Spectator, the British magazine, 21 August 1897. As it involves a sentinel at the Tower of London becoming ill on sighting a ghost it seems worth putting in this series. Some thirty years ago one of my brothers was quartered at the Tower with a detachment of his regiment, the […]

    History Roundup 462 including Eel Pulling and Other Crazy Sports July 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 462 including Eel Pulling and Other Crazy Sports

    Today’s links follow. 1) How Did President Taylor Die: US 2) Hobo Racket: Michigan 3) Julia Childs and the Secret Services: US 4) Eel Pulling and Other Strange Sports: Britain 5) Snake Crypto: Japan 6) Phrenology Madness: Italy 7) Marital Bliss: US 8) Roman Concrete Back: Italy and from the archives 9) Adult Breastfeeding in […]

    The Tower Monster #4: A Short Story July 18, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #4: A Short Story

    This is a further source for the Tower monster. It was taken from the Western Gazette, 28 Dec 1888, but the WG in turn had taken and abridged it from the Vanity Fair Christmas Supplement. Can anyone get the original and any letters from the January editions? drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com The introduction makes […]

    History Roundup 461 including Pagan Blood Drinking in the US July 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 461 including Pagan Blood Drinking in the US

    Today’s links follow. 1) Identifying Vanished Victorian Authors: Britain 2) Oldest Dentistry: Prehistory 3) Georgian Hair and Clothes Danger: Britain 4) Reconstructing Michelangelo: Italy 5) Persian Glass Out East: Japan 6) Pagan Blood Drinking Festivals: US 7) Richard Dadd Fairy Madman: Britain 8) Synagogue Mosaics: Israel and from the archives 9) Victorian Invisible Library Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Nuns Having Fun July 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nuns Having Fun

    Love the nun at the front.

    The Tower Monster #3: A Magnetism Account July 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern, Uncategorized
    The Tower Monster #3: A Magnetism Account

    This account of the Tower Monster comes from an enthusiast for magnetism, William Gregory and was published in 1851, almost a decade before the Notes and Queries material. At the trial of Queen Caroline, in 1821, the guards at the Tower were doubled, and Col. S., the keeper of the Regalia, was quartered there with […]

    Daily History Picture: Bear Baiting July 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bear Baiting

    The place where the bears fought in London.

    The Tower Monster #2: A Contemporary Account July 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #2: A Contemporary Account

    The very striking witness description of Swifte can, fortunately, be supplemented by a near contemporary account. This dates from January 1816: either Swifte got January and October confused or two soldiers (not one) died after seeing an apparition. The first possibility is surely more likely? For some weeks past, a family residing in the Tower […]

    Daily History Picture: Crossing a London Bridge July 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Crossing a London Bridge

    Blackfriars bridge 1880

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