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  • Daily History Picture: NY Taxi, 1980s January 23, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: NY Taxi, 1980s

    Taxi cab in New York in the 1980s late one night. These women are now in their fifties…

    Goblins Under the Bed January 23, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Goblins Under the Bed

    Here is a bit of a cheeky post as the photo is ‘borrowed’ from an Italian site (Matteo Rubboli): but as the text is overwhelmingly in Italian there is the fear that an international audience might not find it easily. This is particularly a shame as the text is just a mild commentary and the pictures are so […]

    History Roundup 969: Supernatural January 22, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 969: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Lambton Worm: England 2) Mysterious Monster: Texas 3) Hollow Tree Ghost: US 4) Witch Trouble: Essex 5) River Ghosts: US and from the archives 6) White Horses, Sex and Sovereignty Other links: Jordan Peterson on Channel Four (most interesting debate for a long time, both in terms of content and also […]

    Daily History Picture: Hitler’s Brain January 22, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hitler's Brain

    Hitler’s Brain. Sorry Enjoyed this: loved the eyes.

    Mermaid Monday: Breton Mermaid January 22, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mermaid Monday: Breton Mermaid

    This one actually appeared in a note to a previous mermaid post from 2011. Beach has since hunted down a slightly earlier account in English (Anon 1812). Note that we are in deepest Brittany, in a land where mermaids were still an important part of folklore in the early 1900s. On the 31st July, an […]

    Victorian Urban Legends: Wrong Trousers January 21, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Wrong Trousers

    The rarest form of Victorian urban legend is the sexual one: it is not the Victorians did not tell racy stories, it is that generally speaking no one dared to publish them. Here is one that somehow slipped through the net. Beach’s favourite detail are the stripes. In a suburb of Dundee a golden discovery […]

    Chinese Artillery Outside Baghdad January 20, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Chinese Artillery Outside Baghdad

    The Mongol armies of the thirteenth century were among the most multi-ethnic in history. Koreans, Africans, Europeans and Persians fought together under the ‘prince of heaven’: a thuggish horse thief from the Steppes. Beach was recently particularly struck by one example of this that could stand for many less dramatic instances. When in 1258 Hulegu […]

    Hilarious Ghost-Ewe Incident in Scotland January 19, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hilarious Ghost-Ewe Incident in Scotland

    Bureaucracy hell at the moment in Italy so here is a simple but marvelous stocking filler from 1870. Reminds Beach of one of his favourite ever posts, on a hare in a Manx courtroom. Perhaps not quite as good but almost… We are in northern Scotland near Inverness. The other evening, while two servant girls […]

    History Roundup 968: Miscellaneous January 19, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 968: Miscellaneous

    Today’s links follow 1) Lenin, the Mushroom: USSR 2) Coolidge, Later Life: US 3) Prophetic Spiders: the web 4) Angry Agatha: UK 5) Car of the Future in 1918: the highway and from the archives 6) Jesus in Japan Other links: Kathy’s Son

    Daily History Picture: Social Fairy Problems January 19, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Social Fairy Problems

    Two fairies look down on stage fairies at the Garrick.

    History Roundup 967: War and Death January 18, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 967: War and Death

    Today’s links follow 1) Battle of Britain: those airfields 2) Anne Frank and Betrayal: Netherlands 3) Communists Take Over Town: Wisconsin 4) Snowball Fight: France 5) Baseball and the Atom Bomb: Cold War and from the archives 6) Mermaids Ahoy Other links: Pulp Fiction Scene

    Daily History Picture: New York Ants January 18, 2018

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

    Beautifully colorised, New York Ants in the 1930s. All those hats…

    History Roundup 966: Health January 17, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 966: Health

    Today’s links follow 1) Did Medieval Get Old? Europe 2) Gout: England 3) Dissecting Old Age: France 4) Eating Old Age: US 5) Miracle Cures on the Radio: US and from the archives 6) 1914, Surprise or Countdown Other links: Top Ten Terrible Movie Fights

    Daily History Picture: Pizza-Eating Suffragettes January 17, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Pizza-Eating Suffragettes

    1921, Suffragettes eat pizza, my file says ‘to annoy men’! Very early for pizza outside Italo-Americans in the US. 29 Jan 2018 Neil H writes ‘Although this picture often appears with the caption, “In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men.” Sadly they appear to be […]

    History Roundup 965: Supernatural January 16, 2018

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 965: Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Henderson Teleports: UK 2) Gods are Back: Greece and… 3) Fairy Tale Psychology: the brain? 4) Poltergeist: US 5) Lived Fairy Folklore: English-Speaking World and from the archives 6) Hippocratic Cobblers Other links: Interesting civil war lecture http://bobrowen.com/nymas/podcasts/Maj%20John%20Ringquist%20-%20Civil%20War%20West%20160.mp3

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