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  • History Roundup 640 including American Dragons April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 640 including American Dragons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Dragons: America 2) Second Hand Coffins: Egypt 3) Jane Digby and Her Lovers: UK 4) Hi Tech Survey of Culloden: Scotland 5) Psychedelic Concert Flier: Concert Hall 6) Forgotten Radar Station: Australia and from the archives 7) Fourteen Month Pregnancy Other links: One Step Up

    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Making the Germans Sign

    Absolutely dreadful art, but interesting history. The Germans are facing away from the ‘camera’ naturally.

    Woman-Hating Bedfordshire Wild Man April 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Woman-Hating Bedfordshire Wild Man

    A couple of months ago Beach offered a post on British wild men. Here is one to add to the list, Simon Goodman or Simon Goodwin aka Tim Goodman or Tim Goodwin: those name variants give some warning of the kind of historical bog we are about to wade into. Simon Goodman was born c. […]

    History Roundup 639 including Sky Visions April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 639 including Sky Visions

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Human Footprints: Norfolk, UK 2) Sky Visions: Ancient Med 3) Men and Beards: Prehistory and… 4) Magic, Witches and Devils in the Ancient World: Museum 5) Strange Skulls and Bones: churches etc 6) Creepy Ghost Woman: US and from the archives 7) Dowding and the Fairies Other links: Soviet Soldiers […]

    Daily History Picture: 18Cent Knitting Needle April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 18Cent Knitting Needle

    Found this very beautiful GL writes, 30 April 2016, It’s a very understandable error, but what you are picturing here is not a knitting needle. All the carving would be seriously inconvenient if you were trying to use it to directly manipulate loops of yarn (as knitting does). There is a reason why knitting needles […]

    Lost Sounds #1: Dawn Chorus of Clogs in the Nineteenth Century April 27, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Lost Sounds #1: Dawn Chorus of Clogs in the Nineteenth Century

    The clog was the preferred footwear of the English industrial north, and particularly the industrial north-west. Shoes were cut from wood and tipped with iron in Lancashire, in the West Riding and the mill towns of Cheshire and Derbyshire. The clog cost relatively little, it was good for defending yourself, it was durable and it […]

    History Roundup 638 including Plant Animal Hybrids April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 638 including Plant Animal Hybrids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Maupassant’s Horror: France 2) Plant Animal Hybrids: Imagination 3) Sea Monster Coins: Ancient Med 4) Dream Plane: Atlantic 5) The Rabbit of Doom: US 6) Dream Predictions: Mesopotamia and from the archives 7) Indonesians in Medieval Africa Other links: What wine does to us, Golden Slumbers, Beatles

    Daily History Picture: Russian Sniper Club April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Russian Sniper Club

    Happy Times in the Russian Girl Guides. Some of them look like they’ve killed a lot of the enemy, note bottom right eyes

    Mysterious American Indian Ceremony April 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Mysterious American Indian Ceremony

    This is a curious little snippet of American native religious ritual from the least expected source, a late seventeenth-century book of apparitions. We are introduced first to the protagonist. A goodly minister, Mr. Farnworth, that came hither from New England (being a Nonconformist and extream poor, dyed as all about him said, of meer Poverty, […]

    Daily History Picture: Bonnie and Boyfriend April 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bonnie and Boyfriend

    Bonnie and Clyde, first time I’ve seen her, she’s terrifying.

    Tony, Where Are Your Footnotes?! April 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    Tony, Where Are Your Footnotes?!

    Tony Judt’s Postwar (2005) is one of the most important history books of the last generation. However, the book that runs to over eight hundred pages has a strange lacuna. It lacks notes and it lacks bibliography. Judt was quite open about this lack of reference apparatus and explains it in his introduction (in a […]

    History Roundup 637 including Green Fairy Hallucinations April 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 637 including Green Fairy Hallucinations

    Today’s links follow. 1) Eighteenth-century Murders: Lincolnshire 2) Grandma and Evolution: Prehistory 3) Little Ghost Story: Scotland 4) Animated Tapestry: England (brilliant) 5) The Green Fairy: the lab 6) Mummified Lung Mystery: France and from the archives 7) Love Feast in Florence Other links: Apocalypse perfume, Goodbye, Tea with Mussolini

    New History Books: Menagarie April 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Menagarie

    The single book I’m most excited about this month: Caroline Grigson, Menagerie

    Hashish and Assassination April 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Hashish and Assassination

    The Assassins were a well known medieval Shiite sect who delighted in sending out their fida’is (assassins) to kill enemies with daggers. Our word ‘assassinate’ (already used routinely by Dante), of course, comes from these charming individuals. The etymology of Assassin in Arabic has long been supposed to come from the word for hashish (Hashshashin […]

    New History Books: Vodka Politics April 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Vodka Politics

    Sceptical but intrigued about this one: Schrad: Vodka Politics

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