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  • Daily History Picture: Germany Quits May 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Germany Quits

    Amazing photograph, first publication thanks to Leif. ‘Burtonwood US Army Air Force Base, Cheshire, England on 8 May 1945. The newspaper is the ‘Stars and Stripes’, published by the US Army.’

    The Rudest Diplomatic Letter Ever Written? May 10, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Rudest Diplomatic Letter Ever Written?

      ***Thanks to Chris from Haunted Ohio Books for putting me onto this story*** There are many uncertainties about the letters that follow, so let’s give the orthodox version, then the letters themselves and move on from there. In the 1670s the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in cooperation with the Khan of the Crimea […]

    History Roundup 403 including Oldest Red Blood Cells May 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 403 including Oldest Red Blood Cells

    Today’s links follow. 1) War of World Illustrations: Auction House 2) Capt Kidd’s Treasure: Madagascar 3) Liberation Theology and the KGB: Latin America 4) Teething Whistle: Colonial America (love this site) 5) Ruffs: Early Modern Europe 6) Last 5000 Years: Map 7) Travelling Menagerie: Exeter, UK 8) Oldest Red Blood Cells: Alps 9) Death Flowers: […]

    Wild Man Circus Fakery May 9, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Wild Man Circus Fakery

    The wild man was a staple of nineteenth-century circuses and penny shows. This personality was typically black, mostly undressed and the possessor of a cannibal’s grin. He (and it was invariably a male who took on the role) would stomp back and forth in his cage every so often lunging at some unwary child, allowing […]

    Daily History Picture: Randy Nineteenth Century May 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Randy Nineteenth Century

    Not sure what this is about, but the image from 1835 is clearly slanderous…

    Hortatory Names May 8, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hortatory Names

    Hortatory names were names given by Puritans in South-East England and, to a much lesser extent, in New England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A hortatory name exhorts correct Christian behaviour with the few syllables of the first name available. A tame example might be Hope Smith, a more dramatic example might be Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon, […]

    History Roundup 402 including Best Pirate Ever! May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 402 including Best Pirate Ever!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Most Successful Pirate in History? Seven Seas 2) Forgotten Medieval Hero: Scotland 3) In Search of Alabama Soldier Family: Netherlands 4) American Indian Massacre Site: Idaho 5) Treasure Ship: Finland 6) Child Abduction: London 7) Stone Age Eels: Prehistory 8) Byron Anorexic: Britain and from the archives 9) Renaissance Vandalism at San […]

    Bizarre Seventeenth-Century Jury List May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Bizarre Seventeenth-Century Jury List

    There follows a jury panel list from Sussex in the UK dating to the seventeenth century. A simple question: what is wrong with it? Beach has placed the forenames in bold and the surnames in italics: the final names are the local towns. Accepted Trevor of Norsham Redeemed Compton of Battle* Faint-not Hewit of Heathfield […]

    Daily History Picture: American Gothic Originals May 7, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: American Gothic Originals

    The models….

    History Roundup 401 including a Persian Buddha?! May 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 401 including a Persian Buddha?!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Enamel and Migration: Indus Valley 2) Prehistoric Shield: England 3) First Shots Fired at Waterloo: Belgium 4) Hitler’s Ghost: Berlin 5) Policeman in 1830s: London 6) Forgotten Pneumatic Railway: London 7) Persian Buddha: Babylonia 8) WW2 Cartoons for Sale: Auction House and from the archives 9) Table Leg That Changed History […]

    The Nile’s Flooding and the Limits of Logic May 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Nile's Flooding and the Limits of Logic

    Herodotus was fascinated by Egypt, a kind of topsy-turvy version of his Greek world, and above all, in the second book of the Histories, he shows that he was fascinated by the Nile that ran through Egypt. The great mystery with the Nile for Herodotus and his readers, though it seems to have little bothered […]

    Daily History Picture: Titanic Iceberg? May 6, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Titanic Iceberg?

    A myth? This photograph is supposed to be the iceberg that ‘did it’ to the Titanic. See the paint along the side… 25 May 2015: NH has strong feelings… Not, I suggest. This photograph was up for sale in 2012 It is similar but marked as taken from a different ship. The entry says there […]

    History Roundup 400 including an Irish Dracula! May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 400 including an Irish Dracula!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cripps, A Forgotten Prime Minister (Wannabe): Britain 2) Prehistoric Europeans in the Western Hemisphere: Americas 3) Colonial Digs: Jamestown 4) Historical Ignorance: US 5) Rune Stick: Denmark 6) Gruesome Ritual Cremation: London 7) Dracula Out West: Ireland? 8) Last Meals of the Famous: Dining Table 9) Also loved medieval Yoda and […]

    Execution by Cannon May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Execution by Cannon

    Human beings have long showed remarkable ingenuity at getting rid of their fellow human beings, especially perhaps human beings that they do not like. Once the cannon was invented it was only a matter of time before someone tied a prisoner to the front and lit a fuse, blowing his body into a constellation of pain, the […]

    Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin! May 5, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bomb Berlin!

    British hoarding in central London 1940.  

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