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  • 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
    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

    The Tower Monster #1: The Witness Account July 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #1: The Witness Account

    There follows the single most interesting ghost story Beach has ever read. Perhaps part of its fascination is that it is not clear that it is a ghost story: though something bizarre is certainly going on. In any case, all began when in 1860, in the tenth volume (new series) of Notes and Queries  K.B […]

    Victorian Urban Legends: Snuff Poisoning? July 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Victorian Urban Legends: Snuff Poisoning?

    No not the cinematic kind of snuff! This story appeared in 1870 and enjoyed wide circulation in all British newspapers. A Wolverhampton contemporary records what seems to be a new trick upon railway travellers. The other day, a passenger from Wolverhampton to Bilston, after having been drawn into conversation by couple of respectable looking fellow-travellers, […]

    Daily History Picture: Nixon and Robo-Cop July 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Nixon and Robo-Cop

      Dickie looks genuinely thrilled! Great picture.

    Daily History Picture: Tsar’s Last Photograph July 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Tsar's Last Photograph

    Poor old Nicholas. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders.  

    Ghost Cars July 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Ghost Cars

    There is lots of interesting burbling about technology and ghosts. How long does it need for a new technology to become hauntable? When will the first call centres or internet hubs get their poltergeists? To us today that wonderful Dickens story ‘The Signal Man’ is a straightforward ghost tale. But part of its daring back in […]

    History Roundup 460 including Oldest Video July 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 460 including Oldest Video

    Today’s links follow. 1) Oldest Video: Britain 2) Parthenon as Fort Knox: Greece 3) Horror in Room 1046: US 4) Her Majesty’s Rat Catcher: UK 5) Civil War Images: US 6) Mystery Mummy: Egypt 7) Dreyfus Static: France 8) Slaves Quarters Excavated: US and from the archives 9) Purring: Lancashire kick boxing Other links: Head […]

    Daily History Picture: Plane Collision July 12, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Plane Collision

      Those daring men in their flying machines: on the Russian front

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