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  • History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 383 including Wrong Place Carthaginian Coin

    Today’s links follow. 1) Charming Love Letter: US 2) Pre Columbian Trade: Alaska 3) Out of Place Carthaginian Coin: UK 4) Quarter of a Million for Enigma: Auction House 5) Wild Women Photos: US 6) Grey Ghost Cat: Kent 7) First Submarine: Italy 8) Errant Wife or Mistreated Spouse: England and from the archives 9) […]

    Canary Slaves in the Arab World April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Canary Slaves in the Arab World

    It is sometimes said that the furthest travelled people in the ancient and medieval world were slaves. Consider four points. First, average men and women were not foolish enough to pass beyond the frontiers. Second, when they were foolish enough to travel they often risked becoming slaves (St Patrick, Frumentius… there are many examples). Third, […]

    Daily History Picture: Take Another Piece of My Heart April 17, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Take Another Piece of My Heart

    Late medieval cannibalism

    History Roundup 382 including Goering’s Sweat April 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 382 including Goering's Sweat

    Today’s links follow. 1) Men and Women Time Travellers Kill Hitler: Germany 2) Alice the Detective:Chicago 3) Jesus’ Grave AGAIN: Palestine 4) Earliest House Too Early: Oregon 5) Fighting Mac: Australia 6) Goering’s Sweat: Germany 7) Prince Charlie Film: Scotland (here we go…) 8) Stage Thunder and Lightning: UK and from the archives 9) Book […]

    Daily History Picture: Exorcism! April 16, 2015

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

    Get thee gone, Demon!

    Two Prison Faces April 16, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Two Prison Faces

    There have recently emerged a selection of Edwardian mugshots from North Shields, an industrial town in the grimiest part of the industrial north: lots of Beach’s ancestors came from this part of the world and had to fight to get out. Leenks has put up the individuals in question with the following comment: ‘When looking […]

    History Roundup 381 including Undetectable Poisons April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 381 including Undetectable Poisons

    Today’s links follow. 1) Tasteless, Odourless Poisons: Italy (long but very good) 2) Lincoln’s Bedspread: US 3) Greek God Family Tree: Comic 4) Wilkes Booth Telepathy! US 5) Oldest Neanderthal DNA: Italy! 6) Matricide in the 1920s: Scotland 7) Ballroom Philosophy: UK 8) First Abbey? Scotland and from the archives 9) Last Axe Decapitations in […]

    Daily History Picture: Last Rites in Vietnam April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Last Rites in Vietnam

      Dickey Chapelle celebrated American photographer has just trod on a mine.    

    Immortal Meals #22: Mesmerism Tea Party April 15, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #22: Mesmerism Tea Party

    This story combines three Beachcombing interests: first, mesmerism, and second, the practical joke framed, third, in an immortal meal, one that many readers would have killed to have attended. We are in the town of Hexham in the north of England in 1871. Mr Morgan, a professor of mesmerism has come to town to impress […]

    History Roundup 380 including 10 non-Amazing Discoveries April 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 380 including 10 non-Amazing Discoveries

    Today’s links follow. 1) 10 Non-Amazing Discoveries: the great Bad Archaeology is back… 2) Medieval Tunnel Turns Up: Ireland 3) Egyptian Glass: England! 4) Fake Civil War Photo? US 5) Agnodice the Handbag! Greece 6) Race Divides: US 7)’Dark Magician‘: Italy 8) Putin Closes Museum? Russia and from the archives 9) Great Republic of Rough […]

    Poison Jokes April 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Poison Jokes

    Strangehistory recently ran a post on death by joke and Beach was surprised by just how many late nineteenth-century joke victims died by poison. Perhaps the strangest thing is that anyone would ever even dream of bringing poison to a joke, after all you don’t load the gun you use for a fake duel, do […]

    Daily History Picture: Irish History April 14, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Irish History

    Loved this!

    History Roundup 379 including Ayn Rand and Stamps! April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 379 including Ayn Rand and Stamps!

    Today’s links follow. 1) Magna Carta in 19 Cent: Lincoln (love liberty in cartoon) 2) Ghost Faces in Manuscript: Wales 3) Dead Soldier Identified: Waterloo! 4) Ayn Rand and Stamps! US 5) Lizzie Borden Grave Vandalised: US 6) A Cavalier Ghost: Britain 7) Mystery Dead Woman: Norway 8) Rollerskating and Sex Revolution: Victorian England! and from […]

    Daily History Picture: Gas Chambers April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Gas Chambers

    Allegedly the walls of the gas chamber at Auschwitz. not been able to confirm…

    Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God April 13, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Pheidippides: The Greek Who Met A God

    Pheidippides enters the history book because he could run fast and far, and because in 490 BC, with angry Persian immortals just outside their walls, the Athenians decided that they needed help. They looked for assistance in the most violent of all Greek polis, the Spartans to the south. Sparta, though, stood 150 miles from Athens […]

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