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  • History Roundup 472 including Spine Arrow July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 472 including Spine Arrow

    Today’s links follow. 1) Arrow in Spine: Central Asia 2) Weird American Indian Wars: North America 3) Georgian Diary: England 4) Its Raining Pseudohistory: Roman Empire 5) Baby Race: Toronto 6) Child Warrior: Siberia 7) Diplomat, Spy and Charmer: India 8) Context of Queen’s Nazi Salute: Britain and from the archives 9) The Karma Sutra of […]

    Life in the Shadow of the Mob: Jewish Norwich July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Life in the Shadow of the Mob: Jewish Norwich

    The recent post on the bodies in the well from Norwich took Beach through several books on medieval Jewish communities in England and the dominant impression on reading these accounts was the danger of being Jewish in that period. Let’s return to Norwich which included one of Britain’s bigger Jewish communities after London: one estimate has […]

    Daily History Picture: Portable TV July 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Portable TV

    Yes, really. You could take it on the bus, on the plane…

    History Roundup 471 including Bronze Age Gold Rush July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 471 including Bronze Age Gold Rush

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Footprint: Britannia 2) Vandal Punished with Research Paper: US 3) Bronze Age Gold Rush: Cornwall (our Golden Cornwall) 4) Haunted Mine: US 5) Matisse Fading: Gallery 6) Shipwreck: US 7) Urine Tax: Roman Empire 8) Bone Vault: London and from the archives 9) Mystery Animal in Ancient Africa Other links: Why […]

    In Search of Nineteenth-Century Urban Legends July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    In Search of Nineteenth-Century Urban Legends

    Urban legends are short stories typically about death, sex or crime, which are told as if they are true. They spread by word of mouth, the newspaper and any other means of communication to hand. The classic modern examples of the urban legends include the vanishing hitchhiker (a minority of urban legends have a supernatural […]

    Daily History Picture: Photo Shoot July 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Photo Shoot

    Late 1970s?

    History Roundup 470 including Prison Women’s Hats July 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 470 including Prison Women's Hats

    Today’s links follow. 1) Ancient Village Rediscovered: Guam 2) Pre Roman Town Turns Up: Britannia 3) Spirit Stalker: US 4) What Georgians Ate: England 5) Terroir Wine: US and France 6) Prison Women (and their hats): US 7) Nun Who Turned To Stone: Afterlife 8) Wonderful Library (stepping back into the 1890s): New York and […]

    William Allen White’s Brush With the Elm Fairies July 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    William Allen White's Brush With the Elm Fairies

    In 1972 Fate Magazine published a fascinating article by Glenn Clairmonte (1972) examining a fairy encounter of William Allen White. For those who have never heard the name WAW (obit 1944) was a self proclaimed champion of Middle America against Conservatism. His politics don’t concern us here rather what is interesting is the fact that […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Study July 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Study

    Aristotle reads in his study.

    History Roundup 469 including Polar Bear Posing July 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 469 including Polar Bear Posing

    Today’s links follow. 1) Posing with Polar Bear: Germany 2) Magic Roman Baths: Sardinia 3) Man Who Killed Millions Gets a Statue: Serbia 4) Tunnel Tigers: Scotland 5) Grand Jury Evidence on Rosenbergs: US 6) Cold War Peace Camp: US 7) Bronze Age Women Rights: Turkey 8) Pet Parrots: the perch and from the archives […]

    Daily History Picture: Paris Prisoners July 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Paris Prisoners

      Some Germans paraded by Allies and Resistance in Paris. Did they survive?

    Don’t Blame Germany July 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Modern
    Don't Blame Germany

    Germany has never been a very popular country. But it is fair to say that Germany is perhaps more unpopular in 2015 than at any time since the bush fire memories of the Second World War started to die down in the mid 1950s. In several countries Germany is loathed: top of the list here […]

    The King of the Non-Existent Mary Ann Islands July 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The King of the Non-Existent Mary Ann Islands

    Strangehistory has enjoyed micronations on several occasions. However, here is a particularly early and exciting example from late nineteenth-century France.  A young pupil at the Ecole Normale of Grenoble, named Antoine Lanfrey, received by post in the course of the year a packet of papers, bearing the seal of a Royal Chancery constituting him King […]

    History Roundup 468 including Alcoholic Rhino July 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 468 including Alcoholic Rhino

    Today’s links follow. 1) Alcoholic Rhino: London 2) Evil Medieval Spirit: Scotland 3) Historical Thesaurus: ! 4) Metaphysical Murder: US 5) St Peter’s Prison? Italy 6) First Female Birthday Letter: Archaeology 7) Two Years Before the Mast: the seven seas 8) Branded for Bigamy: Georgian England and from the archives 9) Medieval Sex: The Good Salvation […]

    The Tower Monster #10: Cobblers July 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Tower Monster #10: Cobblers

    This wrap-up post looks at some of the modern accounts of the cylinder/bear ghost and particularly their inaccuracies. This is not done in a condescending way or with spite: this blogger makes factual mistake after factual mistake as his readers constantly remind him. It is, instead, to show again how we, with paranormal sources, where […]

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