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  • History Roundup 494 including Lost Bells September 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 494 including Lost Bells

    Today’s links follow. 1) 1800s Dinner Elegance: Britain 2) President Garfield’s Heavenly Escort: US 3) Lost Bells: Britain 4) Nazi Drugs: Germany 5) Mystery Walls: Poland 6) Old Bond Document Still Accruing Interest: Yale 7) Bedside Ghost: London and from the archives 8) Inuits Dying in Britain Other links: Cocaine adverts, Great Famine

    Fried Mice and Urine Mouth Rinses: Traditional Toothache Cures September 28, 2015

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    Fried Mice and Urine Mouth Rinses: Traditional Toothache Cures

    Beach has been living toothache hell for the last two weeks. A wisdom tooth had to be extracted and that was just fine: a bit of anesthetic and POW. But then the jawbone became infected and said bone had to be scraped with little in the way of laughing gas. Painkiller, antiobiotics were rushed in […]

    Daily History Picture: Prisoners! September 27, 2015

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

      American and Filipino troops have surrendered to the Japanese. How many made it to the end of the war?

    French and Parisian Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 27, 2015

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    French and Parisian Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Eye Expert: the greatest French eye expert is Dr Sichel. To his horror Dr Sichel discovers that there are not one but two other Dr Sichels pretending to be him in the provinces. West Dail Press, 29 Apri, 1876, 7. Horse Trick: X sold old nag who says that he […]

    New History Books: Magic in Western Culture September 26, 2015

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    New History Books: Magic in Western Culture

    Brian P. Copenhaver, Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (CUP, Aug 31 2015). ‘The story of the beliefs and practices called ‘magic’ starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino – whose work on magic was […]

    Fat Virgin Mary in the Lost Provinces September 26, 2015

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    Fat Virgin Mary in the Lost Provinces

    In 1871 Prussia (on its way to becoming Germany) seized by force and then won by negotiation Alsace and Lorraine, an act that secured their Rhine territories and that arguably led to two world wars: the lost provinces would cost millions of lives. ‘What flag flies over Strasburg?’ asks a nineteenth-century politician returned from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Execution at the Tower September 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Execution at the Tower

    Melodramatic nineteenth century reproduction of a beheading at the tower. Love the executioner’s head…

    History Roundup 493 including Ambush Hunting September 25, 2015

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    History Roundup 493 including Ambush Hunting

    Today’s links follow. 1) Early Christian Device: Black Sea 2) Dark Eclipse Mystery: New England 3) Bear Man: Texas 4) 5 MB Picture: US (hilarious) 5) Whisky Loving Horse: Britain 6) Ambush Hunting: Africa and from the archives 7) Women on Victorian Trains: Sex and Freedom Other links: Can you write too much, Curb Your […]

    British Provincial Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 25, 2015

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    British Provincial Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our swindlers series. Bee Trick: X carries bees around in a matchbox and releases them onto young wealthy women. The bee attaches to the dress that X pats down, then Y picks their pockets while they are distracted. Sus Adv, 2 Sept 1851, 8. Betting Man: X goes to working class houses announcing […]

    Daily History Picture: Empire States September 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Empire States

    Taking a photograph off the eagle.

    History Roundup 492 including Paleo Flour September 24, 2015

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    History Roundup 492 including Paleo Flour

    Today’s links follow. 1) Brave Madame and the Pirates: France 2) Stray Napoleonic Troops Dug Up in: Germany 3) Ancient Hittite Feast Recreated: Fertile Crescent 4) WW1 Barfight: joke 5) Nazis and Atom Bomb: Germany 6) Paleo Flour! Prehistory 7) Witch and Surgeon’s Wife: Sussex and from the archives 8) A Suicidal Ghost Other links: […]

    Human Pixy-Leading in Suffolk September 24, 2015

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    Human Pixy-Leading in Suffolk

    As noted before in this place Suffolk, where this story took place, is part of East Anglia in which witch traditions were particularly strong. In fact, so strong were these witching traditions that sometimes they blotted out other parallel traditions. Fairylore, for example, are difficult to dig up in this part of England. Take this lovely […]

    Daily History Picture: Bin Laden Dead September 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bin Laden Dead

    By far the most interesting face here is Hillary’s, even more striking in the video.

    History Roundup 491 including New Pyramids September 23, 2015

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    History Roundup 491 including New Pyramids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Violent Tree Death: Ireland 2) New American Wreck: Maryland 3) Burning Beds: US 4) Princess and Naked Life Guards: Britain 5) New Pyramids: Sudan 6) Decapitated Children’s Head: Scotland 7) Early Reality Show: World and from the archives 8) Burying Irish Under Buildings?! Other links: Bagel Genius, Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands Lecture

    US Swindles in the Nineteenth Century September 23, 2015

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    US Swindles in the Nineteenth Century

    More in our nineteenth-century swindlers series. Confess: X writes to hundreds of bank clerks across the country saying that he was in receipt of tens of thousands of dollars left by a banker to help bank clerks who had embezzled money. Many bank clerks replied admitting that they had done so at which point X blackmailed […]

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