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Colonel Fowler and the Mammoth, 1887 February 27, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Colonel Fowler and the Mammoth, 1887

Col. F. Fowler lived for 12 years in Alaska, from c.1877-1889. On finishing his time there he was asked by a reporter about the most interesting thing he had seen there. He answered as follows: Two years ago last summer I left Kodiac for a trip to the head waters of the Snake River, where […]

Selling Alaska/Louisiana/Manhattan by the Pound December 4, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Selling Alaska/Louisiana/Manhattan by the Pound

History could be usefully defined as one long territory grab: who has the desire to take these acres, and who has the will and the resources and enough young ready to die on the other side? You can almost see the archangels of history pouring blood and bullets into two sides of a balance. But […]

The Buckle That Came In From The Cold July 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
The Buckle That Came In From The Cold

***Dedicated to Mike Z who sent this one in*** Beach has made it his business to put up here records of objects from the past that end up hundreds or better still thousands of miles away from where they should have been found. Recent examples have included Roman glass beads in, ahem, Japan and Roma […]