Sanderson at the Langham Hotel | Actonbooks

The Civil War was a memory. In the first five years after the war’s end, many of the carpetbaggers and scalawags had been found out by resentful losers reposed in the Southern States and so some of thos…

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Who needs men…

Lady Margaret Ogilvy

A lot of Jacobite history can focus on the men involved and the actions they took, which is why it is always nice to find a good story about a woman taking a role in history. Granted we may be a li…

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The History Girls: Pamela Gibson of Bletchley Park by Janie Hampton

Pamela Gibson is the oldest surviving person to have worked at Bletchley Park decoding centre during the Second World war. ‘But Bletchley was not my whole life,’ she says in her strong, velvety voice. ‘I’ve had other careers too.’ She also holds the world record for the longest ‘rest’ between jobs as an actor, proving that it’s quite possible to restart a career after 60 years.

Pamela was born in her grandmother’s drawing room in…

Source: The History Girls: Pamela Gibson of Bletchley Park by Janie Hampton

This veteran’s daring escape from Nazi POW camp during World War Two has been kept quiet until now

Roll call of British POWs at Stalag XXID, Poznan (Posen). Copyright: © IWM. Photo Credit

Realizing he could be shot by Nazi guards at any moment, RAF doctor Tom Cullen’s heart raced as he scrambled over the 8-foot high barbed wire fence at the…

Source: This veteran’s daring escape from Nazi POW camp during World War Two has been kept quiet until now

March 24, 1944 Tom, Dick and Harry – Today in History

For those of us of a certain age, this story is very familiar even if only from the film, The Wooden Horse (1950).  Today in History‘s article may provide details you didn’t previously know.

Barracks were built on pilings to discourage tunnelling, creating 24” of open space beneath the buildings. Seismic listening devices were placed around the camp’s perimeter. In the German mind, the …

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An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

Three churches, a school, and dozens of homes were demolished…

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Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind – W.U Hstry

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel around Europe stopping in a number of countries. Today I will be looking at two museums I visited, the first in Amsterdam and the second in Berlin. Both …

Source: Victims of Antisemitism: The Anne Frank Huis and Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind – W.U Hstry

Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust – The New York Times

Revisited Myth #114: You had to have two opposing teeth to join the army in early America so you could tear off the end of the cartridge. | History Myths Debunked

John Hill, Supervisor of Military Programs for Colonial Williamsburg, lays this one to rest. “I have heard many reenactors note the need for two opposing teeth as part of their musket-firing …

Source: Revisited Myth #114: You had to have two opposing teeth to join the army in early America so you could tear off the end of the cartridge. | History Myths Debunked

Taking a Cruise in the Late 1950s

I can’t resist posting this little travel film from 1959 partly because it’s a world away from today and partly because my parents, Benedicta Leigh and Richard Vernon, are playing the mother and father. As someone notes disparagingly on YouTube, it features only first class travel! Typical of the time. The daughter is played by Suzan Farmer although I don’t know the name of the actor playing the son.  My brother and I were too young, alas, to play the children but I still have the mug our parents bought in Portugal!

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Sarah Vernon © March 2017

Victorians Drank Soda Out Of Monstrous Gilded Machines | Atlas Obscura

On a hot day, a cold soda can feel downright luxurious. Pop the tab, tip your head back, and the sweet liquid transports you somewhere a little cooler; a little slower.

The presentation, though, leaves something to be desired. Sure, an aluminum can works fine, but think about it—wouldn’t that ginger ale have tasted just a little better if it had come fizzing out of a bright copper spigot? Perhaps one connected to a…

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American Traitor: The Tokyo Rose – fyeahhistory

So what or who is a Tokyo Rose and how are they/it a traitor? Spoiler alert – Tokyo Rose is not a new racially appropriated perfume from a global beauty powerhouse who should know better, the return…

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This Stunning 700-Year-Old Hand Carved Cave Was Found Behind A Rabbit Hole In The British Countryside.

We’ve all heard of rabbit holes leading to another world before, but that’s usually something that only happens in books!

Photographer Michael Scott took a trip down a rabbit hole into this medieval cave, armed with candles for illumination and captured…

Source: This Stunning 700-Year-Old Hand Carved Cave Was Found Behind A Rabbit Hole In The British Countryside.

The History Girls: The Lying Press

The German phrase Lügenpresse has come into use again in the last few years with the renewed rise of the far right across the world. This is a term that can be easily searched for and found online, but I thought it was worth bringing up here to highlight how insidious and loaded a term it really is.

The term first surfaced in Germany in the 19th Century and first became widely used around1848, by Catholics as a response to…

Source: The History Girls: The Lying Press

Historians are tracing the story of an incredibly brave army nurse who was also a spy

Army nurses after the war

Madge Addy was as secretive after World War II as she was during the conflict as one of Britain’s top spies in occupied France. Historians are putting the…

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