Thousands of medieval wax seals are being studied by scientists for fingerprints and palm prints, to examine British society from centuries ago, and perhaps even solve some medieval crimes! Yes… modern forensics. See some examples in the link:
10,000 digitized, with 2,000 more to go! UC Santa Barbara has created a treasure trove of free on-line audio created from wax cylinders, popularized by Thomas Edison in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Talk about taking you back! Here’s the story, with all the links. Fisher
Most of us who have searched old newspapers have run across the long list of names typically published in the 19th century, informing readers that mail was waiting for certain individuals. (It has often made me wonder who sent those letters to my ancestor and what did they say?!) Well, in the Netherlands a trunk full of undelivered letters from the late 17th and early 18th centuries has been found. Experts have big plans for making the content available to the world. Some researchers are going to have quite a score! Read what’s happening!
Okay, it’s a shirt tail relative… but what a story! A bumbling outlaw is killed by authorities in a shootout in 1911… and that’s when his new career began! It lasted more than twice as long as he was alive. Hear the story of Elmer McCurdy on Extreme Genes, Episode 112, and learn and see more here: Wax Figure Wasn’t Wax!