History Obscura

History Obscura


Latest Episodes

Joanna Southcott's Box of Prophecy
May 22, 2022

Is the Panacea Society really holding the true Southcott Box, or was that disappointing container opened by Harry Price in the 1920s the real thing? And why didn't the world end in 2004? This week's sponsors are Athletic Greens and Ghost Town Podcast! Mus

10 Days in a Mad House, Chapter 11
May 14, 2022

More from our dear 19th-century gentlewoman, Nellie Bly, as she spies within the inner workings of New York City's Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. This week's sponsors are Athletic Greens and EndlessInk Books! Music from Fesliyan Studios Ple

Egos & Gods of Ancient Egyptian Texts
May 07, 2022

Hear ye hear ye, as one boasts of his triumphant life in service of the great Pharoah! These tales are straight from the ancient Egyptian papyri and stone. Music from Fesliyan Studios Please support the show at www.patreon.com/HistoryObscura, www.buymeaco

An Historical Tour down the Uncanny Valley
May 03, 2022

Haunted dolls, masks, detailed Greek sculpture, medieval paintings and corpses all play large roles in the history of the Uncanny Valley. This episode covers Lilly from Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum, Springheel'd Jack, Moskvin's Russian Dolls, and more.

Commited to 19th-century New York Insane Asylum, Nellie Bly's True Story
March 14, 2022

In 1880s New York, the last thing any woman wanted was to be committed to the infamous lunatic asylum at Blackwell's Island. Except for Nelly Bly, investigative reporter for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. In this episode, we continue Bly's personal acc

The UFOs of 1967; Over Land & In Sea
February 19, 2022

The Falcon Lake Incident and the Shag Harbour UFO are two unforgettable stories from another historical year full of unidentifiable craft sightings. The UFOs of 1967 came thick and fast, and left good evidence in their wake. Music from Fesliyan Studios Pl

Witches in the News, Through the Centuries & in the Ducking Pond
February 12, 2022

Witness the ducking of a witch from the front row of the assembled villagers! This episode is all witch, all the time. Dive in (but try not to float.) Music from Fesliyan Studios Please support the show at Patreon, BuyMeACoffee, or Anchor! --- Support

Victorian Doctors & the Handwashing Scandal
February 05, 2022

Checking in again on the utter Filth of the Victorians...turns out things weren't any better in the rest of Europe. A feud between medical surgeons actually led to an effective boycotting of clinical sanitary codes.  Music from Fesliyan Studios Pleas

A Victorian Seance with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini
January 29, 2022

The two famous friends, Houdini and Conan Doyle, had a bad falling out over a seance gone wrong. Music from Fesliyan Studios Please support the show at Patreon, BuyMeACoffee, or Anchor! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/historyobscura/support

We Faked the Haunting at Borley Rectory
January 22, 2022

Did a bunch of meddling kids really fool the great Harry Price, ghost hunter? Music from Fesliyan Studios Please support the show at Patreon, BuyMeACoffee, or Anchor --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/historyobscura/support