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Today — August 18, 2019

Strange Dreams (permalink)
Probably the best dream giraffe we've encountered all week.  From Karl's Journey to the Moon by Maja Lindberg, 1920.
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The Right Word (permalink)
We're delighted that our Magic Words: A Dictionary is referenced in Derek Padula's astonishingly thorough exploration of the inherent secrets and "Cultural Origin of Papparapā!" in Dragon Ball Z.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if, at this very moment, you might be reclining under a castle with the whole world in your lap.  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Guy, Earl of Warwick, illustrated by Frederick Tayler for The Old Story Books of England.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Bookworms don't necessarily make holes in pages by eating them.  Sometimes they focus light through a magnifying glass and burn holes.  From Science Fiction Quarterly, 1956.
Thank you to Ant-Soul who commented, "This is the best thing I’ve seen."
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Lambuth's 1972 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"But I've got to be home by 7:30!"  From Harper's (1901).
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate either astral journeys or time travel.  From Illinois Benedictine College's 1980 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Trier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmopolitan (1919).
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Michiganensian yearbook, 1911.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Say it with flowers.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A glove with a parasol.  From The Judge, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Mirror's magic reflects moods, many meanings."  Of course this is continued from page 2, because a mirror has two faces.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1961.
See our very own haunted mirror in action in our video about a lucid waking experiment gone wrong.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if it's either "hullo" or "horrors!"  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The octopus is king of the zoo.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Hans Thoma's ‘Der Traum’ (1897), from Kunst und Künstler, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Boston Latin School Register, 1932.
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