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Today — June 30, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Justice nods off and a demon prepares his noose.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1872.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
In another version of the story, Pinocchio didn't become a real boy but rather went into traffic safety along the Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia.  The sign reads, "Don't be 'wooden headed.'  Drive carefully.  You'll live to enjoy the scenery."  (And as you can see, Pinocchio isn't lying.)



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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to set the clock back.

Steamer Mt. Washington II and Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, from Lake Shore Park
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Do you detect a coded meaning to this ad from the turn of the century?  Though early for the use of "Mary Jane" as slang for marijuana, the "Maria Jane" reference here is paired with the unusual name "Blifkins" ("bliff" rhyming with "spliff," suggesting a cigarette of cannabis and tobacco), in the psychedelic context of "a change [coming] o'er his dreams."  When we include the hallucinatory portrait in which two figures emerge from the man's face, the ad seems to be suggesting that this particular tobacco combines happily with cannabis.


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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Adventures of Two Youths in the Open Polar Sea by Thomas Wallace Knox, 1885.


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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
"Charlie isn't fooling," and it's only funny if Charlie is fooling.  From Journal of Electricity, 1918.


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Burying the hatchet lights the pipe.  From Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1922.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a pixelated scan of three crescent moons from Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina, 1905.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poems from the Works of Charles Cotton, illustrated by Claud Lovat Fraser, 1922.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sämtliche Werke by E. T. A. Hoffmann, 1908.


[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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