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Found 22 posts tagged ‘evil’


August 19, 2020 (permalink)

"A spoonful of evil."  From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #evil #raven #vintage comics
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May 23, 2020 (permalink)

From North Carolina Wesleyan's 1974 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#black cat #cat #evil #vintage yearbook
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February 28, 2020 (permalink)

"Evil has no hold on you."  From Greensboro's 1972 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #evil #vintage yearbook
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February 25, 2019 (permalink)

There are many "evil trinities," including:
  • treachery, cruelty, and superstition (the evil trinity of the Spaniard, in Sir Ferdinando Gorges and His Province of Maine by James Phinney Baxter, 1890)
  • alcohol, ignorance, and immorality (the evil trinity of backwoods settlements, in Colliers, 1915)
  • cowardice, impatience, and self-love (the evil trinity of a fatal course, in Bonnie Kate by Mrs. De Courcy Laffan, 1894)
  • lice, impure food, and foul water (the "evil trinity of chicken raising," in American Poultry Advocate, 1914)
  • lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life (the evil trinity of corruption, in The American National Preacher, 1843)
  • servitude, destitition, and ignorance (the "evil trinity of political debasement," in Eagle Pass by Cora Montgomery, 1852)
  • the boss, the speculator, and the soulless corporation (the evil trinity of public park sanitation, in Popular Science Monthly, 1899)
  • appetite in the drunkard, greed in the liquor maker and seller, and indifference in church members (the evil trinity of temperance work, in Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1892)
  • the world, the flesh, and the Devil (the evil trinity of the soul's enemies in Christian theology)
  • infidelity, anti-Christianity, and Spiritism (the evil trinity of unclean spirits in American Messianic Fellowship Monthly, 1917)
  • ignorance, superstition, and prejudice (the evil trinity that plots human misery, in The School News and Practical Educator, 1904)
Pictured is the trinity of absolute evil from Christian Iconography by Adolphe Napoléon Didron, 1886.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #art #evil #demonic #evil trinity #absolute evil
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May 2, 2018 (permalink)

The trinity and the trinity of evil.  From The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil by Paul Carus, 1899.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #satan #art #evil #god #trinity
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March 8, 2018 (permalink)

"The trumpter of evil."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.  Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art #evil #trumpeter
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January 12, 2018 (permalink)

"See more evil, hear more evil, speak more evil."  From Life, 1920.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #evil #see no evil #three monkeys #more evil
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August 11, 2017 (permalink)

"But, do not forget (1), the cost; and (2), the evil."  From Pearson's, 1910.
> read more from Always Remember . . .
#vintage illustration #art #evil #the cost
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July 29, 2016 (permalink)

From Christian Similitudes by John Warner Barber, 1866.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #christianity #art #evil #blowing bubbles #wickedness
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June 9, 2016 (permalink)

[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #hell #art #evil #underworld
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November 4, 2015 (permalink)

"To those who enter the hall of the dead, evil comes."  From King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard, 1891.

[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#death #skeleton #evil #hall of the dead #haggard #king solomon's mines
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October 15, 2015 (permalink)

"A messenger of evil," from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.

[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #evil #blame the messenger
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July 6, 2015 (permalink)

"Her comrade in evil," from Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #evil #accomplice #co-conspirator #partner in crime #abettor #accessory #henchman
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July 3, 2015 (permalink)

"It was a darkness shaping itself forth," from The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1859.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spooky #spirit #art #darkness #evil
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May 10, 2015 (permalink)

From Her Evil Behaviour by Kate Fanny Thompson, 1890.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #art #evil #pushed out a window
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October 24, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Earthquakes by Arnold Noscowitz (1890).  The caption reads: "The scourge—an allegory."
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #darkness #curse #evil #misfortune #looming #torment #plague #suffering #menace #scourge #affliction #bane #oppression #bedevilled
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September 4, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from an 1841 issue of Punch magazine.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #evil #pandora's box #evils of the world #Pandora #pandemonium
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August 6, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Maid Marian and Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock (1895).  The caption reads: "The devil in the likeness of a tall friar."
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #thomas love peacock #art #evil #friar #bad priest
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July 31, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Letters of Charles Dickens (1893).  The caption reads: "I am the bearer of evil tidings."

> read more from No News Is Good News . . .
#vintage illustration #charles dickens #evil
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April 11, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from an 1844 issue of Punch magazine.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #imp #devil #vintage devil #art #evil #demonic #evil spirit #beelzebub #lord of the flies #housefly #his infernal majesty #pazuzu
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