CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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November 30, 2015

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precusor to Princess Leia, from Tales of Enchantment from Spain, illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1920.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the best combination scarecrow, snowman, and telephone we've seen all year.  From Bell Telephone Magazine, 1944.
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the University of Maryland's Bones, Molars and Briefs, 1904.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia and How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#divination #magick #wizard #occult #prophecy #vintage yearbook #fortune telling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Doctor Nikola by Guy Newell Boothby and illustrated by Stanley L. Wood, 1896.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie and illustrated by F. D. Bedford, 1912.

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Something, Defined (permalink)

"Then something, something, something, and the subject changes."
John Searles, Strange But True (2011)

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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The hags of horror," from A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille and illustrated by G. Gaul, 1888.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Clara In Blunderland by Lewis Caroline, 1902.

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#vintage illustration #art #spoof #alice in wonderland #satire
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November 29, 2015

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Fairmont State Normal School's Mound yearbook, 1913.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #macabre #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #grim reaper #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Punch magazine, 1866.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Choosing Employees by Mental and Physical Tests by William Fretz Kemble, 1917.

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#vintage illustration #art #drawing #faces #aging #moods #job application #character #cartooning
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the Instano yearbook of Indiana State Normal School, 1922.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

The following is technically unrelated to this diagram from Mittheilungen der Internationalen Polar-Commission by Heinrich Wild, 1882:

"Gurdjieff maintained that people live their lives asleep, unaware of themselves and that we are made up of a series of little 'I's, each one called upon in turn to deal with the changing contexts and circumstances of our lives and each one unaware of the other." —Inside Contexts, 2012

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Kopenhagen, die Hauptstadt Dänemarks by Franz von Jessen, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #ornament #art #faces in things #knot #denmark #danish art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Speaking of the acronym LOA, the loa are the mysterious intermediary spirits of Haitian Vodou.  From the Aurora publication of the Agnes Scott Institute, 1897.

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#vintage illustration #spooky #occult #art #goat #fraternity #loa #lamda omicron alpha #college organization
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

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November 28, 2015

The Right Word (permalink)

—Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
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The Right Word (permalink)
"The Lord uplifts his awful hand / And chains you to the shore."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.
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#sentence diagram #grammar #the lord #bondage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #cherub #art #thackeray #inspiration #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's "Miss Schuyler," from Gala-Day Luncheons by Caroline French Benton, 1901.

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#vintage illustration #art #dynamite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Leo and the angel death," from In a Sea Bird's Nest by Frances Clare, 1896.

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#vintage illustration #death #angel #angel of death #mortality #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Na Úsvitě Nové Doby by Josef Jakub Touzinsky, 1848.

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#vintage illustration #imp #devil #art #war #drum
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Precursors (permalink)

"The Asian concept of face refers to how others think of you.  It is a concern that others think well of you.  The western idea of a thick skin is a lack of concern with criticism and what others think of you.  Merging both ideas approximates the idea of thick face: 'a shield to protect our self-esteem from the bad opinions of others' (Chu, 1992, p. 10).  Those with thick face eliminate self-doubt and do not accept external or self-imposed limitations.  Thick face is a shield from the debilitating opinions of others." —David J. Tipton, Professionalism, Work, and Clinical Responsibility in Pharmacy

Here's a precursor to the "thick face" shield, from Collectanea Antiqvitatvm in Vrbe Atqve Agro Mogvntino Repertarvm by Johann Huttich, 1525.


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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #shield
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"I'm not a bumpkin," but as the aphorism goes, "If you have to say it, it isn't true."  From Belinda and Some Others by Ethel Maude, 1898.

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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"But Memory came and took the glass of Time," from Seen in Three Days, written and illustrated by Edwin John Ellis, 1893.

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#vintage illustration #angel #memory #art #time #mnemosyne
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November 27, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The receiver will need to know ahead of time that an invisible message is coming and how to make it become visible." —Randy Harelson
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#message in a bottle #invisible message #barnacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #monks #art
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"(for the mind's eye is not utterly baffled by darkness)" Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
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#darkness #night #housekeeping #marilynne robinson #mind's eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #hell #art #follow the leader #sheep
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the University of Maryland's Bones, Molars and Briefs, 1904.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.


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

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#clown #vintage yearbook #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Revolutions in art, commerce, politics, science, and religion all form a star.  From The Century of Sir Thomas More by Benjamin Orange Flower, 1896.

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#vintage illustration #art #revolution #star #pentagram
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

It turns out that the man in the moon is actually a club-wielding policeman, as we learn in St. Nicholas magazine, 1876.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's an attack of wasps from 1863, in Up Ewig Ungedeelt by Detlev von Liliencron, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #art #wasps #wezpen
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

Atmospheric electrical discharges often get demonized, but they're sparked by an angel: "Nang Make Kala, an angel who causes lightning."  From Five Years in Siam from 1891 to 1896 by Herbert Warington Smyth, 1898.

*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#angel #lightning #weather deity #thailand #siam
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The Welsh rabbit," from Un-natural History Not Taught in Bored Schools by James Freyberg, 1883.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #welsh rabbit #welsh rarebit #cheesy toast #grilled cheese
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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November 26, 2015

Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
Q: "Why there are so many songs about rainbows?" —the song Rainbow Connection
A: There aren't. —literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
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Precursors (permalink)
Before "the new black," there was "the new brown," as we see in The Street Railway Journal, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here’s a tip from The Care and Feeding of a Spirit Board on how to use “spiritum sylvestre” to relax the dualistic tendencies of a ouija board.
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#spiritualism #seance #ouija #spirit board #talking board #spiritum sylvestre #spirit of wood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Aesop's Fables, by V. S. Vernon Jones and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1912.

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#vintage illustration #fable #satyr #art #hybrid #horned one #aesop's fables #aesop #goat legged
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Your sins upon your own head."  From James Madison University's Schoolma'am, 1917.

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#vintage illustration #umbrella #college yearbook #art #sins #vintage yearbook #medusa
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Call it a Hunch (permalink)

"A hunch, are you serious?  I've got a news flash for you, this isn't the Middle Ages[;] sanctuary went out with Quasimodo."
Jon Steele, The Watchers

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Grandma's Attic Treasures by Mary Dow Brine, 1882.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"He thanks you for your very kind attention," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1903.

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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #spring #slinky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Not" the way to treat a turkey at Thanksgiving?  From Home Mission Handicraft, 1908.

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#vegetarianism #thanksgiving #meat is murder #turkey
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November 25, 2015

Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)

"How many times have I told you not to come in here without knocking?" he asked sternly.
The office-boy reflected.
"Seven," he replied.

P.G. Wodehouse, Summer Lightning (via Jonathan Caws-Elwitt)

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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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#vintage illustration #hell #art #god #fallen angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Mokeanna by Francis Cowley Burnand, 1873.

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#vintage illustration #art #sea creature #seaside #sea life #people who look like animals
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)

So in 1896 we had already sliced open the sun (to discover its labyrinthine innards), and yet NASA's launch of a solar probe has been pushed back to 2018.  One step forward, two steps back.  From The Half Hour Library of Travel, Nature and Science for Young Readers, 1896.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the Syllabus yearbook of Northwestern University, 1896.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.


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

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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #college yearbook #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Bab Ballads, written and illustrated by William Schwenck Gilbert, 1898.

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#death #cemetery #grave #graveyard #skull #tombstone #deathbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The genius of the ring am I," from Aladdin, or, the Wonderful Scamp!  An Original Burlesque Extravaganza in One Act by Henry James Byron, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #devil #genie #art #chinese art #aladdin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens and illustrated by D. H. Friston, 1883.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Crossing the line," from A Journey Round the World, illustrated by Carl Marr, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #ritual #art #line-crossing ceremony #crossing the line #crossing the equator
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November 24, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a page from Seance Parlor Feng Shui, a book that the renowned philosopher of magic Robert E. Neale (author of The Sense of Wonder) believes to contain no less than the secret to world peace.  Feng shui, an ancient study of utilizing spaces, is all-too-often neglected by masters of occult ceremonies.  Collected in this book are séance parlor arrangements proven so wildly successful that entire books have been dedicated to analyzing the wonderment they generated.  The book deals only with designs that have earned widespread fame.  The blueprints here represent such minute attention to detail, such focused intention on powerful results, that quietly meditating upon them as works of art reveals them to be sacrosanct.  Say what you will as a believer or a skeptic; the séance rooms of Spiritualism reveal intelligent design.

The text reads: Annie Dillard on automatic writing and drawing: "You are wrong if you think that you can in any way take the vision and tame it to the page. The page is jealous and tyrannical; the page is made of time and matter; the page always wins."
[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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#annie dillard #feng shui #spiritualism #seance #automatic writing #automatic drawing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Curiosités Médico-Artistiques by Lucien Nass, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #physiognomy #camel #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Donne famously said that "no man is an island," but the jury's still out.  From Tempi Andati by Giuseppe Caprin, 1891.

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#vintage illustration #art #john donne #no man is an island #walking mountain
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From The Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1900.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #goat #fraternity #secret societies
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Yarns of an Old Mariner by Mary Cowden Clarke and illustrated by George Cruikshank, 1800.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #art #goat #animal house
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Precursors (permalink)

Here's the answer first — a precursor to Jeopardy.  From The Bab Ballads, written and illustrated by William Schwenck Gilbert, 1898.  The text reads, "When it's a-jar!"

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From In the Land of Misfortune by Florence Caroline Douglas, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #bat #silhouette #art #crescent moon #teepee #tents #shadows
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)

Here's a fine line from A Treastise on Painting by John Burnet, 1837.


A printed collection of A Fine Line Between... is now available from Amazon.com.
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)

From The People of the Mist by Henry Rider Haggard, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #sun worship #h. rider haggard #sunrise #solar deity #art
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November 23, 2015

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted that two of our books qualified for the "Mayhem" section of Quimby's Bookstore.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Charles Folkard, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #puppet #pinocchio
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #robot sports
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #infant mortality
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)

From Punch magazine, 1866.

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Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the "dancing pigs" of computer security: "Given a choice between dancing pigs and security, users will pick dancing pigs every time" (Gary McGraw and Edward Felten, Securing Java1999).  From North Adams Normal School's Normalogue yearbook, 1914.  (For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.)

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #clown #dancing pigs #pied piper
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Always Remember (permalink)

"Always remember to ask your heart things." —Shannon Lynn, Tools for Life


Listen to your heart, courtesy of Ky.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The tailor's goose," from Un-natural History Not Taught in Bored Schools by James Freyberg, 1883.

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#vintage illustration #mirror #art #tailor #reflection #faces in things #man in the mirror
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)

* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"But when it was full she did not appear to heed it," from For Abigail by Silas Kitto Hocking, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #daydreaming #maiden #art #bucket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Hataska!  Hataska!  Hataska!"  From The World's Desire by Henry Rider Haggard, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #ancient egypt #h. rider haggard #osiris #egyptian deity #art
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November 22, 2015

Two Sides / Same Coin (permalink)
You've heard of "turning over a new leaf," but here's what it looks like, courtesy of the person who scanned Massachusetts in the Rebellion by P. C. Headley, 1866.  It's been said (by Arjan Plaisier) that "Autumn has two faces."  In that spirit, both sides of every leaf preserved in this volume are represented.
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#autumn #leaves #autumn leaves #scanned leaves #book scanning #turning over a new leaf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is the best insect chariot made of playing cards and pulled by vermin that we've seen all year.  From Les Français Peints par Eux-Mêmes, 1853.
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#vintage illustration #art #playing cards #charoit #stag beetle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #owl #art #bats #thackeray
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #satan #hell #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

Einstein said that God doesn't play dice, but here's evidence that God plays Tic Tac Toe, from Au Pays de Notre-Seigneur by A. Vannesson, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #art #night sky #stars #starry night #night #tic tac toe #god doesn't play dice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Hughes High School's Annual, 1918.

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#vintage illustration #cloven hoof #art #pan #pan pipes #high school yearbook #goat legs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From St. Nicholas magazine, 1877.

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#vintage illustration #art #autumn #leaves
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)

Snowshoe guitar image from a concert poster courtesy of Sophie.

"The 'snowshoes' in The Frozen North are only funny if we can still see them as guitars simultaneously." —Alice Gavin, Literature and Film, Dispositioned: Thought, Location, World

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The Genius of the Ring am I, sworn to defend its owner."  From Aladdin, or, the Wonderful Scamp!  An Original Burlesque Extravaganza in One Act by Henry James Byron, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #devil #genie #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"See what a little place you occupy in the world," from Great Events of the World, edited by Rebecca Warren Brown, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #globe #art #microcosm #napoleon #it's a small world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

The flight of the dragon, from Belle and the Dragon by Arthur Edward Waite, 1894.

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November 21, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before you look at this diagram, recall that in terms of hyperproof, "It does not really sound right to say that a diagram is true or false in a world" (Logical Reasoning with Diagrams, 1996).  Our diagram is from Mary Elizabeth Burt's Literary Landmarks: A Guide to Good Reading for Young People and Teachers, 1889).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Français Peints par Eux-Mêmes, 1853.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
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The Right Word (permalink)
From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #boxing #art
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
(Our illustration irom The Evil Eye or the Black Spectre by William Carleton, 1860.)
Bitter1stuff asks:
Are any dogs of use when ghosts are appear?
We posed the question to our Augural Agglomerator widget, which consulted 59 oracles around the world and came up with this answer:
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #shadow people #art #phantom #crescent moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #art #straw man #Okito Doll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #folklore #fairy tale #japanese #art #bogie man #pantomime #old japan #shogun
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

"Now I didn't mean to hurt your feelings."  From Springfield High School's Resume yearbook, 1909.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #vintage yearbook #hurt feelings #apology
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)

Q: Why paint cats?

A: Why Paint Cats.


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A Rose is a ... (permalink)

Roses photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk.

"When 'a rose is a rose,' that is one thing, but when 'a rose is a rose is a rose,' that is another." —Hugh J. Silverman, Cultural Semiosis: Tracing the Signifier

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille and illustrated by G. Gaul, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #dragon #art #sea serpent #sea monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a boxing kangaroo from Fra det Moderne England by Gustaf Fredrik Steffen, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #boxing kangaroo #boxing #kangaroo #art
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November 20, 2015

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to 1973's "Twin Earth" thought experiment, from The Children's Book of Stars by G. E. Mitton, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #astronomy #twin earth
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wyoming's Wyo yearbook, 1910.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#skeleton #skull #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #fallen angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.  Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #hell #art #corkscrew #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #owls #orange sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Ah, the good old days when discussions of atoms were accompanied by drawings of Aeolus.  From The Half Hour Library of Travel, Nature and Science for Young Readers, 1896.

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#vintage illustration #art #Aeolus #wind #wind god
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

"Not dead but sleeping," from the University of Nevada's Artemisia yearbook, 1904.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #vintage yearbook #not dead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The fairy lake," from Little Loving-Hearts Poem-Book by Margaret Elenora Tupper, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #butterfly #fairy boat
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
A printed collection of A Fine Line Between... is now available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #art #parliament #scissors #government
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Under Spell of the Dark Powers by G. A. Colmache, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #magick #art #black magic #bewitched #dark powers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Histoire d'Angleterre by Prudence Guillaume de Roujoux, 1844.

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#vintage illustration #woodcut #merman #english history #art
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November 19, 2015

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
They say music is the universal language, but this Swedish sheet music proves otherwise.  From Social Games and Group Dances by James Claude Elsom, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Steve Brown's Bunyip and Other Stories by John Arthur Barry, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #art #horror #boat #torchlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Curiosités Médico-Artistiques by Lucien Nass, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #physiognomy #fish face #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Punch magazine, 1866.

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage doctor #punch magazine #magnet therapy #vintage medical #alternative medicine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's U and I yearbook, 1921.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #clown #vintage yearbook #whitewash
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The Daimio and Hatamoto," from Young Americans in Japan by Edward Greey, 1882.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"And while Time his scythe is whetting, ere the dew from the grass has gone …"  From A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden by Walter Crane. 1899.

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#vintage illustration #art #father time #scythe #chronos
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

The imp of the cork waits desperately for a pop.  From The Oxford Thackeray.

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#vintage illustration #imp #art #champagne #cork
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From L'Espagne Pittoresque, Artistique et Monumeatale by Manuel Galo de Cuendias, 1848.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

An illustration from The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott (1887).

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#vintage illustration #death #art
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November 18, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

A gift pairing idea: 

Two Books that Read their Reader’s Mind

Two books on the market purport to provably read the minds of their readers: Clive Barker’s horror novel Mister B. Gone and Anthemion Buckram’s grimoire The Young Wizard’s Hexopedia.  You could tell the person who has everything that this book pairing gift suggested itself.

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#magick #occult #mind reading #grimoire #demonology #clive barker #horror novel #gift pairing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Charles Folkard, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #pinocchio
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)

A snippet from Better Readers for Our Times, Volume 13, 1969.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The overthrow of the troll's ghost, from The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #fairy tale #art #troll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art
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Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Moby's song "We are All Made of Stars," from Là-Bas et Ailleurs, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #decoration #art #star #medals #we are all made of stars #moby
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you to know that parents and teachers, for the most part, hold common goals for children." Rational-Emotive Consultation in Applied Settings

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"They lay back their ears when I smooth down their fur."  From Little Loving-Hearts Poem-Book by Margaret Elenora Tupper, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #bunny
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The Right Word (permalink)

This is the preferred way to write the magic word excelsior.  From Hill's Album of Biography and Art, 1887.

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#calligraphy #excelsior
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's an ornate capital T from The Hades of Ardenne, written and illustrated by T. T. Club, 1883.

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#vintage illustration #demon #ornate capital #cat #art #drop cap #capital t
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Does "Every little breeze seem to whisper Louise"?  Not everyone is so sure.  '"I wish that I could believe in Louise,' said Daisy" in Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #louise #every little breeze
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Seen in Three Days, written and illustrated by Edwin John Ellis, 1893.

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#vintage illustration #angel #art #title page #1893
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November 17, 2015

Colorful Allusions (permalink)

A detail of a photo by G. Meyer.

There's an ancient Shinto koan (and nevermind that "Shinto koan" is a Googlewhack): "What are the colors of the cones?"  (Even before traffic cones, conical stalagmites sported white, red, orange, and black coloration from iron and other deposits.  Our colored traffic cones are like distant memories of our cave-dwelling ancestors.)  What the koan is getting at, of course, is that what we call colors are merely words; while lightwaves have objective properties, color is not one of them but rather is created subjectively by one's brain.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Witches' luck," from Woodmyth & Fable, written and illustrated by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #divination #magic spell #witchcraft #occult #art #luck spell #witch luck #thirteen moons
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #hell #art #searchlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #snow king #frost king #old man winter #jack frost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Saved by his nose," from Camp and Studio, written and illustrated by Irving Montagu, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #nose #sense of smell
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

"Once upon a time, when Brown and Waltz were studying zoötamy, suddenly—."  From Olivet Nazarene University's Aurora yearbook, 1917.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #zoology #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Story and Song by Louis Foulk Curtis, 1905.

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#vintage illustration #king #art #crown #sleeping #weariness #throne
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
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`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #death #art #angry sea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From St. Nicholas magazine, 1903.  The sign reads, "Do not annoy the animals" on one side and "Do not annoy the people" on the other.

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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #zoo animal #do not annoy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Fortnightly Review, 1916.

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#vintage illustration #giant #victory #gods and man #art #tiny man
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

"There she stood in the heart of the fire," from The World's Desire by Henry Rider Haggard, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #h. rider haggard #fire #immolation #fire goddess #art
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November 16, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Stories and Legends of Travel and History by Grace Greenwood, 1857.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #art
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Redskin and Cow-Boy by G. A. Henty, 1891.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
[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 Punch magazine, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #illumination #candle #light #punch magazine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From St. Nicholas magazine, 1877.

[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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#vintage illustration #fairy #elf #otherworld #owl #art #magic
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Always Remember (permalink)

"Always remember to leave them with this ominous warning—if we spend extra time here, then we'll lose it here."
Holiday Mayhem: How Not to Kill Your Family During the Holidays

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie and illustrated by F. D. Bedford, 1912.

[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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#vintage illustration #art #peter pan #neverland
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

From Echoes of Old County Life by John Kersley Fowler, 1892.

*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #church #carried away #the people could fly #blown away
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Strange Dreams (permalink)

"Oh, it's Miss Linda! she's a walkin' in her sleep agin … and somethin's happened!"  From The Curse of the Fevrills by Sylvia Penn, 1888.

If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #sleepwalking #somnambulism
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November 15, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We've been pressured through advertising to achieve spotless dishes and sparkling floors, but back in 1886 one was seriously expected to see one's reflection after ironing a shirt.
[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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#vintage ad #reflection #starch #ironing
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"And any present moment was only thinking, and thoughts bear the same relation, in mass and weight, to the darkness they rise from, as reflections do to the water they ride upon, and in the same way they are arbitrary, or merely given." Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
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#marilynne robinson #thinking #nature of thought #thoughts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
[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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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #hell #art #cartoonist
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #whoopla #hoopla #facial hair #caricature
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

"A probably combustion," from Elizabeth College's Caps and Belles yearbook, 1901.  (For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.)

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#vintage illustration #college yearbook #art #vintage yearbook #brainstorm #music student #musical terms
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

She's captivated by the representation, even as swans are swimming right behind her.  We don't even know if that's the point of this image from The Eastern Wonderland by D. C. Angus, 1882.  Spoiler: the swans behind her are representations, too!

[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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#vintage illustration #art #swans #representation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's the Sphinx drawn from memory (apparently), from A Family Flight Over Egypt and Syria by Edward Everett Hale, 1882.

[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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#vintage illustration #sphinx #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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#vintage illustration #waterfall #can't take it with you #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Ghosts, Being the Experiences of Flaxman Low by Kate O'Brien Prichard and illustrated by B. E. Minns, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

A portrait of author George Dunlop Leslie by F. Walker (1888).

[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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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #human headed #xz
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November 14, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (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.]
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#vintage illustration #hell #art #cerberus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Curiosités Médico-Artistiques by Lucien Nass, 1907.
[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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#vintage illustration #art #physiognomy #fish face #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
[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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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #giant dog #treasure chest
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

From Babylon Electrified by Albert Bleunard, and illustrated by Montader, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #art #explosion #babylon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From Cumberland University's Phoenix yearbook, 1908.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #college organization #vintage yearbook #redhead #ponytail
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)

"All woods—woods—as far as he went."  From St. Nicholas magazine, 1877.

[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #forest #art #woods #trees
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The Right Word (permalink)

Here's some visual poetry in the wild, from The Intellectual Status of Children Who Are Public Charges, 1915.

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#visual poetry #vispo #living and dying
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Magic figure," from The Eastern Wonderland by D. C. Angus, 1882.

[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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#vintage illustration #wizard #silhouette #art #magic #magic toy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Little Loving-Hearts Poem-Book by Margaret Elenora Tupper, 1882.

[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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#vintage illustration #witch #fairy tale #art #princess #enchanted forest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Desolation deified," from Rambles Round Rossendale by J. Marshall Mather, 1888.

[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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#vintage illustration #angel #misery #art #desolation #loneliness #anguish #emptiness #deification
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November 13, 2015

A Fine Line Between... (permalink)

"It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present."
Edith Beale

A printed collection of A Fine Line Between... is now available from Amazon.com.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Daniel Vierge from McClure's Magazine, 1807.
[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 Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
[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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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Hole Book by Peter Newell, 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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#vintage illustration #punctuation #art #exclamation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Punch magazine, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #horseman #centaur #punch magazine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Les Châteaux Suisses by Élisabeth Jeanne Isabelle Pauline de Montolieu, 1896.  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.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #pitchfork #art
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Don't Take This the Wrong Way (permalink)

"Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you need some lunch."
—Jan Wooden Howse, God Does No Wrong

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"He wheels down town at furious (pace)," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1903.

[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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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #spring
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

Budding mathematicians, ironically, tend to blossom in winter months when plants are hibernating.  We learn this in Practical Physics, 1922.

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#vintage illustration #art #mathematician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"'What art thou?' stammered the page," from The Captain of the Wight by Frank Cowper, 1889.

[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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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #specter #shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The tidings had proved too much for the family retainer," from The Cap Becomes a Coronet by Frederick Bingham, 1894.

[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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#vintage illustration #art #too much
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November 12, 2015

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We previously delved into Ward Seminary's Iris yearbook of 1906 and showcased some surprisingly occult imagery, like something you'd expect to find at the witch's coven masquerading as a ballet school in the great film Suspiria Here are similarly spooky images from the seminary's 1905 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#spooky #occult #vintage yearbook #candle #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Battle of the Frogs and Mice by Jane Barow, 1894.
[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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#vintage illustration #art #mice #frogs #animal warfare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
[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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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
[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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#vintage illustration #broomstick #fairy tale #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the University of Maryland's Bones, Molars and Briefs, 1904.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#macabre #death #skeleton #cauldron #college yearbook #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret societies #fraternal organizations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Every-Day Characters by Winthrop Macworth Praed and illustrated by Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, 1896.

[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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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #pitchfork #cloven hoof #art #great beast #horned one
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Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) from Polk's Indianapolis City Directory, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #invention #clockwork #art #tetsuo #mechanical man #robot
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