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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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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December 31, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Our popular Fortune's Navigator compass widget is now an app.
Spin the dial at every crossroad and let Fate lead your journey. This four-tiered oracle suggests which direction to turn and alerts to special circumstances along the way. Try it when wandering a botanical garden for the first time, or if you find yourself lost, or if you wish to lose yourself.
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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)
[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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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Daily Colonist, 1900.

*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)

Betrayed by a Shadow by Raven Dean, 1890.

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This May Surprise You (permalink)

The keeper of the exclamation point is actually Lady Question Mark.  From The Riddle by Walter Alexander Raleigh, 1895.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Mother Earth beseeches Father Time to spare her another year, from The Carolyn Wells Year Book of Old Favorites and New Fancies for 1909.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Kunst, Krieg und Krieger by Konrad Escher, 1917.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The poison bubble," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1903.

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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"I am dreaming, I am dre-e-e-e-ming," from My Fourth Tour in Western Australia by Frederick Albert Calvert and illustrated by Walker Hodgson, 1897.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Frost fair on the Thames in 1683, as depicted in Old & New London by George Walter Thornbury, 1897.
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December 30, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A Scare-fox has shutters which are run by clockwork so as to fall every ten minutes, causing the light to flash in three directions."  From Our Wild Fowl and Waders by Dwight Huntington, 1910.
[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)
"The electric dynamostrich," from the Journal of Electricity, 1920.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The two giants bring in the sedan-chair," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1880.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Peter Patter Book by Leroy F. Jackson and illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Rhyme or Reason by Nicholas Aufrere Fenwick, 1900.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

A toast to Mystery!  The caption reads, "The wine is a mystery." From The Secret of the Court by Frank Frankfort Moore, 1895.

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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)

"It's the oldest trick in the book, hidin' in a wagonload o' hay!"
—Henry Clark, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

You've heard of the "power of suggestion," but did you know that power is exerted via levers?  From Psycho-Therapy in the Practice of Medicine and Surgery by Sheldon Leabitt, 1903.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Die Märztage des Jahres 1798 by Gustav Adolf Badertscher, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #death #art #war #black bear
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

A finish is never fully the end -- it's just fin (from the Latin for "end") ish.  From Wheeler's Guide to Weymouth,1882.

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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
An illustration from Greater Love by Alexander Gordon (1894).  The caption reads: "There was a bitter east wind blowing."
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December 29, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Confirmed: the grim reaper wheels around on pie charts.  From Illinois Agricultural Association Record, 1946.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #pie chart
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Our popular Breathing Circle widget is now an app.
It's a tool for combating stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.  We "circled the square" by transforming the technique of four-square breathing into a wheel of life.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Glooskap turning a man into a cedar-tree."  From The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1884.
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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 #figurehead
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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 Physical Culture, 1899.

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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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#devil #satan #magick #conjuration #wizard #magician #black magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Shadow on the Blind and Other Ghost Stories by Louisa Baldwin, 1895.

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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spirit #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Die Märztage des Jahres 1798 by Gustav Adolf Badertscher, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #skeleton #mortality #grim reaper #art #bell #for whom the bell tolls #death toll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Half-a-century of pain," from The Story of a Tour by William Scriven, 1898.

[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 #pain #bad memories #cursed
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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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#vintage illustration #art #question mark
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

"She's dressed in snow!"  From The Paradise of Birds by William John Courthope and illustrated by Lancelot Speed, 1889.

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#vintage illustration #snow queen #ice queen #art #snow #lady winter
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December 28, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Thanks is a double edged sword" (as Daniel Kempson reminds us), so don't get any paper cuts from this confetti in The Oölogist, 1923.

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#vintage illustration #art #thanks #confetti
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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 #eagle #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A tarantula" from Hood's Own by Thomas Hood, 1855.
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#vintage illustration #thomas hood #art #spider #tarantula
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)

An angel in the seventh heaven is said to have a rooster's shape (as per Romans de Mahon), but which is it — a rectangle or a triangle?  From A Little Journey Among Anconas by Cecil Sheppard, 1922.

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#vintage illustration #art #geometry #rooster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"What art thou??"  From Valdar the Oft-Born by George Chetwynd Griffith Jones, 1895.

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#vintage illustration #art #dungeon #hooded #prisoner
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It Bears Repeating (permalink)

"The point bears repeating: So far as history knows, Plato invented Atlantis out of whole cloth."
Foundations of Atlantis, Ancient Astronauts and Other Alternative Pasts, 2015

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Death's crown is not always depicted in the correct orientation.  This is it.  From Die Märztage des Jahres 1798 by Gustav Adolf Badertscher, 1898.

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#death #mortality #grim reaper #crown #dead king
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's the imp of being out of paper.  You didn't think paper disappeared on its own, right?  From Wellesley Magazine, 1897.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #gnome #elf #art #paper
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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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Only Funny If ... (permalink)

It's only funny if the man in the moon laughs too, right?  (Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!)  From The Literary Digest, 1890.


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December 27, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The three little words "follow your bliss," by the great mythologist Joseph Campbell, teach a profound lesson in tapping the energy that makes you tick.  But how to begin?  Start using the Follow Your Bliss Compass to put yourself on the right track.  You'll soon start becoming mindful of the blissful energy within you and will begin using it to make empowering changes in your life.  Following your bliss is always a real adventure—a journey into the uncharted center of yourself.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Illustrations of Prophecy by David Cambell, 1840.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Winston City High School's Black and Gold yearbook, 1910.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fables of Æsop by Joseph Jacobs, 1894.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"One out of suits with fortune," from Paul Jones's Alias By Henry Herman, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #ornate capital #fortune #shakespeare #art #as you like it #misfortune #capital n #letter n
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Read that which is now before is," from Jacob Faithful by Frederick Marryat and illustrated by H. M. Brock, 1895.

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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #art #tombstone #memento mori
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Story of Prince Hildebrand and the Princess Ida, written and illustrated by Thomas Strong Seccombe, 1880.

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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

We hear a lot about subsconsciousness, but here's what it looks like.  From Psycho-Therapy in the Practice of Medicine and Surgery by Sheldon Leabitt, 1903.

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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)

From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

The Hierarchy of Holy Smokes: Burning Ones, Glowing Ones, Hazy Ones, Obscured Ones, and On High.

Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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#holy smokes #hierarchy #ritual fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a bell-ringer from The Scripture History of Idolatry by Joseph Frederick Berg, 1838.

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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #bell #idol
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #snowstorm #art #dog #snow #pet walker
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December 26, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Légendes Bretonnes, illustrated by Maurice de Becque, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #bats #legend
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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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#otherworld #fairy tale #nature spirit #vintage
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
"There's a fine line between my bubbly in class persona and my panicked inner monologue." —Audrey O'Connor, Lessons in Pure Life (2015)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Politische Zeichnungen by Franz Masereel, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #sinking ship
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Perin's Science of Palmistry by Carl Louis Perin, 1902.

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#vintage illustration #art #hand #palm reading #palmistry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a fairy chopper for slaying giants, from Staffordshire Knots, 1895.  But if you're unsure it's the right tool for you, see How to Believe in Your Elf.

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#vintage illustration #fairy #fairy tale #art #weather vane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #witch #magick #witchcraft #broomstick #woodcut #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

Revealed: one of the ways lost works of art find themselves lost in the first place.  From Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1859.

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#vintage illustration #angel #satyr #cherub #art #lost art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the Arbutus yearbook of Indiana University, 1894.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia and How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#demon #imp #magick #conjuration #wizard #necromancy #skull #occult #bats #fraternity
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Always Remember (permalink)

"And always remember to use safety glasses or goggles." —Mark Montano, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2


We, too, wear safety goggles around exotic puppets, because one simply never knows.  Photo courtesy of Lars Plougmann.

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No News Is Good News (permalink)

From Drawing-Room Plays, selected and adapted from the French by Lady Adelaide Cadogan and illustrated by E. L. Shute, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #art #hear no evil
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December 25, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We've been working on this for six years, and it's finally perfected: a Cloud Busting app.
No one can predict the weather, but at least now you can control it.  They said our blue-sky research wasn't practical, but with this CloudBuster app you can dissolve any clouds you wish and clear the way for a better day.  Out of respect to farmers and others who depend upon rainfall, please don't perform cloud busting in drought-prone areas.
Download this app from Apple's app store: http://apple.co/1WXN8VV
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Andiron Tales by John Kendrick Bangs and illustrated by Clare Victor Dwiggins, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #art #fireplace #andiron
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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#vintage japan #snow #japan
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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 #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Logs for the Christmas Fire by James Harris, 1876.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

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#vintage illustration #fairies #christmas #fire #art #yule log
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Sunset Rhymes by Seth Sturges, 1901.

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#vintage illustration #heaven #anthropomorphism #art #teapot #tea cup
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

You've heard of going out of the frying pan and into the fire, but here's how you get into the frying pan to begin with.  The caption reads, "Received into the hot frying-pan."  From Jacob Faithful by Frederick Marryat and illustrated by H. M. Brock, 1895.

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#vintage illustration #art #frying pan #hot seat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Christmas Once is Christmas Still by Phillips Brooks, 1892.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #art #christmas past #christmas future #the more things change
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and illustrated by F. H. Townsend, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #death #mortality #snowman #melting #art
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
From the Boston Symphony Orchestra Programme, 1881.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #christmas costume #silhouette #boston symphony #christmas art #xmas #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'T was Christmas told the merriest tale," from Songs of Three Centuries by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1877.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zes Maanden in Amerika by Martinus Cohen Stuart, 1875.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

[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 christmas #art #rooftop #chimney #vintage santa
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December 24, 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 #haunted #ghost #spirit #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 #witch #full moon #man in the moon #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 christmas #santa #christmas play
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Farmer's Magazine, 1920.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

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#vintage christmas #santa #reindeer #red moon #blood moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #question mark #caricature
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Book of Whispers (permalink)

"Who lists may in their mumming see traces of ancient mystery."  From Christmas in the Olden Time by Walter Scott, 1887.

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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Visions of jello molds danced in her head.  From Canadian Grocer, 1919.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art #jello #dreaming #foodie
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #adoration #goddess #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Santa Claus and the Snow Queen, from St. Nicholas magazine, 1873.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
[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 #mythology #christmas #santa claus #snow queen #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Blossoms by the Way by Carrie Adelaide Cooke, 1882.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the infamous leg lamp from A Christmas Story, from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #art #leg lamp
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December 23, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #talking egg #humpty dumpty
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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)
[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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #shrouded
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Diable Amoureux, Roman Fantastique by Jacques Cazotte, 1845.
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#vintage illustration #art #snails
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)

"All before them was a sheet of whiteness."  From The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy, 1876.

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#seaside #ocean #thomas hardy #whitecaps #whiteness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"I seized a rule and returned the salute," from Jacob Faithful by Frederick Marryat and illustrated by H. M. Brock, 1895.

[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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Puzzles and Games (permalink)

Can you guess the caption of this illustration from St. Nicholas magazine, 1876?  The answer is in black text on a black background; highlight it to view:

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The fairy play," from Original Christmas Stories by Madge Elliot, 1883.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.

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#vintage illustration #fairies #vintage christmas #art #fairy queen #fairy play
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Precursors (permalink)
Fans of Dr. Seuss' Grinch (1957) might appreciate this precursor from 1891.
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #art #precursor #grinch #dr. suess #old book
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Before the advent of PETA, Christmas trees were traditionally fetched by dogs and bears.  From St. Nicholas magazine, 1893.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas #anthropomorphism
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
"Portrait of Its Immanence the Absolute," from the Christmas 1901 issue of Mind magazine.

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Something, Defined (permalink)
Here's a flashback to the very first entry in our "Something, Defined" category.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click on the puzzle image below to reveal the solution!

Something something something means lots and lots of ___ beans. Perhaps ___ itself? (from Barbara Pym, An Unsuitable Attachment, 1983)
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December 22, 2015

Something, Defined (permalink)
"Don't hold back.  Can't 'something something' on an empty stomach, y'know?"  From what's arguably the greatest television show ever fashioned (but unfairly obscure outside its native Japan), Kamen Rider OOO (2010-11).  Previously, we discovered eight surprising meanings of the all-vowel word OOO in this series' title.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to audio books, from Picture Fables by Wilhelm Hey and illustrated by Otto Speckter, 1858.
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#vintage illustration #art #audio book #listening
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #snow #aurora borealis
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Scaling yonder peak, / I saw an eagle wheeling near its brow."  And note that the eagle is also "wheeing."  From A Practical Grammar by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1847.
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#eagle #vintage diagram #sentence diagram #grammar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Etoiles; Derniere Feerie by Joseph Mery and illustrated by Grandville, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #art #night sky #starry night #star goddess #grandville
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Danicorum Monumentorum Libri Sex by Ole Worm, 1643.

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#vintage illustration #woodcut #art #standing stones #monolith #stone circle #druidism
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Call it a Hunch (permalink)

"'Call it a hunch.'  Which Frawley regretted saying as soon as it left his lips."
Chuck Hogan, The Town (2011)

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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 #bat #hourglass #art #time #sword #spider
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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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Mr. S. Claus's predicament, from St. Nicholas magazine, 1873.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From the Aurora yearbook of Manchester College, 1921.  The text reads, "Christmas present.  Nice Wolfe.  She thinks it will be useful."  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.


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December 21, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kinder und Hausmarchen by the Grimm Brothers, 1912.
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Unicorns (permalink)
From St. Nicholas magazine, 1892.  This should be of interest: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #beast
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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 #north pole #santa #ice cavern #chrismtas #snow cavern
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #snowflakes #ice crystals
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#vintage book cover #pleasure #king #queen #old book
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

Here's a positive that turned into a negative (we've had that happen, too!) from St. Nicholas magazine, 1910.  The explanation posited by the magazine's Eastman Kodak representative is that the film must have been exposed to a strong light immediately after development and previous to rinising the developer from the surface and fixing.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #australian cricket #cricket
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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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"Forty dukes a-riding," as if the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song just kept going.  From The Besom-Maker & Other Country-Folk Songs by Heywood Sumner, 1888.

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From When Life is Young by Mary Elizabeth Dodge, 1894.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.


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#vintage illustration #otherworld #fairies #nature spirit #nest #bird's nest #hatchling #art
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December 20, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #art
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From the University of Wyoming's Wyo yearbook, 1910.
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#skeleton #dinosaur #vintage yearbook #university of wyoming
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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"That is all very well, but who is to [bell] the cat," from The Fables of Æsop by Joseph Jacobs, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #bell #candle #aesop #cat bell
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

You've heard of the "north pole," but it's actually a cone, and it's the source of jingle bells.  From The Pilot's Handbook for the English Channel by John William King, 1898.

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"Mixes with anything," from Canadian Grocer, 1908.

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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #pen and ink #art #inkwell
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"Crossing a snow bridge," from Ascents and Adventures by Henry Frith, 1884.

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#vintage illustration #art #snow bridge #mountain climbing #snowcapped
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If we are to "remember not past years," we are left to remember the future.  We find this good advice in Lead, Kindly Light by John Henry Newman and illustrated by Frank Dadd, 1887.

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#vintage illustration #memory #art #remember the future #don't dwell
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"One fierce wrench and he was out of the grasp of the skeleton," from The Wonder of Kingswood Chace by Pierce Egan the Younger, 1890.

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#vintage illustration #haunted #macabre #skeleton #spooky #art #walking dead #living dead
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

"A whirling storm of snow and hail swept right in her face," from On Golden Hinges by Dora Russell, 1893.

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"Platform of Ronororaka, Easter Island," from The Countries of the World by Robert Brown, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #easter island #art
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December 19, 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 #haunted house #fear #art #dark and spooky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #skull face #art
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Here's one of Santa's unsung helpers, from Catalogue of Sunday School Supplies for Christmas, 1897.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #xmas #vintage christmas #christmas #art #santa #christmas presents
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"Tommy's stocking and its astonishing evolution," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1908.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #christmas #art #santa #evolution #stocking
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"The moving figure came nearner, and stood before him."  From God's Winepress by Arthur Jenkinson, 1896.

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

From The Rifle Rangers by Mayne Reid, 1868.

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#vintage illustration #art #snake #cobra #danger #hammock
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From The Bab Ballads, written and illustrated by William Schwenck Gilbert, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #world #globe #art
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From Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales by George Brisbane Douglas, 1900.

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#vintage illustration #folklore #fairy tale #art #scottish #flower #kilt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Clara In Blunderland by Lewis Caroline, 1902.


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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December 18, 2015

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

Kitti Carriker, author of Created In Our Image: The Miniature Body of the Doll as Subject and Object, recommends our Franzlations as "The perfect gift for anyone who loves Kafka, especially the parables."  She ranks Franzlations number three after books by Roz Chast and Robert A. Heinlein.  Her favorite franzlations:
"There are more stories than could be read in a single lifetime. And even if you, dear reader, began reading, by the time you read even a fraction of them, the meanings of the previous stories would have changed. . . . Now all we need to create is more time, more memory, and a few more infinite readers like you."

"Everyone carries a TRAIN about inside of him. Sitting across the table from someone, when all is quiet, sometimes you can hear the whistle blow."

"We were SNAKES. Around us the jungle sighed. A woman offered us fruit. We ate and knew that we were not naked, nor human. She and her companion left. We remained."

"If you were walking across a barren plain and had an honest intention of walking on, then it would be a desperate matter, but you are flying, gliding and diving, SOARING and swooping, high above the plain, which, seen from above, is a tiny blot on a vast and various landscape."

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#kafka #parables
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We hear of Puritanism's lingering influence in the United States, but as recently as 1948, Illinois dairy farmers were weaning themselves off the wizardry of Druidism.  Here's a headline that "You don't need a Magician" for high milk production.  From the Illinois Agricultural Association Record, 1948.  
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #vintage magician #milk production #illinois agriculture #farm magic #agriculture magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#woodcut #pegasus #bacchus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage christmas #north pole #santa #christmas court
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Strange Dreams (permalink)

From The Adytum yearbook of Denison University, 1891.  (For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.)

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

"Blondel before Richard's tower," from St. Nicholas magazine, 1903.

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#vintage illustration #castle #art #harp #richard's tower #blondel
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The Lincoln imp from The Ballad of the Wind, the Devil, and Lincoln Minster by Arnold Frost, 1898.

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art #lincoln imp
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From A Poet's Calendar by William Henry Davies, 1927.

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#vintage illustration #tall ship #ship #art #stars #night voyage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #mortality #art #winter #bare tree #nature
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Here's a "scorpion-charm against injury by demons," from The Gazetteer of Sikhim, 1894.

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#magick #charm #buddhism #talisman #demons #scorpion #protection #superstition
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Csataképek a magyar szabadságharczból by Mór Jókai, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #winter #death of cold
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December 17, 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 #art #clouds #brocken spectre
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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 #devil #satan #hell #art
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From Death's Doings by Richard Dagley, 1827.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #gambling #art #roll of the dice
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"I'm afraid I'm in low company!" from Hood's Own by Thomas Hood, 1855.
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#vintage illustration #thomas hood #scarecrow #art #low company
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"Watch, and behold the clue to your mystery is there!"  From Oliver Gay, A Rattling Story of Field, Fright, and Fight, 1880.

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From Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak by Harriette MacDougall, 1882.

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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #cobra
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Strange Dreams (permalink)

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

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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #crab
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Here's the "Aesthetic Quadrille" from Bluebeard or Fickle Fatima and the Fatal Key, An Operatic Burlesque Extravaganza in 4 Acts, written and illustrated by Edmund Arthur Ponsonby Hobday, 1888.

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#vintage illustration #art #bluebeard #high kick #dancing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Little Saint Elizabeth and Other Stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett ad illustrated by Reginald B. Birch, 1890.  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.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

We built a house for them out of all the fragments of marbled paper, from White Poppies by May Kendall, 1893.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The 'Red and White' Book of Menzies by David Prentice Menzies, 1908.

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#serpent #dragon #ornate frame #celtic
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December 16, 2015

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We were surprised to encounter the Zen game we invented, Moon Fish Ocean, described in a novel entitled The Woman Who Woke Up In The Zen Forest, by Martin Avery (2010).  Perhaps a footnote might be in order for the next edition, Mr. Avery?  ;-)  Otherwise, glad to see that the game is inspirational!
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#vintage illustration #art #zen game #martin avery #sincerest form of flattery
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)

A snippet from Larry Adams's Revelation: A Fresh Perspective, 2014.
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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 #satan #hell #art #torment
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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 Life and Death or The Creeping Shadow by D. Lambden Flemming, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #buried treasure #walking dead
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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.

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

The spirits of night, from The Merry Ballads of the Olden Time, 1880.

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#vintage illustration #spirits #angels #art #night spirit #night creatures
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

The caption reads, "Please, good Mr. Devil, fetch my mamma, too.  It's so nice and warm in your house."  An illustration from Skämtbilden Och Dess Historia i Konsten, 1910.  Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a poster from 1875.

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#necromancy #skull #spooky #occult #magician #magic #magic poster #thaumaturgy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

This is the giant woodcutter "Direach Ghlinn Eitidh MacCallain, the desert creature of Glen Eiti, the son of Colin," who goes by the name of Fachan.  From Popular Tales of the West Highlands by John Francis Campbell, 1860.

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#vintage illustration #monster #mythology #giant #art #cyclops #one arm #one leg #one eye #one hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"With a look of intense horror he turned and fled," from The Goldsmith's Ward by R. H. Reade, 1891.

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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spooky #spirit #art #horror
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #night #window #cold night
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December 15, 2015

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a fun twist on the little birds and stars that orbit one's head after a blow.  This particular blow went so deep, apparently, that the bird got internalized, and its tweet is vocalized by the injured party.  Yet we all know that the little bird is figurative, and the bystander answers the chirping by stating that he hears no bird.  From the Baltimore and Ohio Employees Magazine, 1921.

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#seeing stars #tweet tweet #vintage comic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.  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 #devil #satan #good and evil #art #dancing #thackeray #pope
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt by Art Young, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #clouds #cliff
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And that was the end."  From The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's an age-old technique for keeping pain in check via the power of the circle, from Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 1913.


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Merry Ballads of the Olden Time, 1880.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.

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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you to find out that the hardest person to forgive is yourself." Steve Gilliland, Hide Your Goat

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, 1898.

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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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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #mortality #art #wig
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)

From Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition by John Gabriel Stedman, 1806.

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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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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

"The snow-kings," from Children's Fairy History of England by Forbes Edward Winslow, 1889.

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December 14, 2015

The Right Word (permalink)
We all know the importance of being ___.  From an ad in The Oölogist, 1898.  [For Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, who notes: "Don't believe the hype!  (One might guess that this aggressively understated advertisement was British, but apparently both the Dietz lantern makers and th