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January 31, 2016

This May Surprise You (permalink)
We are pleased to have verified this map from Descriptive Geography by Samuel Brook, 1891.  "Most of England is a sea of blue," confirms Rhodi Evans in 2015.
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#vintage illustration #art #wales #england #irish sea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Ranche on the Oxhide by Henry Inman, 1913.
[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 #native american #fire ceremony #buffalo dance #buffalo head #buffalo mask
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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 #flying machine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Lass and the Lady by Ernest Charles Jones, 1855.
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#vintage illustration #art #freedom #shackles #escape
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

Here's the secert to making money with cards, revealed in the College of William and Mary's Colonial Echo yearbook, 1916.  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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#gambling #vintage yearbook #playing cards #ace of spades
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

It turns out that you really are at the center of things, as proven in Easy Lessons in General Geography by John George Hodgins, 1874.

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#geography #horizon #center of things #zenith #pole #self centered
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

From A Little Tour in Ireland by Samuel Reynolds Hole, 1892.  (We'd previously featured a non-hand-colored version.)

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

Dark Care Lightened by Samuel Fitch Hotchkin, 1893.

[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 book cover #mountain climber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Egypt under Ismail Pacha by William Blanchard Jerrold, 1879.  The caption reads, "Ismail as a fox, carried to the exhibition of 1878."

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#vintage illustration #egypt #art #fox #human headed
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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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January 30, 2016

The Right Word (permalink)

"So what exactly does that mean?" asks Saiki Shigeru as the villain in Kanpai Senshi After V.
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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.
[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 #weightless #cloud #floating #andiron
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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 #imp #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fight with the Dragon by Friedrich Schiller and illustrated by Henry Moses from the designs of Retsch, 1825.
[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 #dragon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Causeries avec Mes Élèves by Lambert Sauveur, 1875.

[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 #father time #eyesight #eyewear #eyeglasses
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a cauldron of alphabet soup from Southerly Busters by Ironbark, 1878.

[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 #cauldron #pitchfork #art #alphabet soup
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

Here is revealed the only proper way for a gentleman to gaze upon a lady's bosomed physique.  From the Fort Wayne High and Manual Training School's Cauldron yearbook, 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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#vintage yearbook #heterosexuailty
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Pen Sketches by a Vanished Hand, from the papers of the late Mortimer Collins, 1879.

[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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#spiritualism #seance #ghost writing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From La Mujer magazine (Buenos Aires, 1899).  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 #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Curly-Haired Hen, written and illustrated by Auguste Vimar, 1914.


[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 #solar deity #art #turkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"And uttered a yelling kind of 'Ha, ha, ha, ha!'"  From Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #pitchfork #art #ha ha
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January 29, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Playfulness," from The New Hyperion, 1875.
[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 #top hat #poodle #playfulness
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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 #fortune teller #art #wise woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.
[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 #keg #art #alcoholism #thackeray
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Album du Siège, 1871.
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#vintage illustration #art #disguises
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

Double O's have always caught your eye, haven't they?  And for good reason, as they're looking right back at you.  From The New Hyperion, 1875.

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #devil #art #double o
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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 #big pill #doctor feelgood #horse pill #pediatrics #tough pill to swallow #hard to swallow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Davenport Brothers, 1869.  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.

[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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#spirits #ghosts #spiritualism #seance #davenport brothers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From the good old days of science, "The Cave of Death" from Popular Science Monthly, 1872.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#death #witch #halloween #skull #crossbones #october #horror #popular science
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain and illustrated by H. W. Mitchell, 1902.

[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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#mythology #folklore #fairy tale #dragon #cossack
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It Bears Repeating (permalink)

"Did you hear that fantabulous British accent?"
"You said that before."
"It bears repeating."
Cindy Kirk, Fortune's Little Heartbreaker

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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)

From The Blue Poetry Book, edited by Andrew Lang, 1891.

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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 #giant #art #poseidon #neptune #god of the sea
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January 28, 2016

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

Photo courtesy of Matt Gibson.
Our favorite depiction of Stygian ferryman Charon is in the song "Sirens, No Harbour" by Sweden's Henric de la Cour.  The opening lines reveal that the speaker has entered the netherworld, and though it is not immediately clear, the speaker does not yet realize that he is dead:
I came through
the darkness;
I came through
the mist.
I heard my name
on the wind.
And here we're introduced to Charon, who is the epitome of friendliness:
Please come aboard 
my humble vessel.
I will take you across
this troubled sea.
But it's Charon's safety spiel that we most appreciate, like an airline's "In the event of a water landing" instructions.  He is gently, indirectly suggesting that something will happen to his passenger, to help his passenger come to terms with having expired:
If something should happen,
if the sea should claim you,
please give my regards
to the fish of the deep.
If you get lonesome
in the abyss,
close your eyes;
part your lips.
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#death #henric de la cour #charon #river styx #ferryman #styx #swedish music #swedish musician
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Southern Illinois State Normal University's Obelisk yearbook, 1920.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrellas #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 #angel #art #spider #halo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Doom of St. Querec by Francis Cowley Burnand, 1875.

[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 #art #darkness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Southerly Busters by Ironbark, 1878.

[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 #bat #halloween #spooky #full moon #cat #october #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

You've heard of "dead letters," but did you know they tend to go blind first?  From The Romance of the British Post Office by Archibald Granger Bowie, 1897.  The caption reads, "Deciphering the 'blind' letters."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Revealed a monstrous grey goose," from Through Connemara in a Governess Cart, 1893.

[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 #goose #grey goose #intruder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

In any group, there's always one with delusions of grandeur.  (And even a dental crown costs a king's ransom.)  From Healthy Living by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, 1917.

[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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#art #brushes #vintag illustration
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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 #dragon #knight #art #faery queen #edmund spenser #faerie queen
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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 #devil #art #apron #serpents
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Giants with the faces of bulls and bulls with the faces of men," from The Secret of the Magian by André Laurie, 1892.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#mythology #lamassu #mesopotamian #animal headed #statuary
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January 27, 2016

Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From The New Hyperion, 1875.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #breath #nose breathing #exhalation #visible breath
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rosalba et Autres Contes by James Jaquet, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch magazine, 1861.
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#vintage illustration #art #punchinello #punch magazine #wooden head #puppet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Diable Amoureux, Roman Fantastique by Jacques Cazotte, 1845.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)

"Locomoniac possession," from The New Hyperion, 1875.

If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's a genuine skeleton key from Love Lyrics and Valentine Verses by E. M. Davies, 1875.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Davenport Brothers, 1869.  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #art #pantomime #the end
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From International Studio, 1920.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #birds #hats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #woodcut #knight #art
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January 26, 2016

Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
So much for Jules Verne's 80-day circumnavigation in 1873.  Seven years later, the trip was up to 500 days.  At that rate of slack, it would take 8,240 days to circumnavigate in 2016.  We're now looking for that book cover.
* Learn more about Presumptive Conundrums at Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #art #around the world #circumnavigation
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Weather Proverbs and Probabilities for the Home, 1920.  (See also our own weather proverbs for cloud computing.)
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#weather proverbs
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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)
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#vintage illustration #riddle #art #eclipse #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

There's actually nothing wrong with gazing upon oneself, just as long as the mirror is appropriate.  From The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1916.


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#vintage illustration #mirror #fairy tale #art #candle #mirror mirror on the wall
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

From Punch magazine, 1866.

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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Davenport Brothers, 1869.  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain and illustrated by H. W. Mitchell, 1902.

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#vintage illustration #monster #folklore #fairy tale #dragon #art #cave #folktale #cossack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

If you ever wondered where all the elves went, here's a clue.  From La Mujer magazine (Buenos Aires, 1899).

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The reverberating B is an afterthought." —Vaughan Williams by A. E. F. Dickinson, 1963

Our illustration of an afterthought B appears in Sinceri Renati Sämtliche Philosophisch by Samuel Richter, 1741.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#spirits #life after death #spiritualism #clay hand #ghost sculpture #spirit sculpture #spiritism
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January 25, 2016

Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to activate the Apollo Hand Controller (1961).

Apollo Hand Controller (1961)
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#vintage photo #hand controller #space progrom #apollo program
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Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt suggests that someone should write "a concordance to offstage characters in literature.  By this I do not mean a trivial voice that speaks from the wings in a drama or calls on the telephone in a novel, but rather personae who are given some extensive discussion by a narrator or other characters but who never, ever appear directly."

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Something, Defined (permalink)
Here's what ASCAP really stands for, from Chuck Palahniuk's Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #polar bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Chimney-Pot Papers by Charles Brooks, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #foot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The witch comes on board," from The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Love Lyrics and Valentine Verses by E. M. Davies, 1875.

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#vintage illustration #art #shadow #caricature #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #missing link #darwinism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Symbol and Satire in the French Revolution by Ernest Flagg Henderson, 1912.

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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #monster #mythology #art #harpy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #knight #art #tennyson
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #dickens
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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)
From New Ghost Stories by Lettice Galbraith, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art
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January 24, 2016

Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"Howling as a profession," from Backsheesh by Thomas Wallace Knox, 1875
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#vintage illustration #art #howling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Roads to Science-Town by Mary Earle Hardy, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #monk #art #magnifying glass
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Curiosités Médico-Artistiques by Lucien Nass, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #squirrel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Adept entranced by the apparition of Chrysal in his laboratory," from Chrysal by Charles Johnston, 1821.
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#conjuration #genie #spirit #apparition #alchemy #alchemist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #art #united states #racing #footrace #maine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"What a dead-alive life we lead!"  From Lil Grey by E. Beavan, 1878.

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#vintage illustration #art #dead alive #half alive #zombie #barely alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

Revealed: how universities work, from Washington and Lee University's Calyx yearbook, 1907.  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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#dog #vintage yearbook #his master's voice #university machine #megaphone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#death #skeleton #folklore #native american #first nation
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

"My Great Work is secret, clandestine, and encompasses my life in its entirety, even its most insignificant folds and those that seem the most banal.  Until now I have concealed my purpose under the accommodating guise of literature.  Because I am a writer, this causes no particular concern.  Marginally, this pretense has afforded me certain mundane pleasures, and an acceptable modus vivendi.  But my goal—which in my quest for transparency has become my best kept secret—is typical of the comic-book Mad Scientist: to extend my dominion over the entire world." César Aira (as translated by Katherine Silver), The Literary Conference

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Chair on the [St. Michael's] Mount Tower," Cornwall, from Rodda's Guide to Penzance, Land's End, Kynance Cove, the Lizard, Isles of Scilly by W. S. Lach-Szyrma, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #art #st. michael's mount #cornall
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)

"The north wind," from Playtime Rhymes by Annie Margaret Pike and illustrated by Hugh Wallis, 1907.

*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #windy day #north wind #yesterday's weather
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January 23, 2016

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 #fear of balloons
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Monde Moderne, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #dice #gambling #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
Here's how "undersea frightfulness renewal" works, as revealed in America's Black and White Book by William Allen Rogers, 1917.
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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 #political cartoon #merman #art #neptune
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From International Studio, 1920.

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#vintage illustration #art #night sky #stars #starry night #space man #vintage man
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"I had forgotten everything.  The same system that created my thoughts took charge of erasing them, turning them into sinuous white strips that reached across every level.  How can there be so much amnesia in a single lifetime?  Isn't this a point in favor of the theory of reincarnation?" —César Aira (as translated by Katherine Silver), The Literary Conference

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Heroes of the Dawn by Violet Russell, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #mythology #fairy tale #art #cyclops #folktale #monsters #three heads
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Humorous Poems by Thomas Hood and illustrated by C. E. Brock, 1893.

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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #skeleton #mortality #grim reaper #art
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #human sacrifice #immolation #art #burning at the stake #martyrs #burned alive #bonfire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

One might think that Winter prepares the way for the Grim Reaper, but we see here that the Reaper leads.  From Thrilling Stories of the Great War on Land and Sea, in the Air, Under the Water, 1915.

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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #winter #freezing to death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #burmese #art #scribe
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January 22, 2016

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Thanks to Malo for the doodle!
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#oddfellow #laughter #doodle #mmmmalo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Even Death isn't a fan of the bagpipes, as we see in De Kapelle der Dooden by Abraham a Sancta Clara, 1741.
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
From L'Arche de Noé by Paul Guigou and Auguste Vimar, 1909.
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Belmont College's Milady in Brown 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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#skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook #secret society #sororities
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Indubitably (?) (permalink)

You already know the futility of taking "coals to Newcastle," but indubitably it's Bristol that's left cleaning up all that coal spilled on the road and laybys, as we see in Picturesque Antiquities of Bristol by John Skinner Prout, 1893.

*If Merriam (or Webster?) is correct that indubitably is not the kind of word that gets used in everyday conversation, except perhaps for humorous effect, then insert comedy drum roll here.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)

"His phantom-haunted dreams," from Master Humphrey's Clock by Charles Dickens, 1843.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.

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Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the musical Singin' in the Rain, from Six Years of Adventure in Congoland by E. J. Glave, 1893.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #vintage design #ornament #art
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January 21, 2016

This May Surprise You (permalink)
All documents are haunted, as confirmed in Irving Malin's review of The Attic by Curtis Harnack: "Every chapter contains scenes which demonstrate the strangeness of daily experiences, the oddity of ordinary life. . . . [Harnack] is a ghost confronting other ghostly presences.  Thus his memoir becomes a haunted document—aren’t all documents haunted?—and this very fact attacks our longing to know our beginnings, our desire to search our 'mental attics.'"—Contemporary Literature
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
From The Cub yearbook of New Bern High School, 1921.
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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 #hell mouth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #addiction #coffee #caffeine #coffeepot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The sense of death is most in apprehension," from For Faith and Freedom by Walter Besant, 1889.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

From Washington and Lee University's Calyx yearbook, 1907.  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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#skull #sphinx #vintage yearbook #secret societies #fraternities #mysteries
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain and illustrated by H. W. Mitchell, 1902.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Absolutely True, written and illustrated by Irving Montagu, 1893.

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#haunted #ghost #cemetery #graveyard #spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

This illustration seems to be saying that if we hurry on to Filthytown, we can beat the germs from Cleanville.  From Healthy Living by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, 1917.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

What is a jester hiding beneath his comedy mask?  You guessed it.  From The Withered Jester by Arthur Patchett Martin, 1895.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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January 20, 2016

Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"[T]he O O, the double zero—the dangerous and fascinating spot affected by so many ..."  From The New Hyperion, 1875.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #double zero
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Hervy fixed his eyes upon the one remaining light and ran with utter desperation."  From Tom Slade's Double Dare by Percy Keese Fitzhugh and illustrated by R. Emmett Owen, 1922.
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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 #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#mythology #silhouette #vulture #mewan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"A sort of animated door-mat," from Wanderings of a War Artist, written and illustrated by Irving Montagu, 1889.

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#vintage illustration #art #dog #shaggy dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Journeys through Bookland by Charles Herbert Sylvester, 1922.

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#vintage illustration #castle #knight #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Ah, the good days when science articles depicted Old Man Winter as Janus-faced and holding a scepter and key … when scientists didn't presume that everything can be stated in a canonical language utterly devoid of metaphor.  From St. Nicholas magazine, 1910.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's the snake with the gold, in From Whose Bourne by Robert Barr, 1893.


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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #treasure #gold
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #spirit animal #art #fox #folktale #native american #first nation #animal totem
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The sun is in the sky; 'tis time for us to fly."  From The Brownies at Home by Palmer Cox, 1893.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.

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#vintage illustration #otherworld #art #darkness #night people #creature of the night #elves #brownies #night creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

This is a spirit communication via automatic writing, from I Heard a Voice, 1918.  The text reads, "I can't remember my time on Earth.  I don't know.  I simply can't recollect what happened on Earth."   This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.

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January 19, 2016

Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the character Number Six making a "Be seeing you" hand gesture in the cult TV series The Prisoner.  "Adios" is a Spanish equivalent to "Be seeing you," and this Mexican No. 6's hand gesture seems preliminary to the "Be seeing you" sign.  From Face to Face with the Mexicans by Fanny Chambers Gooch, 1890.  [For The Unmutual Prisoner News Website.]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kinder und Hausmarchen by the Grimm Brothers, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thackerayana, 1875.

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#vintage illustration #falling #art #thackeray #falling books #bookshelves #library
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Be steadfast unto the end," from For Faith and Freedom by Walter Besant, 1889.

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#vintage illustration #angel #art #steadfast #inspirational #motivational
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)

From Heroes of the Dawn by Violet Russell, 1914.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Humorous Poems by Thomas Hood and illustrated by C. E. Brock, 1893.

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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #angel of death #fright #spirit #art #otherworldly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"An ancient horn, similar to Hirlas Horn."  From Saint Tudno by Hildegarde, 1894.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #horn #hirlas horn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here'a a rabbit as the magician, from St. Nicholas magazine, 1910.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The throne of Pluto," from The Hades of Ardenne, written and illustrated by T. T. Club, 1883.  See also Pluto's Chasm.

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#vintage illustration #art #caves #pluto
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

The Hermit by Oliver Goldsmith and illustrated by Walter Shirlaw, 1886.

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#vintage illustration #owl #art #hermit #peacock feather
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fable #art #cheers
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January 18, 2016

Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed my journal was exceprt'd [sic] in a book by Jennifer DeVere Brody: Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play, 2008.  It was really a dream within a dream, as my journal was on a screen within a printed page.  And two typos mysteriously appeared in my text (a misspelled word, a missing comma), making it all feel so uncanny.

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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
You've heard of the pot calling the kettle black, but here's the port calling the ethyl bladdered.  The caption reads, "He is drunk—and so am I."  From A Frenchman in America by Max O'Rell and illustrated by E. W. Kemble, 1891.
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Precursors (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #wagner
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I blow because it is so cold. / I blow because it is so hot."  From The Fables of Æsop by Joseph Jacobs, 1894.   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 #fable #art #aesop #hot and cold
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

This one hits close to home: "You're out of date.  You should have lived in ancient history's pages."  From Love Lyrics and Valentine Verses by E. M. Davies, 1875.

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#vintage illustration #art #antiquarian #shadow #porcupine #out of date
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)

"The demon ship," from Humorous Poems by Thomas Hood and illustrated by C. E. Brock, 1893.

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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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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)
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#vintage illustration #art #alchemical #manly palmer hall #alchemy
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Precursors (permalink)

"Blue Monday," the so-called most depressing day of the year, dates back to 2005, if we are to believe Wikipedia.  But we can do a century better, with this Blue Monday from St. Nicholas magazine, 1904.

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#vintage illustration #art #dog #depression #blue monday #puppy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #temptation #devil #satan #art #whip #ten commandments
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January 17, 2016

Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed of Wodehousian inquisitive eyebrows.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I will be good," from Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet by Carlo Collodi and illustrated by Charles Folkard, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Politische Zeichnungen by Franz Masereel, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #butterflies
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Preserved in spirits," from Hood's Own by Thomas Hood, 1855.  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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#vintage illustration #art #bottle imp
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)

"Little by little the golden aureole crept on," from The Conquest of the Moon by André Laurie, 1889.

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#vintage illustration #art #eclipse #astronomy #aureole #corona #telecope #astronomers
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Strange Dreams (permalink)

From Master Humphrey's Clock by Charles Dickens, 1843.

If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #hourglass #art #dickens #deathbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales by Robert Nisbet Bain and illustrated by H. W. Mitchell, 1902.

[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 #fairy tale #art #snake #cossack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The wrong kind of applause," from Through the Wilds by Charles A. J. Farrar, 1893.

[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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#stage #break a leg #bad audience #pelting #hurling #career hazard #rowdy #stage show
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

You knew there had to be an original cat-o'-nine-tails, right?  From Sing-Song by Christina Georgina Rossetti and illustrated by A. Hughes, 1893.

[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 #cat #art #cat o' nine tails #cat-o'-nine-tails #tails
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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 #vintage art #art #sea monster #sea demon #hiddenlizard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Clara In Blunderland by Lewis Caroline, 1902.

[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 #alice in wonderland #satire #mad tea party #mad hatter
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January 16, 2016

Precursors (permalink)
Rival gangs symbolically fight via the snapping of fingers in the musical West Side Story.  Here's a precursor, from Peter Simple by Frederick Marryat, 1895.  The caption reads, "Take that now."
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#vintage illustration #art #snapping #west side story #frederick marryat
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"A pun is not art": a still from Juken Sentai Gekiranger (獣拳戦隊ゲキレンジャ), 2007.
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#super sentai #pun #Juken Sentai Gekiranger #獣拳戦隊ゲキレンジャ #gekiranger #japanese tv #what is art #??????????
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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 #art #dormouse #cage
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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 #mythology #art #hybrid
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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)

"Idol-making," from The Indian Mirror, 1878.

[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 #india #idol #deity
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From our site about Magic Words and Symbols Spotted in the Wild: This as-is scan from the British Library comes across as a talisman for people who work on their feet.  From Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti and illustrated by L. Housman, 1893.

[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 #talisman #art #goblins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The prompter does a little acting," from Through the Wilds by Charles A. J. Farrar, 1893.

[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 #theatre #prompter #bucket of water #prompting #stage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From the Poetical Works of John Keats, 1895.

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#vintage illustration #genie #magic lamp #spirit #incense #art #djinn #john keats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Here's an ornamental design frightening itself.  From Tales in the Speech-House by Charles F. Grindrod, 1886.

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

From Poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1901.

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#vintage illustration #art #rossetti #animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"The city of light," from Valdmer the Viking by Hume Nisbet, 1893.

[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 #city of light #illumination #light in the darkness
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January 15, 2016

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
It's been said that "the prairie goes on and on" (Tom Corey, A High and Sunny Place), and we find proof in Knocking Round the Rockies by Ernest Ingersoll, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #art #prairie #elongated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An inhabited boot," from Backsheesh by Thomas Wallace Knox, 1875
[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 #haunted boot
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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 #cannonball #strange weapon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Anti-Universalists, or History of the Fallen Angels of the Scriptures by Joseph Priest, 1839.  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 #satan #angels #art #fallen angel
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Always Remember (permalink)

"Always remember you are stronger than you think." —Judy Wong Dobberpuhl, Save Yourself & Save the Planet, 2015
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From For Faith and Freedom by Walter Besant, 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 #despair #art #heartache #lovesick #broken heart
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"One longing for the night."  From Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti and illustrated by L. Housman, 1893.

[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 #creature of the night #night creatures #goblins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Humorous Poems by Thomas Hood and illustrated by C. E. Brock, 1893.

[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 #gnome #elf #art #rabbit
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Precursors (permalink)

Visitors to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion might recognize the diminutive figure on the cabinet as a precursor to "Little Leota."  From Phantastes by George MacDonald, 1894.

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

Here's the solar Amen-Ra from "the Turin Papyrus, Saïte Recension of the Book of the Dead," reproduced in The Open Court magazine, 1918.

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#vintage illustration #ancient egypt #egyptian #art #amen-ra #papyrus #book of the dead #amun-ra #all-seeing eye #eye of god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Fables in Verse by Henry Rowe, 1810.

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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #mortality #grim reaper #art #fighting death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Men in the Moon or The Devil to Pay, illustrated by George Cruikshank, 1820.

[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 #boxing #art
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January 14, 2016

The Right Word (permalink)
We're honored to be quoted on the magic of words in Marilyn Jenett's Feel Free to Prosper (Penguin, 2015).  The featured quotation is from our Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books, 2008).
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#magic words #marilyn jenett #prosperity #feel free to prosper
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Switter, eh?  The fools!"  Here the villain in Kanpai Senshi After V plans to use his evil powers to generate a barrage of inane tweets on Twitter, like "This guy just won't tell me his name," "I got dizzy when I stood up from my chair," "I peed a little from sneezing," and "Was out for a walk and someone thought I was loitering."  If you fled Twitter like we did, let's all just blame the evil "Commander," as portrayed by Saiki Shigeru.
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#japanese television #social media #super sentai #????????V #twitter #Kanpai Senshi After V #stupid tweets #Saiki Shigeru #Kanpai Senshi #After V
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Illustrations of Prophecy by David Cambell, 1840.
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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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#vintage illustration #owl #silhouette #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

We know from fairy tales what you get when you kiss a frog prince, but what about a fog prince?  From The Fog Princes by Florence Warden, 1889.

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#vintage book cover #night #fog #vintage men
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"The strangeness that made everything sparkle came from me.  Worlds rose out of my bottomless perplexity." —César Aira (as translated by Katherine Silver), The Literary Conference

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Valdmer the Viking by Hume Misbet, 1893.

[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 #full moon #castle #art #vikings #lyre #long hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"An uncomfortable seat," from Through the Wilds by Charles A. J. Farrar, 1893.

[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 #hot seat #banjo
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Oldest Tricks in the Book (permalink)

"The oldest trick in the book of being dumped is to make them feel sorry for losing you." —The Big Book of Self-Help Tips

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Strange Dreams (permalink)
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #poet #dream
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

From Walt Mason: His Book by Walt Mason, 1916.

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#vintage illustration #art #biplane #guitar #walt mason
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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.]