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December 31, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
[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 #pegasus
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #curfew #bell #bell ringer #ringing in the new year #new year
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"A tear-off calendar has just as much time as a perpetual calendar, although the time in question is not the same." —Deleuze & Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From 1903.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#snowman #happy new year #elves #gnomes #dwarfs #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are some moon blessings, date uncertain.
[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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#happy new year #elves #vintage postcard #blessings #moon spirit
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
From Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook:

The Motor Points on the Arm as a Chart of the Heavens
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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#microcosm #as above so below #heavens #motor points #physiology #sky map
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"All clear for happiness in 1939."

[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 #vintage new year's #conductor #all clear
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From 1916.  Scanned by the Nasjonalbiblioteket.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #happy new year #art #winter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Frederick Burr Opper for Puck magazine, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #spider #hybrid #human headed #spiderweb #court house
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The American Garden, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #magic herb
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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 #emblem #mask #art #two-faced #two-headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Contes Roses de ma Mère-Grand, illustrated by Maurice Lalau, 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 #owl #fairy tale #castle #art #perspective
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Belle au Bois Dormant, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 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 #silhouette #cat #art #sleeping beauty
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Isabella, or The Pot of Basil by John Keats and illustrated by William Brown Macdougall, 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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#angel #spirit #keats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
[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)
Happy new year.
[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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#happy new year #vintage postcard
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December 30, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They began to dance round him."  From North Cornwall Fairies and Legends by Enys Tregarthen, 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 #fairies #art #cornwall
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
[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 #satyr #art #tennis
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Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
Someone should write a book of form letters that tell the truth.  From Pearson's, 1897.
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
Here's how fiddling can lead to "violin(t) convulsions" and "spasmotic uncertainty," twisting away one's identity forever.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1869.
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#vintage illustration #art #violin #treble clef #musician
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Don't care if it snows."  Date uncertain.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#alcoholism #drunk #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are some birds from Birds in London by W. H. Hudson, 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 #vintage london #seagull
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to add the hovering visage of one Dixon L. Kepley.

Kepley Funeral Home, Independence, Missouri
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#funeral home #vintage postcard
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Call it a Hunch (permalink)
"See that hump?  It contains something for you."  Circa 1892.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #vintage trade card
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Charles Kendrick for Chic magazine.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #spider #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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#vintage illustration #art #toupee #trombone #hair piece #musician
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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 #chimney sweep #soot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1909.
[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 #road to oz #powder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Phynodderree, and Other Legends of the Isle of Man by Edward Watson Callow, 1882.  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 #imp #fairy #folklore #fairy tale #art #exterminator #bug killer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Your heart is heavy with two sorrows."  From The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#fairy tale #fortune teller #palm reader #palmistry #andrew lang
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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 #anthropomorphism #art #clock face #bell ringer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #artist #life study #nude model #male model
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December 29, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a giant from Die Muskete, 1925.
[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 #giant #art
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
"I can only say, that book, readers, and author, ought all of them to continue in the dark."  From the red preface of Archery and Archness by Robin Hood, 1834.  [We previously saw why this preface is all in red.]
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#night owl #reader #in the dark #night reading #preface #reading in the dark
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
The "anthropophone" is a musical parlor game featuring a decorated bed sheet incribed as a sheet of music.  Holes are cut for the heads of singers to stick out, each representing one note.  As a song is played, each performer seeks to intone his or her note as it occurs -- to generally hilarious results.  From Pearson's, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #parlor game #musical game #anthropophone #singing game
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"In a field of prescribed methodologies and practices, it may surprise you to learn that original thinking is a core skill of any successful scientist." —The Art of Achievement

 

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A detail from a Russian card, date uncertain.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #caged bird #russian art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
An illustration from Das Leben des Menschen by Fritz Kahn, 1927.
*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 #winter #temperature #relative temperature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An immense 'O' was seen upon it, with two 'X's' inside."   From "The Double X Mystery" by Thomas Keyworth, in Cassell's, 1890.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #symbolism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's an alcoholic monkey and parrot from a c. 1890 ad for luncheon meat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage ad #parrot #alcoholism #monkey #drinking animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the large oak shading the king's palace.  "Den store eken skygget for kongsgården" by Theodor Kittelsen, date unknown.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #king #art #oak tree
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard of "the booze talking," but here's how it happens, c. 1935.  From the Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.
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#vintage illustration #art #alcohol #booze talking #vintage photograph #black and white photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And dances a galliard on the queen's hand."  From The Merry Ballads of the Olden Time, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #tiny person #tom thumb #queen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Emblemes, 1635.
[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 #emblem #art #caged #i know why the caged bird sings
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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 #fairy tale #cauldron #art #boiled alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.

Here are collected the best lions I've encountered in my research to date.

[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 #monster #fairy tale #art #lion #andrew lang
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
[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 #skeleton #art #museum #political mascots #extinct
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for a different printing of the card.

The Overfliff Drive, Bournemouth
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#vintage postcard #bournemouth #gif
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December 28, 2016

Unicorns (permalink)
"The next chap that lays hands on me, I'll drill full of holes."  From Andy's Adventures on Noah's Ark by Douglas Zabriskie Doty, 1902.  This should be of interest: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #lion and unicorn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
[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 #masks
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
"She wanted to clear her mind there and then."  From Pearson's, 1908.
[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #meditation #clearing the mind
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Winter goes on strike.  From Cartoons Magazine, 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 #art #winter #strike
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
There are few certainties in life, but here's a sure thing, courtesy of the Stanford Historical Archives.
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#vintage photo #sure #surety #sure thing #vintage men
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for three different versions.

Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls, New York
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#rapids #vintage postcard #niagara falls #whirlpool
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You know your orange vegetables, but do you know your vegetable oranges?  From Northrup King & Co.'s 1900 seed catalog.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage ad #melon peach #fruit
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Ignoring the mustache crack" (Kristan Higgins, The Next Best Thing, 2013).  Our cracked mustache photo is as-scanned by the Costică Acsinte archive.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The first heaven, that of the Moon, is guarded by the lowest order of angels" (in Dante's Paradiso, as noted in The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories), and here's what it looks like.  A guard stands before Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt's moon model at the Field Columbian Museum, 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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#moon #vintage photo #field museum #1890s #black and white photo #moon model
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Wellingtonia or mammoth tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) towering above surrounding forest and person at its base."  Coloured lithograph after W. P. Blake, c. 1857.
[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 #tree #sequoia #giant tree #california #redwood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Dwarf's Chamber by Fergus Hume, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #death #angel of death #skull #mortality #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"The mummy," from Virginia Illustrated, illustrated by Porte Crayon, 1857.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#mummy #vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shakespeare's Comedy of A Midsummer-Night's Dream, illustrated by William Heath Robinson, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #shakespeare #art #midsummer's night dream
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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 #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1904.
[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 #oz #pumpkin head #emerald city
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #king neptune
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December 27, 2016

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Thanks to Donna in Kentucky for sending us her Prof. Oddfellow caricature!
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #fruit tree #up a tree
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The eye[patch] in the pyramid.  From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #eye in the pyramid #eye patch
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the film Weird Science.  "There in the other doorway stood the girl he had conjured up."   From Everybody's Magazine, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #conjuration #weird science #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The room leaped into light" -- illustrations that spanned two pages in Pearson's, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #light switch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a chair trick from Fun magazine, 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 #magician #art #vintage magic #magic trick #chair trick #knot trick
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
Why a levitating flute?  We find our answer in literature: "She hears a levitating flute, seeking an even higher note, its sound eerie yet technical, and she knows what it means" (Paul West, Cheops, 2002).
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A page from Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1948.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #hourglass #art #vintage yearbook #surrealism
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
There's a fine line between the wrong way and the right way.  From Better Gardens, 1918.
A printed collection of A Fine Line Between... is now available from Amazon.com.
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to bring on the night.
(Photos originally scanned by the SMU Central University Libraries).

Statue of Liberty, New York, scanned by SMU Central University Libraries
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#statue of liberty #new york #night and day #ellis island #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
To devour a king's person was, in the 1400s, considered an act of "negromancy, sorcerie, heresie, and treason" (The Beauties of England and Wales, 1810).
[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 ad #art #ham #pig king #animal king #royal pork
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Erik Werenskiold, 1890.  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #winter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Tough on flies," from Joseph Breck's Annual Descriptive Catalogue of Seeds, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #horses #bug killer #insects #flies #pests #insecticide #horsefly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I spoke to the empty air," from The Dwarf's Chamber by Fergus Hume, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #turning one's back #unheard #incommunicado #gender gap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wally Wanderoon and His Story-Telling Machine by Joel Chandler Harris, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #joel chandler harris
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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 #fairy tale #art #wolf #big bad wolf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton, 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 #demon #imp #pitchfork #art
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December 26, 2016

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Here's an example of anticipating criticism and beating the reviewers with their own weapons.  From 1810.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
[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 #queen
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Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This grim ghost is the "shadow of a shillelagh" (a thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland as a weapon).  From Fun magazine, 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 #ghost #art #shillelagh
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A detail from Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1952.
[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 #cats #vintage cat #four cats
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Chicken Road
"The secret to humor is character." —Scott Rogers, Level Up!
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for an earlier version. Church Green, Summer Street, 1843.

Church Green, Summer Street, 1843
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#vintage illustration #art
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"I dream — ice cream."  From c. 1890.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #fairies #sweet tooth #art #dreaming #ice cream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From 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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#vintage illustration #art #pegasus #vintage book #flying horse #chapbook #winged horses
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Call it a Hunch (permalink)
"But, well — call it a hunch.  And you know, it was a hunch that made me call you in the first place." —Alison Littlewood, A Cold Silence

A still from the classic Young Frankenstein.
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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 #ghost #angel #ship #apparition #art #virgin mary
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What think you o mortal of my fair and lovely wife?"  From The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #giant #fairy tale #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 #fairy tale #art #wolf #fox #rabbit #fiddler #brothers grimm
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Kinder und Hausmarchen by the Grimm Brothers, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #sun #fairy tale #art #faces in things #grimm brothers #sunburn
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
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#elf #truth #tell the truth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #frog #hybrid #human headed
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December 25, 2016

Precursors (permalink)
Before the "grim grinning ghosts" of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, there were "grim, grey, gibing, gibbering ... ghosts."  From The Man in the Moon, Vol. IV, 1849.
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's some vegetable-based wordplay, date uncertain.
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#wordplay #turnip #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
What "the Snow-man wishes me to say" (c. 1902).  This style of anti-ventriloquism -- a sort of mediumistic channeling with a dummy figure -- recalls the ape's interpreter in Xavier: Renegade Angel episode 9, "Signs from Godrilla" (2007): "Now she's being very eloquent, saying some very touching things.  She's being moving."
[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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#snowman #ventriloquism #simian sign language #channeling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cranberries: The National Cranberry Magazine, 1945.
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#vintage illustration #art #santa #reindeer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
 Here's a Santa made of cranberries, from Cranberries: The National Cranberry Magazine, 1943.
[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 #santa #cranberries
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Garbage and Christmas wishes overlap in this card from Queensland, 1954.  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 christmas #queensland #weird christmas card #garbage christmas
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Circa 1901.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #vintage christmas #art #christmas postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown, ca. 1909.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  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 #christmas tree #vintage christmas #art #crow #winter #rabbit #norway #scandinavia #norwegian christmas
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Benjamin Disraeli (as the Ghost of Christmas Present) shows William Gladstone (as Dickensian Scrooge) Queen Victoria's Christmas dinner with peoples of the British Empire, 1886.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #queen victoria #christmas dinner #scrooge #disraeli #gladstone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The House on the Hill, 1886.  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 #fairies #art #elves #merry christmas
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Little Tom by V. Tille, 1922.  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 #christmas tree #fairies #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Little Tom by V. Tille, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy #elf #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 #christmas tree #christmas #art #santa
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Many will be delighted to know that both diamonds and toads have been appended to the seven champions of Christendom (1825).
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#diamonds #toads #champions of christendom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.  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 #angel #christmas #art #materialism #spirit of christmas
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Precursors (permalink)
Exactly a century before Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, Sir Humphrey Lunatic recounted his own journey.  A Trip to the Moon, 1765.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The dove of peace is actually a general with its own arsenal of verbena cannons that fire four-leaf clovers.  (But you probably already knew that.)
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#dove of peace #christmas card #vintage postcard #peace is just a word #flower cannon #war and peace
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December 24, 2016

What's In a Name (permalink)
You know how folks with birthdays near big holidays tend to get combined gifts?  Well, the year 1831 got a book as a combined gift for Christmas, New Year's, and its birthday.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
[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 #levitation #weightless #turban #spinning #acrobatic
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#christmas prayer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Under the Muzzletoe.  A seasonable precaution."  From Fun magazine, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #no kissing #mistletoe #chastity device
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's Krampus, in a detail of a vintage postcard (date uncertain).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cranberries: The National Cranberry Magazine, 1958.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #vintage christmas #art #reindeer #christmas decorations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's how an outhouse overlaps with Christmas wishes.  The talking outhouse is "obscured by vines and creepers" by day and night and confesses to taking the secrets you have hidden in the shadows with him to the "good sewers."  His "one and only spasm" of the year is accompanied by lucky horseshoes.  From Queensland, 1938.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #outhouse #queensland #weird christmas card #plumber humor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From c. 1890.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage ad #christmas #santa #reindeer #mince meat #plum pudding
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #elf #vintage christmas #cat #art #norway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Knud Leems Beskrivelse Over Finmarkens Lapper, 1767.
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#vintage illustration #art #sled #reindeer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Mercury's conversion into sulphur, at the moment of its fixation in the alchemical process, is here symbolized by the magi sheltering in a cave on the way to Bethlehem.  A colored 17th century etching.
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#vintage illustration #art #alchemy #etching #allegorical #four winds #three magi #17th century
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the angel of midnight field corn, from Joseph Breck's Annual Descriptive Catalogue of Seeds, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #angel #nature spirit #art #crescent moon #midnight #corn #agriculture #corn goddess #nature goddess
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Strasbourg by Émile Hinzelin and illustrated by G. Dutriac, 1921.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Baltimore and Ohio Employees Magazine, 1921.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #christmas #art #snow #star #train tracks #star of bethlehem
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #posture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From a Soviet Christmas card.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #santa #satellite #soviet art #space age
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December 23, 2016

A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
There's a fine line between a symbol of joy and a blazing death torch.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #art #crow #blackbird #winter
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the monstrous furnace that confounds the father in A Christmas Story.  From Everybody's Magazine, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #furnace #a christmas story
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Santa has drawn ten cards, including a Knight of Coins (front left) and a Knight of Wands (second on the right).  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1883.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #santa #tarot
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"The cake walk," date uncertain.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #vintage postcard #dogs #cake walk #dog walker
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Here's the snow king from c. 1905.
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#winter #snow king #santa #old man winter #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the dove of peace from The Cuba Review, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #dove #art #peace #praying for peace #paz #power of prayer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An unwelcome Christmas greeting," from Queensland, c. 1900.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #ostrich #queensland #weird christmas card
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Flowers are blooming in Miami Florida while the snow is gently falling in the north."
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#snow #vintage postcard #miami #flowers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Christian Magnus, ca. 1917.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #vintage christmas #art #elves #gnomes #pig #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the angel of deforestation.  Artist unknown, ca. 1948.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #angel #christmas tree #art #deforestation #tree cutter
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"The Aurora Borealis, with a reindeer-drawn sledge in the foreground."  Coloured wood engraving by C. Whymper.
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#vintage illustration #aurora #art #northern lights #reindeer #aurora borealis #sleigh #sledge
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Auriol, or, the Elixir of Life by William Harrison Ainsworth, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sailing by the moon."  From The King of Gee-Whiz by Emerson Hough and illustrated by Oscar E. Cesare, 1906.

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#vintage illustration #space travel #full moon #art #spaceship
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"How the old man disappeared after dinner" (and our own favorite method, too).  From The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #fairy tale #art #andrew lang #how to disappear #spirit animals
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Precursors (permalink)
Before the Grinch Stole Christmas, an angel did it.  From Die Muskete, 1919.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #angel #christmas tree #christmas #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Gathering snowman buttons, date uncertain.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#snowman #vintage christmas #christmas card #vintage card
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December 22, 2016

The Right Word (permalink)
"Howdydoski?"  From c. 1908, courtesy of UpNorth Memories.
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#santa #vintage postcard #howdydo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #men #homoerotic #male study #shirtless men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's Death as the holiday season, from Fun magazine, 1864.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #king #art #hammock #disraeli #fortune and misfortune #tenniel
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for the tinted version.

The Pines, West Cliff, Bournemouth
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#vintage postcard #bournemouth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Fröhliche Weihnachten," date unknown.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas #train #santa #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It’s been said that there is "more than one British Empire" (and that's a Googlewhack, no less, having been said only by Ernest Young in "Some Geographical Problems of the British Empire," The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1932).  This vintage recipe card is proof, as there’s far from just one British Christmas pudding.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #norway #pig #christmas pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown, ca. 1908.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #vintage christmas #art #elves #gnomes #dwarves #christmas card
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Snow of San Gennaro: a view of Naples and the volcano Mount Vesuvius with boats and sailors in the foreground.  San Gennaro is seen by the Neapolitans as their protector from the volcano."  Circa 1836.
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#vintage illustration #art #volcano #naples #mount vesuvius #San Gennaro
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #emblem #art #all-seeing eye #heart #eye in the pyramid #eye in the sky #divine leg
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Little Tom by V. Tille, 1922.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy #elf #christmas tree #art #christmas ornament
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy tale #art #giant hand #tom thumb #brothers grimm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster by Eleanor Hull, 1910.   Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
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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)
Here's Krampus from Die Muskete, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's what goes into a Christmas pudding, from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1883.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #vintage christmas #art #christmas pudding
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December 21, 2016

What's In a Name (permalink)
Here's a rare word (only nine Google results) for heraldic symbols -- aristoglyphics.  From 1838.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #skiing
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"I don't care if it snows" -- a detail from an ad in The Sketch, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #winter #santa #snow tires
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's Monkey Santa from 1895.
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#vintage ad #vintage santa #monkey santa #vintage monkey #soap ad
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the enchanced enlargement.

Steamer Chief Wawatam Railway Ferry
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#vintage postcard #steamer
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
There's a fine line between tensile strength and crushing strength.  From Wood, A Manual of the Natural History and Industrial Applications of the Timbers of Commerce, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From "Sun-Rise in the Moon" by J. Munro, in Cassell's, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #science fiction #moon #art #comet #shooting star #falling star #meteor
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From the Costică Acsinte Archive.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Karl Uchermann, ca. 1940.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #art #goat #norway #dwarves
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mount Fuji seen through the waves at Manazato no hama, in the Izu Penisula, south of the mountain."  Colour woodcut by Hiroshige, 1852.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"With an unearthly yell the unknown sprang upon Lion Limb," from Lion Limb, the Boy King of the South Sea Islands, 1867.
[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 #skeletons #treasure #unknown
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said by Padraic Colum, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Contes De Fees, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #decapitation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Beardy Ned's fire."  From Half-Past Bedtime by H. H. Bashford, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #campfire #art #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #hybrid #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"To have a pudding to myself, / And live a single clown."  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1883.  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 #clown #christmas pudding
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December 20, 2016

Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
Someone should write All the Stages of Mame: How to Live Your Life Like a Crazy Homosexual.  —Justin Sayre
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #frog
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Two Sides / Same Coin (permalink)
Light in Darkness, 1864.
* Inspired by Jeff Hawkins.
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#yin and yang #light and dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a collection of Christmas ghosts, our favorite being the ghost of the picture gallery, at the center.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1884.  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 #spirits #ghosts #art #christmas ghosts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fun magazine, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #giant #art
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a nurse stabbing a dragon holding the globe, from Italy, 1920.
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#dragon #knife #vintage poster #nurse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A mermaid up the spout."  From "At the Sign of the 'Golden Pills': Pawnbroking Mysteries," illustrated by Fred Barnard for Cassell's, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #pawn shop #fiji mermaid
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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 book cover #magick #magician #walter besant #old book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown, ca 1900.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  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 #christmas tree #vintage christmas #art #winter #norway #sleigh #christmas sleigh #sleigh ride
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mount Etna, snow-capped, by moonlight."  Colour aquatint, 1815.
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #winter #moonlight #mount etna #mountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Can until you can't," from American Forestry, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #can #can't
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Enchanted Moors," from Virginia Illustrated, illustrated by Porte Crayon, 1857.
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#vintage illustration #art #cavern
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From The Adventures of Peterkin by Gilly Bear and illustrated by Helen E. Ohrenschall, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #fairy tale #art #lightning #storm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Histoire d'un Casse-Noisette, 1921.   Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #wizard's hat #hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #map #gorbachev #birthmark
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the song "Crimson and Clover."

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December 19, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #horsemen
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"A total eclipse to the girl and a partial eclipse to the boy," from Star-Land by Robert Stawell Ball, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard that Christmas goes on too long, but the sentiment isn't a new one, as we see in Cartoons Magazine, 1917.  The caption reads, "You get out of here just as quick as you can."  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 #christmas #art #santa #get out
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A fairy falls from a Christmas cracker.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1885.  Thesewill also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas and 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 #fairy #art #christmas cracker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Krampus, date uncertain.
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#vintage illustration #demon #broomstick #art #krampus
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to remove the stamp and postmark.

Soldiers' Home, Boulevard Ave, Richmond, Virginia
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#vintage postcard #virginia #richmond #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Drama of the Forests by Arthur Henry Howard Heming, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #hunter #lynx
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I see this road is too wide for you."  From "Five-Cornered Cottage" by J. E. Hodgson, in Cassell's, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #wide road #vintage men
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to convert the library into a Christmas card.

Public library of the City of Boston
 This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #vintage photo #boston #library
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Artist unknown.  A scan by Nasjonalbiblioteket.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #vintage christmas #christmas #cat #art #norway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Horace Bénédict de Saussure and others ascending Mont Blanc."  Coloured aquatint.
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#vintage illustration #art #mont blanc #mountain climbers #Horace Bénédict de Saussure #Horace Be?ne?dict de Saussure
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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 #spirit #art #frightened #intruder #burglar
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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 #emblem #art #cobweb #spider web
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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)
A drinking game with death?  From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #twins #art #drinking game
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
"I venerate you as a human Christmas tree."  From Cappy Ricks, Or, The Subjugation of Matt Peasley by Peter Bernard Kyne, 1916.
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December 18, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Given our own 2016, we don't need to read Proof-Texts of Endless Punishment, Examined and Explained by D. P. Livermore, 1864.
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#hell #torment #endless punishment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard about the "war on Christmas," but Christmas began fighting back in 1917, as we see in Cartoons Magazine.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #santa #war on christmas #tank #candy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an old Scottish design (restored from a poor scan).  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #art #christmas ball
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Sinterklaas gallops over the roofs of Dutch homes (date uncertain).  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage christmas #vintage postcard #sinterklass #dutch art #rooftops
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Beneath Tropic Seas by William Beebe, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #art #tropical fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Dr. Hess Stock Book, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Pause — a dot in a semicircle."  From "Musical Gestures," Cassell's, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #fermata #pause mark #music symbol
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