CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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September 30, 2016

Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1910.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
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#general public
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ghostesses!"  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #cemetery #halloween #graveyard #october #art #hallowe'en #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Humpty Dumpty didn't just sit on a wall, as we see in this Croatian postcard, date uncertain.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Kellogg, Idaho, "the town which was discovered by a jackass -- and which is inhabited by its descendants."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology "Bulletin," 1938.
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#vintage illustration #art #ethnology #face tattoo
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to turn on the night.

The Empire State Building and Television Tower, mid-town Manhatten, New York City
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A locomotive sustained by cotton thread, from c. 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 #vintage ad #art #railroad #locomotive #cotton thread
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Telemark canal in Dalen, Norway, ca. 1960.
[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 photo #norway #black and white photography #telemark canal #dalen #1960 #vintage bus #dashboard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They can't all be Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth.  Here's Rattan Singh's Fountain of Water.  From Lahore by Syad Muhammad Latif, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #fountain #lahore
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a portrait of Los Angeles, California, from The Florists' Review, 1921.
[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 #los angeles #pony #tiny hat #spurs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wally Wanderoon and His Story-Telling Machine by Joel Chandler Harris, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #joel chandler harris
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Christian Similitudes by John Warner Barber, 1866.
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#vintage illustration #christianity #art #deadly sins
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September 29, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a haunted painting from The Eve of St. Mark, Or The Mysterious Spectre by Sarah Wilkinson, 1820.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #haunted mansion #spectre #gothic #spirit #art #haunted painting
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you ... how amazing it was to watch the sepia tones of Kansas become the Technicolor vistas of Oz for the first time!" —A First Step into a Much Larger World

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I rise to do an unusual thing."  An illustration by George Hutchinson for The Idler, 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 #dinner party
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to postmark this card in the mirror world.
From 1943.

Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada
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#canada #vintage postcard #toronto #casa loma
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Only a moment to spare."  From 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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#train #vintage postcard #traverse city
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From "Titus the Gardener, or The Demon Gooseberry" by Charles Hooten, in The Illuminated Magazine, 1843.
[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 #gooseberry
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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 #ornate capital #art #capital s #pony tail #sea snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Good luck, from the late 1800s.
[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 #horseshoe #art #winged horse #good luck #lucky charm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A scan by the Wellcome Library, London.
[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 #shepherd #sheep
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From My Fourth Tour in Western Australia by Albert Frederwick Calvert and illustrated by Walker Hodgson, 1897.
[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 #drunk #passed out #asleep
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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 #eye of god #eye in the pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zauberlinda, the Wise Witch by Eva Katherine Clapp, 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 #fairy #moon #art #allergies #tickling nose
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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.
[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 #folklore #art #blackbird
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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 #folklore #cat #art #weeping #folk tale #crying cat #crying animal
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September 28, 2016

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

The Library Shenanigans blog got the scoop on our latest collage project about “non-circulating” library books.  Most all of our pieces are set to appear in the future, but you can time travel with us and see them all here: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?c=NonCirculatingBooks&show=all

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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You knew the dove of peace could defuse a bomb, but did you know how?  From Die Muskete, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #dove of peace #bomb #defusing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It's not often that one's literary chickens come home to roost."  From Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others by John Kendrick Bangs, 1898.  Ghost poultry!  
[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 #ghosts #art #ghost chicken #ghost rooster #literary chickens #come home to roost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are the four seasons of bachelorhood: vinegar, pepper, salt, and mustard, from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1873.
[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 #seasonings #bachelorhood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Unge Kunstneres Carneval" by Rudolf Krog, 1904.  Scanned by the Nasjonalbiblioteket.
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#jester #norwegian art #vintage poster #carnival
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Undated photo by Mário Novais.
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#vintage photo #chemistry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This ginger tonic promised to dispel the demons of dyspepsia, heartburn, cramps, and others.  The card is stamped "NOT PERFUMED."  From c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #demons #imps #art #cure-all #ginger tonic #heartburn
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"Havfruer i sjøen ved soloppgang" by Fridtjof Nansen, ca. 1912.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"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 #art #sirens #mermaids #norwegian art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Strolling down at midnight-tide / To the Embankment, paused to see / The two stone Sphinxes."  From The Outcast by Robert Williams Buchanan, 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 #sphinx #art #statue #midnight
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #sun #celestial bodies #vintage diagram #art #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Contes De Fees, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #big bad wolf #little red riding hood
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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 #dog #hunter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Bell Telephone Magazine, 1972.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #witch #owl #folklore #animal familiar #art #rabbit
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September 27, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the just-out-of-bed look of 1905, from Die Muskete.
[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 #beard #art #vintage fashion #men's fashion #dandy #vintage man #well-dressed man
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you that I'm not talking about some lofty, educational program on the History Channel or National Geographic." —5 Blind Spots

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Give of your brains" (Mark Stevens.)  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1887.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #punch bowl #christmas punch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Einar Nerman, 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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#dragon #knight #vintage postcard #st. george
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
Here's an example of how "steam cauldrons and fiery serpent flambeaux" in addition to "the happy effect of orange colored cloister lanterns" and "flaring gas and ruby steam cauldrons and torches on the tower" heighten the feeling of mystery in a courtyard at night.  From the Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 1917.  It's "a section of the Court of Abundance, showing the organ tower and Aitken fountain."
* Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. In this rebus-style puzzle, color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes. Try to guess the exact hue of each. Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words. Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue. Special thanks to Paul Dean for his colorful research.
 
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#outdoor lightning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The winner is "not conspicuously bruised."  From the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin, 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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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 #monk #book about books
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Woman with a rabbit's head listening to a man with a dog's head playing a horn."  Circa 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 #anthropomorphism #art #bunny #musical animal #dog's head #rabbit headed #dog headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A woman with her hair dressed in an enormously high chignon looking at herself in a full-length mirror."  Coloured line block by Robé, c. 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 #vintage fashion #big hair #1900s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Adventures in the Wilderness by W. H. H. Murray, 1869.
[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 #lantern #deer
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Even a water witch can be a firebug, as we see in Superstitions Anciennes et Modernes, 1733.

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#vintage illustration #emblem #art #water witch #dowsing #firebug
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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 #fairy #elf #cauldron #art #roach
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"If you were a waffle."  From The King of Gee-Whiz by Emerson Hough and illustrated by Oscar E. Cesare, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #waffle #food
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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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September 26, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1909.  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 #demon #imp #witch #magick #occult #art #invocation #alchemist
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard of (and perhaps even seen) castles in the air, but did you know they're supported by dirigible airships?  From Die Muskete, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #airship #art #castles in the air #zeppelin #dirigible #blimp
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"The most dangerous words ever to be spoken: 'I do not believe in faeries.'" —Kate O'Hegarty, Mieradome
Here's our explanation of why those are the most dangerous words ever:
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#fairies #dangerous words
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
"What an intriguing, fun, lovely book with Oddfellow's usual quirky, oblique poetic, metaphysic dry humour and bibliophillic joie de livre. " —Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates
This Book is a Cactus turned out to be the most difficult project we've ever tackled.  We wanted to recreate the very first computer game we programmed, from back in the 1980s—the Tamagotchi precursor of a virtual flower—but this time in book form.  What we ended up with is a combination choose-your-own-adventure and puzzle book; it's a surrealistic virtual reality experience you hold in your hands, as the book is also a cactus that you attempt to keep alive.  A hybrid cactus-book.  Each page is like a square on a game board.  You make decisions and solve riddles, and your choices/answers lead to different squares.  Math puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles, and riddles appear at intervals within the fractal storyline.  
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#cactus #cacti #puzzle #choose your own adventure
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you at the amount of information that flows through Twitter as well as the relationships that are forged with those 140 characters." —The Everything Wedding Book

If you fled Twitter like we did, let's all just blame the evil "Commander," as portrayed by Saiki Shigeru in Kanpai Senshi After V.


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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1871.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#rainy day #asterisks
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a prediction of spy drones in the year 2000.
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#prediction #vintage postcard #spy drone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Illuminated Magazine, 1843.  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 #otherworld #fairies #fairy tale #art #elves
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Clive Bell suggested that "Art transports us from the world of man's activity to a world of aesthetic exaltation.  For a moment we are shut off from human interests; our anticipations and memories are arrested; we are lifted above the stream of life" (Art, 1914).  Our photo is courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives.
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#art #vintage photo #space program
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the phantom of coughs, colds, and consumption, from c, 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 #vintage ad #death #skeleton #skull face #art #phantom #cure-all #consumption #common cold
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Treat 'em rough.  Join the tanks."  By August William Hutaf, ca. 1918.
[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 #black cat #art #tanks #world war i #1918 #tank corps #recruitment poster #tank division
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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 #monster #art #hybrid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Stories for the Household by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by A. W. Bayes, 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 #fairy #art #frog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rübezahl Erzählungen by K. A. Müller, 1800.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #gnome #fairy tale #art #elves #treasure chest #red beard
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September 25, 2016

This May Surprise You (permalink)

"There are eight degrees between warm and cold." —Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1887.
[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 #thanksgiving #tough meat
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"Strange folk riding on fish," from A Traveller's True Tale by Alfred J. Church and illustrated by C. O. Murray, 1880.
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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 #merfolk #art #sea folk #riding fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Who says fortune tellers give vague predictions?  These postcards from the mid-1930s even show a photo of one's future spouse, and they're brutally honest (down to the monkey child one might be destined to raise).
[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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#fortune telling #palm reading #palmistry #vintage postcard
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"I had to make my getaway between two suns.  There was no other horse nor time," said Billy the Kid (The West of Billy the Kid by Frederick Nolan).  Here's what a horse of two suns looks like, from Archiv für Physiologie, 1877.
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#vintage diagram #horse #two suns #billy the kid
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to change the ink.

Copley Square showing Hotel Westminster and Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts
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#church #boston #vintage postcard #copley square
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From c. 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 #cats #vintage postcard #clothes wringer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A ghostly sighting from 1899, from the National Archives U.K.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #art #vintage photo #spiritualism #spirit photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The "spirit of Mooseluckmeguntic," from The Adventures of Six Young Men in the Wilds of Maine and Canada by Charles Asbury Stephens, 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 #spirit #art #maine #Mooselookmeguntic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From More Mittens by Aunt Fanny, 1863.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Young Nimrods in North America by Thomas Wallace Knox, 1881.
[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 #art #hybrid #combined animals
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Tales of Fantasy, edited by Tudor Jenks, 1902.
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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 #monster #fairy tale #art #giant bird #flying monster
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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 #tarot #ace of wands
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September 24, 2016

Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Some gallows humor from Die Muskete, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #hanged man #gallows humor #tickle
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
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#strange hero
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1887.
[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 #october #art #halloween costume #cat costume #cosplay
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"For all you know — I may be dead!  Why don't you call me?"
[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 #halloween #skeleton #october #art #coffin #communication #keep in touch #out of touch #i may be dead #for all you know #call me
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for a different incarnation.

Zara, Viale Tommaseo
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#vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of those "starry apple orchards that bloomed perenially under the lime-light" (Willa Cather, Youth and the Bright Medusa).  Here's what a starry apple looks like, from the J. Van Lindley catalogue, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #star #apple #willa cather
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
Here's aviation pioneer Louise Thaden as painted by Edward Lester.
Click to see the photo that inspired the portrait.

Louise Thaden, painted by Edward Lester
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#inspiration #painting #aviation #louise thaden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Don't hello at me. I'm not a telephone."  A card for the musical comedy "Cheek."
[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 postcard #hello
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A selection of good luck charms used by soldiers during the First World War.
[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 #black cat #talisman #superstition #art #good luck charms #wwi #lucky charms
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a jester as a snail, from Quarles' Emblems, 1861.
[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 #jester #snail
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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 #cliff dweller #lioness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Adventures of Peterkin by Gilly Bear and illustrated by Helen E. Ohrenschall, 1916.
[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 #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Christian Similitudes by John Warner Barber, 1866.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #sundial #art #perpetual motion
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September 23, 2016

The Right Word (permalink)
Here's some maledicta from Hearst's Magazine, 1913.  How many can you decode?  We've translated them as follows:
The circle overlapping an asterisk, followed by three exclamation points, means "asshole."
The D with a period means "damn."
The lopsided M with its four strokes means the four-syllable "motherfucker."
The lopsided H with its long cross stroke is a very cross "Hell."
But what about the I and question mark?  We couldn't find a single list of swear words that included any beginning with I.  Yet the letter I is in itself a swear word.  "'I' is a curse: 'I' is the labeled 'I' of oppression and condemnation.  'I' feels itself superior to other 'I's" (Lily Splane, "Elegy for the 'I,'" Quantum Consciousness).
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#vintage illustration #art #maledicta #swear words
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A brownie throws all the crockery on the floor, from Once a Week, 1859.  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 #elf #art #otherworldly #brownie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1887.
[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 #head on backward
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Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed a friend and I went fishing.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Does Traverse City look dry to you?"  From 1910.
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#drunk #vintage postcard #traverse city #dry county
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Illuminated Magazine, 1843.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #sea serpent #sea monster #grail
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The Right Word (permalink)
As Selwyn Eagle has said, "Sometimes the most unlikely sources can be the most useful."  Also, we recall that "In a sense 'English' is a bit of a fiction.  There is no one English, no one monolithic entity with a fixed, unchanging set of linguistic features.  Rather, the label 'the English language' is a convenient shorthand for what is a remarkable assortment of different varieties" (Borjars & Burridge, Introducing English Grammar, 2013).

Correctly English in Hundred Days.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"St. Jacob[']s oil conquers pain."  From c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #pain relief #st. jacob
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a "Pluto Water" baseball spinner, ca. 1895.
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#vintage illustration #vintage devil #art #spinner #baseball #1890s
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Dreamland in History by H. D. M. Spence, Dean of Gloucester, 1891.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #art #dreamland
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Anybody feel a draft?"  From Illinois Agricultural Association Record, 1945.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art #yawn #open mouth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The dragon discomfited."  From The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon #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 #dwarves #seven dwarfs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a sketch sealed in a black envelope, encased in an ebonite box, and photographed in a darkened room.  It's a testament to how difficult it is to get one's art seen anymore.  From The Evolution of Forces by Gustave Le Bon, 1908.
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#art #getting seen
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September 22, 2016

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
A violin in the graveyard: a ghost from A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #cemetery #graveyard #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From back when politicians were called on their broken promises, in Grip, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #vintage magic #vintage magician #hat trick
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Non-Circulating Books (permalink)
Non-circulating book.  See our artist’s statement here: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?c=NonCirculatingBooks.  (Individual cards are available from Zazzle, and deep discount bulk orders of 10 or more are available from Vistaprint.)
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #non-circulating #library book #magnets
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here is revealed why we find so many pennies lying in the street.  They're sloshed.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #art #penny #one cent
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the tinted version.

Chicago Marshall Field Building
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#vintage postcard #illinois #vintage chicago #marshall field
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1918.

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#vintage illustration #blindfold #art #blind man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If you love your margarine like you love being enveloped by steam from a train on a Norwegian fjord at dawn with your loved one, then Mustad's Margarin is apparently for you.  By Othar Holmboe, 1905.  Scanned by the Nasjonalbiblioteket
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#vintage ad #norwegian art #fjord #steam train #margarine #old norway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The spider and the tiger," c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #spider #tiger #spider web #thread
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Advertisement for the Antikamnia Chemical Company established around 1890.  Depicts the skull-headed company icon 'Funny Bones,' wearing glasses, attired in a suit, holding an 'AK' tablet in his hand, and shrugging.  Antikamnia (opposed to pain) was a toxic and addictive medicine often mixed with codeine and quinine.  Funny Bones was designed by pharmacist and doctor Louis Crucius."  
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #skull face #art #quack medicine #antikamnia
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rosa Lambert by George W. M. Reynolds, 1854.
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#vintage illustration #fire #on fire #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster by Eleanor Hull, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #omen #art #blackbird
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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 #gnome #elf #art #mouse
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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 #folklore #anthropomorphism #art #folk tale
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September 21, 2016

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"The newest thing in freak photgography: sitters posing for their portraits in sphinxes and a mummy-case, in Egypt.  Our illustration shows visitors to Egypt being photographed in model sphinxes and a mummy-case, in a desire to possess curious—if somewhat gruesome souvenirs of their wanderings by the Nile.  The mummy-case and the sphinxes are of cardboard, and, as may be seen, a hole is left for the face of the sitter."  From The Sketch, 1908.
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#mummy #vintage illustration #ancient egypt #photography #sphinx #art
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
"There is a splendid statement in one of Herzog's films.  The main character asks himself a question and then says, Who will answer this answer?  Actually, there is no question, answers are all one ever answers.  To the answer already contained in a question (cross-examination, competition, plebiscite, etc.) one should respond with questions from another answer.  One should bring forth the order-word of the order-word.  In the order-word, life must answer the answer of death, not by fleeing, but by making flight act and create.  There are pass-words beneath order-words.  Words that pass, words that are components of passage, whereas order-words mark stoppages or organized, stratified compositions.  A single thing or word undoubtedly had this twofold nature: it is necessary to extract one from the other—to transform the compositions of order into components of passage."  —Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The best toast metaphor we've seen all week: "I'm not on your side—the buttered side.  I'm on the under side where there isn't any butter."  From Hearst's Magazine, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #buttered toast
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you that equal amounts of sand and salt are fairly close in weight or mass." —The Mineral Book by David McQueen

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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to change the mood.

East Arcade and Memorial Court, Stanford University, California
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#vintage postcard #stanford
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Illuminated Magazine, 1843.
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#vintage illustration #art #snuffer
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"The eclipse of the sun" on Sept. 21, 1922, from The Queenslander.

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage australia #solar eclipse #eclipse of the sun #queensland #new south wales
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The imp of the bubble wand touts business card cigars, c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #demon #imp #art #bubbles #bubble wand #weird ad
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Seascape with upside down view," scanned by the Wellcome Library, London.
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#vintage illustration #art #space warp #upside down #seascape
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"No more, thank you; I couldn't!"  From Camp and Studio, written and illustrated by Irving Montagu, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #art #vulture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Contes Mauves de ma Mère-Grand, illustrated by Maurice Lalau, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fortunate Days by Ethel Gate and illustrated by Vianna Knowlton, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #silhouette #art #old book #fortunate
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September 20, 2016

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the film Mannequin, drawn by Dudley Hardy for The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #mannequin #dress form
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Suddenly he fell awry into the half-standing, half-lolling position of a puppet whose wires have been cut."  From Scribner's, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1921.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #art #vintage yearbook #sororities
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's the Bhutan word for "entering the mouth of one's own accord," just as these two are voluntarily stepping into a giant mouth at The Enchanted Forest in Oregon.
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#witch #enchanted forest #vintage postcard #giant mouth
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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 #grotesque #ornament #art
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The Right Word (permalink)
"The letter that I didn't write is here," altho' it's only a wish.  From 1911. 
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#loneliness #vintage postcard #unwritten
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Yes Hubby I recognize your dear voice," from an ad for Wilson's Syrup of Tar, c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #vintage telephone #art #animal husbandry #i married a monkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A Blast Furnace" by Clive Gardiner, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #1920s #blast furnace
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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 #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #long hair #red hair #crystal tower #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Légendes Bretonnes, illustrated by Maurice de Becque, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #christianity #art #prayer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Joyeuses Histoires et Images Drolatiques by Pierre L'Ébouriffé, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Rhyme and Reason by Lewis Carroll (1884).
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#ghost #spirit #alcohol #lewis carroll
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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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#elf
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September 19, 2016

Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're often asked how and where we find the unusual imagery we post.  This photo reveals all.

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#prof. oddfellow #gpoy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Demon Fog has usurped the sky."  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #demon #bat #art #fog
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to tint the scene.

Shooting the Chutes, Coney Island, New York
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#vintage postcard #coney island
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ernest Verebes.
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#dog #puppet #vintage postcard #Ernest Verebes #suspicion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Arthur Edward Waite, Songs and Poems of Fairyland, 1888.
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#a. e. waite #fairies #book cover #fairyland #vintage book design
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
From c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #art #elves #rainbow #seven dwarfs #prism
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Precursors (permalink)
"Dr. Snore" is a precursor to the "Dr. Dream" of the Thompson Twins song "Don't Mess with Doctor Dream."  From a vintage holiday card scanned by the Wellcome Library, London.  This will also be of interest: The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #chimney sweep #christmas card #don't mess with doctor dream #thompson twins #dr. snore
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A mighty shout greeted the appearance of our effigy."  From Chums by Harleigh Severne, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #effigy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here is revealed how to use divine light to burn things up.  Please use this knowledge wisely.  From L'Ame Amante de Son Dieu, Representée dans les Emblémes de Hermannus Hugo Sur ses Pieux Desirs, 1717.
[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 #divine light #reflected light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Légendes Valaisannes, illustrated by Eugéne Reichlen, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From En Avant, l'Arche! by Marc, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There came a sudden darkness over Achilles' eyes," from Achilles & Hector by Agnes Gale, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #darkness #achilles #trojan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Curiosités Médico-Artistiques by Lucien Nass, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #physiognomy #bird #bird face #nose beak #people who look like animals
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September 18, 2016

This May Surprise You (permalink)
There's disagreement about which drag queen first made the cover of a magazine, but here's Dan Leno way back in 1903.  Also, Dan Leno put the "y" in "hys" long before the "y" in "womyn," as we see in his autobiography of 1899.
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#drag queen #cross dressing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Hidden by the eight pages which were to him as wonderful and ever new a daily occurrence as is dawn to worshippers of the sun."  From Scribner's, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #newspaper #news junkie #news addict
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a prophetess from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #divination #witch #witchcraft #black cat #animal familiar #art #fortune telling #prophetess
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
La Sousa Clown Band at Luna Park, 1909, scanned by the Seattle Municipal Archives.
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#vintage photo #clown band #vintage clowns #seattle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a prediction of seagull fishing in the year 2000.
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#prediction #vintage postcard #seagulls
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Precursors (permalink)
Here are precursors to what Edward Abbey called "a feathered exclamation point" (Cactus Country, 1973).  From Archiv für Naturgeschichte, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's difficult to imagine any product advertised this way today.  From c. 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 ad #weird ad #fattening #anti-advertising #fatty foods #canned meat
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
Photo by Leslie Jones, date uncertain.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Pekka, the reindeer dog" (for the Mirror) by Raymond Sheppard.
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#vintage illustration #art #reindeer dog #thin ice #pekka
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mid-day occupation," from My Fourth Tour in Western Australia by Albert Frederwick Calvert and illustrated by Walker Hodgson, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #fatigue #nap #tired
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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 #eyes of god #pince-nez
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What species of fish is this?"  From Pinocchio, illustrated by Maria L. Kirk, 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 #green man #pinocchio
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
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#dragon #wizard of oz #l. frank baum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Street Railway Review, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #long legs
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September 17, 2016

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
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#chicago #quimby's #bookstore #weird books
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#contemplation #the soul
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Tin Man of the Wizard of Oz (1900), from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal (1887).
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#vintage illustration #art #wizard of oz #tin man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The pace that kills," c. 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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#death #skull #mortality #vintage postcard #drunk driving
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to paint the postcard.

Zara, Viale Tommaseo
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#vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Illuminated Magazine, 1844.
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#vintage illustration #art #thumbing nose #clam
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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 #axe #deforestation #tree cutter #wood cutter #lumberjack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An autoharp puts lions to sleep, from c. 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 #vintage ad #lions #art #autoharp #power of music
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Some declare that the photographer is trying to imitate the painter, and the result is something between a photograph and a painting — a spurious art, neither photography nor painting. ... This means that everything that tends to make photography 'pictorial' is effected by painters' methods." —Dr. W. Warstat, "Photography and Painting," Photo-Era Magazine, 1916
Our illustration is a Portrait of King Olav V in the studio of painter Agnes Hiorth.
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#vintage illustration #photography #art #painting #king olav v
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #art #left alone
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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 #mercury #hermes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Songs of the Shining Way by Sarah Noble Ives, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #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 #grimm brothers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There was the door — in her hand the key."  From "The Door in the Book by Charles Barnard and illustrated by Mary A. Lathbury, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #book #door and key #key
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September 16, 2016

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'You will think I am mad, but I know that the soul of my husband lives in that little beast, Koko.'  … Gregory had a feeling that they were both mad.  Two mad figures, and the monkey, with its brilliant eyes, in a room of shadows."  From Hearst's International, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #transmigration #i married a monkey
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's the only instance of "jiggswiggered" we have found in print, from "The Sinfulness of Skippy" by Owen Johnson, in Hearst's International, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #jiggswiggered
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It won't be so bad after all."  From The Sketch, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #optimism #not so bad #pronoia
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you, but many students do not develop good study skills." —Child and Adolescent Development in Your Classroom

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Simple Answers (permalink)
"[A] really simple answer: 'Because you don't let me go deeper than that.'" —Hanna Brencher, If You Find This Letter
If this is not the answer you’re looking for,
click here for a different answer.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are three blacks of good luck, staring at a field of green.  A detail of a postcard from c. 1911.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #art #good luck #vintage card
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And peace on you too," from the Sam D. Heron collection of the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive.
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#dog #peace is just a word
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"If our wives only knew the trouble we're in."  A card for the Harrison-Gourlay Company's humorous play "Skipped by the Light of the Moon."
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #dog #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of putting the cart before the horse, but here's what it looks like.  From Beskrivelse over Finmarkens Lapper deres Tungemaal, 1767.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #sled #reindeer #sleigh #cart before the horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a sheepish question from Agricultural Societies Newsletter, 1989.
Some other sheepish questions:
"Is this thing on?" —Bill Morris, Saltwater Cowboys, 2004
"What do you think about it all?" —Darby Hauck, The Death Cry, 1917
"How is life?" —The Other Isreal newsletter, 1995
"But why not?" —Cora Jarrett, The Ginko Tree, 1935
"Will we get our money back if we leave?" —Meg Wolitzer, Surrender, Dorothy, 2010 [paraphrased]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers by Robert Williams Wood, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #lory #morning glory #burd
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From In a Car of Gold by P. L. Gray, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #witch #fairy tale #cauldron #art
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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.
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#vintage illustration #folklore #fairies #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Baltimore and Ohio Employees Magazine, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #train #b&o #b&o
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September 15, 2016

How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
There's little difference between "myself" and one's "myth[ic]elf."  For instructions on how to believe in your elf, see How to Believe In Your Elf.  Our text clipping appears in Hunting, Shooting, and Fishing: A Sporting Miscellany, 1877.

* 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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#elf
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You guessed it: the top image, of the diameter of the Sun as seen from both Mercury and Earth, lines up exactly with the Mandelbrot fractal.  The top image is from Celestial Scenery by Thomas Dick, 1838.
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#fractal #mandelbrot
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "A question for the Darwinians.  If nature develops l