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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February 28, 2017

Unicorns (permalink)
We're honored by a 5-star review of our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.  Jessy Carlisle describes the book as quirky fun for the alternative thinker.  Pictured is a page from the book, with four tips for hearing a unicorn.
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#unicorn #listening practice
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Whether or not the earth is flat, the United States was put on an acre of paper in 1924.  From Popular Mechanics.
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#vintage illustration #art #flat earth #vintage headline
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 1909.
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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 #mythology #art #king neptune
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #skull #art #lake of blood
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The Right Word (permalink)
One doesn't often see the word "superecstasy."  In yogic terms, it's a fifth state of consciousness (Turya-Atita-Avasta) enjoyed by holy men.  From David Vallory by Francis Lynde, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #ecstasy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are some freshly-hatched chicken sandwiches from Wayside Tales, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #chicks
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #mesmerism #distance healing #space is an illusion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A corner of one of the stockroms" of a skeleton factory, from Pearson's, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #skeleton #art #skeleton factory #human bones
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #art #comet #astronomy #telescope #shooting star #falling star #asteroid
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A 1910 issue of The Sphinx, the UW Madison campus humor magazine.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #art #skull and crossbones #mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Wijnand Otto Jan Nieuwenkamp for Eigen Haard, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #art #skeletons #living dead #skeleton ball
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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 #skeleton #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#rabbits #bunnies #vintage postcard #snowball fight #vintage winter #1942
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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 #fairies #shakespeare #art #midsummer's night dream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1857.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #ancient mariner #coleridge
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The phrase "monoliths don't grow on trees" is a Googlewhack.  From Jugend, 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 #monolith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You young pickles!"  (Also known as gherkins.)  From English Illustrated, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #young pickles
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February 27, 2017

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to The Skipper from Gilligan's Island.  From Jugend, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #god #noah's ark #gilligan's island #sailor #castaways
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wiener Revue, 1946.
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#vintage illustration #art #clock face #faces in things #sickle
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Something, Defined (permalink)
From That Fated Shore by Phil Farrand, 2009.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Spoiler - it's balsa wood.  From Popular Mechanics, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #balsa #logging #strong men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #death #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a pickle parade from Wayside Tales, 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 #pickles #parade
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Then he set about telling me of the beautiful gold and silver ware they use in the Elysian Fields," from Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others by John Kendrick Bangs, 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 #ghost #art
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
"'Yes, no doubt about it, the map ends at this juncture.'  Windza sat down.  'So what do we do now, turn back?'" —A. C. Wright, The Stone
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," though less elevated.  From English Illustrated, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #spooky #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the original photo.

Stanford Combine, 1894
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#vintage photo #gif
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The Thing which is not in the Curriculum" is flourishing.  From Hunter College's Echo, 1901.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #vintage yearbook #highjinks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In Scotland (whether or not at Loch Ness), sometimes you see only the head of a beast, but sometimes (as in this Pictish stone at Gairloch) it's the head that's invisble.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#scotland #stone carving #pictish #gairloch #ancient stone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Green Ghost Detective.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #ghost story #pulp fiction #green ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a mad hatter from Punch, 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 #art #mad hatter #top hat #punch magazine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A page from the Arthur and Fritz Kahn Collection, courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute Archives.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #hand eye coordination #brain model
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Character as indicated by the hand," from 1893.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #hand reading #palmistry #character analysis #types of hands
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #serpent #art #snake charmer #vintage poster
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February 26, 2017

Only Funny If ... (permalink)
This is utter bullshit and the perfect example of my horror (not too strong a word) of the cold, soulless mentality of white-coat scientists (whom Robert Anton Wilson dubbed the New Inquisition).  From Popular Mechanics, 1924.
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#humor #laughter #vintage headline #idiots #big science #bullshit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This can actually happen.  When Hurricane Matthew destoyed my home last October, a case of alcohol washed into my yard.  The garbage man asked if he could have it, so I gave it to him.  From an ad in Jugend, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Idealist and realist."  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 #faces in things #soap bubble
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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 #magician #art #vintage magic #stage magic #magic trick #stage illusion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The author was suffering from a combination of evils, want of rest and want of money being predominant."  From English Illustrated, 1907.
Is the cure a dose of ink?  (English Illustrated, 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 #starving artist #art #writing life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a keyboard-activated bird dispatcher.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1883.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #weird instrument #musician #weird keyboard #keyboard weapon #bird hunting
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to transform the title.

Tom Brown's School Days and Two Years Before the Mast
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#vintage book cover #book design
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch, 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 #art #quill #goose #hunter #fox hunting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A non-slip cat's paw (a detail from an advertisement, 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 #vintage ad #black cat #art #cat's paw
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"I dreamt I was in a trance, my folks thought me dead.  They put me in a coffin; they cried and said nice things about me.  All night long the old cat, whose kittens I had drowned that morning, sat on my coffin and gloated over my sufferings; she knew I was alive.  I was placed in a hearse and in due time arrived at the grave yard.  I could hear the mud hit the lid of the coffin and began to choke when I woke up."  From 1910.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#macabre #death #coffin #strange dream #vintage postcard #white cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of inscribing "a hieroglyphic in which culture is coded, thus creating a microscopic counterpart to the great enigma" that we desire to decipher (Ricardo Piglia, "Sarmiento the Writer").  Well, here's the Eye in the Pyramid as seen under a microscope, from Archiv für Mikroskopische Anatomiem, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #pyramid #eye in the pyramid
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #sun #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 #emblem #art #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #alcoholic #wine robber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It was in the year 339,700 that I talked to the Queer Horse and the Strange Man put in the jar!"  From The Magical Land of Noom, written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #invisible horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #jack-in-the-box #art #scissors #quill pen
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Can you read her face to determine the strength of the hand she was dealt?  From Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1962.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #playing cards #1960s #card game #face reading
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February 25, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard that the money you touch is dirty, but here's why: money is squeezed out of people.  From Jugend, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #crushed #dirty money #the squeeze
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Idle Idyls by Carolyn Wells, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #pegasus #winged horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Bring us liquor!"  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #liquor #art #alcoholism #need a drink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are some fairies from The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art #fairyland #white doe
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Simple Answers (permalink)
"The simple answer: habits. It is all about habits." —Feel Good Every Day: Let Your Thoughts Change Your Life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Our tenants."  From English Illustrated, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #art #ants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #sprayed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #candle #snuffed
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the photo of Bette Davis cropped by the newspaper.

Bette Davis newspaper clipping
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#vintage photo #bette davis #vintage hollywood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The tiger and the crystal" -- the frontispiece to The Man Inside by V. F. Calverton, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #beard #occult #art #crystal ball #tiger
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Here's a "23 skidoo" broken down into three fives and an eight.
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#lemon #vintage postcard #23 skidoo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Choice Flower Seeds catalog, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art #elves #gnomes
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
From an ad for Buckingham's Dye for the Whiskers, c. 1890.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #hair dye #rainbow colors #colored hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #mercury #hermes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magic City by Netta Syrett and illustrated by Mary Corbett, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
She's apparently singing about the three little pigs.  From Jugend, 1898.
Jonathan quips: "If some of the toffs in her audience are wearing necklaces, she's casting swines before pearls."
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#vintage illustration #art #singing #three little pigs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The cubist."  From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #cubism #cubist #20th century art
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February 24, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The ego's strategy is always to blame the iceberg for being in the way" (Eve Eschner Hogan).  From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #titanic #iceberg
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925.  See also This Book is a Cactus.
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#vintage illustration #art #cactus #shaving #prickly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #art
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Remarkable properties of the number nine.  From Curiosities for the Ingenious by Ash and Mason, 1825.
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#vintage illustration #art #mathematics #number nine
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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 #orbit #polaris #solar system #second sun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Roll, Britannia!"  From The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #vintage car #brittania
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Simple Answers (permalink)
"The simple answer is that we forecast because all decisions involve future expectations or predictions, whether they are implicit or made explicit." —Navigating Strategic Decisions
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The most economical model."  From English Illustrated, 1888.  Note that artist Harper Pennington's signature is written in cursive but severely slanted and vertical so as to resemble Japanese calligraphy.
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#vintage illustration #art #headless #mannequin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You will drink and drink till you die!"  From The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #alcoholism #addiction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #sunrise #art #rooster
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the photo of Sarah Bernhardt in 1859.

Sarah Bernhardt in 1859
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#vintage photo #vintage newspaper #Sarah Bernhardt
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
"You make music while you ride your wheel."  From The Saint Paul Globe, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #invention #art #vintage cycling #music box #portable music
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Chinese Clay Figures by Berthold Laufer, 1914.  This should be of interest: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #chinese unicorn
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Call it a Hunch (permalink)
"I could call it a hunch, and yet..."
"And yet you know that a hunch does not come from nowhere."
Milton A. Rothman, "Formula for Galaxy 1"

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 #fairy #art #peace #chess board
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Battle tanks carry holiday crowds."  From Popular Mechanics, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage headline #battle tank #tourists #sightseer
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The better champagnes hatch from eggs, as we learn in Jugend, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #rabbit #champagne #fallen tree
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February 23, 2017

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "Can you capture the spirit of a typewriter? Because as I understand it the spirit of a typewriter is that it is a shitty version of a computer and/or the only thing keeping the Whiteout family in business" (Alex Shephard).
A: Yes, as we see in Jugend, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #spirits #ghosts #art #ghoul
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #life after death #art #walking dead #afterlife #beyond the grave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"P. S.—I am wore out."  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
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#worn out #asterisks #p.s.
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"The people who boo at the theatres," from The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #booing #theatre goers #difficult audience
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

"It may surprise you to learn that the partition functions of each chemical species in a balanced chemical reaction can be used to determine a characteristic property of that reaction: its equilibrium constant. " —Physical Chemistry by David W. Ball

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Within a fortnight Lucy had become a slave of her medicine."  From The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #addiction #prescription medicine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And these are the little things who assist him in carrying out his bad intentions."  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #devil #art #horned one
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Unicorns (permalink)
A detail from the cover of the Glasgow University student handbook, 1960.  This should be of interest: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #scotland #art #lion #glasgow university
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Brother X," from Happy Days, A Paper For Young And Old, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #turkey #pulp fiction
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to apply makeup.

Marie Dea
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#vintage portrait #vintage postcard #marie da #glamor shot #makeup #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From 1910.
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#money bag #pig #vintage postcard #money pig #gold coins
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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 #emblem #prophecy #art #hybrid #beast
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"How do you look when you walk up stairs?"  From Secrets of Charm by John Robert Powers & Mary Sue Miller and illustrated by Georgia Bloch, 1954.
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#vintage illustration #art #posture #poise
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.

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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #pillar #herm #term #column
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a skeleton bursting out of a rum barrel (as they'll do), from Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #rum barrel
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February 22, 2017

Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Sudoku, from Jugend, 1912.  Can you fill in the rest of the numbers properly?  Here's the solution, in black text on a black background [highlight to view]:  (reading left to right, top to bottom).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #death #mortality #grim reaper #art #looming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"New secret in Jujitsu makes you master of men."  From Popular Mechanics, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #self defense #jujitsu #martial arts #master of men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The giant and the conjurer now knew that their wicked course was at an end."  From The Fairy Ring by Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora Archibald Smith, illustrated by Elizabeth MacKinstry, 1916.

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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art #conjurer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Working himself into a realistic rage."  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #rage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #dandy #death of theatre
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Johnnykin and the Goblins, written and illustrated by Charles Leland, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #enchanted tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a pied piper from Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #pied piper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1883.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #art #comet
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Hunter College's Echo, 1898.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #daydream #fireplace #freshman
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
"The secret is to keep on dreaming." —Jacques Vallee, Forbidden Science, Vol. 2
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.  No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Wheels for mural decoration."  From The San Francisco Call, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage cycling #home decor
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to travel through time.

Main Street, Richmond, Virginia
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#vintage postcard #virginia #richmond #gif
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The Right Word (permalink)
"That's a ___ of a good story."  Date unknown.   Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.
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#devil #satan #vintage devil #vintage postcard #smiling devil
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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 #ghosts #art #guilt #shadows #conscience
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard that a group of eagles is called a "convocation."  A mixed group of national animal symbols is called a "Byzantine system."  From Jugend, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #national symbol #national animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wiener Revue, 1946.
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#vintage illustration #death #angel #skeleton #art
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February 21, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The spirit of vodka will have you seeing double-V's.  From Jugend, 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 #spirit #art #bottle imp #vodka
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
"Playing piano under difficulties."  From Popular Mechanics, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #upside down #vintage headline #stunt musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A banana parade from Wayside Tales, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #bananas #parade
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From "The Fatal Potion" in The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #witch #magick #witchcraft #black cat #cauldron #animal familiar #art #potion
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Apropos of Nothing (permalink)
"Ordinary jazz players merely say, again and again, unasked, apropos of nothing: 'The blues has to be there all the time: it's the way you feel.'" —Eric Hobsbawm, The Jazz Scene
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cartoons Magazine, 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 #art #robot #tin man #metal monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 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 #merman #art #sea creature #under the sea #king neptune
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1929.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Experience with a garment."  From The [Washington, D.C.] Morning Times, 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 #cycling wear #vintage fasion #vintage cycling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Thing!" by Elmer.
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#genie #djinn #drunk #vintage postcard #the thing #hallucination #moonshine
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to hand tint.

High & Main St. Bridge, Hamilton, Ohio
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#bridge #vintage postcard #ohio #gif
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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 #fire spirit #fire #art #halo
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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 #heart
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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 #art #end of the world #god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Good-by to the Megalopods."  From Imaginotions: Truthless Tales by Tudor Jenks, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #giants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The ancient boot deities.  From Jugend, 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 ad #vintage footwear #boot worship #footwear worship
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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 #giant #art #little man
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February 20, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #devil #angel #art #vintage car
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Water dominoes are played much like regular dominoes, though the rules are more fluid.  From Mocca, 1935.
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#vintage photo #dominoes #pool game
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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 #artist #makeup #face painting
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Scarlet Letter yearbook (Rutgers, 1912).  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #dancing #dancing man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
What are your brains worth?  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #brains #selling organs #mental worth
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #winged horse #war and peace
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 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 #october #art #vintage fashion #comet #astronomy #shooting star #women's fashion #halloween costume #sky goddess #cosmic fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Assault and buttery," from an 1865 issue of Fun 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 #practical joke #art #pratfall #butter
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Click to reveal the photo that inspired the painting.
"We might say a painting is a world; a photograph is of the world" (Stanley Cavell, Philosophy's Recounting of the Ordinary, 1999).

Curse of the Demon
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#demon #monster #vintage poster #monster movie #curse of the demon #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It brings the Panther Woman to the screen!"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #cat people #panther woman #cat lady #vintage film
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Are ships supposed to sail above us?"  From 1942.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#upside down #relativity #vintage postcard #airplane #1942 #fighter pilot
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The Right Word (permalink)
"I'm having a ___ of a time in Kouts, Ind."  Circa 1910.
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#vintage devil #pitchfork #vintage postcard #kouts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A horror began to settle down upon him," from Cassell's, 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 #fear #demons #art #darkness #the unknown #creature of the night #terror #horror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The thought," from Lives of the Hunted by Ernest Seton-Thompson, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #sword #bird
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From 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 #fear #monster #art #terror #shadow self #me and my shadow
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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 #art #female trouble #library book #gynecology #diseases of women #diseases of females
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February 19, 2017

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Addams Family's Thing playing a board game.  From Jugend, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #hand #addams family #thank you thing
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The Right Word (permalink)
From Grammatical Diagrams and Analyses by Frank P. Adams, 1886.
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#ghost #sentence diagram #grammar #witching hour
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The succubus, or deathly embraces of the female demon."  From Droll Stories Collected From the Abbeys of Touraine, illustrated by Gustave Doré, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #succubus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A feat of endurance."  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #handshake #endurance #antisocial
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #geese #ducks #when animals attack
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
We've done that, too -- asked "where" before we even knew "what."  The text reads, "Where is cobalt?  What is cobalt?  These are queries from every point of the compass."  From Hearst's International, 1906.
A: From the German for "demon, imp," cobalt is a byproduct from nickel and copper ores and is used as a component of magnetic alloys.  In the context of the article, the "where" is the area formerly known as New Ontario.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #uncle sam #train #locomotive #steam train #trail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Have no fear.  I have brought a French specialist to see you."  From The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #french
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Went anyhow, any end up, across the road."  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #art #legs akimbo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They sailed to preserve energy," by L. Benett, from The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne (1895).
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#vintage illustration #invention #art #jules verne #sailing #sea travel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From 1907.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #owl #fairies #full moon #art #sprites
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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 #heart
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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 #demon #angel #emblem #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An Eiffel Tower of handkerchiefs."  From Popular Mechanics, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage headline #eiffel tower #handkerchiefs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #ornate frame #art #tree #heart #family tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #pen and ink #horse #art #picking up guys
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February 18, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

We're honored by this 5-star review of our Young Wizard's Hexopedia over at Amazon:
You had me at Hex-o. This book is 1/4 tongue-in-cheek, 1/4 harry-potter-ishness, 1/4 traditional magic, and 1/4 this-is-so-crazy-it-just-might-work. Very creative retellings of spells, enchanting illustrations, and a writing tone that sucks the reader into a world of plausibilities and possibilities. There are several points in the book where even a serious occultist will be intrigued at the techniques. I adapted the Magic Square technique into some simple spell-working and was delighted with the easy and speedy results. So, I wouldn't cast this book aside too quickly as a joke. I could easily teach a 10-year-old simple spell-working out of this book. But it is not just for young wizards, either. Creative, and charming. I bow in humility to the genius of Professor Oddfellow.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a rather rare depiction of a centaur on his back.  From Jugend, 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 #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I've often thought I should like to go down the drains.  It would be just the very place for me!"  From Pick Me Up, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #down the drain #sewers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1923.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Cheer leaders masquerade as animated skeletons."  From Popular Mechanics, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #skeletons #walking dead #vintage headline #cheerleader
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Tomorrow's weather from yesterday.  "The future rainy day."  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A skeleton factory," from Pearson's, 1897.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The earth visits a spiritualistic medium, from Cartoons Magazine, 1920.  This should be of interest: Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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#vintage illustration #divination #earth #fortune teller #art #spiritualism #seance #spirit medium
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's some mesmerism from The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #mesmerism #hypnotism #hypnosis #mesmerist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #box of self-renunciation
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal a different version.

DESCRIPTION
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#divination #witch #witchcraft #halloween #owl #card reading #october #vintage halloween #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Enormous bright kites," from The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne (1895).
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#vintage illustration #kites #art #jules verne #china #chinese kite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You only think you are [esteemed]."  From 1908, scanned by the ArchiveProject.
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#playing cards #four aces #vintage postcard #self worth #ace high
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Cuba Review, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #cuba
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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 #heart
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #orchard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a ten-minute lunch by Rene Bull for The Sketch, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #fast food #quick lunch #vintage restaurant
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February 17, 2017

This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
King Neptune gets his kicks by making sailors sick.  From Jugend, 1904.
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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 #art #king neptune #vomit #seasick
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Mocca, 1930.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #dust storm #art #bull #cloud shapes
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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 #silhouette #art #donkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Playing a circle of spinning banjos."  From Popular Mechanics, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #banjo #vintage headline #stunt musician
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Google's scan of Alma Newton's A Jewel in the Sand (1919) offers its own mirage!
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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.)   Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #forbidden science #library book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a human-faced cat in the window, from Cartoons Magazine, 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 #black cat #anthropomorphism #art #insomnia #human faced #caterwauling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"On scientific principles, love at first sight is the only thing."  From The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #love at first sight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #ornate capital #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #letter p
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal a different version.

A Joyous Halloween
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#halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage halloween #hallowe'en #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's some physiognomy from De Belgische Illustratie, 1872.
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#vintage illustration #art #physiognomy #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A gentle reminder," from a doctor's appointment card, date uncertain.
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#vintage illustration #art #forgetting #reminder #tapping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Collecting a spider in a box."  From American Spiders and their Spinning Work by Henry C. McCook, 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 #art #spider
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"Hermodsson sent up to heaven a shriek distinct above the roaring of the gulf," from "The Spectre-Ship" by M. P. Shiel, in Cassell's, 1896.
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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 #art #ghost ship #viking ship #haunted ship
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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 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 #death #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Long life line—dare-devil and a Northerner.  More head than heart—quick temper."  From Wayside Tales, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #palm reader #hand reading #palmistry #lines of the hand
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February 16, 2017

This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
Here's a centaur merman (ichthyocentaur) from Jugend, 1903.
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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 #mythology #merman #art #centaur #ichthyocentaur
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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 #elves #gnomes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The silver tracks."  From The Laughing Prince by Parker Fillmore and illustrated by Jay Van Everen, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #silver tracks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The man unseen—an occultist."  From Wayside Tales, 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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#occult #esoteric
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The stop-in-the-tunnel qualms."  From The Sketch, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #stranded #claustrophobia #buried alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I fingered him enough in three minutes to stop his dancing for another month."  From Pearson's, 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 #fighting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"In the Black Valley," from a drawing by Heywood Sumner.  From English Illustrated, 1886.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #fairy tale #art #night spirit #black valley
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Why wait for the millenium?"  From Cartoons Magazine, 1919.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #big bang #human cannonball
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #caged bird #i know why the caged bird sings #crutches #pet bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You may recall that great vintage piece about letters being discovered at a high altitude (link to image here), but here are letters from high latitudes.
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#vintage book cover #book design #old book
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal a different version.

Steamer City of Cleveland, D&C Line
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#ship #vintage postcard #michigan #steamer #gif
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Here's a relief outside Mount Edgcumbe House, Cornwall.
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#beard #cornwall #Mount Edgcumbe #relief #photograph
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Arthur and Fritz Kahn Collection, courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute Archives.
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#vintage illustration #art #hand of god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Potato bugs dance around tins of poison.  From The American Garden, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #poison #insects #insecticide #potato bug #immunity #bugs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)