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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October 31, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"WItchcraft in the 20th century."  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.  See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #witchcraft #occult #ouija #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Fitchburg's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A jack-o'-lantern seeing double.  From The Judge, 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 #jack-o'-lantern #art #seeing double #drunk #carved pumpkin #october 31
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #art #dog skeleton
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #eagle #art #war bird #war plane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pearson's, 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 #genie #art #djinn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #murder #art #knife
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Trying charms on witches' night."  From St. Nicholas, 1879.  See Magic Words: A Dictionary and 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #halloween #occult #october #art #witches #hallowe'en #magic charm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #winter #frozen to death #death of cold
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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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#vintage illustration #haunted #halloween #spooky #october #art #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #dragon #art #st. george #saint george
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"With the devil."  From Popular Mechanics, 1930.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Sir W. Scott's Demonology and Witchcraft, via the University of Glasgow Library.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#witchcraft #occult #demonology #walter scott
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal a different version.

Hallowe'en: When you hear the witches singing on Hallowe'en's dark night, bring forth your jack o'lantern and they'll quit from very fright.
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#halloween #black cat #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage halloween #hallowe'en #halloween postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art #alcoholism #addiction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #big mouth #black cat #art #open wide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cemetery #halloween #skeleton #graveyard #spooky #october #art #living dead #horror #hallowe'en #hearse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A witches'-cauldron table and a black-cat table.  From The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witchcraft #halloween #black cat #cauldron #october #art #vintage halloween #hallowe'en #halloween party #halloween decorations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #coffin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #severed head #big hat #decapitated
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Religious Activities: A spooky Halloween ended with a crazy game of 'Ha-Ha' and everyone in stiches."  From the High Point yearbook of 1971.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#halloween #october #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #laughter #party game
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if there's no coffin that can hold you.  From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #art #coffin
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October 30, 2018

Don't Take This the Wrong Way (permalink)
This unsavory headline, "Poop a Hi Dee Foo To You," appears in the Daily Tar Heel, 1940.
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#vintage headline
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Perversely, this article about how witches aren't pointy-hatted, broomstick-riding crones is illustrated with a pointy-hatted, broomstick-riding crone.  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #magick #witchcraft #occult #vintage newspaper
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1983.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#macabre #cemetery #halloween #graveyard #october #vintage photo #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #silhouette #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #macabre #death #cemetery #halloween #skeleton #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
An assortment of Hallowe'en costumes.  From Social Entertainments by Lillian Pascal Day, 1914.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#halloween #october #vintage photo #vintage hallowe'en #hallowe'en costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #blindfold #grim reaper #art #executioner #hooded
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Stories and Fables by James Baldwin, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #rabbit #tom thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1929.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #imp #skull #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A witches' revel for Hallowe'en."  From Good Housekeeping, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #witchcraft #halloween #broomstick #black cat #occult #october #art #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.  Here's the proof we found that gargoyles are sending kisses to your family.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #gothic #art #gargoyle #goth
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the "Museum of the Weird" design for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #cursed furniture #museum of the weird
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Bandbox, by Louis Joseph Vance:

***

“Mr. Iff. W. H. Iff, Whiff: sometimes so-called: merry wheeze based on my typographical make-up; once a joke, now so grey with age I generally pull it myself, thus saving new acquaintances the mental strain. Practical philanthropy—what?”

“Indeed?”

“Believe me. You’ve no notion how folks suffer in the first throes of that giddy pun. And then when it falls flat—naturally I can’t laugh like a fool at it any longer—blooie!” said Mr. Iff with expression—“like that—blooie!—they do feel so cheap. Wherefore I maintain I do humanity a service when I beat it to that moth-eaten joke. You follow me?”

***

In Act I (Time: the Present) he saw himself bearding the telephone in its lair—that is, in the darkest and least accessible recess of the ground-floor hallway. In firm, manful accents, befitting an intrepid soul, he details a number to the central operator—and meekly submits to an acidulated correction of his Amurrikin accent.

***

“I ain’t sure, sir, as she did nime the lidy, but if she did, it was somethin’ like Burnside, I fancy—or else Postlethwayt.”

***

His conclusions may be summed up under two heads: (a) there wasn’t any answer; (b) it was all an unmitigated nuisance.

***

a short, stout, sedulously hilarious gentleman who oozed public-spirited geniality at every pore and insisted on buttonholing inoffensive strangers and demanding that they enter an embryonic deck-quoit tournament—in short, discovering every known symptom of being the Life and Soul of the Ship

***

Her passion for bromidioms always stupefied Staff.

***

Mrs. Ilkington’s manner implied that he was a bold, bad butterfly, but that she had his entomological number, none the less.

***

“R’ally!” she cried, and tapped his arm playfully. “You are as stupid as most brilliant men!”

***

“I quite understand; I keep a temperament of my own."

***

“Genius frequently needs a lift but is more often to be found in an apartment without one."

***

[Audible italics are getting to be old hat* to me, but I haven't yet tired of audible capital letters.]

“But—I fail to see the joke.”

“And will, until I tell you All.”

Her tone supplied the capital letter.

[*Incidentally, this dialogue occurs in a conversation about a hat.]

***

He was standing in the doorway to the [protagonist's] bedroom, looking much like an exceptionally cruel caricature of [the protagonist].

***

"I add up the bandbox and the razor and multiply the sum by the fact that the average woman will smuggle as quick as the average man will take a drink; and I’m Jeremiah Wise, Esquire.”

***

Mrs. Ilkington bore down upon them in full regalia of sensation.

***

[Qualified Things dept.]

He didn’t believe for an instant that she had meant to run away with the Cadogan collar; and he hoped fervently that she hadn’t been involved in any serious trouble by the qualified thing.

[That "qualified" is a blank map to maledicta, yes?"]

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's an early example of the "Dogs Playing Poker" genre of schlock art.  From Lustige Blätter, 1908.  We previously saw this other example.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #dogs #dogs playing poker
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"No Hallowe'en without a Jack-o'-Lantern."  From The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley, 1919.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #vintage photo #pumpkins #vintage halloween #hallowe'en #pumpkin carving
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern University's 1949 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Why was John Carpenter's film Halloween set in the suburbs?  To find the answer, we must look far back.  From Suburban Life, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#mummy #sarcophagus #vintage illustration #egypt #art
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October 29, 2018

What's In a Name (permalink)
A funny name and a Googlewhack -- "Hieronymus Alphabet Tuttle."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1946.
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en #pumpkin head #smiling pumpkin #carved pumpkin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #ghost story #vintage book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The light of truth."  From Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty, 1861.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Wireless Age, 1922.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Mr. Jack O'Lantern."  From Live Language Lessons, First Book by Howard Driggs, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1900.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"One of the first shadow forms."  From Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side by E. d' Espérance. 1897.
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#ghost #spiritualism #spirit photography #spirit photo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #jack-o'-lantern #art #turkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1940.
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#vintage illustration #art #weird shower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1889.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #long nose #cyclops #two headed #freaks #big head #oddities
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Pure water a poison?  From The Literary Digest, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Halloween just as much today as before."  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Hallowe'en-themed cereals like Franken Berry.  From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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The Right Word (permalink)
This headline is for an article about public displays of affection, known in those days as "kissing exhibitionism."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1940.
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#strange word #vintage headline #unpronounceable
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Rhode Island's 1973 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #vintage photo #hallowe'en #pumpkin carving #carved pumpkin
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October 28, 2018

Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
"Why doesn't an airline pilot write a novel about flying?"  From Daily Tar Heel, 1939.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Happy haunting, from Charleston Southern University's Cutlass yearbook of 1980.

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#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en #happy haunting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A roller coaster that ends in the mouth of the moon.  From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #man in the moon #art #faces in things #roller coaster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #levitation #god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #art #living dead #crutch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"We held him there until he swore a solemn oath by all an undertaker considers holy."  From Judge's Library, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"The result of hot weather."  From The Strand, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #melting #art #candle #fire hazard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Story Plays Old and New, Book One by Alice Sumner Varney, 1915.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Haloed beverages.  From Le Rire, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1890.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #castles in spain #don quixote #castle in the air #cloud shape #cloud castle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #vintage car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #art #the people could fly #human helicopter #human drone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A witch table and an owl table.  From The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A ghost."  From Handicraft for Handy Girls by Albert Neely Hall and Dorothy Perkins, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #halloween #october #art
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October 27, 2018

The Right Word (permalink)
Only 30 Google results of "doomaflotchies."  From Florida Flambeau, 1970.
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#weird headline #vintage headline #weird word
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #dog #giraffe #long neck #relative sizes #size comparison
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #spooky #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #windmill #don quixote #jousting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #undertaker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #lion #carnival #bavaria
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #mad scientist #art #hybrid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mighty Mikko by Parker Fillmore and illustrated by Jay Van Everen, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #faces in things #face in the sun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #magick #conjuration #priestess #spirit #art #animals
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Out of himself, so to speak, and soaring in that strange supersensible region whence forms and 'things of unearthly make' visited him with a thrilling and subduing power."  From The Feeling for Nature in Scottish Poetry, Vol. 2, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1938.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #scissors #wire cutter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Window Backgrounds by George Cowan, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #witch #halloween #october #art #hallowe'en #window display #halloween decorations #halloween window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #night sky #nighttime #celestial #heavenly bodies
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used as a tool to astrally travel to the world of blue and yellow.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915. 
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#vintage illustration #art #book #giant book #tiny man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The great stoned pumpkin."  From Washington State's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #carved pumpkin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales, Poetry, and Fairy Tales by Walter Brown, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #laughter
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October 26, 2018

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Secret group[']s history interestingly unusual."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1965.
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#secret society #vintage headline
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Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)

Due to our mysteriously esoteric studies, we're often asked for oracular predictions about Hallowe'en.  For this year's holiday, we consulted our own Mimetic Oracle, and here's why: Hallowe'en is a grand pageant, and it's been said that theatre reveals what is behind so-called reality.  Our Mimetic Oracle draws from 92 characters in six vintage plays, with 166 spoken lines and 31 stage directions in the mix.  With the system, one randomly draws five characters and generates a script to illuminate the current drama of life.  (There’s a detailed F.A.Q. which explains how the scripts are created, how to make sense of the dialogues, how to determine whether a reading is positive or negative, what to make of the various characters, and why these specific 6 plays were chosen for the system: http://www.mysteryarts.com/play/.)

Here's the scenario that the oracle generated when asked about this year's Hallowe'en:

The first three characters all have names beginning with M, indicating that folks will be well in synch.  The first two lines of the script feature boisterous voices and laughter, both very favorable.  The third line mentions an elephant in the room, but there's no elephant in the cast, so it's either a case of inebriation or a controversial issue that no one will wish to discuss (you'll recall the old idiom about "the elephant in the room").  It's okay -- the controversy will be tactfully avoided, in spite of one person awkwardly bringing it up.  The fourth character is called "Wait" after an archaic British term for a street singer, so expect some singing as well.  The scene ends most intriguingly, with a remarkable vow: "I will live in the past, the present and the future.  The spirits of all three shall strive within me."  The message seems to be that your holiday will have a timeless quality, that it will turn out to be one for the ages, harking back to Hallowe'ens past but somehow also setting the stage for future holidays.  The very final detail, that "all disappear under sheet," is the best of all, recalling as it does the sheet ghosts of Hallowe'en.  Will you finally pass out, taking the events of Hallowe'en into the mysterious realm of the unconsious?  Is there an erotic implication?  In any case, it's a very favorable prediction for your Hallowe'en.

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What I Now Know (permalink)
“I can't do it ... Not knowing what I now know from reading those books I never wanted to read.”
—M. G. Lord, "You'd Be Such a Good Mother, If Only You Weren't You"
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sastrel'shchik, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant foot #crushed #spur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Everything in this room is cursed and haunted.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #art #faces in things #cursed furniture #cursed room #haunted furniture
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Silent Partner, by Erle Stanley Gardner:

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Magard interrupted him by holding up his hand, making a waving motion of the wrist as though patting the words back in the lawyer's mouth.

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"He has the brains of an encyclopedia, and the personality of a last year's almanac."

***

[From Death of a Pooh-Bah, by Karen Sturges]:
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She turned toward me a face strongly reminiscent of the Andrews Sister with the biggest mouth.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Window Backgrounds by George Cowan, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en #window display #halloween decorations #halloween window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #weightless #in the clouds #floating
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #falling #art #hot air balloon #spikes #no parachute #tumbling down
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #spooky #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #gallows #hanged man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #art #pig #this little piggie #pig hand #pig fingers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #confetti
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #dreaming #butterfly #human butterfly #butterfly woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales of the Samurai, Oguri Hangwan Ichidaiki by James S. De Benneville, 1915.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #haunted painting
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #three bears
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #candles #chandelier #circle of light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #winged man #bat man #bat wings #the people could fly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"And are of the dust and all turn to dust again." From the High Point yearbook of 1972.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #biblical #dust thou art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A skull garland strung by the devil himself.  From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #devil #halloween #skull #october #art #hallowe'en #garland #halloween decorations
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October 25, 2018

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Though it would seem to be stating the obvious that a library features a book collection, when we consider what's become of Barnes and Noble bookstores … From Hilltop News, 1957.
To discover why Barnes and Noble wouldn't stock our very own One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, see our video about how to get a major book deal without connections.
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#library #vintage headline
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #haunted painting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #black bear #bears #white bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Well, here we are again!"  From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #hell hole #jack-in-the-box #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #guillotine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1957.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #monkey #zoo #monkey cage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #suicide #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #art #mentalism #mesmerism #hypnotism #tennis #mind power
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #halloween #october #art #axe #sword #clown #hallowe'en #costume #impaled
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Greek vase.  From Nature's Harmonic Unity by Samuel Colman, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #sacred geometry #greek vase
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #alcoholism #alcohol poisoning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Serbian Fairy Tales by Elodie L. Mijatovich and illustrated by Sidney Stanley, 1921.

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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1940.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #horror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #polo #in the face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #war #god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #masks #faces #mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #phonograph #his master's voice #pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The School Arts Magzine, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #ghosts #october #art #sheet ghost #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Unlucky in Monte Carlo.  From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #death #gambling #art #suicide #monte carlo
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Modern-day witch plagued in skyway."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1964.
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#witch #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There's a rabbit's foot in Southwestern's 1909 yearbook because all such tomes are occult objects.  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 #art #vintage yearbook #good luck #rabbit's foot
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October 24, 2018

No News Is Good News (permalink)
Wow -- this student newspaper admitted its biases, contempt for its readers, slanted stories and altered facts, hunger for power, and pseudo-intellect.  If only current-day fake news could do similar soul-searching.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1965.  
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#fake news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #severed head #decapitated #watering can
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #practical joke #fright #art #handstand
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #wind #wind god #face in the clouds #wind deity
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #gambling #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Practica de Los Exercicios Espirituales de Nuestro Padre San Ignacio, 1675.  Courtesy of the Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #swords #pierced #eight of swords
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #demon #devil #satan #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #teddy bear #balloons
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Precursors (permalink)
A precursor to Mothra.  "The combat with the dragons."  From A Journey in Other Worlds by John Jacob Astor, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #mothra
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #shoe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Celtic Fairy Tales, selected by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #adult baby #big cookie #big baby #giant cookie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1940.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #egypt #art #secret service
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Jugend, 1911.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #vintage gay #men #homoerotic #hands across the ocean #hands across the water #hands across the sea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #cats #razzle dazzle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #pain #bondage #tied up #strapped down
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #demon #rats #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #airplane #aviation #the people could fly #airplane hat
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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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 #hybrid #centaur #ichthyocentaur #sea centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 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 #death #grim reaper #art #flying car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #drawing #audience #opera glasses #cartooning #spectators
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This photograph is safe as long as you do not stare into the caged owl's eyes.  From Memphis University's Owl yearbook, 1965.

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

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#owl #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #caged animal
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October 23, 2018

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Our friend Gordon asked us to pose this question to the spirit voices in the ethers: “Is there any hope that we can reverse climate change?”  Our video records the answer we received via the Spirit Box radio (as seen on the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures").
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"Plea for individuality is twins' identical cry."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1961.
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#twins #vintage headline #individuality #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #bull #blood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #balancing act #art #upside down #penny farthing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #outer space #art #solar system #planets #attraction #tied together
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #anti-religious #art #birds #tree cutter #chopping wood #up a tree #felling a tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 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 #divination #fortune teller #cartomancy #art #card reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 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 #monk #art #saint #rising sun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #liquor #black cat #art #uncle sam #prohibition
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Adam and Eva, 1927.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #eden #adam and eve #1927 #apple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She ended it with a great blot."  From St. Nicholas, 1879.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #inkblot #visual poetry #art #writing #asemic #ink blot
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From The Child's World, Second Reader by Hetty Browne and illustrated by Rhoda Campbell Chase, 1917
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #fairies #fairy tale #art #dreaming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #vintage ad #art #pipe smoker #house cleaning
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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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 #drunk #hallucination #mouse plane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #protection #art #gas mask #allergic #dust allergies #personal protection
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Disguised in ectoplasm to charm spiritualists (if no one else).  From Le Journal Amusant, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #halloween #spirit #october #art #sheet ghost #spiritualism #hallowe'en #ghost costume #ectoplasm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A spirit medium is offered a job to conduct seances.  He asks if food and lodging will be included and is told that lodging goes only so far as the table.   From Les Hommes du Jour, 1909.
Through the course of my research, I've encountered some great vintage seances, collected here.
See also the bizarre Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #spiritualism #seance #spirit medium
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.

From winged pianos to rocking pianos, killer pianos to piano beds, I've collected the most remarkable piano imagery here.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #elephant #art #piano #pianist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #hearts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sastrel'shchik, 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 #severed head #executioner #beheaded #eye in the pyramid #eye in the sky #eye in triangle #decapitated #blood #eye of providence
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Coffin for Christopher, by Delano Ames:

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Was the Giant Rotor [an amusement-park ride], then, Uncle Sigismund's secret vice?

***

[This eyewear business seems to be quite the specialty with Ames!]

Sigismund's smile of constrained mirth became, I thought, rather forced as he fumbled for his eye-glass and suddently recognised us. He let the glass drop again from his eye as though to obliterate the vision and hastily donned a false moustache.

***

[The Frenchman's] English was excellent, though some of his expressions were culled from reading novels of a by-gone epoch. [Well, for that matter, so are some of mine!]

***

[When the protagonist is the only woman at a three-person formal dinner.]

It was nearly ten before I caught my own eye and gave the signal to rise.

***

[Rhetorical Questions Answered]

"Still, what's a hundred guineas?"

"One hundred and five pounds."

***

"He doesn't want this business cleared up--and I'm just the man not to do it."

***

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel or out-of-body journeys, but it is not intended for near-death experiences. From Westminster's yearbook of 1982.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallway
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October 22, 2018

Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, who is hilarious even while unconscious:
Last night I dreamt that I went into a high-end clothing shop (a clear "dream sign," like going out in public in only my underwear, and other things I'd never do IRL). I had to wait awhile for someone to come help me; but eventually, not one, but TWO cheerful sales associates appeared, and they began to speak in precise unison, along the lines of "Hello, I'm Cathy, and I'll be glad to assist you today. Is there any particular article you're looking for?" I asked if they both spelled "Cathy" the same way, and they broke unison long enough to explain that they spelled it differently. I said this would enable me to tell them apart (which was a joke, since of course that's no help aurally—and, anyway, they didn't *look* identical, so they were in fact already distinguishable). At around this point I was realizing that I didn't have time to shop for clothing, and I'd never buy anything in this sort of place anyway, thus it had been silly of me to come in...but, I reflected, it had been worth it for the hilarious unison Cathys.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Here's the one and only headline we need in our era of sensationalized journalism.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1964.
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#vintage headline #fake news #sensationalism #controversy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #giant bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #goat legged #dandy #gentleman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #lion #carnivore #lamb
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
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#prayer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Little Colonel's Holidays by Annie Fellows Johnston, 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 #witch #halloween #october #art #hallowe'en #bromstick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #flying people #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Tales from the Harz Mountains by Alfred Cooper Fryer, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #dog attack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #dizzy #head spinning
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