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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November 30, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Davidson yearbook of 1978.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Hopjoy Was Here, by Colin Watson:

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"You'll have noticed how damnably rhetorical these anonymous letter writers always are?"

***

The cat presented its rear, its tail momentarily a quivering exclamation mark, and disappeared into the farther garden.

***

Purbright examined the picture. It showed upwards of thirty members of the Flaxborough Amateur Operatic Society transfixed in self-conscious attitudes of Ruritanian abandon. There was a wealth of false mustachios, arms akimbo, flourished steins, peasant blouses... and feet on chairs.

[...]

Disguised as a prince disguised as a student, forty-eight-year-old Jack Bottomley, bachelor proprietor of the Freemasons' Arms, accompanied his singing with a stiff, resolute gesture; he looked like a learner driver about to turn left.

***

Neither looked remotely expectant of enjoyment. It was natural for the few people they passed on the way back to the hotel to assume, if they noticed them at all, that they were holiday-makers.

***

Purbright carried Warlock's report to the Chief Constable not in confidence that Mr. Chubb possessed a superiority of intellect consonant with his rank but rather as a man with a problem will seek out some simple natural scene, the contemplation of which seems to set free part of his mind to delve more effectually towards a solution.

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"Harton's about as obliging as an empty stamp machine."

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"I need hardly tell you that we are not seeking this information out of idle curiosity."

Mr. Tewkes raised his brow. What better motive, he seemed to ask, could there possibly be?

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Devil's Bride by Milton H. Stine, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'It's a coming,' and so it was."  From The Boys of Beechwood by Elizabeth Eiloart, 1868.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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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 L'Assiette au Beurre, 1911.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see how the knife act went wrong. From Judge's Library, 1896.

From Judge's Library, 1896
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"On they flew toward the big round moon catching the light from the distant blazing sun."  From Little Star Gazers by Julia Augusta Schwartz, 1917.
My modest collection of vintage airplanes is taking off.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #witch #halloween #broomstick #october #art #smokestack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #magician #art #magic #magic trick #coin trick #coin from nose #coins from the nose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #rotten fruit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Pst!" as imagined by S. H. Sime for The Sketch, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #sime #imaginary
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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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 #stranded at sea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #goya
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November 29, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Clemson's 1986 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #face #blemishes #complexion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #motorcycle
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art #raincoat #umbrella hat #umbrella dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #wild animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #insect people #bug people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #bird headed #art #hybrid #bird man #parrot man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nature's Invisible Forces by Thomas H. Ellis, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #art #esoteric #invisible forces
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art #jack and the beanstalk
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Through the hoop."  From Ambition magazine, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #through the hoop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #cat-o'-nine-tails
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #egypt #art #pharaoh #camel #pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #bulldog #vintage fashion #love me love my dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #drowning #art #flood #stilts #high tide #high water #going under #rising waters
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #sun face #no face #luminary #bright face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Beeton's Brave Tales, 1872.
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#vintage illustration #art #seal #sailor
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #satyr #umbrella #art #flood #singing in the rain
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November 28, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #nature spirit #art #spring #flowers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #clipped wings #war and peace #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Our luck star after a defeat.  From the Record of the Class of 1891 of the University of Pennsylvania.  See Divination by Punctuation.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmographia, 1585.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Away they would go, gliding through the mysterious semi-twilight."  From Wolfenberg by William Black, 1893.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
There's some sort of fairy in a tuxedo in the middle of the pond, but the frogs are taking no notice.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1949.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Pantheon from Nature's Harmonic Unity by Samuel Colman, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One euphemism for "drunk" is "sea captained."  Here's what it looks like.  From Le Rire, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Laboulaye's Fairy Book by Edouard Laboulaye, 1866.
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1938.  For the secret of why to roll blank dice, see Astragalomancy: A Loaded Guide: Intriguing Readings of 21 Discrete Dice Throws.  By the way, in his novel Bury Me Among the GravesTim Powers describes organized dice rolling without looking at the numbers: "The old dwarf tossed the objects to the floor, and Crawford saw that they were dice. McKee turned and caught Crawford's chin in her hand. 'Don't look at the numbers on them,' she said. 'But if you want to be helpful, you could pick them up and throw them, over and over again. Not looking, remember.' ... As he dropped the dice one more time onto the floor, it occurred to Crawford that he had been hearing this repetitive rattle ever since they had entered this chamber. Were these dice thrown perpetually, their numbers never read? Chuchuwee must employ a relay of children to keep it up."
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1893.
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November 27, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Newark State's 1970 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hooded figures
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's hard to make out, but beneath the bird droppings is Venice.  From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Falling Star, by Patricia Moyes:

***

[While the other books that I've read in this series use a third-person narrator who follows the point of view of the sympathetic police inspector whom the series is built around, this one has a somewhat Bertie Woosterish first-person narrator-protagonist (a character who may appear only in this book). He doesn't have B.'s narratorial flair (though he has his moments, as you will soon see!), nor is he played strongly for laughs, most of the time; but he is a well-intentioned, slightly pompous, wealthy gent who gets into a lot of trouble, primarily because his associates grossly manipulate and impose on him, but with the compounding factors of his ill-judged impulsiveness, his own "clever" sneaky actions that backfire, and his exaggerated sense of his own savoir faire. Like Bertie, he admits his intellectual limitations; but, like Bertie, he resents the fact that he gets no respect from the people around him, even when he's accommodating their outrageous requests. For the most part, all this was more serviceable than especially charming in this story, but of course I always like to show appreciation for a Wodehousian gambit!]

***

"I try very hard to be reasonable," I went on, trying very hard to be reasonable.

***

"I beg your pardon, sir," he said, in a voice that might have come frosted out of his own Martini jug. "That is a Bacardi."

***

[One of the choicest Bertiesque flourishes, imho.]

Biddy, in the inconsequential way she has, was reciting "Albert and the Lion" aloud to herself, and swearing when she couldn't remember the words. When I asked her why she did this, she replied that it helped her to think. I pass the information on for what it is worth. It certainly did not help me to think.

***

[A pet monkey has been thrust into the protagonist's arms.]

I realized that the wearing of a pink-bottomed monkey as a sort of feather boa did nothing to help my dignity, but that could not be helped.

[And some very Wodehousian dialogue soon follows!]

She did not take the monkey, which was now jumping up and down in my arms, chattering and begging to be swung again.

"Can't you stop playing with that animal?" Keith asked.

"Since you ask," I said, "no. It has taken a fancy to me and it is extremely adhesive."

"Oh, well then, keep it if you want to."

"I do not want to," I pointed out. "It is merely that..."

"Look," said Keith, "there are serious things I want to say to you, and you will keep on talking about monkeys."

***

[Doctor-Samuel-Johnson-But-Not-The-Doctor-Samuel-Johnson Dept.!]

"Of course I've heard of Doctor Sam. But his name wasn't..."

"He changed his name about once a week," said the Super. "Very confusing, it was. But his favorite alibis were nearly all some sort of variation on Samuel Johnson. I've known him arrested as Sir Samuel Johns, Colonel Samson Jobson, Doctor St. John Samuel, and so on. It wasn't until he died in Wormwood Scrubbs last March that we found out what his real name was. You'll never guess."

"Frederick Arbuthnot?"

"No, no, no. James Boswell."

[By the way, "Frederick Arbuthnot" is not the random, silly guess that it might sound like (unfortunately); it actually is another alias that "Doctor Sam" had used. I will note, however, that this is the second book I've read within a space of two weeks in which the name Arbuthnot appeared. (It was a first name in The Band Box, by Vance.)]

***

[And speaking of Anatole...]

At this, Anton broke into a protesting stream of mixed English and French.

***

She remained uncharmed, merely shaking her head so that the dusty black feathers in her hat quivered in the sunset.

[...]

She shot me a look brimful of malice, and directed her quivering hat out through the front door.

***

I felt exactly like the victim of a card trick, who is told, triumphantly and correctly, that the card he was thinking of was the five of spades.

***

I was aware of some sort of plot thickening like a béchamel sauce all around me.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Reportorio dos tempos o mais copioso que ate agora faio a luz, conforme à noua reformaçao do sancto Papa Gregorio XIII, 1590. 
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#vintage illustration #constellation #art #lion #leo
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1890.
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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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 L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to complete the sneeze. From Judge's Library, 1894.

From Judge's Library, 1894
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #bacchus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Harper's Young People, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #japanese art #art #animal headed #rabbit #japanese folklore
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #war #cannon
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fairy #angel #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
"New worlds to conquer!"  From Popular Mechanics, 1933.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art #vintage fashion #vintage hat #umbrella hat #rain hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #clock face #conductor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 1913. 
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#vintage illustration #luck #giant #gambling #art #casino
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November 26, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Sarnia's 1933 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #goat #vintage yearbook #dancing animal #dancing goat
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Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)
The reverse-engineer of horoscopes, Phil Maggitti, suggests that it's untrue you share character traits with other people born under the same sign.  "The people who are getting off the bus the same day you are getting on wield a much greater influence on your development."  So, if today is your birthday, you were born on the same day that all sorts of famous people croaked.  "Read their obituaries carefully.  You'll learn a lot more than you will from reading stupid predictions."
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Precursors (permalink)
 Here's a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #art #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #sphere #art #eye #pupil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #smoking #art #pipe smoker #dandy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #art #playing cards #face cards #card royalty
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The vision of the Lady Merciful.  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, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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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 #giant #fairy tale #art #jack and the beanstalk #magic harp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant boot #ghost boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #exterminator #pest control #bugs in hats #love bugs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #art #polar bear #icebox #cooling off #too hot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #transformation #metamorphosis #art #butterfly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #dowsing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A great white light pounced upon us like a hawk on a chicken."  From My Friend the Chauffeur by Charles Norris Williamson & Alice Muriel Williamson and illustrated by Frederic Lowenheim, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #water deity #water creature #creature of the black lagoon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's an extraordinarily rare college yearbook acknowledgement of the dangers of binge drinking.  Having studied several thousand college yearbooks published over the centuries, what we still don't understand is this: if college has always been a glorified bacchanal, why aren't breweries our campuses and pubs our dormitories?  This is a serious question.  Bonus question (with an answer): Why do college yearbooks always have a "Year in review" section with notable world events?  Because that's the first time the black-out drunk students will have heard or remembered any of it.
Our photo is from Clemson's 1986 yearbook. 

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

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#death #skeleton #vintage yearbook #alcohol poisoning #dead end #binge drinking
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November 25, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"It's so hard to know the happinesses of a day until it's too late to appreciate them."  From Hiwassee's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #happiness #fire hydrant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #mythology #solar deity #art #horses #sun god
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #music #violin #rose
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Atkins diet.  "No sugar."  From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #pig #atkins diet #no sugar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1931.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Riverside Magazine for Young People, 1870.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art #typewriter
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Celtic Fairy Tales, selected by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1892.
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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 #fairy tale #celtic #art #sea monster #giant fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #quill pen #writer's block
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spirit #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #cows #farm animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Florida bicycle-boat.  From Judge's Library, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #invention #art #penny-farthing #boat #bicycle boat #land and sea
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
A fine line between a king and a dictator, plus a two-headed baby in a jar — on postage stamps.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #king #art #postage stamp #two-headed baby #specimen jar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A winged skeleton throne.  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.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #skeleton throne
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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 #window display #window shopping #bride and groom #newlyweds #glassware
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #question mark #questionable
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From His Island Princess by William Clark Russell, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #sea monster #whale
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Through focusing on the light being at the end of the pathway, you may use this photograph to facilitate astral travel. From the Wartburg yearbook of 1945.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At first he didn't recognize it as a portrait of his friend's wife, because she had changed her hairdo.  (Your translation of the caption may vary.)  From Ric et Rac, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #modern art
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Soothing Syrup, by Joan Butler:

***

["Shenanigan," singular, dept. (The first of two appearances in the book, by my count. I don't recall whether the second reference is to the same shenanigan.)]

"Everything is planned, and everyone is looking forward to the shenanigan."

***

[Literal Hats dept.]

"Samson has cats--enormous, half-wild creatures that show their teeth at you, and arch their backs, and look as if they'd spit in your eye at the drop of a hat."

"I'll bet they won't worry Adrian."

"Why not?"

"Because he never wears a hat."

***

"You haven't seen Adrian, have you?"

"What's he like?"

"Tall, and rather thin. Black hair, dark eyes. The ascetic type. About twenty-six. Never wears a hat."

"Why not?"

"He says he likes to feel the breeze caressing his scalp."

"What does he do in a flat calm?"

"He still doesn't wear a hat."

"He should buy himself an electric fan, and have a heck of a time."

"I'll tell him that. Have you seen him anywhere?"

"You mean, around here?"

"Yes. I mean around here, just now."

"No. I haven't seen anyone at all."

"Then why couldn't you have said so at first?"

"Because if I had, you wouldn't have described Adrian, and if I'd met him he'd have been a complete stranger to me."

***

[Allusion to Possibly Nonexistent (and Risqué) Limericks dept. (A web search revealed a few people doing "Kentucky" lims, but I didn't, at a glance, find evidence of a canonical one that exactly matched up with what we're given here.)]

"I have a hunch that if I met a spook I'd dig my thumb in his ribs and ask him if he'd heard the one about the young man from Kentucky, who was always extremely unlucky."

"Why was he always unlucky?"

"We won't go into that," Mr. Weston replied austerely. "It has no bearing whatever on the case in hand."

***

"He hasn't actually said so; but I can see it in his eye."

"I hope you're looking in the right eye."

***

"All this is news to me. Who, or what, is the Pageant?"

***

Colonel Sir William Trenchard [had]... a military moustache which had gone white in the wash. He had long arms and large hands, and looked as if he could wrestle a gorilla and like it, even if the gorilla didn't.

***

[Waxing very Wodehousian here!]

"Mind you," he went on, "there are people around here who would put up a poor showing in an intelligence test against a battle-scarred old wart-hog... but it's not my place to list them in alphabetical order. I just mention it in passing."

***

It was obvious... that he had some weighty matter on his mind, squashing it flat.

***

"It's doing my nervous system a power of good."

"I shouldn't have thought you had a nervous system."

"I have a system; but it's not nervous just now."

***

[A few more good taking-it-literallyisms (all from the same conversation).]

"And besides, he hasn't a penny."

"He has. I saw him with one only a few days ago."

 

"I must ask you to break off your affair with him without further ado."

"There hasn't been any ado."

 

"That should make it so much easier for you to send him about his business."

"What business?"

***

"I refer, of course, to that promising young playwright, Adrian Addison, for whom a great future has been foretold by dozens of people completely unqualified to judge."

***

[This joke sounds like it's straight out of The Pleasure Dial, though it isn't. (:v>]

"I'm beginning to understand why he's so popular on the wireless.... It must give people a wonderful thrill to turn him off."

***

"I beg your pardon!" Percy said, momentarily taken aback, but not very far.

***

[More literal-mindedness from Sally (who I think is consistently the one giving us most of the literal-minded retorts).]

"Each and every tick of the clock shortens the few brief hours at our disposal."

"What clock?" Sally asked.

"Any clock," Percy replied briefly.

 

"He seems to think you have all the essential qualifications, and who am I to say he is wrong?"

"I don't know," Sally confessed.

[A Rhetorical Question Answered, as well! I suppose, now that I think about it, RQAs are generally a subset of Taking Things Too Literally.]

***

"As your legal guardian, I forbid you to leave the house."

"As my legal guardian, you can go lay an egg!"

***

Many a yawning rabbit, which had ankled out for breakfast, raised its head....

[I love the image of rabbits "ankling out" like Bertie W.]

***

[More Wodehousian business.]

"That, sir, if I may say so, is an example of scientific deduction at its best."

"Thank you, Potter."

"Not at all, sir."

"I think it's pretty good myself."

"Sherlock Holmes couldn't improve on it, sir. And all without the use of a magnifying glass."

"Or even a sample of cigar-ash," Sir William added modestly.

"Nor, sir, did you play the fiddle all night long."

***

[Not Sally this time, but in her league.]

"Give me one good reason why I shouldn't tell him to go boil an egg."

"More than likely he hasn't got an egg to boil, sir."

***

[More Wodehousian stuff.]

It was a beautiful morning. The sun shone like the sun on a railway poster, and the flowers threw out their chests and basked in the heat. High overhead, the local larks sang fit to bust their breeches. One of these mornings made-to-measure, and fitting snugly at the waist.

***

"Don't be such a smooch."

"I am not a smooch!" Jeffrey said coldly. "I have no idea what a smooch may be; but--"

[...]

"You're in danger of developing into one.... If you don't want to graduate as a smooch, summa cum laude, now is the time to dig in your heels."

***

"He wants an option on the film rights," Adrian said nonchalantly, throwing out his chest. "With a hey-nonney-no and a yippi-i-ay!"

"With a what?"

"Never mind. That was just a marginal note."

***

"There was such an air of quiet confidence about him that we had to open the window when he'd gone."

***

Percy, after a quick glance at his watch, as if to see if the time was ripe for the operation, mopped his brow.

***

[Adjusting for Inflation dept.]

"If Sam doesn't want an option on my play, some other sucker will. You know what Barnum said--there's one born every minute. And the birth-rate has gone up since his day, too. It's probably nearer one and a half by now."

***

"Ordinarily, I am the most phlegmatic of men, with a double helping of insouciance in my system."

***

[But there's such a thing as imitating Wodehouse TOO closely, imho. (Unless this expression had more general currency than I realize?)]

"Reading from left to right, Adrian Addison in the flesh."

[Along those lines, there's also a minor subplot involving an offstage bonny-baby contest that people do not want to get saddled with judging.]

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November 24, 2018

Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)
Which is funnier: "mustard and cheese" or "cheese and mustard"?
As we told literary scalawag Johnathan Caws-Elwitt, we'd go with "Mustard and Cheese" over "Cheese and Mustard."  To our ear and imagination, the two syllables of mustard at the end are like two legs to stand on -- there's stability there.  We see a cube of cheese sitting atop a wide jar of mustard -- it's a firm situation, like a food pyramid.  But the two syllables of mustard atop a single-syllabled cheese cube -- it's teetering before we can even type it out!  The pyramid is upside down.  It might even be spinning on its tip as it teeters.  To those who would imagine cheese slices securely bonded with mustard mortar, we can say but this: "If only you could see what we see."  Mustard & Cheese: the Morecambe & Wise of the deli.
Our image is from Lehigh's 1916 yearbook.  
(Thanks to Jonathan Caws-Elwitt for inspiration!)
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #cheese #mustard #costumes #cheese costume #mustard costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Silhouette, 1830.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #human headed #donkey
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used as a tool to initiate astral travel.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective #rhode island
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit #dancing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #sphinx #egypt #crocodile #elephant #art #winter #hippo #ostrich #winter sports #skiing
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
The sun was darkened.  From The Devil's Bride by Milton H. Stine, 1910.
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#sun #prophecy #book of revelation #biblical
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #angel #rainy day #umbrella #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #fish costume #fish priest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #monster #art #all ears #four ears
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #demon #death #art #time's up #straight to hell #taken
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #art #goalie
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for a more theatrical look. From Judge's Library, 1894.

From Judge's Library, 1894
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#vintage illustration #art #poet #changing portrait #big hair #gif #different look #change of style #styling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rudolph Don Pedro Livingstone.  From St. Nicholas, 1879.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #art #horns #antlers #skiing #man with horns
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #spirits #haunted tree #horse #ghosts #art #spooky forest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #hunter #hunting dog #surreal #pointer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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November 23, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
West Chester's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #horned one #mascot #animal costume #ram costume #save water
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #alligator costume #cosplay #bear costume #costumes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Sport Comique Illustré, 1901.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Having studied psychology and English in college, we can vouch for the authenticity of these photographs. From the Davidson yearbook of 1976.

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#halloween #october #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #art museum #security system #don't touch #booby-trap
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Puzzle for Puppets, by Patrick Quentin:

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The St. Francis Hotel and the St. Anton Hotel stared at each other across the formal flower beds of the park like two rival and opulently upholstered dowagers at a garden party.

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"I can just picture him," said Iris dreamily. "A lovely squawking check suit and one of those mouths you talk out of the corner of and a cigar."

***

His laugh was about as cheerful as the interior of the Capulet tomb.

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"The cat warn me."

The cat! The white rose, the red rose, the elephant, the crocus--and now the cat. That's what I liked about this case. It had so much natural history in it.

***

"We'd better get him on the bed and out of the way," I snapped. "I can't stand beards all over the carpet."

***

I could feel the festive pulse of San Francisco in the sunshine, in the air, but we were no part of it. It was all like somebody else's birthday.

[Cf. Can of Yams, "It makes me feel like I'm crashing someone else's honeymoon, with all the wrong baggage."]

***

The Lawrence Stadium went in for cellar in a big way. A couple of dozen Phantoms of the Opera could have lived in this one without intruding upon each other's privacy.

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #antlers #horned man #cuckold
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
A nightmare and a bugbear, from Life Magazine, November 21, 1889.  Via Yesterday's Print.

If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
You've heard of May/December marriages, but unmarried life is measured in afternoons, not months or seasons.  (We like how someone named Penny gives her two cents on all this.)  The Afternoon of Unmarried Life by Anne Judith Penny, 1859.   See also The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Some goats are very tiny.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1953.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant eyeglasses #rose-colored
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #owl #skull #magician #art #cave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #vintage fashion #birds #bird hat
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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 #fairy tale #art #pegasus #winged horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #giant's mouth #devoured
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #fire spirit #fire #art #fire bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #dizzy #you spin me round #spinning kick
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #after the party
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November 22, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a rather rare mass dematerialization, from Washington & Lee's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dematerializing
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #money #dragon #horse #art #dollar sign #dragon slayer #teddy roosevelt
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #eskimo #fur coat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #rake #giant fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #thanksgiving #turkey #up a tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #monkey #organ grinder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By H. H. Bummerstedt.  From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #art #naked man
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
"Apropos of several subjects," a prayer to the nicotine goddess.  From Over the Hookah by George Frank Lydston, 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #goat #goat legged #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #deadline #pressure
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#vintage book #note to the reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #artist #fountain #gold coins #golden fountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #dog #top hat #surreal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #umbrella #art #seeing stars #self defense
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
Here are all the images I've called "the people could fly."
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #winged man #man with wings #vintage gay #the people could fly #homoerotic
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Why is it Thanksgiving has to be overshadowed by Christmas?  Because no one sets up a corn stalk in their living room and piles tons of Thanksgiving presents around it.  From Fitchburg's The Cycle newspaper, 1970.
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#thanksgiving #vintage news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #spider #hybrid #human headed #caught in a web #spiderweb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vaudeville, The Book by Caroline Caffin and illustrated by Marius De Zayas, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #vaudeville #snake woman #serpent woman #kitty gordon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Niagara College's 1969 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #dinosaur #vintage yearbook #lol
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November 21, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Fresh Finds, too late for room in their proper place."  From Handbook of the Old-Northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England by George Stephens, 1884.
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#old book #fresh finds
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
He appeared as Father Time for his yearbook photo.  With the middle name L'Engle, we wonder if he's related to Madeleine L'Engle and whether he's referencing A Wrinkle in Time.  From Washington & Lee's 1976 yearbook.

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#hourglass #father time #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #dance of death #art #high kick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #up all night #midnight oil #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #speed #too fast #share the road
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #insect people #bug people #insect family #bug family
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Some of the best portraits feature vultures, a cape, and a big umbrella.  From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #vulture
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to crack a smile. From Judge's Library, 1894.

From Judge's Library, 1894
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#vintage illustration #art #mood swing #smile #frown #happy and sad #gif
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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 #octopus #under the sea #diver #underwater photography #ocean floor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mythological Zoo by Oliver Herford, 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 #mythology #art #hydra #many headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #political cartoon #art #blindfolded #walking the dog
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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 #cat #art #tom thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1911.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #medusa #gorgon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Why baby don't get fat."  From Judge's Library, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #highchair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #shadow
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #magick #occult #black magic #vintage book #magic book #white magic
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Does the doctrine of eternal damnation lead to insanity?"  From The Literary Digest, 1899.
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#hell #vintage headline #eternal damnation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #well armed