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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Today — December 19, 2018

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Instead of a "Page 3" topless glamour model like in the British tabloids, this page three features a psychedelic visualization of a mathematical equation, created in HyperCard.  News we can believe in!  From The Connector newspaper (University of Lowell), Feb. 14, 1991.  We made a giant version of the graphic for you to zoom in upon and get lost in.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There are acceptable circumstances for men to hold hands in public.  From Ohio's 1999 yearbook.

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

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#snowman #vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #gay #vintage men #men holding hands
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Dystopian body text follows a cheery headline.  From The Kentucky Kernel, 1934.
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#vintage christmas #vintage headline
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the sitcom Petticoat Junction.  From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #tiny man #giant woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Boloto, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #big book #horse and buggy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #clowns #masquerade
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #faces in things #rooftop #christmas presents #chimney #cornucopia #weird christmas
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"King of the night."  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #headlights #night drive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
With a war on Christmas, Santa began gathering troops in 1917.  From The Judge.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #santa #war on christmas
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #ram #rooster #spiral horn #crutch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #alchemist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #pipe smoker #youth and age #smoke shapes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
How alcoholism affects art.  From Le Rire, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #alcoholism #seeing double #modern art #hallucination
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Jack with his invisible coat."  [He's not pictured in the oval at the center.]  From English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1890.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #demons #hell #art #bureaucracy #paperwork
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art #god #zeus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #onion #vegetable
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #devil #beard #skeleton #art #vintage man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #hippo
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Reblog if playbills should be carved in stone once again.  From The American University's 1990 yearbook.
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#shakespeare #vintage yearbook #midsummer's night dream #carving
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #book
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Yesterday — December 18, 2018

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Mother Nature makes snow via a can of chloro-flurry-carbons.  From The Daily Universe, 1963.
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#vintage photo #snow #mother nature #canned snow #spray snow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirik, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #book #literate animal
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Black Paw, by Constance and Gwenyth Little:

***

It continued  to rain, on and off, for a solid week—as though in sorrow at anyone being stupid enough to take one of Selma's ideas seriously[....] Selma's  ideas were of the type that issue from cracked pots.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #halo #human headed #lion man #miquel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #magician #art #crystal ball #vintage magic #mentalism #mind reader #vintage book #stage magic #vaudeville
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #snail #hybrid #human headed #surreal #fishbowl #bizarre #half snail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's what the war on Christmas looked like in 1917.  From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #santa #vintage santa #war on christmas #weird christmas #hands off my tree
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal what's in her purse. From Krokodil, 1956.

From Krokodil, 1956
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#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #head in the clouds #ten feet off the ground #jumping for joy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #alarm clock #pincers #rude awakening
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Your turn next.  From Primary Education, 1917.
If you've been waiting for your turn, please check out my YouTube channel and subscribe!
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #fatigue #illness #chronic fatigue #bedridden #overworked #nervous breakdown
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #cat #art #hair on end #fear of cats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #devil #satan #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Stories and Fables by James Baldwin, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #chemistry #incubator #hatching eggs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I think it's fierce."  From Judge's Library, 1904.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #people who look like their pets #fierce
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
May rabbits and angels soothe your grief with music.  From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
Here's my collection of vintage angels.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #mourning #rabbit #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #winter #santa
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur #centaur costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Here's one of the easiest ways to illuminate streetlights with the moon. From American University's 1973 yearbook.
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#moon #vintage photo #illumination #vintage yearbook #night photography #streetlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vampir, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #mountain climber #piggy back ride #red sky
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December 17, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Perhaps sports viewership would stop dwindling if the old ways were revived.  From Ohio's 1964 yearbook.

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

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#mummy #skull #vintage yearbook #weird sports
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The man whom the trees loved."  From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #arbor day #forest #trees #tree spirits
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The Only Certainty (permalink)
The only certainty is that the future holds an adventure in an unknown location, as we learn in Fernando Aranguiz's In Everything That Exists There Is a Plan, 2016.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's the official photo of one Carol Bennett in the Southwestern University yearbook of 1979.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #face #eyes #distortion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #scissors #lobster #newspaper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Boloto, 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 #sphinx #art #hat tip
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vaudeville, The Book by Caroline Caffin and illustrated by Marius De Zayas, 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 #strong woman #vaudeville #body builder #butch #charmon #muscle woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #shadow #bird woman #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The ghost again."  From The Boys of Beechwood by Elizabeth Eiloart, 1868.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #mustache #art museum #vandalism #defaced
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
Not the title of a reality TV show: "Lipstick Island: A South Sea Romeomance."  From The Judge, 1921.
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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 Kladderadatsch, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #tied down #tied to a wheel #rolling #out of control
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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 #political cartoon #art #hybrid #human headed #dog man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A moth which set fire to a curtain."  From The Strand, 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 #candle #moth to the flame #moth #flaming moth #fire moth #fire hazard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #sunset #hilltop #red sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #christmas #cherub #art #santa #flying carpet
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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 #genie #art #djinn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The mystery of the corset" and "the corset mystery" are two different things.  From Le Rire, 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 #geometry #corset
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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 #king #art #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #giant #art #too tall
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #mourning #crying #comfort #tears #sadness
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December 16, 2018

The Right Word (permalink)
Here's a trick for spelling Constantinople:
It's a C and an I and a constanti, and a steeple and a stople and a constantinople.
Rupert Hughes, Gift Wife, 1910
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The caption questions whether or not this is a snowman, but we have solved this quarter-century mystery.  It is a snowman!  From the Medium II newspaper (Mississauga), 1993.
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#snowman #vintage photo #winter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We're sometimes asked what our teachers must have been like.  From Tulane's 1988 yearbook.

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

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#witch #occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #forbidden sciences
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #weightless #tea #no gravity
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Argus, 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 #monk #art #pig
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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 #demon #devil #pitchfork #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #biblical #abraham
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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 #bicycle #transportation #art #big family
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #giants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A head that bleeds coins.  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 #coins #art #severed head #treasure chest #vintage magazine #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 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 #snowman #art #winter #handprint #dirty snow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #picnic #tiger #wildlife #jungle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #bird costume #rooster costume #poultry costume #cock costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Oh, if I could but shiver!"  An illustration by Edward Henry Wehnert for Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1857.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #shivering #shivers
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Your face knows it's winter."  From Popular Mechanics, 1929.
*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 #snow #winter #vintage headline #vintage man
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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 #anthropomorphism #crocodile #alligator #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #sun #anthropomorphism #art #frog #faces in things #swimming pool #hot day #sweltering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #faces in things
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Likely our favorite image from the thousands of old yearbooks we've studied. This photograph by Ray Wolfe, from the Toronto yearbook of 1949, may be used to facilitate time travel.
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#darkness #night photography #night #streetlight #light and shadow
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Fugitive Nurse, by Erle Stanley Gardner:

***

[This isn't the first time PM has suggested starting from the middle, but on this occasion he justifies it!]

“You—I—I hardly know how to begin,” she said, crossing her knees, smoothing the pearl-gray skirt down over her legs, her hazel eyes fastened on the toe of her left shoe.

“Begin at the middle,” Mason said.

She glanced up at him quickly. “I thought you’d say begin at the beginning. That’s what people usually say in response to a statement of that sort.”

“Well, then, let’s be unusual,” Mason said. “Sometimes it’s better to begin in the middle and then you’re not so far from either the beginning or the ending.”

***

"It keeps developing into such a series of bizarre situations that the whole thing seems like a cross section of a crazy quilt." [I guess a cross section of a crazy quilt is presumed to look even crazier?]

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December 15, 2018

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Why I Painstakingly, Individually Contested 3,000 Incorrectly Flagged Images to a Tumblr Robot Who May Not Know I Even Exist
One day Tumblr lost its mind (corporations can do that!) and flagged 10% of my 37,000 posts as "adult content" when in fact the imagery derived from children's fairy tales, old magazines for homemakers, holy books from world religions, and vintage yearbooks from universities.  A drawing of a cat dancing with a rabbit amongst flowers, for example, was labeled by Tumbr as violating community standards.  The Tumblr robot is, in fact, quite literally blind.  It doesn't have eyes, nor a brain.  It can't know what a picture is depicting.  But the powers that be at Tumblr still allowed their robot to slander 3,000 images that I curated over the years.  Of my 3,000 posts that got flagged, only one painting (by a classical artist hailed as genius through the ages) dared to include female nipples, which Tumblr has deemed offensive to humanity -- but I think the robot caught those nipples purely by accident, considering that it also thought a picture of a sleeping alligator was pornographic.  But how did I even find all 3,000 flagged images, when Tumblr doesn't let you actually see what it flagged unless you scroll through each post individually?  It's diabolical, because if you have 37,000 posts like I do, a normal web browser won't make it all the way through that many posts without freezing up.  It can hold only so much data in memory, and then it finally won't respond anymore.  I'll tell how I managed to do this, and then I'll touch upon why.
It took fashioning a custom extension in Chrome that did two important things: the extension allowed me to automatically scroll through my Tumblr feed until it detected the next incorrectly flagged item, which saved both hours and carpal tunnel syndrome.  It also removed hidden posts well beyond the scroll view from the page, thereby freeing up memory for further scrolling.  It also developed a mechanism for skipping ahead in the list of posts to recover from interruptions from Tumblr itself (Tumblr loves to freeze up on its own with an "Ah snap" apology, leaving you in limbo unless you've already armed yourself against them).  Of course I still had to click on all 3,000 buttons to request a review of the flagged content.  And I had to click on all 3,000 "okay" buttons after Tumblr said it would take a second look.  And then I had to hit shift-spacebar 3,000 times to get the routine running again to find the next incorrectly slandered post.  Tumblr ate up my entire evening with this nonsense, and it exacerbated my carpal tunnel syndrome.  I seriously do daydream about joining a class action lawsuit.  But why did I go to this much trouble ... is there any actual logic or reason to it?
Well, one can't talk to actual people at Tumblr -- I've tried contacting their staff, over and over again, and all I got was cut-and-paste generic responses that didn't address my questions.  Tumblr staff, if they even exist as real people, are offensive to my own community standards.  So since that didn't work, I asked myself what I was left with.  I was left with the robot flagger itself.  Now, I don't know if the promise (or threat) of artificial intelligence is anything more than a pipe dream.  My first thought upon every latest headline about AI through the decades is, "Let's see an intelligent computer programmer before we worry about an intelligent machine."  Even so ... I'm not unconvinced that everything in the universe is sentient on some level.  Mightn't a rock have some kind of intelligence that we don't under-sand?  Mightn't a computer program, upon receiving thousands of error messages back, get some sort of message that its process is flawed?  Who knows?  Probably not!  But at the end of the day, it's the robot that's flagging blindly, and it's the robot that receives the error messages, and it's the robot that sends out the asinine apology e-mails (requiring me to click 3,000 more times to delete them).  (We've surpassed 12,000 unnecessary clicks.  Wear and tear on my machinery, wear and tear on my physical body, wear and tear on my soul.  Seriously, lawyers, contact me!  Let's make some reparations!)  When it came down to it, knowing full well that contesting all 3,000 slanders was useless, I did it anyway, because I wasn't going to go to bed another night with 3,000 products of my painstaking research publically flagged as inappropriate when they weren't.  At the very least, I was determined to stand up for myself and my content, even if I was certainly shouting in the wind.  Is it crazier than anything Tumblr does?  Not by far!  And there's comfort in that, too.
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#tumblr staff
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Fortune-telling with a lead ball.  From the Medium II newspaper (Mississauga), 1993.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let 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 #scrying #lead ball
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#cactus #irony
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #corset #girdle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 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 #political cartoon #art #statue #socialism #socialist monument
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Punctuated.  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 #punctuation #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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#religion #vintage illustration #parrot #art #goya
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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 #question mark
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to undevelop the land. From Krokodil, 1954.

From Krokodil, 1954.
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#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #development #undeveloped #back to nature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #gluttony #art #greed #dieting
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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 #serpent #art #snake charmer #snake handler
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Shrinkage.  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 #shrinkage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1897.
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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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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
These ghosts appear in Taylor University's Ilium yearbook of 1978.  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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

May we all relate a life of squiggles.  As we told the constant cut-up Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, Mayer's motto was, "Inhale red, exhale pink," which is a Googlewhack!

From the University of Nevada, Reno's 1988 yearbook.


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December 14, 2018

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Reblog if a beard has changed your goals, outlook, or accomplishment of good.  From The Daily Universe, 1968.
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
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#bookshelf
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#today
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A bizarre chicken-themed gift pairing idea: Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop and Secrets of Chicken Whispering.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #gored #rhino #impaled
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Careless Kitten, by Erle Stanley Gardner:

***

"You're getting conservative, mercenary, cautious. You're more interested in periods than you are in question marks."

***

"But it's always been that same spectacular, flamboyant, pulling-the-rabbit-out-of-the-hat business with you."

Mason said, "Well, if the rabbit I'm looking for happens to be in a hat, why not pull him out?"

"Because you usually furnish the hat."

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage photo #giant bug #trick photography #black and white photography #flea #giant flea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #serpent tail #devil woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #ghosts #art #vintage car
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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 Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #war and peace #peace angel #surrounded
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #mountain goat #goats #skiing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #art #locomotive
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Serbian Fairy Tales by Elodie L. Mijatovich and illustrated by Sidney Stanley, 1921.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"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 #despair #art #seaside #cliff
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #skulls #many headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #angels #cherub #art #santa
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
People who look like their pets.  From Judge's Library, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #house fire #people who look like animals #people who look like their pets
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
You may already know this dieting innovation: on the How to Be Your Own Cat diet, you get to eat anything you want, whenever you want, but only until you're perfectly satisfied.  Thing is, most people eat more than they're actually hungry for.  The tips in How to Be Your Own Cat teach you the mindfulness required for this uncompromising diet.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #candle #tabby #striped cat #tail on fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #hooded #pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #owl #anthropomorphism #art #bird costume #frog #bird #frog costume #owl costume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Davidson yearbook of 1978.

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

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#skull #vintage yearbook #classroom #splattered
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December 13, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The dead only know his secrets, and they won't tell."  From The Doctors, A Satire in Four Seizures by Elbert Hubbard, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #doctor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If today is your own "devil-goat day," may all that is holy protect you.  From Mary Washington's 1987 yearbook.

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

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#devil #occult #goat #vintage yearbook #devil goat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The card reader's feline familiar is suggested by the saucer under the table.  From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #cartomancy #art #card reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The journey from payday to payday.  From The Judge, 1918.
Crawling along: my collection of vintage turtle imagery.
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#vintage illustration #art #turtle #tiny man #tortoise #slow travel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #swordfight #art #duel #swords #stabbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #war #green devil #dropping bombs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #candle #rhino #rhinoceros
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #hair dryer #winged appliance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They would not disappear."  From Over the Hookah by George Frank Lydston, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #demon #bat #art #fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Woodcut by Wharton H. Esherick.  From Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk by Mary Marcy, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #woodcut #giant #art #first man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #winged man #thumbing nose #the people could fly #undertaker #cheating death
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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 #forest spirits #woodnymph
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #art #snake #frog
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Chair-ubs?  From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #chair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #costume #horned man #cuckold #horned hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit man #rabbit headed #rabbit costume #pooka #half rabbit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One of the many tools we use to create our posts.  (As Teresa used to say.)  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #stretching
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
My Lady Vaudeville and Her White Rats by George Fuller Golden, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage book #vaudeville #white rat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The secret of why this photograph can facilitate time travel lies in what the Japanese call "komorebi" (木漏れ日) — the sunlight filtering through tree leaves.  From the Toronto yearbook of 1949.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light and shadow #komorebi #????
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #spider #hybrid #human headed
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December 12, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you either dance with skeletons (pictured top) or are strangled by them (pictured bottom).  From the Lees-McRae yearbook of 1979.

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

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#skeleton #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A zebraic centaur.  From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur #carnival #costumes #zebra #zebra people #zebra centaur #hyrbid
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Non-Circulating Books (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.  See our project about non-circulating books: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?c=NonCirculatingBooks.
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#vintage illustration #art #books #book circulation #falling down #slipped on a banana peel #taking a fall #slipping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dealings with the Fairies by George Macdonald, 1867.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #fairy tale #art #dwarf
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to finish inflating.
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.

From Kladderadatsch, 1920
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #pig #inflatable #gif #pig balloon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Broma: Órgana Política Liberala, 1881.  Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #wizard #art #alchemist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #magician #art #magic hat #stage magic #ostrich
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Moonrise by Theodore Strauss.  (Book cover via 54mge.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #armed ghost #ghost with a gun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The giant's daughter bids the birds thatch her father's byre."  From Celtic Fairy Tales, selected by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #shimmy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #goat legged
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The evolution of the dude."  From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #transformation #art #evolution #duck #dandy #dude #duckie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #atlas #mythology #art #war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #rhino
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #art #living dead #living skeleton #child's skeleton #dead children
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull face #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #russian dance
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This old photograph may be used as a tool to initiate time travel.  From the University Rhode Island yearbook of 1975.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage man #dreamy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Red eyes, red sky.  From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #red sky #red eyes
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December 11, 2018

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you are hypnotized by fish.  From the Lees-McRae yearbook of 1979.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hypnotized #fish tank #vintage women
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #drawing #audience #cartooning #spectators
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #celestial horse #star horse #magic horse
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #tugged by an angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1949.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #crocodile #art #droste effect
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #hunter #antlers #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"By a strange accident the frog landed on his bald head."  From Harper's Young People, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #classroom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #like an egyptian
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A mouse visits.  From Life's Fairy Tales by J. A. Mitchell, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #mouse
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #music #cooking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #bunny hat #long ears #furries #bunny ears #ears hat #bunny costume #furry shaming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #art #winter #circle dance #circle ceremony
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #birds #hot air balloon #dirigible
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #chattering teeth #false teeth #tough meat #chewing machine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We can vouch for the authenticity of this portrait, having studied religion in college. From the Davidson yearbook of 1976.

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#religion #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #holy smoke
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1882.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #tiny man #knife
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #glove #burn it with fire
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's true that "nobody — but nobody can intimidate you without your permission" (the 1986 yearbook of Clarke College).  That's why we offer a permission to intimidate slip.  Give it to anybody you wouldn't mind being intimidated by.

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#vintage yearbook #intimidation
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Murderer's Choice, by Anna Mary Wells:
***

[Taking Things Literally dept.]

"It's too far for a man with regular office hours to commute comfortably."

"That hasn't anything to do with it," Frank said. "I don't like it. I wouldn't live in it if it was in Grand Central Station."

"It would look nice in Grand Central Station," Kay remarked. "Model Connecticut Literary Farmhouse. You could charge admission."

***

"I shall require some [hot water] tonight and some again in the morning," Mrs. Osgood said, in a tone which would have frozen any hot water that might have been available.

[Cf. the voice so frosty it might have come out of the martini shaker, from Patricia Moyes.]

***

[Cousins dept.]

"I don't get emotionally attached to the cousins of my clients."

***

"No!" Miss Pomeroy did not quite know why she should have said that when the end of the story had been obvious well in advance, but some sort of exclamation seemed to be called for, and "no!" was adequately brief and pointed.

***

[Bonus: An(other?) attorney named Winterbottom.]

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December 10, 2018

Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Reblog if you gaze dreamily at skeletons (pictured top) or stare suspiciously at them (pictured bottom).  From the Lees-McRae yearbook of 1979.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#skeleton #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #flying horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #skull and crossbones #sheet ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #dance of death #grim reaper #art #russian dance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #spirit #art #god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1960.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art #dominoes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #death #hourglass #art #out of time #time's up
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
How true this weather forecast is, even today.  From Judge's Library, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #devil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #greece #bug eyed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Indian Fairy Tales by Mary Hazelton Blanchard Wade, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #eagle #fairy tale #art #native american #first nation #giant frog #bullfrog
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From The Pearl Fountain by Bridget Kavanagh & Julia Kavanagh and illustrated by J. Moyr Smith, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #art #tarot #scales #ace of swords
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #bird #section mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #reading #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #blackbird #crows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #headache #migraine #big head #fighting animals #cat and dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Anguish, with apocalyptic NEVER."  From Lady Geraldine's Courtship by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and illustrated by W. J. Hennessy, 1870.
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#vintage illustration #beard #despair #elizabeth barrett browning #art #anguish #vintage man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #flying pig