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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May 31, 2018

Ampersands (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.  Our lavishly illustrated Ampersand opus explores the history and pictography of the most common coordinating conjunction.
* A manual for typographers published in 1917 acknowledged that there are many beautiful forms of the ampersand, yet it forbade their use in "ordinary book work."  Extraordinary books are another matter.  Our lavishly illustrated Ampersand opus explores the history and pictography of the most common coordinating conjunction.
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#vintage illustration #art #ampersand #conductor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #big eyes #mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #sea monster #bear #giant fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #haunted #ghost #spirit #art #ghost bride
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1926.
*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 #tornado #windy #blown away #blustery
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #blindness
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #easter bunny #rabbit #bunny
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #frog #harp #mouse #musical animal #singing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #planet #cosmology #solar system
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #garden of eden #eve
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Put the custard and the pot of butter on the stool, my dear, and come and lie down beside me."  From Favourite Fairy Tales, 1861.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #wolf #little red riding hood #grandmother
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #art #trumpet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #witch #cauldron #art #hands
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Always Remember (permalink)
From My Highland Lover by Maeve Greyson, 2015.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The last chimney-sweep."  From The Every-day Book and Table Book by William Hone, 1838.
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#vintage illustration #art #chimney sweep
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1941.
*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 #no pants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #art #dog #germany #view #hilltop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #distortion #posters
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May 30, 2018

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Morrissey's song "Hairdresser on Fire."  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #fire spirit #spirit #art #barber #morrissey #musician #hairdressing #hairdresser on fire #haircut
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #costume party #elephant costume #elephant mask #hynrid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #candle #blindfolded #blind leading the blind
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #art #new york #pipe dream #castle in the air #skyscraper #vision of the future
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #pitchfork #crocodile #art #giant crocodile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #after the party #party's over
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #fire demon #art #fire rooster #flaming cock #fire cock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The boy became quite stiff, and stood like a statue, looking into the ink in the hollow of his hand."  From The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, 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 #divination #magick #occult #art #ink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ghost fairies."  From A Language Book by James Douglas Williams, 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 #ghost #fairies #art #fireplace #ghost fairy
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal what he's worried about. From Le Rire, 1897.

From Le Rire, 1897
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#worry #animated gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From An Old Fairy Tale Told Anew in Pictures and Verse by Richard Doyle and James Robinson Planché, 1865.
[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 #fairy tale #castle #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1935.
[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 #shoe #boxer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Thought-Forms by Annie Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater, 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 #art #annie besant #astral #charles leadbeater
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1943.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #citadel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The author Elizabeth Herrick at her Ouija Board.  From Cosmopolitan, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #spiritualism #ouija #automatic writing #spirit board
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #eagle #art #rooster balloon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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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#vintage illustration #cat #art #spinning
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May 29, 2018

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted that an avid reader found a rare copy of our Divination by Punctuation in a remote corner of the world (though in his Dictionary, Samuel Johnson's 3rd definition of "corner" says "every corner is the whole" because a corner implies the utmost limit, the extremities).
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#punctuation #divination #fortune telling #book lover
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It is easy to idealize the past.  History, like a mirage, leaves the nether side of life in the shadow.  It is not fair to set virtues of a distant time, glamored by poetry, over against the vices of today." —Joseph Fort Newton, "Is the World Growing Better?" The Christian Century, 1921
Our illustration is 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 #ancient egypt #egyptian #advertising #art #pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You know that fantasy dinner party game.  These folks didn't expect Jesus to actually show up.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #jesus #god #guess who's coming to dinner
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #carriage #toys #rocking horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #art #light #beer bottle #clear glass
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The flight paths of a flying machine.  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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #drinking #art #alcohol
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #sun #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Strand, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty, 1861.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The big cats remembered a forest a long way from the city."  From At the Open Door by Louise Robinson, 1913.
If you can't yet run for the forest, see How to Be Your Own Cat.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #leering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #skeleton #spooky #ghosts #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #owls #pick axe #digging
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From To a Skeleton and Other Happy Thoughts by Will S. Richardson, 1895.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcoholism #drunkard #don't drink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Pleasure Cruise Mystery, by Robin Forsythe:

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"And I deduce--it's not often I condescend to deduce--that the one that belonged to Maureen was the cinnamon and white diamond affair."

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"She may have used ordinary saliva [as an invisible ink]...."

"By Jove, fancy getting one's information straight from the mare's mouth so to speak. The process explains the phrase 'spitting it out' and makes x's a fair approximation to kisses."

[That "By Jove" speech--apart from the "by Jove" itself--reads to me like it's straight out of the Conley - Caws-Elwitt correspondence!]

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"She reminds me of a hansom cab. I can't explain why, Algernon."

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May 28, 2018

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

A devoted reader ingeniously overlapped two diagrams from two of our books and applied them to the human body, illuminating a remarkable new tool.

Page 7 of Let's Do and Say We Didn't contains a map for constructing the elements of a believable lie.  Upon this template, our reader doodled out a version of the Chinese bagua map from Seance Parlor Feng Shui.  He noted: "They go so well together, one could easily conclude that you have illustrated the Feng Shui of Lying."  But then our reader had a brainstorm — what if this new map were laid over the human body?  The correspondences are uncanny.  For example, the top left shoulder of the human body corresponds to both the "fortune" aspect of the bagua and the "alibi" of the lying map, and it is indeed fortuitous to have an alibi.  One hand of the human body is associated with the "new beginnings" of the bagua and the "once upon a time" aspect of the lying map, appropriately writing or typing out the beginning of a story.  The other hand is associated with "elements of truth" from the lying map and "creativity / metal" of the bagua, recalling the old proverb that "truth is golden."  The two legs of the human body are also quite intriguing: one leg is associated with the bagua's "mentors" and the lying map's "second thoughts," and surely one's advisors offer additional thoughts and perspectives.  The other leg is associated with the the bagua's "wisdom" and the lying map's "characters," and isn't it wisdom that gives a character a "leg up" or "legs" in terms of success?  Also intriguing is how the human body's head is associated with the "obstacles" of the lying map and the "reputation" of the bagua, as it's commonly said that the stumbling blocks we face in life turn out to be mental constructs.

Our reader said, "Now what I believe you have done here is explain both physical Feng Shui (bagua map) and cerebral Feng Shui (story map).  Place these over the body, and with a basic understanding of the difference between right and left brain activity, conscious/subconscious, I think you have discovered the holistic nature of Feng Shui.  Body, Mind and Spirit.  Prof. Oddfellow, I believe you are on the precipice of proving that all existence can be explained with the simple concept of Feng Shui."

We're crediting that as a Retroactive Lifetime Goal!

We also like how the reader has begun using the blank book Let's Do and Say We Didn't to create more of that blank book's front matter (along with some additional front matter from Seance Parlor Feng Shui, too!)  It could turn into an entire book of front matter ... and then a second blank book would be required, with "Book 2" written onto the front cover, to restore the whole thing as a blank book.  Yet the process would have to continue -- a new blank book added every time one is filled.  But there's a hack to this vicious circle -- merely retain a single blank page at the very end of the first book, and it will technically still be a blank book (merely one that demands very careful consideration on how the reader/writer might fill in that limited space).

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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Eyeglasses wearers are sometimes called "four eyes."  But did you know that "four eyes" refers to a Cyclopian orgy?  The proof is in Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a bookplate that turns the owner of a book into a wizard.  From The Art of Modern Conjuring, For Wizards of All Ages by Henri Garenne, 1886.  See Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #dog #priest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"How to raise fruit and Cain."  From The Judge, 1912.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"To a good psychic there is no house which is not haunted."  From Borderland, 1895.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #women's fashion #skirt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Over the Hookah by George Frank Lydston, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #skull throne #monkey king
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Heroes, Or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children, written and illustrated by Charles Kingsley, 1856.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #giant snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Favorite Fairy Tales, illustrated by Peter Newell, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #genie #art #djinn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #lions #anthropomorphism #art #tea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #art #deer #al fresco #outside dining
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #top hat #dandy #tea #monogram #tea drinker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The earth as a tourist attraction.  From World's Fair Puck, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #earth #art #space tourism #chicago world's fair #tourist attraction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Among the Freaks by William Livingston Alden, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #ape suit #ape costume
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 1905.
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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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #chicken #rooster #big feet
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May 27, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #trombone #strolling musician #tableside entertainment
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #insomnia #sleepless #question mark #can't sleep
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#religion #vintage illustration #art #priest #out of wedlock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The evolution of an operation."  From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #death #transformation #skull #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1930.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #lightning #god #stranded
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmopolitan, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #giants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A detail from the cover to Superstition by Stephen McKenna.  (Book cover via 54mge.)
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#vintage illustration #superstition #art #vintage book #eyes
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #witch #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #human centipede #shoeshine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The whole of symbolism “in one mystical diagram, which was esteemed a constellation of the secrets perpetuated in the mysteries.  I subjoin the emblem, but leave the explanation of it to your own ingenuity and research” (George OliverSigns and Symbols, 1826).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #art #birds #bird on the head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #cold night #hot drink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Every-day Book and Table Book by William Hone, 1838.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things
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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)
Stone circles from Monumentos Antiguos y Modernos by Julio Gailhabaud, 1845.
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#vintage illustration #celtic #art #monolith #stone circle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #dandies #male couple #big trees #men together
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A four-leaf clover, before getting gored.  From Judge's Library, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #luck #fate #art #bull #four-leaf clover
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #spiritualism #seance
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May 26, 2018

Unicorns (permalink)
It's finally time to announce the winner of music's most exceptional unicorn-related song lyric.  
A strong contender for the award was disqualifed on a technicality: Wolfgun's unforgettable "Cineres" (inspired by our very own A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound) is a spoken-word recording set to music.
The Oddfellow Award for Extraordinary Unicorn Libretti goes to the German electro band Solitary Experiments, whose song "Déjà Vu" contains this remarkable line:
Ride on the unicorn
Until the end of time
Critics will say that anyone can add "until the end of time" to maximize an impact, but while anyone could, only Solitary Experiments did.
May we all ride on the unicorn until the end of time.  The Oddfellow Award for Extraordinary Unicorn Libretti couldn't have found a happier home.
Having said that, no unicorn or unicorn award can ever be permanently set in stone.  If, in the unlikely event, a future song somehow eclipses the extraordinariness of Solitary Experiments' lyric, The Oddfellow Award for Extraordinary Unicorn Libretti will migrate, as it were, to a new home.  We don't foresee that, but should such a day ever come, we're confident that Solitary Experiments will relinquish their award in the spirit of good and sprightly "sportingliness."

Our analysis of Solitary Experiments' auric unicorn horn is thankful for a photo by Danny Sotzny.
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#unicorn #solitary experiments #Dennis Schober #german music #unicorn horn #unicorn song #unicorn music
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #costume party #beer stein #costumes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #parrot #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Father Time mixes up some love and hatred, health and sickness, joy and sorrow, wisdom and folly, play and work, and some secret ingredients.  From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #alchemy #duality
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #winter #lemonade #cold day
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #elephant man #human elephant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Swinton's Book of Tales, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art #jack and the beanstalk
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #chariot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Johnny-Cake.  From English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #johnny cake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #art #vintage magazine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion costume #british lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #frog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A ghost from Hearst's International, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spirit #art
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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)
An elephant disguised as a pig named Kitty.  From Pick Me Up, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #circus #pig #animal costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The peeling-room of an onion-pickling factory," from The Sketch, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #onions
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The Right Word (permalink)
A deliberately unfinished sentence (or, rather, a sentence finished with dashes).  From In the World of Signs, Essays in Honour of Professor Jerzy Pelc, 1998.
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#fill in the blank #dashes #attack them
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #art #cock and bull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1892.  See our explanation of how to tell if a mirror is haunted.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #haunted mirror #art #distortion #warped
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May 25, 2018

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We previously mentioned a reader who used the Japanese "Ghost Leg" system to predict which of our books to buy.  His package arrived in the mail, and it turned out that the Ghost Leg predicted correctly!  As foretold, he received Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure as well as Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words, and a bonus book: Let's Do and Say We Didn't.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the ghosts in Disney's Haunted Mansion.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.

Photo detail from SoCalAttractions360.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #cemetery #haunted mansion #spirits #graveyard #art
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Hugh Hefner.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.  We previously saw this other precursor to Hugh Hefner.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #costume party #hugh hefner #playboy bunny
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is the money dress.  Reblog if you, too, would like to be showered with money.  From Le Courrier Français, 1890.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #wealth #money #art #pennies from heaven #the money dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #tightrope
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #prayer #all-seeing eye #eye of god #shrine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Harry's Big Boots, written and illustrated by S. E. Gay, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #fairy tale #art #under the sea #sea fairy #seahorse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The situation was apparent.  Eustace had recovered from his swoon and was walking slowly across the rug."  From The Saturday Evening Post, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #alligator #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #devil #demons #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.
[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 #butcher
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The dead.  From The Golden Dawn by James Henry Potts, 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 #death #cemetery #graveyard #art #the dead #funeral
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #art #antlers #horned man
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1896.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #anthropomorphism #art #chicken
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #death #art #horror #hands of death #hands of fate
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
The happiness of telephonic silence.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #silence #art #telephone #no one there #dead line
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From the Leonidas Witherall radio shows:

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"Keep your beard out of this." [Used more than once.]

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"That's quite a character reference."

"Well, Mr. Witherall's quite a character."

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"I just took Dalton Chancery Prince Igor IV over to his pen."

"Dalton Chancery Prince Igor IV? Pen name of a writer?"

"It's my prize bull!"

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #faces in things #vocalist #musician #flying piano #winged piano
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May 24, 2018

Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
Someone should write A Slim Volume of Poetry for Vanquishing Locust Demons.  (Inspired by Retro-Devil.)
From The Devil's Bride by Milton H. Stine, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #biblical #locust
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Auto exhaust cupids.  (It doesn't just mean that love is exhausting.  It's a reference to auto racer Lydston Grandville "Cupid" Hornsted.)  From Le Régiment, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #vintage car #auto exhaust #carbon monoxide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your first love was for an aquatic creature or you remain enamored over a fish.  From La Petite Lune, 1878.
[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 #fish
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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 #monocle #cross dressing #vaudeville #butch #kathleen clifford
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #cupid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.

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#vintage illustration #art #floating head #three heads #heads #lost his head #cyclist #interchangeable #3 heads
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #explosion
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #ballet
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1930.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #ghost #art #handshake #ghost hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What makes that rose-bush blow so when tehre isn't any wind?"  From The Wind in the Rose-bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, 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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#vintage illustration #art #ghost story #uncanny #haunted roses
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sharpe's London Magazine, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #fairy tale #horse #art #flying horse
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #cake walk #dancing animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your evening prayers also bring out titters from the dark corners.  From Fairy Tales from the Swedish of G. Djurklo, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #ghost #otherworld #art #evening prayers
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The Right Word (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.  These swear word animals are in German.  The first one we translate as "son of a bitch," the rhino's horn referring to the sound of the German word "hurensohn."  The camel can mean "idiot" in German.  We presume the bull and the jackass have similar-enough meanings in German.
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#vintage illustration #art #animals #german #profanity #swear words
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #looming #mechanical monster
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From World's Fair Puck, 1893.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #strange dream #world's fair #chicago world's fair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The artist must have been nervous, temperamental or intoxicated."  From Wayside Tales, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A 1905 ad in Jugend magazine.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #champagne
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A boa as a dog leash.  From Judge's Library, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #walking the dog #dog leash #vintage dog #feather boa
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May 23, 2018

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the pet cologne craze.  From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #dog perfume #dog cologne #pet cologne #pet perfume #french perfume
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Here are the patron saints of hot chocolate.  (We think it's the saint of cocoa in the front, with the saints of marshmallows, cream, and sugar in the back.)  From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #patron saint #hot chocolate #hot cocoa #holy chocolate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #tiger #rooster
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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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 #mermaid #art #under the sea #king neptune #waterspout
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #crying animal #crocodile tears #alligator tears #alligators
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #egyptian #anthropomorphism #art
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #alcoholism #alcoholic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Just let me catch you."  From Icelandic Fairy Tales, illustrated by E. A. Mason, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1935.
[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 #war plane
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
News From the Invisible World by John Tregortha, 1800.
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#ghosts #spiritualism #seance #invisible world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1943.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #barber #long beard #hair tonic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #airplane crash
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1937.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #seltzer
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Man looks inside a tornado and tells what he saw."  From Popular Mechanics, 1930.
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#tornado #vintage headline
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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)
The curvature of the earth.  From Judge's Library, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #inebriated #hallucinating #curvature of the earth #hallicinating
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #dance of death #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #crab #casino
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration from Grettir the Outlaw: A Story of Iceland by Sabine Baring Gould (1890).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #sword #iceland #viking
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May 22, 2018

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 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 #shadow #rabbit #rabbit man #pooka
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Magic stars from the candle."  From Gilbert Chemical Magic by Alfred Carlton Gilbert, 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 #magick #occult #art #vintage magic #magic #stars #candle #magic trick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of breaking of the "dessert cycle," but when things swirl around us, the centre of the storm has to remain calm.  From Le Pêle-Mêle, 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 #sweet tooth #art #pastry chef #french pastries #dessert chef #pastries #dessert cycle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 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 #demon #spirits #art #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #upside down #artist #trapeze
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas, by Chris Ewan:

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And if you can operate the motor quite independently of any code, why, then Robert's your mother's brother, and you have an easy way in.

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Four hundred and twenty dollars. Given my predicament, it wasn't to be sniffed at.... Alongside the notes was a bottle of perfume, which I suppose was to be sniffed at.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A circulation it had never known before."  From The Idler, 1894.  This is the opposite of a non-circulating book.
[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 #book circulation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1955.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #corn #beet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #art #carnivorous #barracuda #piranha #man-eating fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 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 #witch #broomstick #occult #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #hairdo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Riverside Magazine for Young People, 1870.
[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 #fairies #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The census demon.  From Le Rire, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #winged man #the people could fly #census taker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #tonic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 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 #art #angry mob
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1850.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Clowns' feet really are that big.  From Die Muskete, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #big feet
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #musicians #treble clef
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May 21, 2018

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Here's a fun and ancient way to decide your next book-buying spree.  A rabid fan of our work used the Japanese "Ghost Leg" (Amidakuji阿弥陀籤) technique to pick two book titles out of nine possibilities.
Step One: Since he intended to buy two books, he needed two random numbers for his starting points on the Ghost Leg diagram.  He wrote a secret list of nine possible choices of books and randomly numbered them, then turned the sheet over and wrote the numbers one through nine randomly on the back.  

Then he placed the sheet on the floor and waited for his feline animal familiar to step on it.  Whatever two numbers the cat touched would be the choices.  Half an hour later, the cat finally relinquished and touched the 3 and the 7.
Step Two:  Our reader drew nine vertical lines on a sheet of paper with a koala bear on it (to prove that he is in Australia, and it's frankly the best proof of Australia that we've ever seen).  These lines serve as the legs of ladders.  Then he randomly drew in horizontal rungs for the ladders, no two horizontal lines touching each other.  Elegantly, this forms nine discrete pathways, each leading to its own book title.
Step Three: Our reader traced the paths down lines 3 and 7, as per his cat's decision.  Again, each line of a Ghost Leg diagram leads to its own outcome, and it's impossible to tell where any line will go by a mere glance.
The lines ended up at Wye's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Vowel Words And All-Consonant Words and Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure.  (We applaud the Ghost Leg and cat's decision.)  Oddly, our reader didn't recall Machinarium Verbosus being on the list, which may be peculiar but is actually just part of the marvelous weirdness inherent in Ghost Leg diagrams.
The lingering question is: did the Ghost Leg accurately predict which two books our reader will buy?  Only time will tell.
Send us your own Ghost Leg diagram.  If it's about our own books, we'll post about it!  (Yeah, it's all about us; other authors can fend for themselves, eh?)
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Precursors (permalink)
 The results speak for themselves: How to Be Your Own Cat.  This precursor to the method appears in Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #hybrid #half cat #cat person
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #mad scientist #art #homunculus #test tube baby #specimen jar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #haunted #spirits #ghosts #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #damnation #hell #art #torment #ear pulling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
Previously, we asked our Spirit Box radio (as seen on the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures") 44 controversial questions (like "What's on the dark side of the moon?") and received extraordinarily surprising answers.  That project filled a 20-page PDF, described here.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #spirit radio
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #art #devil's contract #selling your soul
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The ill odour and pestilential influence of corrupt example."  From Episodes of Insect Life by Acheta Domestica (a.k.a. L. M. Budgen), 1851.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #locust #pestilence #dancing insect
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #cake walk #dancing animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Icelandic Fairy Tales, illustrated by E. A. Mason, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.
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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 #sea serpent #sea monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 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 #dragon #art
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1941.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #dancer #pirouette
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Chicago World's Fair as seen from Mars.  From World's Fair Puck, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #life on mars #art #astronomy #mars #chicago world's fair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #bouquet #art #garland #furries
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #mule #long ears #jack rabbit
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