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January 31, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"College is a time to discover who you are, what you love, where you want to go" (35 Ways to Discover a Major).  From Catawba's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#beard #occult #vintage yearbook #masks #raspitin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #money #coins #art #sword #pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Tear and the Smile."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #fire spiri
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The trunks got switched, but at first glance we thought this was a precursor to those diet advertisements in which a newly slim person holds up massively larger clothing.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #clothing #mixed up #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #bunny
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
May lightning hit a giant snail and the man of your dreams pop out.  From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #hybrid #struck by lightning #giant snail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Terrifying black eye holes.  From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol #eye holes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #ration book #food rationing #food card #war rations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #pitchfork #crocodile #art #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiger #bear #france #jungle animals #french jungle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Don't smile so much, what'syourname.  It's far too wide for my lens."  From Le Rire, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #photography #art #don't smile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #crossbones #art #question mark
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It Bears Repeating (permalink)
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#vampirism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #human magnetism #giant magnet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #demon #gossip #art #gorgon #snake hair #rumor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #skeleton #dance of death #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant hand #tiny man #trick photography #black and white photography #big hand
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Precursors (permalink)
A car accident gets them hot -- a precursor to the Ballard novel and film of Crash.  From Le Régiment, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #car crash #car accident #j. g. ballard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #feather boa #sad
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A giant hand in Millikin's 1962 yearbook. 

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #giant hand #vintage yearbook #hand of god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I am given to understand that Vienna night life is the wildest of all night life."  From Saturday Evening Post (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 #devil #art #vienna
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January 30, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
California in the 30s -- it feels worlds and lifetimes away.  And didn't students look older in those days?  "If we grow up too fast we grow old too soon" (The Country Gentleman, 1912).
From Santa Clara's 1939 yearbook.

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

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#beard #vintage yearbook #costume #jechonias #patriarch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #elephant #art #fountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #scythe #flying horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Above, costumes as they are designed.  Below, those same costumes as they look when worn by actors.  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 #art #theatre #costumes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #immolation #art #burned alive #into the fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Compendium in Sphaeram by Pierium Valerianum Bellunensem, 16th century.
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#vintage illustration #sun #moon #vintage diagram #art #celestial #light and shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #fear #art #dog #afraid #fear of dogs #cynophobia
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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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#religion #vintage illustration #mythology #art #greece
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #death #art #skull and crossbones #pipe smoker #urn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #boots #masquerade #puss in boots #cat mask #cat costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Judge, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #vintage photo #crossed eyes #never knew
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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 #art #japan #bird hat
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
*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 #cloud #in a fog #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #birds #hybrid #human headed #man bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #mythology #goddess #art #stag headed #hunting #antlers #diana #stag man #artemis
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The letters behind the light appear to be N S E.  The [U]NSE[EN] may communicate by the light captured in this image.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.
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#ghostly #eerie #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #glow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"We are crushed sometimes with the brutal weight of matter."  From The One Woman by Thomas Dixon, 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 #fainting #art #weight of the world #crushed #collapsed #on the floor
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Many, but crucially not all girls are kess attractive when thet twist their feet awkwardly.  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 1936.
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#vintage photo #posture #vintage woman #awkward #attractiveness #unattractive #ladylike
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It can be difficult to envision really large numbers, but here's what a billion looks like.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #billion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The amorphous blob of politics is here very accurately depicted on the chalkboard.  While Florida is shown flatteringly thick and long, the peninsula in truth suffers shrinkage from all the surrounding water.  From Eastern Kentucky's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #politics #teacher #florida #political science
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #beer #art #tiny man
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January 29, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
When you picture us poring through old yearbooks, is this what you imagine?  From Taylor's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #wet book
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Fairies caught on film.  From The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#fairies
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #giant #grim reaper #art #cholera
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #art #guillotine #decapitated #king of swords
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #camel #alcohol #noah's ark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
[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 #cow #art #animals #goat #music #farm animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Four legged pillow bird moulting."  From Judge, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #moulting #pillow bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #trees #running trees #running forest #walking tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #footwear #legs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The fish won't hear you."  From Popular Mechanics, 1934.
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#deafness #fish #vintage headline
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Jugend, 1928.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #art #winter #snow sculpture
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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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 snake #swimming bull #swimming cow
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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.
And yet we also spotted a 14-years earlier instance of cherubs in car smoke, presumably not related to Cupid the car racer.  So it's some sort of "thing."  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 #cherub #art #cupid #auto exhaust #carbon monoxide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #smiling animal #laughing animal #laughing bear #smiling bear #happy bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #magician #art #levitation #vintage magic #magic #weightless #stage magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #war dead
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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 #art #nice tomatoes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #full moon #man in the moon #art #dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #spaghetti #noodles #italian
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Western Carolina's 1987 yearbook.  For instructions on how to be your own stray cat, see How to Be Your Own Cat.

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

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #stray cat
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Dead Don't Bite, by Douglas G. Browne:

***

"Byrom, Byrom and Byrom," said Miss Chennery. "And about five more. Firm of solicitors in Bledcaster."

***

[In this line spoken by a couturier, the delightful name "Lady Twizell" is dropped out of the blue--that is, she's a completely incidental entity who otherwise does not appear in the book, either onstage or off. And, of course, I can't help hearing the interjection meshing with what precedes it, to result in someone called "the Duchess of Mon Dieu!"]

"There is a costume for Lady Twizell, who goes abroad next week; a frock for the Duchess of--Mon Dieu! there are a dozen..."

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January 28, 2019

Book of Whispers (permalink)
"Keep it bouncing; that's all the secret, keep it bouncing."  —Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.  No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
They gave this sentient dot two whole pages in Atlantic Christian's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #existence #dot #sentient
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #transportation #art
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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 #man in the moon #art #faces in things #moon face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #knight #art #steampunk #mechanical horse #horse armor
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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 #art #conductor #bending over backwards #maestro
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #pan #goat legged #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #vintage fashion #weird fashion #costumes #cubism #architectural fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
[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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Unicorns (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1944.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #fear of medicine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #cycling #exhausted #wobbly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fair God by Lew Wallace, 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 #bird
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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 #giant #art #giant hand #hand of god #crushed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #river styx
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #yoga #bending over backwards
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #animal headed #bear costume #after the party
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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 #pitchfork #pigs #boar
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Le Régiment, 1913.
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 #art #cat lady #cat costume #cat woman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Toronto yearbook of 1959.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #decapitated
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January 27, 2019

Unicorns (permalink)
Mythical sounds were second nature for voice artist Karen Kahler.  We're working with her and the band Cuddlebot on a musical translation of A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
So silly, but we invariably wonder what folks are reading in their old photos.  This woman in Eastern Kentucky's 1975 yearbook is reading what appears to be quite a scarce book today: the horse and girl novel Taffy's Foal by Elisa Bialk.  The novel was already decades old in 1975, and we suspect that it wasn't required reading for a class.  Perhaps it reflects something about this dorm student adjusting to her new life?  The book tells of one Nancy Irwin, who lives in Kentucky with her grandmother on a horse farm until her father in Chicago remarries.  Nancy is forced to leave behind her beloved mare Taffy, who is in foal.  Nancy must adapt to living in the city, make new friends, love her mare from a distance, and learn to love her stepmother.  Note that this student is using her stuffed animal as a pillow and is flanked by more literature.
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#reading #horse #vintage yearbook #old book #children's literature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #volcano
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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 #eagle #art #prometheus
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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 #antlers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #purple cape
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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 #art #severed head #headless #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #balance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Give the people what they want.  From Kladderadatsch, 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 #public speaking #tough crowd
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
[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 #tree spirit #art #faces in things #tree face #wood cutter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"No end!!"  From Judge, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #dandy #no end
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #antlers #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Caused him to be clothed in the royal vestmentrs."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 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 #magic #dwarf #arabian nights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #vintage ad #art #pain #magnet #nails #back pain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #bicycle #art #dandy #hat tip
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #king neptune
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #vintage car #hood ornament #duck car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mythology #satyr #art #pan #pan pipes #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #dancing #you spin me round
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Bonfire ghosts haunting Lehigh's 1963 yearbook.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Bigamous Spouse:

***

“Can you,” she asked, “tell me the principle on which the telephone works, and how a voice can be transferred into electrical vibrations sent over a wire and then those vibrations again turned back into audible sounds so that the voice seems to come through the receiver?”

“Certainly,” Mason said. “You simply drop a dime in the slot indicated for such purpose.”

“Can you,” Della Street asked, “tell me why it is that it is noon in New York when it is only nine o’clock in Los Angeles?”

“Of course,” Mason said. “The people in New York get up three hours earlier.”

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January 26, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
I used one of those old school acquaintance finder programs, and these faces came up as probable hits.  What's weird is that I do, in fact, know two of them!  From Salem's 1978 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #spirits #occult #vintage yearbook #third eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #severed head #decapitated #red eyes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #bacchus #party #on all fours
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art #torture #damned #deviil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #mushroom #mushroom people
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judge, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #tornado #blown away
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #bunnies #rabbit #hares standing on end #hares
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Growing Big and Strong, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #art #giant skeleton #construction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #pulled in two directions #mobile home #house on wheels
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #lion's den #biblical #daniel
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #spirit #art #dreaming #scissors #seamstress
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.  No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #shadow #horned man #card player
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
Here's my current collection of vintage people who look like their pets.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant book #big book #biggest book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At first glance, we thought Cupid was being expelled from the bedchamber.  Maybe we still think that's what's happening.  From Le Régiment, 1914.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Pursued by a ghost, in the 1921 Southwestern yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #cycling #boxing glove #wall of fists #get out of my way #punch out #propellor
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January 25, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"College is a time when young adults want to experience things never available to them before" (This Book Is Not Required, An Emotional Survival Manual for Students).  From Catawba's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#occult #vintage yearbook #hooded figures #rasputin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #art #cheers #fragile symbol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Grim Sweeper sweeps the dust to which you shall return.  From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #broom #dust thou art #unto dust shalt thou return #Genesis 3:19
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #beard #giant #art #giant hat #top hat #pink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Cousin It from The Addams Family.  From The Judge, 1918.  Previously, we saw this other precursor to Cousin It.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She stared, and there was the rock as she had dreamed of it, but no man."  From Pearson's, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #rabbit #hunter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #whiskey #art #shower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #world tree #yggdrasil #oldenburg tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #cow #art #double vision #dizzy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #mask #art #sticking out tongue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #angel #art #goat legged #hell fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The white bird brought the precious box containing the light of the world."  From Everygirl's Magazine, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #folklore #fairy tale #art #light of the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #beard #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #pear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Compendium in Sphaeram by Pierium Valerianum Bellunensem, 16th century.
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#vintage illustration #woodcut #sun #art #cosmos #light and shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
How migraines begin.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #demon #imp #gnome #elf #art #elves #pain #headache #migraine #mustache #vintage man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Blue Leopard seemed to crouch and spring with life."  From The Wind in the Rose-bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #leopard #pub sign #haunted sign #blue leopard
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used as a tool for triggering a flash of insight.  From Worcester Polytechnic's 1968 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #architecture #vintage yearbook #lens flare #reflected light #tower
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From A House in the Country, by Ruth Adam:

***

I reflected indignantly that it was altogether too much to expect me to stand-in for a whole staff and then find that the dog apparently expected me to do his barking for him as well.

[So much for that figure of speech, "I'm not going to keep a dog and bark myself"!]

***

While they were with us, it seemed as though two different kinds of story had got mixed up in the same book-cover.

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January 24, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We've been on this road.  It's in Cornwall.  Frankly, there are lingering questions.  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #question mark #questioning #vintage automobile
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Precursors (permalink)
A precursor to the Eraserhead baby!  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #david lynch #eraserhead
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1971 yearbook.

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#mask #vintage photo #crown #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Remember the week-day to keep it holy."  From Pasteboard Proclivities by Elbert Hubbard, 1909.
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#holy day #weekday
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate astral travel to a world of blue and green. From the Wake Forest yearbook of 1981.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #arch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puck (1891).
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#vintage illustration #art #mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Not hubcaps but lens caps, and every race is a photo finish -- the camera car.  From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #weird car #vintage car #vintage automobile #camera car #hybrid car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #public transportation
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #uncle sam #sea creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"That delicate death, known as a cat's sleep."  From Barks and Purrs by Colette Willy, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #pitchfork #crocodile #art #pipe smoker #painter #red crocodile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #demon #magick #wizard #occult #dragon #art #alchemist
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #despair #art #prayer
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Battle of the giants, or a planet in the rain age."  From Siderial Evolution, Or A New Cosmology, Being an Explanation of the Principles that Pertain to Universal Life Force and Its Expressions in Form by Thomas Cushman Buddington, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #art #cosmology #deluge #planetary formation #rain age
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #inebriated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #starry night #long beard #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #drummer #rabbit #bunny #musical animal #lol
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
This is how bats come to be.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Details from a letter of October 23, 1940, by Jenny Fleming, suggesting improvements to air raid shelters.  Courtesy of the National Archives UK.
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#vintage illustration #art #world war ii #air raid shelter #world war two #the blitz
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Pierre et Gilles.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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January 23, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's as true today as it was then -- when you eat dragons or other endangered creatures, the eyes of a higher power are watchful and judging.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #eye of god #rare meat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #lampshade #luminary
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Fortune-telling.  From The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #divination #halloween #occult #october #art #vintage photo #fortune telling #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #duck costume #turkey costume #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #skull #money bag #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ireland.  From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #ireland #hounds #hunting dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He was beginning to differentiate the frog's chorus from the owl's solo."  From The Judge, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #birds #birdsong #rude awakening
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Kicking out a sheet ghost.  From Der Orchideengarten, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #halloween #october #art #sheet ghost #kicked out
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He never said a word to anybody."  From The Fairy who Believed in Human Beings, written and illustrated by Gertrude Alice Kay, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #introvert
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #animal combinations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #deer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #magick #art #smoke #burning hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you won't let it stop you.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #recovery #convalescence #bed bicycle #sick bed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fashionable Science of Parlour Magic by John Henry Anderson, 1860.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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#vintage illustration #art #magic #spiritualism #seance #table tipping #faces in things #spirit rapping #table turning
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be a tool for facilitating astral journeys.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #exit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #tree spirit #art #axe #stump #faces in things #tree face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #dancing #lion #baboon #dancing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Scribner's (1895).
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#vintage illustration #art #dandy #nature #lakeside #relaxation
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The caption admits, "We don't know what it is."  From Presbyterian College's 1961 yearbook.

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

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#giant #vintage yearbook #statue #unknown
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
I've curated a thousand favorite vintage imps and demons.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art #demon baby #demon family
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January 22, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
What is the Venn overlap between radios and Southern Californians?  Thomas Pynchon reveals all in The Crying of Lot 49: both "outward patterns [have] a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate."
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#pynchon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"If it's all masks anyway, why don't you put some up around you that will make you feel safe?" (Diana Paxson, The Paradise Tree, 1987).  From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#grotesque #vintage yearbook #masks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pall Mall (1893).
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #broken wheel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The peace angel is a sword swallower.  From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #sword #peace angel #sword swallower #sword swallowing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #oil lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #boxing #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #imps #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #art #supernatural #yokai
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow, 1869.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #fairy tale #art #fairy queen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #goose #lock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #animals #noah's ark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"As soon as she saw the smoke rise she repeated some strange words."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.  See Magic Words: A Dictionary.
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#vintage illustration #art #magic words #arabian nights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #woodland god #greek mythology
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Some must take the good and some the evil / Dropped from either wing of this strange angel."  From "Al Hassan's Secret," in The Bird and the Bell by Christopher Pearse Cranch, 1890
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#good and evil #poetry #angel wings #strange angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #prospector
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Book of Magic by Archie Frederick Collins, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #art #vintage magic #stage magic #black art #dancing skeleton
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
If your stairway to nowhere is engulfed, may a glowing orb hover above you nonetheless.  From Lehigh's 1963 yearbook.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#sun #vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Duplicate Daughter, by Erle Stanley Gardner:

***

“Somehow you’re not the type that one associates with afternoons of dillydallying.”

“I was neither dillying nor dallying,” Mason said.

***

"I met a very pompous young man who takes himself very, very seriously indeed; a man who is saturated with college economics, with the analysis of financial trends, who would exude stock-market quotations as a wrestler would exude perspiration."

***

“They could perhaps remove evidence or think things over a little bit, or sometimes they might even slip out of the side exit door and then their secretary would be able to say quite truthfully that the man I wanted to see was gone and she didn’t know just where he could be located.

“I think I’ve got my singulars and plurals all mixed up there somehow, Mason, but I’m quite certain you get the idea.”

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January 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #thermometer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if an all-seeing eye monitors the activity in your bed.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #all-seeing eye #heart #bed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Bras weren't the only thing getting burned in the 1970s.  From Taylor's 1977 yearbook.

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#occult #fire #vintage yearbook #faustus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here is how the angelic spirit of the grape is gradually transformed into a demon.  From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #wine #alcohol #bacchus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #cupid #cupid's arrow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #skeleton #dance of death #graveyard #art #gravestone #headstone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1911.