CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Today — 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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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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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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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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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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Yesterday — 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.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #vegetable people #vegetable head #vegetable costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #hunger #art #famine #feast and famine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #crocodile #art #musical animal #trident #accordian #accordion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ski writing."  From Judge, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #skiing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #witch #broomstick #skeleton #walpurgisnacht #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From El Tío Clarín, c. 1867.  Courtesy of the Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez.
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#vintage illustration #art #torture #tied up
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #snow queen #ice queen #art #winter #lady winter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #immolation #on fire #art #burned alive #book burning #up in flames
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
"Let it drop over my forehead to-night, shading my faint eyes away from the light."  From Rock Me to Sleep, Mother by Elizabeth Akers Allen, 1883.  See Strange Prayers for Strange Times.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Bookbindings Old and New: Notes of a Book-Lover by Brander Matthews, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #ship #art #fog #feet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fair God by Lew Wallace, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #eagle hat
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From Colorado College's 1966 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #dark street #night photography #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #beard #wizard #castle #art #torch
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#mask #vintage yearbook #costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I fell in a fainting fit."  From The Idler, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #fainting #art
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January 20, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1969 yearbook.  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 #masks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #winking
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #nightmare #art #dream #scissors
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to remove the sheet. From Lustige Blätter, 1904

From Lustige Blätter, 1904
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#vintage illustration #art #statue #ceremony #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
His skeleton hand.  From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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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 #uncle sam #submarine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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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 Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Stories and Fables by James Baldwin, 1895.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Riverside Readers, Book 3, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #mask #art #youth and age #face cream #beauty cream #younger looking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #you spin me round #unravel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #pumpkin #art #rabbit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At first glance we thought he had attached it to his nose ring.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Fireside Magician by Thomas Picton, 1879.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The endpapers of the 1927 Southwestern yearbook.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From A Condensed Interminable Novel, by Stephen Leacock:

***

During all this time women were calling to him. He knew

  and came to be friends with—

     Margaret Jones,

        Elizabeth Smith,

           Arabella Thompson,

              Jane Williams,

                 Maud Taylor.

 

And he also got to know pretty well,

  Louise Quelquechose,

     Antoinette Alphabetic,

        Estelle Etcetera.

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January 19, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

Endangered Entertainment Is Going to Be Unpredictable

by Craig Conley

Comedian Kirk Marsh, of the Vendaros Circus.
 

Kirk Marsh, the unpainted clown in the Venardos Circus, says that in comedic performances, the lack of a fourth wall enables direct audience engagement.  What Marsh hints at but doesn't reveal outright is that a circus (root meaning "ring") does away with the other three walls as well.  As in the ancient puzzle of geometry, one cannot square a circle.  Without walls, traditional definitions of entertainment become hazy.  Preconceived boundaries become dotted, like a string of lanterns.  In light of such nebulous freedom, an audience is plunged into a rather profound sense of wonderment, but so are the performers, night after night.  In fact, a cloud of doubt looms over a circus tent, no matter where it is pegged.  "If you're striving to be excellent," ringmaster and producer Kevin Vendaros notes, "you never get to that place where it's all locked and ready to go.  There's a vulnerability.  The cast opens its hearts to the audience."  Just as the audience can't guess what will happen next, the performers are viscerally kept on their toes, moment to moment.  Unlike Hollywood or Vegas-style entertainment, in which illusion is par for the course, and unlike Broadway shows, which are necessarily rote, a traveling circus is about reality and unpredictability — not the reality of everyday life, granted, but not trickery, either.  The stunts and demonstrations are real and dangerous, celebrations of skill and not deception.

Traditionally associated in the public mind with exotic animals, today traveling circuses mostly feature human performers.  Ironically, it is the circuses themselves — analog entertainment in a digital age — that are now endangered.  Minister of Parliament Peter Luff summarized the situation this way: "When the world is so troubled with natural disasters, international terrorism, threats of flu pandemics, the impact of climate change and with scandalous poverty, malnutrition and disease, the circus may seem a rather trivial matter.  …  But I believe performing arts have a vital contribution to make to the welfare of our nation and that circus is perhaps the most overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood performing art of them all.  Today's touring circus is not just misunderstood — its very existence is under threat."  Luff went on to note that circuses visit some of a nation's smallest communities, and "For many thousands of young people, a touring circus is their very first introduction to live performing art.  The circus is a profoundly democratic art form, and its very nature is multicultural.  The innocent pleasure circuses bring, though, as highly talented professionals even risk their lives on a twice daily basis, is threatened." 

Undaunted by the iffy prospects, Venardos created his circus in 2014, having previously been the youngest ringmaster for Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus (at 22 years old), with additional experience at Big Apple Circus and Circus Vargas.  He set off on his own, desiring to be in control of his career and aspirations. But does Venardos' enterprise perpetuate the age-old dream of running away to join the circus?  "I am absolutely counting on it!" he says.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Wearing funny mouse or bunny ears is timeless fun, but there's some serious math behind it.  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1970 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #teacher #math #bunny ears #rabbit ears #funny ears #mouse ears
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've drunk from the punch bowl itself.  From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #frogs #nymph
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #eagle #art #lion #giant lion #giant eagle #lion monster #eagle monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pearson's, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #under glass #trapped #cone of silence
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #waterfall #art #boat #tarot fool #over the falls
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #anthropomorphism #art #mouse #cat and mouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A little cannibal."  From Harper's Young People, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #art #cannibalism #cannibal #edible toy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur #dandy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #harp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #boot #drinking from a boot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Accosted, from Die Muskete, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #furs #mink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #rose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #gambling #art #upside down #headstand #card game
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The Right Word (permalink)
A design idea for greeting cards: crisscrossing four quotations with a key word at the center.  From The Gospel Woman, 1881
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#vintage illustration #christianity #art #grace #bible #wages of sin #quotations #the blood of jesus #crisscrossing
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Pinball as an illustration of a college's department of religious studies?  According to the Church of the Silver Ball's Pinball Museum (which, sadly, is neither a church nor a museum, according to its own description), pinball can be a religion.
Our photo is from Colorado College's 1975 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #pinball
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Zooming in, we see that the spider has a horned skull face and bony hands.  Easily the best skeleton spider we've seen all week.  From Zritel', 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pall Mall (1895).

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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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January 18, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's why the caption is a lie.  It says, "A single trumpet is calling you, a mystic note only you can hear."  But it's not a trumpet -- it's a saxophone solo.  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1970 yearbook.

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#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #trumpet #mysticism #mystic note
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art #war #burned alive #moloch #furnace
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puck (1886).
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#vintage illustration #art #armor #personal protection
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Every cat is a point of honor, as proven in this detail from an illustration in Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #light #lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #art #rabbit #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1905.  Should have studied How to Be Your Own Cat instead.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #dog face #dog person #part dog #dog head
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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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 #under the sea #fish heads #fish parts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We're calling this one "Horst power."  From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #racing #vintage car #car versus bicycle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mythological Zoo by Oliver Herford, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The little singing frog."  From The Laughing Prince by Parker Fillmore and illustrated by Jay Van Everen, 1921.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #back scratcher #tiny hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A last drink on the house, from London Society, 1879.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #divination #owl #fortune teller #art #palm reader #palm reading #palmistry #chiromancy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #vintage japan #japanese art #art #old japan #old tokyo #vintage tokyo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if anyone ever tried to grab your celestial urchins away from you.  From La Petite Lune, 1878.
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
This photograph may be used either to facilitate time travel or, on an astral level, to move away from the darkness and toward the light. However, it should not be used for near-death experiences. From the Illinois State yearbook of 1978.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Case of the Mythical Monkeys, by Erle Stanley Gardner:

***

"Mauvis Meade and murder," Mason said. Carlisle blinked his eyes as though chopping the information into separate statements by using his eyelids as punctuation marks.

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January 17, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Orbs are here identified as the "bright people."  From Richmond Technical's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #orbs #bright folk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #pegasus #winged horse #pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #men's fashion #collars #wartime fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #creatures #swamp #up a tree #swamp things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #hairdresser #bald #shaved head #beauty parlor
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Here's how the backside of geometry can reveal a person's nationality.  From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #geometry #backside #rump #buttocks #i like big butts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott, 1855.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #bird's nest #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #winter #old man winter #death of cold
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)

* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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#elf #ink splatter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #costume party #lamb mask
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #dove #art #birds #chicken #queen #bird droppings
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #art #penny-farthing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
For how to tap into the strangely potent spirituality contained within an old yearbook, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.  From Pennsylvania State College's La Vie yearbook, 1920.

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#religion #vintage illustration #art #yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Hunting for Nittersing," c. 1923.  From The Story of Nuttybub and Nittersing, illustrated by May Gibbs. 

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #balancing act #art #creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Petite Lune, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #human headed #evolution #darwin #monkey man
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to accelerate decay. From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1893
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #peace angel
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January 16, 2019

Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)

"Wouldn't you like a rhetorical question with that?"

"Wouldn't I!"

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You noticed the lie here -- life isn't a carousel.  Rather, "life is a cabaret, old chum."  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1970 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #carousel
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The bass are big.  Date unknown.  Via UpNorth Memories.
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#vintage illustration #art #big fish #canada #fish #giant fish #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #fashion #religious fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #death #angel #skeleton #monks #art #open grave #saint #bull
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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, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #mice #mouse lover
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #tiny man #giant snail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #eye #pointers #watch your
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #knife sharpening
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Primary Education, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #paper craft #frog #paper cutting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbits #bunnies #smiling animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before the Mirror by Jane Heathcote.  (Book cover via 54mge.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #blowing bubbles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.  Speaking of which, see This Book is a Cactus.
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#vintage illustration #art #cactus #prick
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #demon #art #fever
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #electricity #are friends electric
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #bagpipe #what am i #dudelsack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Petite Lune, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #candle #big ears
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This crystal ball appears in the 1974 University of Massachusetts Amherst yearbook.

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#vintage photo #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #fire spirit #fire #art #red hair
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January 15, 2019

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
If we post only one conventional photo this year, why not of our favorite type of cat and catnap?  From College of William and Mary's 1973 yearbook.
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#cat #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #sleeping #tabby #catnap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Every act of reading is an attempt to construct meaning.  From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #big book #meaning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #underwater #art #under the sea #submarine #diving helmet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #shy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A horseless horse.  From The Literary Digest, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #robot #mechanical horse #horseless #horse robot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #yawn #musician #seal #yawning animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1925.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #circus #bearded lady #tattooed woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1946.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #mice #cat and mouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #under the table #privacy #no place to hide #in hiding
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"The snow sifted in all night long."  From St. Nicholas, 1879.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #snow #cold night #cold bed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #tennis #eaten alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919. 
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#vintage illustration #art #dove of peace #war and peace #bird trap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #death #pitchfork #art #monsters #angry mob #spiked club
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Petite Lune, 1878.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1877.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krasnyi Smekh, 1906.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you've felt evening fall like a dark cloud from a smokestack. From the Illinois State yearbook of 1978.

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

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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Death in Fancy Dress, by Jefferson Farjeon

[Note: Though this is catalogued, like his other books, under J. Jefferson Farjeon--in fact, the lending library adds "Joseph Jefferson" in parens--the title page merely says Jefferson Farjeon.]

***

And above all, in every sense, a mammoth beret. Not the happy beret of a Borotra, but an endless expanse of dark ribbed stuff that flowed over the side of your head almost down to your neck, giving you the feeling that you were in deep mourning for a pancake.

***

He had put on his overcoat, but the loud slacks were not obliterated. They shouted for nine inches below where the overcoat ended.

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January 14, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to looking at crazy pictures on a smartphone.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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Unicorns (permalink)
Ursula K. Le Guin on why books about unicorns are true:

For fantasy is true, of course. It isn’t factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced into living. They are afraid of dragons, because they are afraid of freedom.

So I believe that we should trust our children. Normal children do not confuse reality and fantasy - they confuse them much less often than we adults do (as a certain great fantasist pointed out in a story called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”). Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. All too often, that’s more than Mummy and Daddy know; for, in denying their childhood, the adults have denied half their knowledge, and are left with the sad, sterile little fact: “Unicorns aren’t real.” And that fact is one that never got anybody anywhere… It is by such statements as, “Once upon a time there was a dragon,” or “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” - it is by such beautiful non-facts that we fantastic human beings may arrive, in our peculiar fashion, at the truth.

—"Why are Americans Afraid of Dragons?", The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
What do you picture when you think about college?  From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#spooky #full moon #mask #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#imagination
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Toronto yearbook, 1951.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #art #dog #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #thumbing nose
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click twice to raise the budget for the amateur dramatists. From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #theatre #costume #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you tend to travel in a reclined position, holding your favorite furniture.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #furniture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The old man, the hired girl, and the goat."  From The Grocery Man and Peck's Bad Boy by George Wilbur Peck, 1883.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #transformation #art #duck
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ioannis Pierii Valeriani Bellunensis' Hieroglyphica, 1602.
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#vintage illustration #emblem #bird headed #art #hybrid #one-legged #hoof
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #pig mask #pig head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #roadrunner #bird in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #goat legged #rooster #cock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #giant snake #constrictor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #invention #art #cyborg #armor #personal protection
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Woodcut by Wharton H. Esherick.  From Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk by Mary Marcy, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #wolf #red riding hood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #music #orchestra
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #giantess #art #long hair #tiny people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #tiny elephant #pet elephant
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January 13, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
When parallel universes collide, one may find oneself back to back with oneself.  From Atlantic Christian's 1971 yearbook.
This is actually a phenomenon in old yearbooks.  Previously, we saw this man who met a taller form of himself on a lonely pathway, as well as this encounter with a spirit double of pure light.

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#vintage yearbook #spirit double
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #vintage fashion #costume #angel costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Which is my heart?"  From Rightly Dividing the Word by Clarence Larkin, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #heart #biblical #natural man #spiritual man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #headache #tea #funnel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #mice #grinder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #monk #anthropomorphism #art #human headed #bottles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #pitchfork #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #backside #peace dove #global ass
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #pianist #money dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #tapir
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Story Plays Old and New, Book One by Alice Sumner Varney, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #eagle #gnome #fairy tale #art #scissors #dwarf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #card game
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Devil gets a make-over.  From Jugend, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #art #makeover
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Only the black cat is unfazed.  From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #death #black cat #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #smile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #giant frog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.