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Today — March 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Ah Life, my own Libido, my Despair, my Guilt, my Need, a Glory, a Mocking, a Hope."  The cover of Lenoir-Rhyne's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#despair #vintage yearbook #guilt #ah life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
[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 #devil's tail
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, study the sunlit pattern on the floor.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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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 #cherub #art #cupid #sword
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #tiny men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #scissors
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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 #art #tiny man #giant insect
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He is the man who has really made you what you are."  From The Judge, 1918.
[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 #trumpet #blown away #blast
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1936.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #distortion #warped #funhouse mirror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Legends and Stories of Ireland by Samuel Lover, 1834.
[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 #fairy tale #dragon #art #ireland #legend #irish
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #cake walk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #death #skull #art #memento mori
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #keg #art #wine #cask #alcoholic #wine barrel
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
You don't get to the fruit until Book II of Cherry Ripe! (1878).
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#old book #cherry
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Toothpaste called 'lust' fights 'smooch decay.'"  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1966.
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#vintage headline #lust #toothpaste
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #skull #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of New Hampshire's 1910 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #goat #skull and crossbones #fraternity #vintage yearbook #skulls #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The moon is more complicated than any one expected; it is not simply a kind of billiard ball frozen in space and time, as many scientists had believed" ("The Moon Is More Of a Mystery Than Ever," The New York Times, April 16, 1972).  From Nebelspalter, 1879.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #moon #art #1880
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The Phantoms."  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#skull #phantom #vintage yearbook
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #king #art #camel
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Yesterday — March 22, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Bad advice!  "Never fear the winding road that projects into tomorrow."  In St. Ives, Cornwall, a very narrow one-way winding road led terrifyingly to a steep staircase not suitable for cars.  It required a 15-point turn to get out of that deathtrap.  Seriously, one was envisioning a helicopter rescue.  Indeed, the winding road that projects into tomorrow may possibly be malefic.  From Rend Lake's 1980 yearbook

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #winding road #path of life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #illness #sickness #bronchitis #sickbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #devil #war #h bomb #hydrogen bomb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Pie for everybody, by occult means if necessary.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #wizard #occult #pie
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I gazed into a kaleidoscope once and juxtaposed there I saw everything I am and ever will be."  The photo isn't kaleidoscopic, and "juxtaposed" is the wrong word, but there are worse things about his yearbook.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1973 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 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 #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art
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What I Now Know (permalink)
"We now know that the soul (the mind, the will, the affections), is never in such good health as when the body is neither under-fed nor over-fed."
—Hugh O. Pentecost, 1889
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #reading #art #insomnia #up all night #midnight oil #candle
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #skeleton #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wolverine yearbook of Michigan Agricultural College, 1922.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #halloween #black cat #full moon #october #art #cats #hallowe'en #cat fight #arched back
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Joyous Travelers by Maud Lindsay & Emilie Poulsson and illustrated by W. M. Berger, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairies #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #heaven #cherub #art #alcohol #saints
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #art #pipe smoker #tiny man
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1932.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #art #polar bear #iceberg #aurora borealis #glacier #sun dog #parhelion #sundog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Ring by Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora Archibald Smith, illustrated by Elizabeth MacKinstry, 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 #fairy tale #art #dancing #weightless #floating
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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 #chaos #parallel worlds #art #alcoholism #order and chaos #parallel universe #family life
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #champagne #popping cork
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1923 yearbook of the Presbyterian College of South Carolina.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Last Guru, by Daniel Pinkwater:

***

"This is the silliest thing I ever heard of," Harold's father said.

"You should see the hats we wear when we're at home," Dupdup Drng'pa said.

***

"When he returns to Rochester, New York, he will know more about the mystic East than any person in the West has ever known."

"Well, that will certainly be nice for him," Harold's mother said.

***

"They read Six Easy Steps to Nirvana, by Dr. Weary, or Hum Your Way to Enlightenment by Alan W. Plotz, or Your Feet Are Your Head by Brother Jimmy...."

***

The best that Hamish MacTavish could make of Hodie MacBodhi's explanation of Blong Buddhism was that if you spent twenty-four hours a day meditating, you aren't apt to get in very much trouble.

***

They made a long-playing record called Blong! You Are a Pickle! and offered it for sale in MacTavish's pickleburger stands. It was a record of instructions in Blong meditation, the first exercise of which was to make believe you are a pickle.

***

The hats [of the Silly Hat monks] were the silliest things anyone had ever seen. They were more silly than anyone could imagine. They were too silly to be described.

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March 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #harpy #hybrid #human headed #bird woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #moon #man in the moon #cats #faces in things
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Precursors (permalink)
The blind driver labeled "begger man" is a precursor to the extremely nearsighted cartoon driver Mr. Magoo (who debuted 32 years later).  From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mr. magoo #rich man poor man
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cemetery #grave #graveyard #art #peace #tomb #tombstone #skul
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #monkey #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Don't keep asking what time it is.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From The Judge, 1918.

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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #art #measuring
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #human headed #milkmaid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #headache #migraine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #seashell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the dog, the lamb, and the fish.  From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #walking the dog #lamb #pet fish
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Scientist probe[s] into sex life of cabbage."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1966.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #vintage magazine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"What right do I have to think...?"  From Oglethorpe's 2005 yearbook.

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

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#rhetorical question #vintage yearbook #thinking #rights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Listopad, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The street light and full moon may be used as coordinates for astral or time travel.  From Wake Forest's 1973 yearbook.
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#moon #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #light and dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #watering can
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March 20, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One wonders whether the deeper meaning of this cartoon was intentional, that republics and monarchies are actually two heads of the same body, that the powers that be go on profiting in any case, that the seeming helmsen are powerless to move anything, that all politics is a sham.  From Le Grelot, 1872.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #two headed
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1846.
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#vintage illustration #stars #starry night #night #stargazing #look up #staring into the depths
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
What does a yearbook on drugs sound like?  "Focusing yesterday's indelible recall in silhouette with eternity while playing the game of my own undoing."  Just say no.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #chess
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #monster #dragon #art #sledgehammer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #exploding #crowded train
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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#vintage illustration #art #disaffected #worried parents #they wouldn't understand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #fable #art #fox #headdress #antelope
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #halo #bored #waiting #bad date
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #mist
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
*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 #melting #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #killer carrot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Depending upon how you rotate the image, he's an acrobat, taking a nap, feeling bored, or a plague victim.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From In Merry Measure by Thomas Masson, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #money #money bag #art #big pharma #pharmaceuticals
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Basketball has changed over the years, but some might say that the original spirit of the game endures.  (We wouldn't, but some might.)  From Mansfield's 1933 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #knight #sword #vintage yearbook #basketball
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
When we celebrate the arrival of Spring, we overlook the brutality endured by snowmen.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #winter #spring #change of seasons #springtime
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Signaly, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #donkey #piggy back ride #tables turned #weighted down #red sky
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This is what we think when critics attempt to mar our workmanship.  "Could it be dissemination of some wicked defamation of our blameless reputation by some imp of hell's creation?"  From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1898.
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#vintage yearbook #defamation #criticism #haters
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #if you had wings #the people could fly
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March 19, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #owl #graveyard #grim reaper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #blockhead #head in a box #square head
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, bear the heavy burden of a growing soul.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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#soul #vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, by Daniel Pinkwater:

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The signs all had slogans like Talk is Cheap--Action is Expensive; and Think Before You Think; and Today is the Yesterday You Won't Be Able to Remember Tomorrow.

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They had titles like Harold Platt, New-age Seer of Rochester; and Blong! You Are a Pickle....

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"The Order of the Laughing Alligator--a very old mystical brotherhood, said to have originated in Tibet or India or California, or one of those places."

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"You have powers now that you didn't have before--even if they're boring powers."

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"I met a Saturnian once, but we never got to be friends. He kept trying to eat my wristwatch."

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"Don't we have any cities? Hee hee. Hoo hah. Ho ho." He didn't sound as though he was laughing--he just said the words ho ho, and so forth.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #paranoia #surveillance society #eavesdropping #watched
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
He's a little teapot.  From Nebelspalter, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #transformation #art #teapot
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Arbutus yearbook of Indiana University, 1906.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #occult #incense #art #yearbook #censer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #mask #art #carnival
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #art #upside down #trashcan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sometimes I think of sandpaper sandwiches chewed cautiously.  Wouldn't you hate to be my brain?"  From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #weird thoughts #sandpaper sandwich
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #demons #hell #art #skulls
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #open grave #paris #grave digger
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #cow #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #spirits #art #smoke
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #clown #upside down
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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 #optical illusion #art #eye #fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The gift of a severed head gives her the shivers.  From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #severed head #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #umbrella #art #snake #boa constrictor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A confluence of parallel realities.  From East Carolina's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #parallel universe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It wasn't easy, but we identified exactly what star is this.  It's "the Lion's-star, ambition's rage" (Abraham Cowley, "The Delights of a Garden").  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 #star #boat #navigation #ship's wheel #ambition #pilot
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March 18, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is what can happen if you lend your copy of How to Be Your Own Cat to a friend.  From L'Eclipse, 1874.
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #cat people #two headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #hell #duel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
I wonder if this cat is losing the first of its nine lives.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #cat #nine lives
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If there's anything worse than yearbook writers trying to sound deep, tell me, because it'll be news to me.  "Praying for voiceless cannons silenced by golden hopes of distant realities."  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1973 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #autumn #cannon #1970s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #kite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Komenata, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #faces in things #moth #death's head
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From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbits #bunnies #overtaken
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's Blue and Gold yearbook, 1885.  For instructions on how to use vintage spiders for payback or peace of mind, 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 illustration #anthropomorphism #art #spider #cobweb #spider web #the people could fly #insect people #winged people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rock Me to Sleep, Mother by Elizabeth Akers Allen, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #vintage fashion #umbrella dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #skull #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Showing him a ghost.  From Welcome Guest, 1860.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pilot, and Other Stories by Harry Plunket Greene, 1916.   See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #fairy tale #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of the exploding cigar gag, but here's a sprouting one.  From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #cigar #spouting
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A macabre card reader from Le Rire, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #divination #skull face #occult #fortune teller #art #card reader
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You know that feeling.  From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #cauldron #art #being watched #surveillance society #too many cooks #over your shoulder
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From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #big dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Revealed -- it's the Devil who collects the coins from automated life.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #automaton #robot #coin operated #automation #automated
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Ohio Wesleyan's 1911 yearbook.  Previously, we saw the preferred, calligraphic way to write "excelsior."

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

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #vintage yearbook #excelsior #goose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #angel of death #art #end of the world #sword #apocalypse
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March 17, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[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 #antlers #deer
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the superior horror/sci-fi film Slither.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #horror #slug #slither
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Moments for searching for answers."
Moments?  To quote from Cornell Woolrich's marvelous I Married a Dead Man, "The other moments come, the hours, weeks, and, oh God, the years."
From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #candle #searching for answers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[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 #rats #art #pied piper #mouse
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From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #lantern
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #snowstorm #art #old man winter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
 There's a way to use "holy smoke" like this to your advantage: see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.  From the Record of the Class of 1891 of the University of Pennsylvania.

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

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#vintage illustration #magick #witchcraft #occult #cauldron #art #yearbook #secret societies #fraternities
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #candles #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #pan #goat legged #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #garden of eden #adam and eve #paradise lost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It's a fine head, whatever."  From My Own Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #fairy tale #dragon #art #severed head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Persian Tales, translated by D. L. R. and E. O. Lorimer and illustrated by Hilda Roberts, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #fish #folk tale #persian
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the demon of taxes, from Le Rire, 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 #demon #art #taxation #taxes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #king death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #temptation #serpent #art #snake #eden #apple
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #laughter #smiling dog #laughing #laughing dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
There's an ironic subliminal message in this book cover — the middle of the word "exposed," "pos," is highlghted by the box behind it, suggesting "positive."  Spirit Rapping Exposed by John Henry Anderson, 1860.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[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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#demon #imp #necromancy #magic #spiritualism #seance #vintage book #spirit rapping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #demon #bicycle #art #dog #hunter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The 1960s seem so distant now, like a whole other way of life.  From Tennessee Wesleyan's 1968 yearbook.

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

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

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Rustling End, by Douglas G. Browne:

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He looked again at Stephanie, his faintly freckled face, with its pointed nose and sandy eyebrows, suddenly sharpened, as though, she thought, it were some sort of pencil.

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"Nobody here knows a binomial theorem from a turnip."

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March 16, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Delving through yearbooks across the decades, we're constantly reminded of how the names for the political parties flip back and forth about every 60 years.  In 1901, the democratic party fought for "free beer, free lunch, no work," whereas in the 1960s and 70s, of course, the democratic party fought for worker's rights: as in the yearbook page pictured here, "I vote democrat because I work for a living."  Today, it has all flipped again, with the democratic party again promising free beer, free lunch, and no work.
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook (top) and Southwestern's yearbook of 1973 (bottom).

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

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#vintage yearbook #democratic party #democrats
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #rainy day #umbrella #snail #giant snail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #outer space #moon #man in the moon #faces in things #the people could fly #spacemen
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, leave disordered papers in a dusty room.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[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 #gallows #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An eerie romance in the cemetery.  From Satirikon, 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 #ghost #cemetery #spirits #graveyard #art #spectres
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Oregana yearbook of the Univeristy of Oregon, 1920.

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

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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #yearbook #star #six pointed star #memoriam
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #severed head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #birds #avalanche #biblical #under rocks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[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 #earth #art #hand of god #swept away #brushed off
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From La Baïonnette, 1916.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #spirit #art #cheers #deity #bacchus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Harper's Young People, 1888.
[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 #giant bug #grasshopper #giant insect #insect monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #marriage #androgyny #unisex
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #rooster costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #shield #devil face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I now call upon the spirits."  From Gilbert Chemical Magic by Alfred Carlton Gilbert, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #spirits #necromancy #occult #art #magic #magic trick #holy smoke
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #fire breather #fire breathing #child smoker #breathing smoke
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Precursors (permalink)
You know that the "What, me worry?" mascot of Mad Magazine is named Alfred E. Neuman.  But here are some much earlier incarnations.  Our favorite, of course, is "G. Daddleskink."  From Colorado College's 1928 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #mad magazine #alfred e. neuman #what me worry
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#yours
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March 15, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Jacques Tati's masterpiece Playtime.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #glass houses #jacque tati #playtime
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you have taken on chocolate.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
[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 #chocoholic #chocolate
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not knowing there'd be olives and pickles, we foolishly turned down two invitations to college banquets.  From Castleton's 1966 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #banquet #pickles #olives
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The fat fairy" from Daphne, Or, The Pipes of Arcadia, Three Acts of Singing Nonsense by Marguerite Merington, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #fat fairy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The grain is ripe."  From The New Age, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #art #costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #anthropomorphism #art #bear #alcohol
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #potato face #potato head #potato people #safety pin
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
"Peter's very little island."  From Fairy Tales, written and illustrated by Alfred Crowquill, 1857.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #tarot #swords #war and peace #six of swords
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance we thought he had brought a collection plate to receive a bounty from a gargoyle's mouth.  It's more likely a pie-eating contest (no less grotesque).  From Atlantic Christian's 1982 yearbook.

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#grotesque #vintage yearbook #pie eating
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Sailor, Take Warning! by Kelley Roos:

***

There were other questions I wanted to ponder aloud, but Jeff's face was set in a contemplative silence, that "Do not disturb" sign was hanging on his nose.

***

"That's what's called baring one's soul, isn't it?"

"More," Jeff said, "of a soul strip-tease."

***

"How is your alibi?" Jeff asked.

"Fine, thanks."

[...]

"So," Jeff said, "it looks like you have an alibi."

"And am I proud of it! It's my first alibi! It just goes to show...this is indeed the land of opportunity. Ten years ago I came to New York empty handed. And now I've got a job, a bank account, three charge accounts and an alibi!"

"Good alibis are hard to get nowadays, Tony. Take good care of it."

"Oh, I will! I'll keep it in a cool, dry place."

***

A chilling gush of wind and rain met us at the front door; even the weather was trying to come in out of this dismal night.

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kosa, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #spider #giant spider
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photo may be used to facilitate time travel.  From Wake Forest's 1973 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #light and dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #popping cork #tiny man #bottle #giant bottle
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
"Are you 'in' or 'out'?  It depends on camp."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1966.
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #radio #no news is good news #fear of technology
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March 14, 2019

Strange Dreams (permalink)
Easily the rattiest sheet-ghost we've encountered.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #haunted #spooky #phantom #sheet ghost #rat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of the South's 1927 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1928 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #grim reaper #art #sword #scythe #warrior
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #winter #shrouded #top hat #absence
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #automaton #robot #big feet #big hands
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #edible book #eating a book #devouring a book
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Pennsylvania State College's La Vie yearbook, 1920.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #art #fraternity #yearbook #walking on hot coals #walking on coals
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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, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #harp #long nose #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #knight #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art #faces in things #autumn #falling leaves
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mythological Zoo by Oliver Herford, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #sphinx #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #chess
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903. 
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#vintage illustration #art #clock #passage of time #fullness of time
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #antlers #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1943.
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #hybrid #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #heart
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Budilnik, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #hybrid #human headed
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March 13, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of a "walking encyclopedia," but have you ever seen a walking set of encyclopedias?  From Le Charivari, 1848.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #books #walking encyclopedia #bookcase
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, fear the warm reality, the offered good.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the proper way to hold a question mark.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #tooth #giant tooth #tooth extraction #pull the tooth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The House of Dreams."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #house of dreams
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #leapfrog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #destruction #ruins #impermanence #buddha #ruined temple #fallen temple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Little Red Riding Hood recommends a facial massage to her wolfen grandmother.  From The Judge, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1946.
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #pitchfork #hell #art #damned
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #art #lightning #cat o' nine tails #statue of liberty #lady liberty
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #weeping #crying animal #crocodile tears #tears #sadness #alligator tears #crying man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #haunted forest #faces in things #tree spirits #tree faces
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From Springfield's 1955 yearbook.
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#full moon #vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Strely, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #skull #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if your flair for entertaining has ended with tears.  From the Morris Harvey yearbook of 1958.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #crying
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Strand, 1891.  See Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
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#vintage illustration #imp #ghost #spirits
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
The sun captured in a lantern may trigger a sudden flash of insight.  From Wake Forest's 1973 yearbook.
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