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Today — June 26, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From the Wilkes-Barre Record, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1931.  Via YesterdaysPrint.
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#weird #mystery
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1874.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #piano #hybrid #human headed #cat woman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 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 #demon #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Our illustration is from Nebelspalter, 1958.  Here's also an article about tasting and eating music, from The Literary Digest, Nov. 18, 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 #musical notes #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poedinok, 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
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Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out (permalink)
"The beginning of a book is always the tricky part.  It should arrest.  A shot should ring out in the night ..." —Delano Ames, She Shall Have Murder [a delightful recommendation by literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #flying horse #the people could fly #flying carriage
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #musician #face the music #musical face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mythology #knight #art #flying horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #falling #art #out the window #thrown out
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #satyr #art #herm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skull face #art #walking dead #living dead
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This cursed photograph appears in Taylor University's Ilium yearbook of 1963.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #specimen bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 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 #big mouth #art #horror #scream #gasp
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Reblog if the Roman numeral at the top of the poem doubles as the answer to the rhetorical question.  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #throne #tennyson #king neptune #poem
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Here's How by William Campbell Whitfield and illustrated by Tad Shell, 1941.
[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 #punch bowl #tiny man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point yearbook of 1951.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #vintage yearbook #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #war and peace #peace angel
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Yesterday — June 25, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
What happens when we die?  It's a fair question, but this is from a magazine for military chaplains, and we'd have assumed they already had a pat answer for this.  It turns out that most everybody is confused about everything.  God help us.  From The Link, 1962.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #death #cemetery #life after death #graveyard #war dead
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Text fly within the book only."  At first, we interpreted that as, "words take flight within the confines of the book covers."  Given that the book in question (scanned here by Archive.org) is about Merlin, that felt about right.  (Even so, one might argue otherwise, that text can fly outside of a book as well; consider some persons being "crammed to the throat with Scripture, so that they cannot open their mouths but a text flies out" [An Inquiry Into the Nature of Responsibility by T. Simmons Mackintosh, 1840]).  But then we realized that a "text fly" is what emerges from a bookworm's cocoon ... and so this particular book has encased or imprisoned a text fly, presumably for entomologists.
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#text fly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Some of us and -- the rest of us."  From Monmouth's 1913 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #giant hand #vintage yearbook #hand of god #crushed #thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (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 #mustache
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1891 Hopkinsian yearbook of Johns Hopkins University.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #occult #cauldron #art #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #circle dance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 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 #serpent #art #snake #blade #bayonet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #fashion #collar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[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 #winged man #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #art #father time #time flies
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #mesmerism #hypnotism #hypnotist #hypnosis
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #folklore #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit #top hat
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#sun #aurora #spirit #polar bear #vintage #volcano #north pole #symbolism #mysticism #ankh #crux ansata
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Cows think you stink.  From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #cow #art #smoker #stench
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Virginia's Corks and Curls yearbook, 1915.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #vintage yearbook #secret society #red cape
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 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 #meat grinder #before and after
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A centaur tries to ride a bicycle.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1897.
You can probably guess what the centaur needs to do.  It's revealed in the next comic panel, here.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage camera #art #faces in things #cyclops #tripod
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #grave #angel #angel of death #graveyard #burial #vintage yearbook #funeral
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From American Cornball, by Christopher Miller:

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[Couches] are a little funny in themselves, maybe because they aren't chairs, and aren't nearly as common as chairs, but bear enough of a resemblance to seem like comically defective or grandiose chairs.

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When a cartoon is set on a desert island now--and this was already the case half a century ago--the first joke is that a cartoonist has dared to do it again.

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[Re. guest towels and related matters:] It could be argued that the sublimation of prosaic household objects into the poetry of uselessness is part of what makes a house a home, but so much the worse for homes.

***

Hat takes are one of the most quintessentially cartoonish of all cartoon clichés, and I have the numbers to prove it, since I recently devised a pseudoscientific formula for determining the cartoonishness of any object, situation, or event: you divide its incidence in comic strips (scored on a scale of 1 to 10) by its incidence in real life.

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When McCay... finally gets his idea, it comes not in the form of a lightbulb but a living creature--a bird, presumably, since it has a beak and two webbed feet, and flies away the instant another cartoonist diverts McCay's attention. It looks less like a bird, though, than a flying porcupine; it looks, in fact, uncannily like the Thing I pictured the first time I read Emily Dickinson's line "Hope is the thing with feathers." We know it's a funny idea, as McCay wished for, because it's funny-looking.

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Caspar [Milquetoast] is so meek, he deserves to inherit the earth single-handedly.

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Lunch is a funnier word, but breakfast is the funnier meal....

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[Re. "phooey" and other such terms:] Or is it that we're so inundated with nonsense these days that we've lost our sensitivity to it, our inability to discriminate fine shades?

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The only place [a lucaflect] really makes sense is indoors, where a window might be the brightest source of light in a room, but great cartoonists are not afraid of nonsense, and have no qualms about lucaflecting outdoors too.

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If you imagine what Peanuts would have been like if Schulz had called it Placekicker Charlie and every strip had featured Charlie Brown’s attempts to kick that football and Lucy’s yanking it away, you’ve just imagined hundreds of early comic strips.

 

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June 24, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The Indian Summer Fairy.  From Montreat's 1947 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy #vintage yearbook #indian summer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Suddenly the Great Wind Spirit spoke to him."  From Tell-Me-Why Stories About Color and Sound by C. H. Claudy and illustrated by Thomas Wrenn, 1915.
[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 #flute #folk tale #musician #wind spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your candle-powered centerpieces not only rotate but also ring bells.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #candle #centerpiece
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kosa, 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 #skull #serpent #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The electric decapitation of John the Baptist."  From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #severed head #decapitated #john the baptist
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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 L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #deathbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #bird man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #worn out #tired #exhausted #gay and tired #very tired
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #bat #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #marriage #under pressure #piled on
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #candles
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point College yearbook of 1934.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #occult #art #vintage yearbook #tiny man #secret society #giant skull
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
Playing catch with little suns.  From Miss Mouse and Her Boys by Mrs. Molesworth, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #sun #fairy tale #art #stars #playing catch
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first we wondered why a house illustrates the "Literature" section of Butler's 1911 yearbook.  Then we recalled that literature and architecture are inseparable.  

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

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#vintage illustration #literature #architecture #vintage yearbook
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
When it comes to recursive fractal patterns that occur on higher dimensions, we're delighted that our Magic Words: A Dictionary is referenced.
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#fractal #abacaba
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #human headed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.

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

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#grotesque #mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #crushed #weight #slab #stone
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June 23, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #art #exterminator #pest control #fly swatter #cake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #harp #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #architecture #faces in things #home design #garden space
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The poisoned milk salesman shows his respect to the bearers of a tiny coffin.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #skull face #art #tiny coffin #funeral #bad milk #tainted milk #unregulated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #eye patch #patches
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Whispers from Fairyland by Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #art #giant cat #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.  
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#vintage illustration #art #light in the darkness #light in the window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #vegetables
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #demon #death #art #poison #evil spirit #pollution
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern University's yearbook of 1931.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #gulliver #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are the owls of subtraction.  From Ray's New Primary Arithmetic for Young Learners, Book 1, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #owl #full moon #art #night #math #subtraction
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Union College's 1978 yearbook.

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#magician #vintage magic #headache #migraine #stage magic #magic trick #arrow through the head
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.  No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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#vintage illustration #secret #art #don't speak #my lips are sealed #hush
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An ornate capital T, with skull.  From the Phamacy Department's page of Purdue's 1898 yearbook.  It would seem the pharmaceutical industry has never really been about your well-being.
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#vintage illustration #ornate capital #skull #vintage yearbook #capital t
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Big Gulp and other super-sized beverages.
The caption, "Love laughs at icebergs," is a Googlewhack.  From Life, 1900. 
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#vintage illustration #ice #iceberg #beverage #big drink
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #earth #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #giraffe #power lines
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The whole of the slimy old wall seemed alive with them."  From The Life Story of a Squirrel by Thomas Charles Bridges and illustrated by Allan Stewart, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #squirrel #glowing eyes
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June 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Animals of the cat kind -- the lion.  From Tales About Animals by Peter Parley, 1870.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Marrying a phonograph.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #phonograph #weird wedding #strange wedding
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #mask #art #long hair #buxom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Blue Dwarf by Lady Esther Hope, 1861.
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#vintage illustration #rats #art #dungeon #prisoner #in chains
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #crystal ball #crystal gazing #crystal gazer
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #fallen soldier #wounded soldier #rescue dog #k9 #medic dog #canine medic #dog doctor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #harpy #hybrid #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #cupid #ostrich
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #creature #question mark #long paper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'Ha, ha, ha!' the trolls laughed, and held on to one another."  From Fairy Tales from the Far North by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #troll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #human headed #insect man #human bug #anti-semitism #stamp out racism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Southwestern University's yearbook of 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #stars #starry night #night
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 1914.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dream #castle in the air
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"My head hits the pillow like an anvil in a world without gravity."  From William and Mary's 1982 yearbook.

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

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#sleep #vintage yearbook #unconscious #dead tired
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #rooster #rooftop
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Henderson-Brown's 1923 yearbook.  We've also encountered this castle with an orange sky in later years.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #vampire
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #occult #cauldron #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rock - paper - scissors?  They're standing on a rock, they all played scissors, and there's a paper (the "Post") in the background.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #rock paper scissors
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June 21, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Nearly a century before activity tracking gadgets, walkers were counting their miles.  From Rockford's 1915 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #shoes #walking #fitbit #activity tracking
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
We find that flatbread has the most flats.
From The Link, 1964.
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#vintage illustration #music #bread
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1871.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #demon #monster #beast #many headed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #museum #sculpture #fallen angel
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From David Nobbs's autobio:

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[A friend of Nobbs's] wore a yarmulke jauntily, as if it were a yachting cap, and when he walked he bounced. He looked like a cross between Mendelssohn and Piglet.

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When somebody told Peter Cook that he was writing a novel, Peter replied, "Really? Neither am I."

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[Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.] laughed at my jokes, and unless he was a very good actor his laughter was genuine--but he was a very good actor, so I'll never know.

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There was... an elderly lady called Della who was the Marylebone Correspondent and wrote her stories on lavatory paper.

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[Nobbs wrote] a monologue that began, "How do? My name is God, and I'm here tonight because I'm omnipresent."

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[On the writing team observing David Frost's programmes in real time from the "hospitality room"]

Ian Davidson... claimed that there was an embarrassment order in which people would leave the room, like a pecking order in hens, when David was being particularly shameless.

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David would come up to us and ask our opinion on the show and none of us would admit that we spent most of our time in the corridor. We didn't need to as these inquests were not thorough. The conversation would go:

David: "Super show?"

Us: "Super."

David: "Super."

***

[Re. a "message" play that ended with the actors walking into the audience with paper bags on their heads--a gimmick that did not garner the audience response the director had counted on]

I was sorry for the actors, who escaped having egg on their faces only by having paper bags on their faces.

***

[More Frostiana, this time from an emergency meeting at a time of staleness in the shows]

There was no doubt that it was a crisis meeting, but it was never called a crisis meeting.... David came in, sat down, looked at us all gravely, even sorrowfully, and said, "Thank you all for some absolutely super shows. We're meeting today to consider how we can make them even more absolutely super still."

***

The reviews [of Lance At Large] were actually not too bad, but the public can be very blunt about TV, as if it's their property because it comes into their homes. "What went wrong with your programme?" barked a forthright cousin twice removed, and at that moment I could have wished her three times removed."

**

When he was Head of Comedy at the BCC Frank Muir said, "God save me from good ideas," and I know what he meant. This idea sounded good... but it was a straitjacket. It prohibited all surprise.

***

I could see the gap between the good stuff and mine. I didn't need London Transport staff to shout "Mind the gap" at me. I minded it terribly.

***

Round about this time I used to experiment with a particular cliché. I would drop it into the conversation at appropriate moments. It was "What's grist to the mill is nose to the grindstone." It is of course complete nonsense. Nobody ever challenged me. Nobody ever laughed. "That's true," people would say, or "I suppose so," or some such reply.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A ghost falls into bed. From William and Mary's 1982 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A Branston engraving for an 1837 edition of Night Thoughts by Edward Young.
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Precursors (permalink)
Apparently, polar bears have been used for advertising for as long as there has been advertising.  Here is revealed how they're lured into the work.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The earth puffs on smokestacks.  From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #smoking #earth #anthropomorphism #art #pollution #smokestack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1881.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The original loveseat.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1897.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Precursors (permalink)
Before "gay and tired," there was "queerest and restless."  From The See and Say Series, Book Two by Sarah Louise Arnold, 1914.
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June 20, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

Can you guess why there is no diary for summer?  "Summer is not a season of which we can mark the beginning or the end by fixed days in the calendar" (Robert Mudie, Summer: Or, The Causes, Appearances, and Effects of the Grand Nuptials of Nature in All Its Departments, 1837).  

From Eastern Nazarene's 1948 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Marriage as a giant book.  From Der Guckkasten, 1913.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #dragon #vintage yearbook #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #gallows #bird #mouse #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Kalidahs have the bodies of bears and the heads of tigers.  An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Catchy tune?  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Of the Greatest Sorrow."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #elf #art #lampshade #tiny person #no face #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.  He has learned How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #art #gardening #tiger costume #cosplay #cat man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #emblem #king #art #sauna
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #throne
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Ridley College yearbook, 1938.
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#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
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#vintage illustration #art #warrior #shield #fighting #tribal art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Young Chicago talks with an Englishman."  From Walks About Chicago, 1871-1881 by Franc Bangs Wilkie, 1882.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Athanasius Kircher, 1653.
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June 19, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Sue finds beauty in Jello; its malleability and transparency fascinate her."  From Lambuth's 1964 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #jello #vintage yearbook #1960s #food #vintage woman
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Wrongdoing is now so expensive that many wrongdoers cannot afford even necessary wrongdoing, and married wrongdoers are having to move in with multiple wrongdoing roommates.  From The Link, 1960.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
It's time to bring back the bubble pipe as a standard prop.  Corinne Griffith, from Cine-Mundial, 1922.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tiny woman #gauntlet
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point yearbook of 1951.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #crown #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The culprit is fingered.  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
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#cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From El Globo, 1844.  Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #doctor #vintage yearbook #medicine
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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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 Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #art #piggy bank #leg #beggar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #art #kisses #lipstick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #hot air balloon #balloons #giant balloon #weird balloon #disturbing balloon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #tanks #upscaling #recycling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #long nose #cartoonist #sight gag
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demons #art #devils
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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June 18, 2019

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #musical notes #vintage yearbook #tiny women
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if an imp has ever thumbed its nose at your neckwear.  From Le Charivari, 1842.
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#vintage illustration #imp #thumbing nose #scarf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch1885.

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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #weightless #floating #men dancing
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From If the Shroud Fits, by Kelley Roos:turtles

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[New to me: "so what" as a transitive verb.]

"They'd so what me and I'd never hear the end of it."

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Everything about him still sparkled the way it always had, his eyes, his teeth, even his ears.

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"Look, Haila, you were in a show! We saw it. Mac and Erika and Julie and I."

I shook my head. "Not that many seats were sold, Kirk."

"We all sat in the same seat."

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"My motto is: a book in every library!"

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One more book about a doctor by a doctor and I was going to need a doctor. If I could find one who wasn't all tied up writing a book.

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"She finally did get him a Fifty-second Street engagement, but he flopped. And Erika lost interest in him. An artist had come along who could paint tastes and odors."

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A matinee idol without a matinee.

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"Mind over matter and..."

"Mind over tommyrot!"

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Bonus: A lengthy passage is attached. It's turtles all the way down!

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of the way to count seconds with "One Mississippi, two Mississippis," and so forth.  There actually are two Mississippis, with light and dark halves.  This map is from Mississippi Delta Junior College's 1964 yearbook.  Apparently, "two Mississippis ... emerged in the late twentieth century" (Bradley Bond, Mississippi).  And "the two Mississippis, one black and one white, converged momentarily" (Alan Draper, Conflict of Interests).  You may previously have heard of the "two Mississippis of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty."  It's even been said that Faulker himself had two Mississippis, his mythical one and his geographical one.
"Somehow I have to face up to these two Mississippis: the one I love and the one I hate" —W. Ralph Eubanks, Ever Is a Long Time
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#vintage yearbook #strange map #mississippi
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #beard #father time #bow and arrow #age and youth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #hair growth #long meal
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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 #beard #celtic #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pliuvium, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #elephant #art #musical animal #cymbals #drums
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #birds #bird hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #music
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It rises and rotates to make a most profound impression.  From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #invention #novelty #art #top hat #hat tip
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #sword #redhead #warrior #tiny man #red beard
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #clown
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #book #bookworm #fishing #visual pun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Hoisting a giant fish over a pig.  From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #pig #giant fish
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The endpapers of Cowley College's Tiger yearbook of 1972 ask all the major questions of life.

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

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#vintage yearbook #endpapers #questions
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A crooked cat from The See and Say Series, Book Two by Sarah Louise Arnold, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #cat and mouse #nursery rhyme
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Ectoplasm, an established marvel or a flimsy myth?"  A photo from Baron Von Schrenck-Notzing's The Materialization of Phenomena, in which a spirit medium summons a ghost through a strong, painful effort of will.  From Current Opinion, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #spiritualism #seance #spirit medium #ectoplasm
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June 17, 2019

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

When our new hall of mirrors was delivered, there were cracks … and we had to either process a return or face a shattered infinity.  We chose the latter … but weren't prepared for what it actually entailed.

Ken responds: "The mirror is cracked in an amazingly artistic way! Radiating heavenward, with occasional communication between the rays. Fortunately it wasn't right in the middle, which would have been "conveniently conventional", but not so far to the side, as to not draw attention to itself. Much more interesting and unique than if it had never been cracked. The video made my head swim, but I got a warm feeling from it."

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#mirror #infinity #shattered #broken mirror #hall of mirrors
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Nope, I can't think of any more expressions.  Wink, discomfort, singing, and determination are all of them.  Cartooning by Milt Hammer, from The Link, 1953.
[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 #faces #cartooning #emoticon #expressions
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Brevard's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tent
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #rooftop #electricity #are friends electric #power lines
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Book of Romance by Andrew Lang, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #bow and arrow #robin hood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #king #art #coffin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krasnyi Smekh, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #saint #birds #bull #plow #saint joseph #oxen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Poisoned milk delivery.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #bad milk #poisoned milk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dogs #muzzle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #cat and mouse #shake well
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life's Fairy Tales by J. A. Mitchell, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #demon #fairy tale #art #djinn
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #giant lobster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #drunk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Blue and Gold yearbook of the University of California, 1901.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook #key
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zhurnal, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #hands #reach up for the sunrise
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1891 Hopkinsian yearbook of Johns Hopkins University.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #father time #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you are a turtle that needs saving.  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #fish #under the sea
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June 16, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to our photo of Morro Rock, from The Link, 1956.
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#morro rock
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #fountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I don't hear any bugle."  From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 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 #scarecrow #oz
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
In case you ever need it, here's Chicago in a bottle. From the Loyola yearbook of 1977.
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#vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #chicago #bottle #loyola
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern's 1906 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #art #vintage yearbook #candle #fraternities #secret society #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Oh, what a lot of boys!"  From Miss Mouse and Her Boys by Mrs. Molesworth, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #rowdy #boisterous #boys
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #king #art #goat #crown
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo (1867).
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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 #cave #octopus #victor hugo #tentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, have suckled from the bottle of coexistence only to be rudely surprised.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #axe #calf #butcher #coexistence
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #living doll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #end of the world #apocalypse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #hybrid #human headed #prisoner #giant snail #human snail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #kangaroo #elephant #art #snail #tiger #turtle #giraffe #animal race #girasffe
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Ulk, 1929.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #haunted #ghost #spirit #art #yokai
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #demon #skull #hell #art #time is money
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Stories for the Household by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by A. W. Bayes, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #flying #art #hans christian andersen #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #reindeer #sleigh
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a card reader from Le Journal Amusant, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #card reader
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