CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Today — July 17, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)
We're delighted that Lacey Echols called our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary "fool-proof," a "saving grace," "extremely educational, entertaining, and useful."  Here's a snippet from the article "My Visit to Grant's Tome" (Word Ways), in which our dictionary is put to the test:
I wanted to find all one-letter, two-letter, three-letter, etc. words in any given word.  There was one problem.  Even though I have a fairly large vocabulary, I do not know many words which are one-letter words.  Ask me to identify three- and four-letter words, and I am at ease.  One letter?  The only common single letter words are 'a' and 'I'!  However, I was fortunate to hear about a book which could be my saving grace, One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, by Craig Conley.  I felt my confidence begin to soar because with the help of this dictionary I should easily be able to count all one-letter words in any given word, or could I?  Being a bit of a skeptic, I tested my skill with the word 'ait.'  'I' and 'a' are legitimate, but what about 't'?  Sure enough, Mr. Conley provides 58 instances in which 't' is used as a word.  As an example, 'it suits you to a T' uses 't' as a word.  Hallelujah!  But 'ait' is a fairly simple word.  What about 'Mozambique'?  I feel a time-consuming project ahead.  Actually, the dictionary is fool-proof.  There are thirty-five examples using the word 'z' and even twenty-seven examples of the word 'q'. ... I found [Conley's dictionary and Jeff Grant's Concise Dictionary of 2 Letter Words] to be extremely educational, entertaining, and useful for a novice word counter.  Maybe if I never let anyone use these books, I will be able to win all games which include identifying actual words in any given word.
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#one-letter words
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Those who follow our strange peregrinations though old yearbooks will recognize this as an encounter with the shdow self.  From Memphis State's 1972 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #shadow #vintage yearbook #shadow self #1970s #vintage man
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Viola Dana, from Cine-Mundial, 1922.
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#fortune teller #vintage photo #crystal ball #1920s #viola dana
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are advancing boldly but sudden to take alarm.  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 Zritel', 1906.  There are tiny imps on the devil's tail and coin purse throne, which we've enlarged for you.
[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 #imp #devil #money #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is the best tiny goat, squirrel and fairy sailing on a tomato can that we've seen in a long while.  From In No-man's Land: A Wonder Story by Elbridge Streeter Brooks, 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 #fairy #art #squirrel #tiny goat #tomato can
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Maski, 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 #faces in things #tower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of whistling past the graveyard.  Here's a train whistling past the graveyard.  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 #cemetery #graveyard #art #train #locomotive #whistling past
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #balancing act #art #dog #upside down #headstand #stupid human tricks #dog trick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #the people could fly #butterfly woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #human headed #bird woman
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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 #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"You may curse every step of the way.  My star."  From the University of the South's 1963 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #windows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Influenza." From Nebelspalter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #art #disease #influenza #the flu
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"I ate one and didn't die" -- a headline from The GW Hatchet, 1987.
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#vintage headline #ate one #didn't die
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"To her there was a great charm in all that goes to the making of pictures."  From Eyebright by Susan Coolidge, 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 #art #drawing #artist #young artist
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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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #gulliver #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted #art #alcohol #spilled #fiasco
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The mirror world's den of antiquities.  From St. Joseph's 1968 yearbook.  Recall our video in which we're trapped within a shattered hall of mirrors.
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#vintage yearbook #mirror world #backwards #in reverse #mirror image #vintage image
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Ghosts bring their own welcome mat.  From The Link, 1948.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #welcome mat
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Yesterday — July 16, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)
It's now politically incorrect to call foreign languages "strange tongues."  We once studied strange tongues but didn't keep in practice (we weren't friends with enough strangers), so now we're better at reading strangely than speaking strangely.  From North Central's 1986 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #smiling man #strange tongues #foreign languages #political correctness
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

We can get through this if we:

  • don't pass out
  • stay in the moment
  • tough out the next few days
  • tell ourselves we can
  • stay here and focus
  • don't panic
  • take risks
  • trust each other enough
  • do it together
  • talk to each other
  • keep our minds clear
  • put up a united front
  • follow simple precautions
  • rely on the Lord
  • vote on an amendment
  • keep it light
  • hold onto our patience
  • stand up for one another
  • can forgive
  • are determined to grow
  • don't start screaming

[tidbits gleaned from our research]

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#survival #getting through
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #greek #philosopher
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1847.
[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 #death #king #clock #hooded figure
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From A Nonsense Anthology, collected by Carolyn Wells:

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"On a topographical map of Literature Nonsense would be represented by a small and sparsely settled country, neglected by the average tourist, but affording keen delight to the few enlightened travellers who sojourn within its borders."

***

De Quincey said, "None but a man of extraordinary talent can write first-rate nonsense."

***

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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Why not make this a world of friends?"  From The Philosophy of Elbert Hubbard, 1916.
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#friendship #change the world
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The foreshortened perspective suggests that the silhouetted figure is walking toward a portal. From West Chester's 1980 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
"Computer has answers but needs questions" -- a headline from Stoutonia, 1968.
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#computer #vintage headline #questions #answers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #art #animal headed #boat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In 17th century Chinese lore, spitting at a ghost is said to make it disappear.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #art #spitting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #seagull
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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 #giant #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[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 #boxing kangaroo #kangaroo #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angel #art #biblical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pearson's, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 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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#vintage illustration #merman #art #king neptune
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #big gun #big knife #armed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I never answer the door because of the horrors that could lurk there" —John Darling, Woman in Black.  Our illustration is 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #death #doom #spirit #art #giants
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the Evansville yearbook of 1978.
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#rain #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #streetlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
[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 #horned #tribal art
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July 15, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
"It is hard to say how one gets through the day, but one does" (Diary of Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett, 1894).
Plus, this is a precursor to the astonishing Danish band Heilung.
From Memphis State's 1972 yearbook.
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#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #heilung
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"I remember a pill that had as side effects — if you took an overdose — convulsions, coma, amd then death.  And in the literature, right after it told about the convulsions, coma and death, it said, May Be Habit Forming.  Which always struck me as an anticlimax. ... It's a strange world ... very strange." —Philip K. Dick, A Maze of Death
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#big pharma #medicine #philip k. dick #prescription drugs
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Precursors (permalink)

Somewhere in vintage Twin Peaks or the Lumberton of David Lynch's Blue Velvet?  Of course, the exterior scenes of Lumberton were filmed in Wilmington, and this is from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1978 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #Twin Peaks #lumberton #blue velvet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life, 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 #moon #telescope #earthrise #astronomer
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The grand tradition of glowing trees in old yearbooks.  From Swarthmore's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1875.
[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 #pig #crying animal #crying pig #sad pig
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
How pink is your Jolly Roger?  From East Carolina's 1934 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook #pirate #jolly roger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You don't have to have a cat to experience this, but sometimes it helps.  From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
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#vintage illustration #ghost #cat #cat's eyes #cat ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This portal is hidden within Tulane's 1986 yearbook.

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#portal #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Folklore reveals mythical methods to capture a lover": a headline from Soutiana, 1977.
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#folklore #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, prefer a castle in the background when you strike a pose.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #castle #art #strike a pose #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svobodnyi Smekh, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #sphere #art #crystal ball #reflection #convex #mirrored
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Let this be a caution to those with "outdoor kitties."  From Deviatya Val, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #skull #cat #art #bloody #outdoor cat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's Blue and Gold yearbook, 1885.

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#vintage illustration #cat #art #banjo #musical animal #musical cat
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #weightless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #iceberg #musician #dancing animals #seals #dancing seal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #horror #vermin #giant mouse #giant rat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #cauldron #hell #art #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #scythe
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #cow #art #halo #painter #mushrooms #red paint
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July 14, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #seaside #tree #painting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life Magazine (1911).
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#vintage illustration #grindstone
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Will history repeat?  How to put this delicately?  Before a newspaper could answer any questions, it would first have to take its head out of its classifieds.  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.
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#vintage headline #history repeating
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
"Laughed till he couldn't laugh no more."  From Cosmopolitan (1898).
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#vintage illustration #art #laughter
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Wake Forest yearbook of 1968.
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#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #fog #streetlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #art #chicken #chicken costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of a well-dressed person looking "like a million bucks."  It traces back to when money itself used to be more presentable.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism #art
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dream #rooster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #mountain climber #mountain spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol #duelist #bottle gun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #art #dog headed #tables turned #dog man #ricksha
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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)
"That obliterated feeling."  From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #left out #obliterated #x'd out #three's a crowd #tfw #rejected
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #art #sausage
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #prayer #harp #singing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #priestess #art #deity #god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human faced #man fox
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #postage stamp
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern's 1906 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #fraternities
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #heart
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July 13, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This line is a Googlewhack: "Yesterday the world was singing; hell was miles away."  From American University's 1969 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #monkey #bottle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage yearbook #in memoriam
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life Magazine (1914).

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#vintage illustration #furniture #flat #human furniture
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "What's so great about a pyramid?" —the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.
A: "The secret that makes pyramids special is a thing called 'life force energy' that surrounds all living things. Believe it or not, it is also found in the geometric shape of pyramids." —Lee Cusano
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#pyramid #vintage headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the Lycoming yearbook of 1974.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Even the paintings don't like the cat music.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.  If you, too, would like to make others run away screaming, see How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #art #haunted painting #cat musician #musical animal #talented animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1908.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #goat legged #bureaucracy #paperwork #bills
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #cloven hoof #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #owl #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 #piano #sleeping #queen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying house
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #wizard #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.

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#vintage illustration #death #art #drummer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #angel #black cat #art #cats #violin #rooftop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Portrait photographers rely on the "Smile for the Camera" angel.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #smile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #heart #flaming heart
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard the slogan, "Say it with flowers."  But did you know that with every flower you pick, you're forming a word?  How many flowers have died for unconsidered blathering?  From the High Point yearbook of 1971.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #flowers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #corkscrew #mountain spirit #drilling #mining
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July 12, 2019

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Reblog if you ever pretended to read a Spanish-English dictionary, just to shield yourself for a few moments.  From Susquehanna's 1979 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dictionary
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What has he done?  I cannot say.  We'll find out to-morrow, and beat him today."  A century later, this isn't a nonsense rhyme but the way our "justice" system works.  From Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Claud Lovat Fraser, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #guilty until proven innocent
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bear #pole vaulting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Wouldn't have posted this save for the fact that we've stayed at that very castle.  This guy out front is known as "the Harbinger."  He says things like, "The ancient ones see everything."  From Special Activities for Very Special Children, 1972.
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#vintage illustration #beard #castle #harbinger
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
If they'd told me "What to expect from the call" earlier, I woudln't have let the answering machine take it.  From the Clarion Call newspaper, 1970.
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#vintage headline #what to expect
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Lycoming yearbook of 1974.

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #vintage yearbook #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #serpent #art #snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1908.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vampir, 1906.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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#vintage illustration #knight #art #wedding #armor #personal protection
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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 #giant #hell #art #dante
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Passing of Men."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #cannon #war dead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #outer space #art #in the clouds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #hand #armor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #nature spirit #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #egypt #art #weightless #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #hybrid #human headed #bird woman
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Boston State College yearbook of 1971.
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#vintage photo #boston #perspective #street
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #cross dressing #travestism
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Weekend at Thrackley, by Alan Melville:

***

"It's this here government with their tariffs and their duties and their whatnots."

"Mr. Henderson thought for a moment of asking for further particulars of a government's whatnots."

***

"And that horse you gave me for the three o'clock yesterday was last by a quarter of a furlong.[...] Thank heaven I don't know how long a furlong is--that's some consolation."

***

The usual collection of bedside books (the New Testament, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and an annotated autobiography of Archimedes) were conspicuous by their absence.

***

Lady Stone perspired freely, a thing she had not done since the Henley Regatta of 1897.

***

"Somewhere on each piece of my jewellery, there is a monogram...a little R...so very little, perhaps only I could see it."

"Old man Carson seems to have all the equipment for putting little Rs on your knick-knacks," said Freddie Usher.

Raoul smiled at him as though Mr. Usher were a particularly distressing painting which she had been asked by the painter to admire.

[...]

"Well?" said Lady Stone, somewhat irritated at being sidetracked by this dancer person and her little Rs.

***

Lady Stone stared at Mr. Usher as though Hamlet's ghost had suddenly appeared in front of her in bright mauve pyjamas.

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July 11, 2019

Always Remember (permalink)
Always remember that accepting a gift binds you to the giver.  From Wake Forest's 1967 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#shadow people #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dark figure #rose
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Dolores Moran's contract stipulated that she would never display 3:45 or 9:15.  As Paris Hilton discovered, there's no turning back times one later regrets.  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
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#vintage photo #clock #midnight #1940s #dolores moran
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Here's the patron saint of juiced lemons, from York's 1992 yearbook.  In the figure's right hand is a lemon juicer, and the left hand holds a lemon (not visible).
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage yearbook #statue #lemon juicer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Of two minds."  From Hilltop News, 1957.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #janus #two headed #two minds #soda
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This papier-mâché figure waits within the Lycoming yearbook of 1974.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage photo #papier-mache #newspaper figure #paper doll
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gray Wolf Stories by Bernard Sexton, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #native american
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Payats, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #demon #mask #cherub #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #locomotion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cat #art #guitar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #audience #movie
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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 Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #hybrid #human headed #bird man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #cat #art #card reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #cow #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #two outfits #split down the middle #two looks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #underwater #art #cigar #smoker #diving helmet #breathing apparatus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This ghost walking through a door appears in Fitchburg's 1987 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Why they won't message back: "Perhaps they do not know we are here."  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #animals #spring #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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July 10, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Silhouette, 1830.
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#vintage illustration #spooky #faces in things #flying horse #cape
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A giant orb of light by a snowy tree.  To demystify it, as Scott Neustadter has said, would merely disappoint those of us who love not knowing.  From West Virginia Wesleyan's yearbook of 1965.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #orb #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Otus and Ephialtes holding Mars captive, from The Iliad of Homer.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #giant #art #mars #in chains
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to restore time. From Nebelspalter, 1885.

Broken and restored clock From Nebelspalter, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #art #time #clock #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sweetly" is attacked by "Rudely" and "Fiercely."  Reblog if you've been there.  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #fierce #sweet #rude #attacked
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #hippo
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Fear of marriage or commitment is gamophobia.  From High Point's Atelier yearbook (1916).  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #vintage yearbook #wedlock #gamophobia #fear of marriage #heterophobia
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's someone who never learned How to Believe in Your Elf.  From Passazhir, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #jester #tiny man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Pandora yearbook of the University of Georgia, 1888.

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

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #mythology #art #yearbook #pandora's box #Pandora
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #long tongue
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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 Fliegende Blätter, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #lion #caged animal #lion cage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Tennis rackets for canoeing and skiing.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #tennis #canoe #skiing #tennis racket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Swimwear for dogs.  From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #dogs #swimsuit #swimwear
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"It's probaby the man from upstairs.  He borrows things.  Weird things.  Like two-fifths of an onion."
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#onion #philip k. dick
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
If you've ever wondered where the music is coming from, check the flowers on your table.  From Taylor's 1980 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tiny person #violin #flowers #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #duck
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The Right Word (permalink)
“Perhaps it is time we stopped pretending that medical-sounding labels contribute anything to our understanding of the complex causes of human distress or of what kind of help we need when distressed.” —Professor John Read, qtd. in "Study: Psychiatric Diagnoses Are ‘Scientifically Meaningless’ In Treating Mental Health"
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#mental illness #big science #psychiatry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The moon undresses as she wanes.  From Le Charivari, 1843.
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#vintage illustration #sun #anthropomorphism
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July 9, 2019

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

The only way to survive is to:

  • write and read big fat books
  • make fun of yourself
  • pretend you're not there
  • embrace the madness
  • run forward as fast as you can go
  • be merciless
  • work until the wee hours of the morning
  • set yourself in perpetual opposition to the system
  • gird your heart
  • fight back
  • become strong
  • prevent
  • join the side that's winning
  • live underground and eat worms
  • muster the aid of magic
  • laugh
  • hunker down
  • become more efficient
  • be one step ahead
  • keep moving
  • stay resilient in your suffering
  • be totally self-seeking
  • stick together
  • climb out of the ring
  • have a protest strategy from day one
  • remove the brain implant
  • actually be optimistic and make the best of everything
  • stay connected

[Snippets collected through the course of our research.]

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#survival
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Butler's 1978 yearbook.

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#mad scientist #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tiny man #specimen bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #bird #cockatoo #alcohol #bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Viking's Skull by John Carling, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #art #coffin #grave robber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #celestial #astrologer #star kite #catch a star
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #spirits #art #knives #murderous
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I think of Noah as I write, and I wish that he were here."  From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #writer #noah
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lumber #art #faces in things #log
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #art #pipe smoker #tiny man #windmill #human flower #man flower #tulip
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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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, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fitchburg's 1925 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Speaking Likenesses by Christina Rossetti and illustrated by Arthur Hughes, 1874.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Great news -- "Something wonderful happened."  From The Link, 1964.
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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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An intelligent being from a planet with humor but not water might conclude from earthling humor that there is something uniquely funny about that substance.

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Old comics would be even more cluttered with tin cans if comic-strip goats didn’t keep their numbers down.

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In Disney's "Trombone Trouble" (1944), Donald Duck's neighbor Pegleg Pete makes so much noise with his trombone that it annoys not only Donald, whom everything annoys, but the gods themselves: Jupiter and Vulcan give Donald magic powers so he can silence Pete.

***

In "You're Darn Tootin'" (1928), Laurel and Hardy are cast as bumbling musicians--players of a clarinet and a French horn, respectively. Though the movie... leaves no doubt as to who plays what instrument, the original 1928 movie poster shows Hardy playing the clarinet and Laurel playing a /tuba/: either the illustrator couldn't be bothered to watch the twenty-minute film, or else he reasoned--correctly--that a tuba is funnier than a French horn, even in a silent movie, or on a silent poster.

[Miller neglects to mention the comedic wisdom of *transferring* the clarinet to Hardy so that the hefty guy has the weedy instrument and the scrawny guy the big fat brass.]

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One reason armchair quarterbacks are funny is that armchairs are funny. Even ones that don't recline. Sitting itself is a little funny.

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[From the afterword]

Bicycles: Never hilarious, or not since the day of the velocipedes. But always slightly funny, even now.

[...]

Elopement: Funny only if a ladder is involved.

[...]

Gravy: One of the funniest substances omitted from this book.

[...]

Incompletion: As no less an expert than W. C. Fields once observed, "The funniest thing a comedian can do is not do it."

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[Quoting S. J. Perelman] “Who was that confounded idiot?” she spurted, her magnificent bosom heaving in accordance with the laws governing the upheaval of magnificent bosoms.

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[Quoting Georg C. Lichtenberg:] "There are people who think that everything one does with a straight face is sensible."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Modes of dressing the hair practised by the inhabitants of New Guinea."  From The Peoples of the World by Robert Brown (1890).
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July 8, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Finally, some news we can believe!
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#weird headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Kitchen implements as accessories.  From Cine-Mundial, 1939.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #honor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Silhouette, 1830.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From West Chester's "Serpentine" yearbook of 1980.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#occult #animal mask #voodoo #animal headed #vintage yearbook #ram
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've hallucinated anthropomprohic lobsters after drinking from a funnel. From Nebelspalter, 1888.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1972.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #caricature #cartooning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There was a man asleep in her bed!  The sight produced in her the most terrible moment of her life."  An illustration by Reginald Birch.  From Current Opinion, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Prophetic Lights by Ellet Joseph Waggoner, 1888.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1921.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #finis #winged horse
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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, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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The Right Word (permalink)
Not only is this a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat, but check out that word "metamorphosiological"!  This is the only instance of that word in print that we've found.
From The Woman That Was a Cat, A Metamorphosiological Sketch in One Act by Eugene Scribe, originally presented in 1827.
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Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)
Which is funnier: Hamlet or The Tempest?

Clue: This is according to Lord Dunsany, in If Shakespeare Lived To-day.

Answer: Tempest. (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Drama Magazine, 1923.
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July 7, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
What, me worry?  A precursor to Aldred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine.
"Caricatura de Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro (1846-1905)," via Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #alfred e. neuman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Woot from The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ric et Rac, 1930.
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
This photograph may trigger an altered state of consciousness. From the Appalachian yearbook of 1978.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Strength and Health."  From The Strand (1907).

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Otboi, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #architecture #china
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Un Autre Monde by Grandville.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #art #shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #art #little prince #little king
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point College 1962 yearbook.  Experience it yourself: How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cat people
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
The answer to this rhetorical question is, of course, "no."  From The Garden of Paradise by Edward Sheldon, 1915
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Those canine headphones make the famous dog listening to "his master's voice" from a gramaphone horn seem downright old-fashioned.  From Gems from Judge, 1922.
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July 6, 2019

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Why did the confectioners go to France?
To celebrate pastille day.
(Thanks, Mike!)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Broadway is known for its glitz, glamor, and dazzling lights, but in shadowy alcoves lurk the hermits.  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #serpent #vintage yearbook #snake charmer
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