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Today — August 18, 2019

Strange Dreams (permalink)
Probably the best dream giraffe we've encountered all week.  From Karl's Journey to the Moon by Maja Lindberg, 1920.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #dream #giraffe
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The Right Word (permalink)
We're delighted that our Magic Words: A Dictionary is referenced in Derek Padula's astonishingly thorough exploration of the inherent secrets and "Cultural Origin of Papparapā!" in Dragon Ball Z.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if, at this very moment, you might be reclining under a castle with the whole world in your lap.  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 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, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #gas mask #diving helmet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Guy, Earl of Warwick, illustrated by Frederick Tayler for The Old Story Books of England.
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#vintage illustration #old england #knight #armor #sir guy #earl of warwick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Bookworms don't necessarily make holes in pages by eating them.  Sometimes they focus light through a magnifying glass and burn holes.  From Science Fiction Quarterly, 1956.
Thank you to Ant-Soul who commented, "This is the best thing I’ve seen."
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #bookworm
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Lambuth's 1972 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #plaster cast
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"But I've got to be home by 7:30!"  From Harper's (1901).
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#vintage illustration #early night
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate either astral journeys or time travel.  From Illinois Benedictine College's 1980 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #trees #perspective #pathway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Trier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#faces in things #mice #vacuum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmopolitan (1919).
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #blindfold #art #smell test
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Michiganensian yearbook, 1911.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #blindfold #art #fraternity #yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Say it with flowers.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #say it with flowers #flower face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A glove with a parasol.  From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #umbrella #art #glove #glove costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #ornate frame #art #owls #ornate border
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Mirror's magic reflects moods, many meanings."  Of course this is continued from page 2, because a mirror has two faces.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1961.
See our very own haunted mirror in action in our video about a lucid waking experiment gone wrong.
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#vintage headline #mirrors #magic mirror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if it's either "hullo" or "horrors!"  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #exclamation mark #art #frightened #exclamation point #facial expressions
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The octopus is king of the zoo.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook. 

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #octopus #zoo #smiling animal #badger #animal cage #cardinal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Hans Thoma's ‘Der Traum’ (1897), from Kunst und Künstler, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Boston Latin School Register, 1932.
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#vintage illustration
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #giraffe
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Yesterday — August 17, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Tempted by booze and women.  Fairy-winged gay sobriety isn't pictured, but it remains a viable option.  From Hamilton's 1896 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #temptation #vintage yearbook #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Considering the source of this image, we don't think the partridge in the middle is going to make it.  From Letters to Young Shooters by Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bird #hunting #partridge
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Black magic is the theme.  From the Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#occult #black magic #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 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 #anthropomorphism #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #moon #art #faces in things #rocket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #art #horror #strangled
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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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 #under the sea #dogfish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #overflowing #pour it on #make mine a double
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #portal #hell hole #hellfire #art #hell mouth #bright idea
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #frog costume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.

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

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#vintage illustration #devil #art #drummer #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll and illustrated Henry Holiday, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #lewis carroll #hunting of the snark #quills
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Illustration by L. Feininger.  From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #polar bear #white bear #giant bear #sky bear #spirit bear
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Eastern Kentucky State College's 1965 yearbook.
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#reading #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #stuffed animal #plush
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 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 #musician
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #cigar #tobacco #sprouting
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #knight #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The importance of a pentagram in conversations, from a magazine for military chaplains.  From The Link, 1962.
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#occult #vintage diagram #pentagram #discussions
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.  For macabre cocktail recipes, see Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton key #skull #cocktail
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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 #buffalo #bison
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August 16, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to The Fly.  From Hamilton's 1896 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human insect #bug man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Patrick Cotter O'Brien."  From The Book of Days by Robert Chambers (1864).

[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
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A reminder from 1934's surveillance society.  From Duke's yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #telephone pole #surveillance society #privacy #wire tapping #they are listening
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to show all four sides of the coin. From Nebelspalter, 1886.

Four-sided coin from Nebelspalter, 1886
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#vintage illustration #blindfold #money #art #hear no evil #see no evil #coin #gif #gag #speak no evil
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"And thinking back about times gone by … the beginning and the end seem only small projections in time."  This photograph may be used to faciliate time travel.  From Taylor's 1973 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #night photography #black and white photography #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fables and Fairy Tales by Henry Morley and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett, 1860.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[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 #elf #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #bird #quill pen #ink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A questionable ace of diamonds.  From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #playing card #ace of diamonds #vintage playing card
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Profs and parents scared of exams too" -- fake news from Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#fear #vintage headline #fake news #test anxiety
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #poodle #dog armor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cats transport a sick lamb.  From Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats, Written Principally By a Lady of Ninety, 1923.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society #hooded figures
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #death #fairy tale #seven dwarfs #snow white #glass coffin
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Murder as a Fine Art, by Carol Carnac:

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The Minister's room was hung with works by obscure contemporary painters....The typists called them "the Minister's funnies."

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"Edwin Pompfret....He spells his name with a p in the middle."

[And, we learn, Pompfret is indeed highly pomp-ous, a point the author takes pains to belabor.]

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"If Puddletown-in-the-Pool wanted an exhibition of modern art, they could still have it."

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"I'm only an average size in fools, not an outsize."

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"There's such a thing as 'getting religion.' I maintain there's a similar variation from the norm when a man 'gets art.'"

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Blackwell's "unk" (a term he had recently picked up which denoted his subconscious)....

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"And he'd got a thing about his marble namesake, you know."

"I don't care if he'd got twenty things," said Michael.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This crystal ball is seemingly predicting several possible ethnic identites for this graduate.  From Centenary's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #crystal ball #vintage yearbook #ethnicities
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #high kick #dancing
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Two spirit doubles but no body.  It's his official yearbook portrait, from Emerson's 1985 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #multiple exposure #spirit double #out of body #spirit body
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We wish this for you, too: "Then there was dancing and lemonade."  From The Wonderful Land of Up by Olive Roberts Barton and illustrated by Neely McCoy, 1918.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

She's apparently recycling her empty Stroh's beer cans into her library's book return slot.  And it's her official yearbook portrait.  From Queens College's 1973 yearbook.

Are books actually the same as beer?  Consider: "Pouring knowledge into yourself from the books like beer into a big mug until you were saturated, brimming" (Engineering and Science magazine, 1950), and "Books, like beer, have gone up in price but down in quality" (The American Oxonian, 1968).

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #beer can #book return
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We never have finished this one: The Fairy Tale That Never Ends by Louie Stacey and illustrated by Helen W. Young, 1906.
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August 15, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Is that a precursor to Spongebob?  From Wesleyan College's 1967 yearbook.

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

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#witch #halloween #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #1960s #witch costume
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Precursors (permalink)
The so-called "news" that technology changes us was actually fresh back in 1889.  In this panel, the length of a man's legs adapts to the height of his pennyfarthing, and another man's ears have grown bigger due to his use of the telephone.  From Le Charivari, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #big ears #technology #pennyfarthing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
She's saying, "If you don't think it's real, why don't you get up and touch it?"  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #hallucination #elephant in the room
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"There are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.  Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers that there is in it after all, a place for the genuine." —Marianne Moore
From Salem's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #marianne moore #beyond all this fiddle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

Runic inscription north of Karlberg castle.  The rock with the runes was blasted away in the middle of the 19th century when the railway was constructed in the area.  The inscription says: "Sigfast and Ärnfast they cut (the runes) in memory of themselves."  Woodcut from the 17th century by Johan Hadorph and Johan Leitz.  Courtesy of Swedish National Heritage.Runic inscription 

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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
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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 #sea monster #shipwreck #octopus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Sifflet, 1899.
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1935 yearbook.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Florida not alone."  From Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#florida #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Flying reindeer 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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #reindeer #flying animal #flying reindeer
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wofford College yearbook, 1904.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #rooster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.  It's a similar process to that explained in How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #people who look like animals #dog person #dog woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art #cold day in hell #mittens
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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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#vintage illustration #art #sailing #sailboat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
He's still waiting for you to give his book back.  From Centenary's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #ex libris #vintage man #bookplate
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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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#mask #unicorn #free music #vintage photo #severed head #vintage yearbook #costume #decapitated #devil mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The what and whyfor of these highly occult abominations are explained very thoroughly in How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook
From Susquehanna's 1901 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #goat man #harpy #hybrid #human headed #cat people #bird people #abomination
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #floating house #house boat #castle boat #floating castle
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August 14, 2019

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Twenty of their faces are more than partially obscured.  Our guess is that it took so long to set up the shot that nobody even cared at that point.  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1920s #vintage women #group portrait
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You're not just another number."  From The Spooktator, Oct. 24, 1997.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We saw a sign at the zoo: "Gorillas are not always visible."  It's true -- it's the invisible gorillas you have to watch out for.  Similarly, the nearest bear may be above you, as in this from Le Charivari, 1848.
[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 #bear
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you may and may not desire and control.  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)
"I thought I got rid of that drip.  Be leery of leaks."  Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.
[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 ad #art #plumbing #water bill #drip #leaky faucet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"In this fashion Professor Higginson began an odyssey."  From The Green Overcoat by Hilaire Belloc, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #chair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"If stylish for a horse, why not for a man?"  From Life Magazine (1909).
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#vintage illustration #tables turned
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A mysterious disguise from Washington & Lee's 1966 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage man #hand gesture #hand sign
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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 #practical joke #art #chair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant frog #frog king
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "musical chairs."  From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #musical chairs
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #tables turned
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #constellation #horse #art #night sky #starry night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #spiritualism #seance
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's one of the living dead graduates in Saint Leo's 1972 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #living dead #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The chauffeur held the door open invitingly, but I hesitated."  Indeed, it's a good rule of thumb not to thumb rides from strange chauffeurs.  From The Leatherneck, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage automobile #chauffeur #don't talk to strangers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying pig #pig
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Moonlight.  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage ad #moon #man in the moon #starry night #moonlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #skull face #art #sword #sword of damocles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #spirits #ghosts #art
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August 13, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the song "Mind is a Mountain" by The Get Ahead.
Meanwhile, "The freight train in my head morphed into the clanging of alarm bells" (Bernard Beitman, Connecting with Coincidence).
Illustration from Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #locomotive #mind is a mountain #mountain brain #mountain head
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You already noticed that five of their heads are remarkably too small, and more than those have been pasted onto other bodies.  What's also peculiar is that only one runner, L. E. McKibben, was unable to be present when the photo was taken.  From Oberlain's 1923 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #weird photo #weird yearbook #tiny head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Spooktator, Oct. 24, 1997.
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#vintage illustration #full moon #bats #night #hallowe'en
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #sun #mountaintop #nature
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
"There are ships that come in and ships that go out with colors flying gay, but best of all is friend ship for it never goes away."  From Colorado College's 1933 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ship #vintage yearbook #boat #friendship
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Florida is colder than Alaska.  From Florida Flambeau, 1959.
See also a book called Winter is the Warmest Season.
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#alaska #florida #vintage headline #cold weather
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Migraine demons.  From Nebelspalter, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art #headache #migraine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
No one spoke as the lanterns floated into the sky.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #levitation #lantern #weightless #night #not talking #garden party
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #imp #spirit #drinking #art #alcohol #drunk #hallucination
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's Blue and Gold yearbook, 1885.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #skeleton #dance of death #art #coffin #yearbook #crypt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The angel of moneybags.  Is reblogging his image a prayer for affluence?  From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #comet #celestial #stars #cosmic woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your purse or briefcase is also a house.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Always dress like you're going somewhere better later (a tip we learned from our dearly departed magic teacher, Eugene Burger).  From Salem's 1989 yearbook.
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#devil #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Solar Eclipse 1970 Bulletin F (Final Bulletin).
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I died."  From Greenboro's 1995 yearbook.

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#death #vintage photo #living dead #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

Bill Nye snippets:

***

I leave those to gloat who are in the gloat business.

***

I had a large brown flower-pot once that originally held the germ of a calla lily. This lily emerged from the soil with the light of immortality in its eye. It got up to where we began to be attached to it, and then it died. Then we put a plant in its place which was given us by a friend. I do not remember now what this plant was called, but I know it was sent to us wrapped up in a piece of moist brown paper, and half an hour later a dray drove up to the house with the name of the plant itself. In the summer it required very little care, and in the winter I would cover the little thing up with its name, and it would be safe till spring. One evening we had a free-for-all musicale at my house, and a corpulent friend of mine tried to climb it, and it died. (Tried to climb the plant, not the musicale.)

***

The comet is a kind of astronomical parody on the planet.

[...]

Astronomers say that the tails of all comets are turned from the sun. I do not know why they do this, whether it is etiquette among them or just a mere habit.

***

Even bonnets seem to be less grotesque this season than heretofore, although the high, startled bonnet, the bonnet that may be characterized as the excelsior bonnet, is still retained by some, though how it is retained has always been a mystery to me.

[...]

Straw hats will be chased down the streets this spring by the same gentlemen who chased them last spring, and in some instances the same hats will be used. Shade trees will be worn a little lower this summer, and will therefore succeed in wiping off a larger crop of plug hats, it is hoped.

***

BONUS: In a book co-authored with Nye, James Whitcomb Riley speaks in a poem of "the stars like printed asterisks—."

Also: Though I reproduce no examples here, Nye seems to rely on "Etruscan" as a funny word.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
To discover your own royal and horned ancestry, see Heirs to the Queen of Hearts: Tracing Magical Genealogy.
Our illustration is from Mylius’ Anatomia Auri, 1628.
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#vintage illustration #king #crown #tree #queen #royalty #family tree
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August 12, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a precursor to The King of Nothing (of which nothing is known but that he is king).  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #nothing #smiling man #ticklish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They still make these for cats, and we have one (though tiny people are not included).  From Nebelspalter, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a map of the fictional town of Tutter, Illinois (inspired by the author's childhood in Utica).  From the endpapers of Jerry Todd, Editor-In-Grief by Leo Edwards, 1930.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"The better land.  Is it where the flower of the orange blows, or the fire-flies dance through the myrtle boughs?  Not there, not there, my child!"
[I must say, however, that where the flower of the orange blows is most certainly good.]
An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
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#vintage postcard #better land
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter... the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever." —Fritz Leiber (via 1five1two)
More glowing trees, part of the eerie forest that spreads through all vintage yearbooks.  From Berea's 1958 yearbook.
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#forest #vintage yearbook #night photography #fog #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tatler, April 1921.
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#vintage illustration #parrot #bird costume #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Adopt a more 'give and take' attitude."  From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Silhouette, 1830.
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#vintage illustration #monk #lantern #hooded
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"But occasionally we must be alone."  From Muhlenberg's 1965 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #solitude #alone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vampir, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #alligator #art #flying alligator
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puli, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #snail chariot #slow going
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #angel #owl #art #candles
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
To learn how to use a printed owl like this magical purposes, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.  From The Cornhusker Yearbook of the University of Nebraska, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #owl #occult #college yearbook #animal familiar #art #esoteric #quill pen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #duck #mind blowing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #tiny house
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #giant #spirit #art #long beard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #father time #baby new year
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #twisted
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Eastern Kentucky State College's 1965 yearbook.

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#devil #occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #satanism
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August 11, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Adjusted for inflation, Tammy would now cost $57.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1973 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #wig #mannequin #inflation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The big bad wolf would tax Red Riding Hood's harvest profits.  Surely you didn't think it was a morality tale about never talking to strangers.  From Nebelspalter, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #fable #big bad wolf #little red riding hood
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The cat changed into a woman."  The principle is the reverse of How to Be Your Own Cat.
From Supernatural Cats, edited by Claire Necker, 1972.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Often the victim of terrible nightmares.  From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #vintage ad #death #skeleton #horror
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Each upslope is clear, but the paths are slippery.  Too familiar.  From Worcester Polytechnic's 1962 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #watch your step #icy
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Tale as old as time: "Let's face it -- the weather just isn't what it's supposed to be."  From Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#weather #vintage headline #climate change
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #armor #stove #keeping warm #body heat
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Cloud City from Star Wars.  From the High Point College yearbook of 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #futuristic #cloud city #city in the sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The world has always been dangerous; all the triumphs of civilization have been snatched from disaster, and optimism has always had its heroic as well as its foolish side." —Lyman Bryson, The Drive Toward Reason
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #war #cavemen #hermit #dangerous
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #demon #dragon #art #apocalypse #biblical #beast
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #hat #flower pot #unusual hat #flower hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #potato #tiny men #tables turned
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #angel #crocodile #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #flower #tiny man #flower pot #giant flower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #roses
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Glad we avoided night classes back in college.  "Wait until dark."  From Salem's 1974 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Censorship.  From Le Charivari, 1850.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #automaton #oz #tin man
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August 10, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to trendy "craft beers" -- it's "art wine."  From Nebelspalter, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #keg #wine #art wine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One of the many tools we use to create our posts.  From New Worlds magazine, 1954.
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#vintage illustration #halo #vintage science fiction
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Reblog if a telescoping umbrella would help with your tall hair or hat.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #vintage fashion #hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You know those signs that warn against dumping garbage lest it encourage bears? … well, they're right.  From Nebelspalter, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #bear #sweeping #broom
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Jonathan Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table (1997), from The Owl in The Attic and Other Perplexities by James Thurber, 1931.  (Via YesterdaysPrint.)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the North Texas yearbook of 1917.

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#vintage illustration #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Egbert van Heemskerk the Younger.

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#anthropomorphism #animals #doctor #tables turned #surgery
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ric et Rac, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #egypt #makeup
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Forlorn dog strangely attracted to squirrels -- on wheels."  From the Florida Flambeau, 1959.

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#dog #squirrel #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Organized according to a Tarot spread -- Lycoming's 1978 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #tarot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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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 Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Everybody's Magazine (1908).

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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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 Die Muskete, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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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, 1901.
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August 9, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, were taught by a large carnivore.  From The Spooktator, Oct. 24, 1997.  (Our restoration, as per usual.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
To this day, there's never been a more accurate measure of cuckoldry.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A winged centaur from Nebelspalter, 1908.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Not sure how pleased they are with it, but "They built a volcano."  From Pembroke's 1962 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Freehand emoticons of the 1950s, by Milt Hammer.  From The Link, 1953.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Affair of the Thirty-Nine Cufflinks, by James Anderson:

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Among the projects they came up with were tortoise farming in North Wales, a speech training school for parrots and a company producing reconditioned pencils from the glued-together stubs of old ones.

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"It's not as though anybody could have mistaken it for something else, even in the dark. A tube of toothpaste doesn't feel like anything except a tube of toothpaste."

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[Bonus: A jolly old woman who directs her solicitor to have her heirs sing "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" at the reading of her will--and who subsequently indulges in some more "Coming 'Round the Mountain" business as a ghost!]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

"Ye fright the nightly wand’rer’s way / Wi’ eldritch croon."  By Thomas Landseer, from Tam o’Shanter and Souter Jonny, a Poem, by Robert Burns, London, 1830.

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Do not be drawn into the belfry if you use this photograph to facilitate astral travel.  From Salve Regina's 1981 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Silhouette, 1830.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"This is for people who write, draw, take pictures, are funny, or just plain interesting."  From the Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
On yonder hill, a green figure stands twice as tall as the trees. We zoomed in on it for your convenience.  From West Chester's 1980 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's the opposite of a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -- a soft, mattressy roof.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Night-blooming candles.  From The Judge, 1901.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1908.
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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, 1903.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
1546422531.611.4565_sourceFrom the Rhode Island State College yearbook, 1912.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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August 8, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Saint Mary's 1937 yearbook.
Sea nymphs feature in part two of this series.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Her eye is a planchette!  From The Spooktator, Oct. 24, 1997.  (Our restoration, as per usual.)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lees-McRae's 1971 yearbook.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1843.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's a feeling.  By Hannes Bok, 1937.

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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We can now confirm that the following is very literally true:
"The writer of a dictionary rises every morning like the sun to move past some little star in his zodiac; a new letter is to him a new year's festival, the conclusion of the old one a harvest-home; and, since after each capital letter the whole alphabet follows successively, the author on his paper may perhaps frequently celebrate on one and the same day a Sunday, a Lady-day, and a Crispin's holiday." —Jean Paul Richter, Levana
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The parts of a human being."  From Egyptian Magic by S. S. D. D., 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1932 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook #comedy and tragedy