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Today — September 21, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not merely an optical illusion -- even atheists might find Jesus in this splatter of ink.  From Mount Olive's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#religion #vintage illustration #inkblot #vintage yearbook #jesus
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The truth is that …

  • even granite changes over time.
  • if it were easy, everyone would do it.
  • life itself is music.
  • I was never that girl in the hallway.
  • learning to laugh at yourself can help you.
  • there is no "right" age for being who you are.
  • there are so few who know where Burma is.
  • a journey is an extension of the human personality.
  • our body is in many ways like a robot.
  • none of us has reached that exalted position of perfection.
  • mind and matter are complementary to each other.
  • sometimes what is supposed to be observable is lost in our focus on the flame.
  • there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else.
  • your death would be something to fear only if you could survive it.
  • teams often create negative synergy.
  • it is okay for one or a few people to pee in a river, as the river's ecosystem can cope with that amount of pollution quite easily.
  • the horse may be thirsty but not have the will to drink.
  • everyone who trusted Jesus in the first century A.D. died.
  • no one has a clue.
  • love is the greatest thing upon this earth.
  • there never is just one truth.

[Tidbits gathered during the course of our research.]

 

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#truth
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We presume he's playing the Minute Waltz.  From the University of Cincinnati's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #father time #vintage yearbook #clock #violin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #horses #carriage #pulled both ways
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[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 #night sky #starry night #night
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1945 yearbook.
Here's a tidbit about the bottom book pictured here, Forever Amber:
[Author] Winsor denied that her book was particularly daring, and said that she had no interest in explicit scenes. "I wrote only two sexy passages," she remarked, "and my publishers took both of them out. They put in ellipses instead. In those days, you know, you could solve everything with an ellipsis."
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #tiger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (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.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #men's fashion #dandy #men's skirt #umbrella coat #men's dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).
[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 #horse #knight #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The fantasy of animals voluntarily flying into one's mouth continues to baffle us, but here's yet another example.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #animals #carnivore #meat #vegetarian nightmare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've been introduced to a suspicious dog.  From Nebelspalter, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #two headed #conjoined #two heads #double headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #shaving cream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #art #vintage magazine #dead meat
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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 #hunger #elephant #art #animals #giraffe #starvation #out of reach
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #target practice #arrows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #alchemy #faces in things #distiller
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #giant #art #lynx #coeurl #caracal
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This detail of a photograph from a Philadelphia yearbook, 1968, may assist with time travel. 
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#vintage photo #perspective #hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rank Doggerel by J. James Hewson (1892).
[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 #explosion
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Yesterday — September 20, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Autumn's face had no smile. In fact, she had no mouth at all" (Renee Andrews, Healing Autumn's Heart).  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.
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#nature spirit #goddess #vintage yearbook #autumn #cursed
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Something, Defined (permalink)
Here's something translated from the original Italian.  The translation loses something, eh?  From Understanding (of Language) Are Not Enough by Volodymyr Bilyk.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's little known that every jester's marotte comes with a sword, likely because the sets invariably get separated over time.  From Tulane's 1905 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #jester #sword #vintage yearbook #marotte
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
This book ends happy that it won't have to be weighed for postage, wondering how many stamps it would demand.  By our calculation, the book would weigh 1.1 pounds.  For a flat rate box with 2-day shipping, the book would require 37 first class stamps.
From I Forgot by Mrs. Frederick Field, 1888.
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#postage
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
As a rule, it's best not to let the Sphinx get in the middle of an argument.  From Rhode Island State's 1907 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sphinx #vintage yearbook #debating
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before the advent of electronic messaging, people got a lot of mail, with bonus nifty postage stamps one could collect and trade.  From Le Charivari, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mail
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Corpse in the Constable's Garden, by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole:

***

"Crikey!" he said; and, feeling the comment inadequate, added, "My aunt!"

***

"I shall stay at Coward's Hotel in Craven Street." [This is not some kind of metaphor: it is presented in a matter-of-fact way as a literal hotel (though I'm sure the authors' intention here was humorous).]

***

"Don't pretend to be a fool, Hubert," said his wife. "You know you said you liked Proust."

"I said I liked him in moderation," said the Colonel. "The trouble was, there wasn't any moderation."

***

"Praise the pigs there are two of them, anyhow." ["Praise the pigs" as a way of saying "thank goodness" was a new one on me! And, indeed, a quick look at Google Books suggests that this character may have been the only person ever to say it.]

***

"He told me Barrington was a great authority on something or other, I've forgotten what."

[If I'm not mistaken, this is the second novel by the Coles in which I've encountered a character who is a "great authority on something or other," or words close to that. (:v>]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[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 #ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We actually don't mind diluted water, having developed a taste for it on skid row.  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #water #drinking fountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #winter #bear #costume #bear costume #keeping warm
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
These deliberate distortions (obviously ghosts) appear in Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#ghost #vintage yearbook #distortion #warped
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you prefer to encounter animal-faced door knockers when you go a-callin'.  An illustration by Richard Doyle.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 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 #fairy tale #art #door knocker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #severed head #cello #musician #music teacher
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The good die young or else outgrow it."  From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #quotation #only the good die young #early death #good die young #truism
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #deforestation #winged horse #factory #fat man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #art #rage #tiptoe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angel #heaven #art #st. peter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #art #saint peter
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September 19, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"You had to face autumn, and beyond autumn, winter" (Maurice Wiggin, The Memoirs of a Maverick, 1968).  From Brevard's 1975 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage yearbook #autumn #autumn leaves #giant leaf #orange leaf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #wedding
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The Right Word (permalink)
It is an outright lie that there are very few one-letter words and that they're rarely misspelled.  For proof, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.  This false quotation is from Word Juggler User's Manual, 1984.
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#one-letter words
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#skeleton #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Medium well done."  From The Leatherneck, 1932.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #divination #occult #fortune teller #art #crystal ball #spirit medium #psychic
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917. 

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #crushed #football
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1888.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #fighting death
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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 #goat man #art #physiognomy #goat #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #hybrid #human headed #irish bull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirits #art #spirit photography
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Anything we say about this photo will constitute slander, and we don't need smiling m*niacs coming after us with axes, gas cans, and a hatred of culture.  From Washington & Lee's 1980 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #destruction #piano #vintage yearbook
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Wondering if this was an accidental skull-face effect, we analyzed the photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app.  Sure enough, she really did have a skull face.  From Queens College's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#skull face #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Trains often run late for funny reasons.  From Nebelspalter, 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 #giant #jester #train #marotte
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 1994.
[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 #dove
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not just wax but light itself drips from candles, a phenomenon rarely captured on film.  From Yeshiva's 1962 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Chronos' wheel of the fortunes of war,  From Nebelspalter, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #father time #war #chronos #wheel of fortune
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
Q: "Do you remember?" -- a chapter in The Land Where the Sunsets Go (Orville Henry Leonard, 1917). 
A: "I Forgot" (Mrs. Frederick Field, 1888).
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#memory #forgotten #forgetfulness #do you remember
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The best epigram we've encountered that begins an old yearbook: "Honestly, we didn't think you'd care."  From Knox College's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #apathy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1954.
[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 #crocodile #alligator #debbil
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September 18, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There are but 2 Google results for "alcohol's footprint."  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1947 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #alcohol #footprints #bottle
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted by this reaction from a logo designer in Massachusetts who snagged our Minimalist Coloring BookYoung Wizard's Hexopedia, and Self-Intuiting Polarity Cards:
"I've only just become aware of your work and I'm both grateful and in awe. I'm especially smitten with the Hexopedia. As someone who conjures things for a living, I feel as though I've stumbled onto a deep well of utility and aesthetics I'll be able to draw and learn from for years to come."sun flare
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#hexopedia
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Annie Dillard's marvelous Teaching a Stone to Talk.  It's the "Voice of a Pebble" in The Voices by Warren Sumner Barlow, 1870.
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#teaching a stone to talk #pebble
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
For many students, the hands-on experience in "lab" is where real and lasting learning is acquired.  From Western Carolina's 1983 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vampire #dracula #wooden stake #stake to the heart
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Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)

Q: Which is funnier: a bra or panties, or a bra and panties?  Hint: this is according to P. G. Wodehouse.

A: Wodehouse thought it was funnier to surprise the audience only once, with bra OR panties, than to surprise them twice, with bra AND panties. From a letter to his theatrical crony Guy Bolton, 1955:

"Don't you think it's the showing of the brassiere earlier that hurts the showing of the--no, it's the other way about. The brassiere falls flat because the audience has seen the other feminine garment, the black one (which does get a big laugh). Why not cut one of them out and get a surprise at end of scene?"

(Thanks to Jonathan Caws-Elwitt for inspiration!)
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#wodehouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 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 #monster #fairy tale #sword #flaming sword
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Karl's Journey to the Moon by Maja Lindberg, 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 #talking bird #soap bubble #astral travel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Robin Goodfellow, illustrated by John Franklin for The Old Story Books of England.
[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 #fairy #old england #sleeping #robin goodfellow
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
One is prompted to envision an eye in the pyramid when an empty triangle is coupled with "Beauty is in the eye / of the beholder."  The triangle, not so subliminally, becomes an eye holder.  From Clarion's 1993 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #triangle #eye in the pyramid #eye in triangle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog only if you have danced before cheese with a face.  From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[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 #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #dancing #cheese
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"The movies aren't drama, they aren't literature—they're pure mathematics." —Christopher Isherwood, Prater Violet*
*Though we like that particular line, Prater Violet is what today we'd call a blog post, not a novel by any definition of that word.  Anything this light, this flimsy, ought at least to be satirical or outright funny.  One might be tempted to say that the book is, at the very least, an inoffensive slice of life, yet in the end it actually does offend.  And that is because of its central lie.  Isherwood portrays himself in the story as a struggling screenwriter, but he hasn't the imagination to conceive of any legitimate role that his character has been hired to do.  In other words, why is he being paid to be a day-and-night companion to an Austrian film director?  Not as a screenwriter (the film's story has already been written; at most, Isherwood serves as a text doctor, but that's hardly a 24-hours-a-day, months-on-end job).  No -- in fact, what is blazing obvious is that Isherwood was assigned not to a writing job but as a spy/minder of the director.  He portrays his character as being an artist, but in fact he's a government spook.  The dishonesty is disgusting.  We love a good, honest spy story -- but this is a spy story that believes its own cover story and expects the reader to be stupid enough to follow along like an idiot dog.
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#isherwood #prater violet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.  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 #gnome #elf #art #little people #magnifying glass
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"Apollo, the great sun-god, was just getting into his golden chariot.  He was very tall and beautiful."  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #solar deity #art #sun god #Apollo #solar chariot
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Women play sexual roles."  A headline from the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#sexism #vintage headline #women #lol #sexual roles
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the University of California, Southern Branch yearbook of 1959.
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#silhouette #gothic #castle #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #autumn #orange sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #wizard of oz #lion #flying monkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales by Mrs. Alfred Gatty, 1869.
[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 #otherworld #fairies #fairy tale
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are an Edgar Allan Poe.  From Eastern Carolina's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #cat #poe #vintage yearbook #edgar allan poe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Green Pipes by Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks, 1929.
[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 #dancing #circle dance #maypole
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September 17, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a way to experience that levitating legless chair, but with no chair at all!
From Millikin's 1930 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #1930s #vintage men #lap sitting
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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 #witch #fairy tale #cauldron #wicked witch
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From the State Teacher's College, Farmville, Virginia's 1940 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #costume #1940s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Great idea -- a living picture frame.  One could affix air plants onto the wood with hot glue.  It could also be a solution for bathroom mirrors, to help soften the shock of one's appearance.  From Le Charivari, 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 #picture frame #living frame
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Rare -- a haloed coin, the patron saint of "a penny saved."  From The Kingdom of Coins by Bradley Gilman, 1894.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #halo #penny
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #vintage fashion #hats #vintage women
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Superintendent Wilson's Holiday [a short story collection], by G. D. H. and M. Cole:

***

Matthew Kingdon, Fellow of St. Philip's College, Oxford, was quite unable to settle down to prepare his paper for the Philosophical Society. 'Do Relations Relate?' was a fascinating subject, and he had promised himself good sport in answering the question, and incidentally discomfiting his great rival, Dr. Mugsley of St. Jude's.

***

All the male Pedders were rather like surprised parrots.

***

[Bonus: A theatre called the Megatherium.]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's bat being serenaded by a dove is from Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[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 #bat #dove #birds #musical animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Autumn days are prologue to pleasures and problems."  From the College of William and Mary's 1966 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #autumn #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They would never dance on anything thicker than a smooth elastic spider's web.  From The Island of the Rainbow by Camilla Crosland, 1866.
[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 #fairies #fairy tale #spider web
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's where the lost rib hides within the zodiac.  From The Word, 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.]
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#occult #vintage diagram #zodiac #esoteric #lost rib
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cupid serves drinks.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #alcohol
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This haunted photo appears in the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1997.  Why are orbs so ghostly?  We explored the answer in the context of this other ghostly photo.
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#vintage illustration #art #snow #winter #night photography #orbs #bench
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Death lets the eagle nibble on his finger bone.  From Svetaet, 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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #giant #art #gnomes #tiny people #specimen bottle #specimen jar #giant fetus #medical horror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #mountain climber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #fruit head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 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 #macabre #death #skull #art
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #good and evil #art #preacher #goat legged
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September 16, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
It's a bizarre and wonderful phenomenon that whenever you see rows of asterisks in a book, they invariably illustrate the text either following or preceding them.  Here's a great example, in which the asterisks are sparkling stars in a cloudy sky, from The Will-o'-the-Wisp by Marie Petersen, 1874.
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#asterisk
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
No matter how empty the room, no matter how desolate one's life, a balloon bouquet can make all the difference.  From the State Teacher's College, Farmville, Virginia's 1940 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1940s #balloon #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A mermaid and a sea horse.  From The Great Sea Horse by Isabel Anderson, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The land of lost balloons.  From The Wonderful Land of Up by Olive Roberts Barton and illustrated by Neely McCoy, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #balloon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook #memento mori
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1935.
[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 #mesmerism #hypnotist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The devil's dentist.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #dentist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's no fun being a century ahead of the times.  From The Master Key by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by F. Y. Cory, 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Amulet with head of the goddess Athor."  From The Word, 1914. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (1888).
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #king #three-legged race
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"Art.  Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life."  Illustration by Eunice Baccich, for Tulane's 1918 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #rainbow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If animals were made of prepared cuts of meat.  From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #meat #vegetarian nightmare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #painter #paint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"While sitting on the floor may be an art with some people, with me it is a punishment."  From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #sitting on the floor #low table
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From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #pianist #rocking piano
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I swear it's not too late."  From the Evansville yearbook of 1970.

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

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#sunrise #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #lake #not too late
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
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#vintage illustration #art #tribal art
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Precursors (permalink)
Dancing the jitterbug, we presume, but this was over 30 years before Cab Calloway's song "Jitterbug."  
From the State Female Normal School, Farmville, Va.'s 1902 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #insects #dancing bugs #bugs #dancing insects #jitterbug
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mayans, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #occult #father time #esoteric #as above so below #pyramid #mystical
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September 15, 2019

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A combination piano and stove, for when the mood of a composition is con fuoco (with fire).  From Le Charivari, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #piano #pianist #musician #stove #cooking
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you are all-too familiar with the imperatives of 'is and seems.'  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)
(Our restoration, as per usual.)  From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #ironwork
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Tale That Never Ends by Louie Stacey and illustrated by Helen W. Young, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A chapter title from The Ghost World by Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #butterfly #phantom
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From West Virginia's 1933 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you read while surrounded by animals.  An illustration by Paul Simmel for Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #reading #art #cats #redhead
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Erskine College's Erskiniana yearbook of 1910.

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#vintage illustration #horse #art #vintage yearbook #literary society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #prometheus #two headed bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svetaet, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #imp #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #money #art #samson #purse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #deity #pollution #smokestack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #egg #wrestling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #optical illusion #art #tree #faces in things #perspective
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #bridge #infrastructure #handsaw
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant fish #overseas mail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mirror, mirror, hanging there, who in all the land's most fair."  From Folk Tales from Grimm by Ethelyn Abbott and illustrated by Dorthy Dulin, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #fairy tale #magic mirror #wicked queen
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September 14, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Even if you can find a lamp this big, in the Ikea age you have to put it together yourself (in a well-lit area, ironically).  From Le Charivari, 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 #lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Some of fake news' unnamed sources.  From Nebelspalter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #fake news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The gate in the sky."  From Adventure magazine, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #aurora #reindeer
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From East Carolina's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #vintage map #pirate #pirate map
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #bird headed #anthropomorphism #animal headed
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"Do you believe in dreams?"  From The Strand (1892).

If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #dreams #vintage men
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A strange interlude from Tulane's 1931 yearbook.  Whether for revenge or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #angel #good and evil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cute detail: the toys in the bottom left corner suggest that the photographer also does children's portraits.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #hunter #photographer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A hat with rat bait!  A chained piglet!  A frog ladder!  A fish tank!  A stork's nest!  Plus, walking the alligator.  From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #alligator #art #vintage fashion #big hat #weird fashion #hat #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Hampton's Magazine (1910).
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#vintage illustration #art #hypnotism #stunt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's knight in armor doing a handstand is courtesy of Le Journal Amusant, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #knight #art #upside down #handstand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #murder #art #biblical #abel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #full moon #art #moonrise
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #whale #eaten alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #angel #giant #art #war and peace #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #thumbing nose #finger nose
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This starscape may be used to facilitate astral travel.  From Southwestern's 1980 yearbook.

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

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#cosmos #stars #orion
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September 13, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Thanks to the delightful 6thsensical for this homage to our new booklet on How to Spot the Loch Ness Monster Every Time:

“The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but it’s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.”

—Chris Van Allsburg


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#vintage illustration #vintage postcard #loch ness monster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This image may be highly mysterious to you.  Prof. Camille Paglia said that not one of her college students this year had ever heard of Moses.  (Deeply disturbing!)  From Florida Southern's 1933 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ten commandments #vintage yearbook #moses #biblical
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Precursors (permalink)
At first glance, we thought she was flying and a precursor to Mary Poppins.  From Nebelspalter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #mary poppins
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Rare -- a goat butting a skeleton while skull-faced angels look on.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #goat #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Alphabet Juice, by Roy Blount, Jr.:
***

'Stringing English together is like rewiring an old house.'

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[Re. the word "logocentric"]

'What other kind of too-narrow focus provides... a diagnostic name for itself? If you're ethnocentric, does your culture include a folk dance acknowledging the limitations of your outlook? Is there a beeper that goes off when you get too technocentric?'

***

[Midway through this book that is primarily comprised of digressions, Blount gets to the end of an entry entitled "Memorabilia" and says] 'There might be a way to drag the Latin /mirabile dictu/, "marvelous to say," in here, especially since it might lead us into "too marvelous for words" and other philological lyrics by Johnny Mercer--but we've got to move along, if this book is going to have any narrative drive.'

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'Minimalism:

'A little of it goes a long way.'

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[I especially recommend pp. 204-208, about names.]

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[Blount's priceless encapsulation of a bit of classical absurdity] 

'Aristotle maintained that a falling body accelerated because it became more jubilant as it found itself nearer home.'

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[Apparently the word ptarmigan is spelled thus because scholars with Greek on the brain mistook the origin of the Scots Gaelic word from which the bird's name actually derived. Says Blount, the ptarmigan] 'lives in cold climes and mostly shuffles or flutters around. It isn't putting on neoclassical airs.'

***

[Blount claims that the letter Q, in the Braggadocio typeface], 'looks like a South Park character.'

***

'De Quincey says that Wordsworth would grow impatient when anyone else spoke of mountains.'

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #levitation #weightless #flying horse #horse and buggy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life (1909).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #the people could fly #construction #winged men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #wolf #pursued #torch
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Yiddish is not dead," from The Justice newspaper (Brandeis), 1992.
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#vintage headline #yiddish
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This philosophy student's official yearbook portrait is that of a wizard alchemist. From Davidson's 1979 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #vintage yearbook #alchemist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Buried in a book.  From Satirikon, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #crushed #big book #funeral
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the "booze cruise."  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #ship #art #alcohol #giant bottle #booze cruise
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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 #political cartoon #art #porcupine #war and peace #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1929.
[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 #the people could fly #olympics
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #big hat #nap #siesta
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #bathtub #rocking bathtub
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate astral travel.  From Trinity College's yearbook of 1973.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #woods #perspective
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #dreaming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Danish Fairy Tales and Legends by Hans Christian Andersen, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #king #art #candle
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September 12, 2019

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Note the eerily magical 3-D effect of this printing process from 1925.  This image may be used to facilitate astral travel.  From Wesleyan College’s 1925 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #reading #night #streetlight
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
There's a fine line between painted pianos and Piano Paintings (neither of which is a painting of a piano).  From Le Charivari, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #piano #pianist #musician #painted #painted piano
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If you're going through the black pit, may you discover the escape route.  From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #horse #oz #black pit
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Aleutian Sense, illustrated by Robert Osborn, 1944.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #winter #weather
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[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 #pen and ink #scissors #quill #ink
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#mirror #vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook #eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Bugbears: The bachelor friend who tells your bride what a gay dog you used to be."  From Life (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.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage gay #bachelor #gay innuendo
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Making it through the day.  From West Chester's 1992 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #survival #making it #getting through #one day at a time
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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 #demon #devil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #ball headed #billiard ball head #ball for a head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #boxing #art #steam train
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #axe
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage photo #chair #big hat #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They waved their wands over the fire."  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #fire #art #spring
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The dead are encouraged to plan for the future.  From McGill Daily, 1978.
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#sphinx #egypt #pyramid #dead #vintage headline #dying #vintage news #weird news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a "Bad" costume.  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #halloween #mask #october #art #hallowe'en #costume
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The Right Word (permalink)
However you spell it, "It's all bologny."  From Tulane's 1928 yearbook. 
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #Bologna #baloney
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Suppose you be, not merely seem!"  From The Fra, 1911.
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#quotation #advice
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September 11, 2019

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

The best thing to do right now is to:

  • get yourself a cookie
  • proceed antisystematically and aphoristically, or lyrically, or musically
  • keep together
  • turn to page 8 and get an idea
  • lay low for a bit and let the heat die down
  • hold the nerves in, keep cool and let the fish take the line for a run
  • bite the bullet and show up
  • rest for a little bit
  • keep quiet
  • get away from the monkeys
  • sit down, relax, have some lunch
  • go for a swim
  • build a fort
  • give these people a chance
  • get out there as quickly as possible
  • just watch what he does
  • learn how to cope on your own

[Snippets collected during the course of our research.]

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#advice #survival #what to do
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the pedal exercisers for one's armchair or desk.  From Le Charivari, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #cycling #exercise
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Wednesday Addams and her Marie Antoinette doll.  From Nebelspalter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #severed head #addams family #doll #wednesday addams #marie antoinette
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's today's grim reaper offering pain medicine to a stork with a toothache.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skeleton #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #bird #rooftop #medicine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.

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

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#grotesque #mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You can imagine how comf'table his roomies felt!"  From Saturday Evening Post (1914).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #frightened #shaving cream #roommate
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Drink deep, or taste not."  From the Ellendale yearbook of 1915.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #learning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
She thinks the head coming up through the floor is her father's spirit.  From The Devil's Bride by Milton H. Stine, 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 #ghost #occult #art #spiritualism #seance #spirit medium #glowing head
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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 #ghost #cemetery #graveyard #spirit #art #afterlife
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny house #studio apartment #crowded #cramped #close quarters #tight space
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #animal headed #hybrid #donkey headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a round of one-handed applause, from the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
[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 #vintage headline #the sound of one hand #one handed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Monk of Fife by Andrew Lang (1896).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monk #art #knife
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Westminster yearbook of 1997.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #orbs #perspective
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #faces in things #pipe smoker #smoking dog #dog smoking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #bird #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Some glowing forests defy understanding and therefore are never clear-cut (you're welcome; exquisite puns are what we do). 
From West Virginia Wesleyan's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #tree #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Typewriter art from The Link, 1957.
[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 #typewriter #typewriter art #audrey hepburn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #candle #french fashion #hats