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Found 20 posts tagged ‘book illustration’


October 31, 2015 (permalink)

"They never saw their child again."  From Simple Hans and Other Funny Pictures and Stories, 1854.
[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 #book illustration #art #creature of the night #children's book #batboy #human bat #winged child #bat child #empty nest
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May 1, 2015 (permalink)

"He crushed the nine remaining tarts into his mouth."  From The Suicide Club and The Rajah's Diamond by Robert Louis Stevenson and illustrated by W. J. Hennessy, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #tarts #book illustration #robert louis stevenson #art
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April 15, 2015 (permalink)

The cave of sleep, from The Oracle of Baal by J. Provand Webster and illustrated by Warwick Goble, 1896.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
> read more from Strange Dreams . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #sleep #art #dinosaur #baal #prehistoric
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February 11, 2015 (permalink)

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #art #explosion #thrown clear #school prank #science experiment #hijinks
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February 1, 2015 (permalink)

"He never looked behind him: he knew what was there—death in the shape of a man!"  From Montezuma's Daughter by Henry Rider Haggard, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #h. rider haggard #grim reaper #book illustration #art #evading death
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January 11, 2015 (permalink)

"And make the puppy dance a jig, / When he began to quote Augustine."  From Every-day Characters by Winthrop Mackworth Praed and illustrated by Cecil Charles Windsor, 1896.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
> read more from Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #art #puppy #augustine #dancing dog
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January 4, 2015 (permalink)

"Into the mouthpiece of the machine I spoke, asking, 'Do you hear me?'"  From The Story Hunter or Tales of the Weird and Wild by Ernest Richard Suffling, 1896.  [For Gordon Meyer.]
[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 . . .
#mummy #vintage illustration #necromancy #egyptian #book illustration #art #spiritualism #spirit communication #forbidden science #talking to the dead #forbidden arts
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December 29, 2014 (permalink)

"Out of the mouth of the pit ... sprang a vast column of water."  From Heart of the World by Henry Rider Haggard, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #h. rider haggard #book illustration #art #haggard #fantastical #adventure story
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December 21, 2014 (permalink)

"I conducted her to the chamber, and bade her look intently on the polished mirror of the wall," from The Sphinx-like Head by J. Harry Sugden, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mirror #book illustration #art #reflection #mirror world #mirror gazing #mirrored surface
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December 14, 2014 (permalink)

"A tongue of pale blue flame shivered on the truck of the mast," from Ia by Q. [A. T. Quiller-Couch], 1896.
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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
> read more from This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #art #boat #quiller-couch #blue flame #blue fire
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November 2, 2014 (permalink)

"Other branches swooped down, coiling around him."  From The Deviltree of El Dorado by Frank Aubrey, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #art #devil tree #el dorado
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November 1, 2014 (permalink)

"The mended ghost": an illustration from The Sociable Ghost by Olive Harper (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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#ghost #macabre #skeleton #book illustration #art
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October 31, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Sociable Ghost by Olive Harper (1903).  The caption reads: "But you must join us."  [By the way, this image is by far our most popular posting at our Tumblr outpost.]
[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 . . .
#macabre #death #halloween #skeleton #grim reaper #book illustration #october #art #day of the dead
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October 29, 2014 (permalink)

"Where we do what cats may do," from The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1858.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #king #book illustration #cat #art #thackeray
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October 1, 2014 (permalink)

"I will go and look," from A Handful of Silver by Elizabeth Thomasina Meade, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #book illustration #art #illumination #darkness #candle #night watch #vigilance #watchfulness #forbearance of sleep
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May 31, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Sociable Ghost by Olive Harper (1903).  The caption reads: "They had evidently found the buffet."
[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 #macabre #halloween #skeleton #dance of death #book illustration #ghosts #october #art #day of the dead #hungry ghost #halloween buffet #ghoulish
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May 26, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Sociable Ghost by Olive Harper (1903).  The caption reads: "Did you say that to me?"

 

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt notes, "'Did you say that to me?' makes me realize that even being dead doesn't prevent one's making the occasional faux pas!"

[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 . . .
#ghost #macabre #halloween #skeleton #book illustration #october #art
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May 8, 2014 (permalink)

A precursor to the Death Star's approach to Alderaan? From The Deer Smellers of Haunted Mountain by John J. Meyer (1921).  The caption reads: "Approaching the perfect world."
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #angels #space travel #book illustration #art #star wars #spaceship #death star #new worlds #uninhabited planet #planetary colonists #space travelers #habitable planets
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March 16, 2014 (permalink)

"Forget it, forget it!": an illustration from The Sociable Ghost by Olive Harper (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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #macabre #skeleton #book illustration #art #mnemosyne #forgetting
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March 12, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Deer Smellers of Haunted Mountain by John J. Meyer (1921). The caption reads: "Hunting for apartments and vacant perfect worlds in the space deeps of the universe."

Suydamandgomorrah notes: "I've heard the space deeps of the universe are the new Bushwick."
[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 #book illustration #art #space exploration #universe #floating in space #astral travel #space apartments #new worlds #uninhabited planet
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