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November 30, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #fire spirit #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #severed head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#spirits #spectre #ghosts #spiritualism #vintage book
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #divination #sphere #occult #fortune teller #art #crystal ball #red orb #glowing ball
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Mocca, 1937.
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#vintage photo #the people could fly #gymnastics
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925.
[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #night sky #starry night #telescope #stargazing #astronomer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 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 #skeleton #ornate capital #art #letter r #capital r
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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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 #seahorse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The devil playing at spinning-top with a French lawyer."  From Legends and Miracles and Other Curious and Marvellous Stories of Human Nature by James Elimalet Smith, 1837.
[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 #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A bull and an umbrella."  From In the Sky-Garden by Lizzie W. Champney and illustrated by J. Wells Champney, 1877.
[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 #bull #taurus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A picture of Svengali used to induce hypnotic trance, from Suggestive Therapeutics and Hypnotism by Herbert A. Parkyn, 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 photo #mesmerism #hypnosis #svengali
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #toys #tiny men #extendable
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #witch #broomstick #art #mother goose
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Staring Into the Depths (permalink)
"A night for wide-awake dreaming," from The Index, 1908.
[The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #giant egg
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Behind an oaken table sat three hooded shadows."  From Torn From Its Foundations by David Ker and illustrated by A. Pearse, 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 #spooky #art #hooded #hooded figure
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November 29, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 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 #monley
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Celtic Fairy Tales, selected by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 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 #fairy tale #cat #art #smiling cat #winking cat #one-eyed cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #monster #art #caught
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ginger ale induces some morbid hallucinations.  From Life, 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 #art #execution #ginger ale #hallucination #morbid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Among the Freaks by William Livingston Alden, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #siamese twins #conjoined #circus freak
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Medical Pickwick, 1921.
[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 #upside down #handstand #stay off your feet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The most dangerous hour."  From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
[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 of death #art #vintage headline #5 o'clock #dangerous hour #five pm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #devil #art #bell
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925. 
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#vintage illustration #art #games
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 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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#gay innuendo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1938.
[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 #tin man #robot dog #robo dog #metal dog #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Heaven [from all creatures], hides the book of fate."  From A Brief English Grammar with Illustrations and Diagrams by Stephen Watkins Clark, 1876.
[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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#destiny #sentence diagram #book of fate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #arabian nights #hermit #tarot hermit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Grip, 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 #bird headed #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #cape
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Hypnotizing one another, from Suggestive Therapeutics and Hypnotism by Herbert A. Parkyn, 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 photo #mesmerism #hypnotism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #world #fairy #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #infestation #art #human headed #insect people
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November 28, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've seen the famous image of the dog Nipper listening to "his master's voice" in the gramophone.  Twenty-five years later, Nipper's master finally extracted himself.  From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #his master's voice #gramophone #record player
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
He's either carrying the universe on his back or is trying to remove a medicinal plaster … or both.  From Judge's Library, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #universe #void
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Allingham:

***

"Any time after six o'clock the Crescent is so quiet you could hear a pin drop...."

"The Crescent?" said the Coroner inquiringly.

The faint colour flowed into Mrs. Tripper's pale face.

***

"Well then, the Yard," she said defiantly. "Horsecollar Yard. It's really a crescent."

***

[Here she is again having, I presume, a grand old time creating the contents of a fictitious work within her work. This time it's a rare manuscript of an especially bawdy Restoration comedy]

Gagewell: O Sir, since Lady Frippet hath a bee in her bonnet, you must allow if the bee's not a queen the bonnet is at least à la mode.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #house face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #1921
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cartoons Magazine, 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 #political cartoon #art #spiritualism #ouija #spirit board
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "less than one percent."  Here's what it looks like.  From Popular Mechanics, 1927.
[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 diagram #math #one percent #percentages
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #bell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mocca, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #double vision #drunk #astigmatism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
[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)
"The barrel of pease."  From The Cunning Woman's Grandson by Charlotte M. Yonge, 1889.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Pinned him to the wall like a butterfly on a cork," from Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others by John Kendrick Bangs, 1898.
[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 #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1908.  Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #good and evil #hell #art #god
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an 1862 issue of Fun magazine.
[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 #spirits #fairies #art #little people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #automaton #robot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The knight in the dance of death."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #dance of death #mortality #knight #art
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November 27, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Gordon spotted our book on How to Be Your Own Cat and our Young Wizard's Hexopedia at Chicago's Quimby's Bookstore.
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#magic spell #occult #book lover #quimby's #independent bookstore #cat books
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Precursors (permalink)
A quarter century before the octopus-like deity Cthulhu, there was Saint Crustaceon.  From Pearson's, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #saint #cthulhu #crustacean
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"It may surprise you, but our financial system was not designed to make life simple." —Richard Walker, It's All About Money
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
[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 #music #trombone #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #prisoner #locked away
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Two tearful moments from Life, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #crying #tears #crying at the movies
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
"Here is pianist who practices and plays concert music while wearing heavy woolen mittens."  From Popular Mechanics, 1933.
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#vintage photo #piano #pianist #mittens #piano player
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #picture book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 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 #skeleton #ornate capital #art #capital t #cycling #penny farthing
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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#vintage photo #four arms
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magical Land of Noom, written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, 1922. 
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#vintage illustration #art #faun #head butting #fairy tail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Hypnosis by imaginary fumes, from Suggestive Therapeutics and Hypnotism by Herbert A. Parkyn, 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 photo #mesmerism #hypnosis #vintage men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #piano #pianist
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #clock #vulture #injured bird #pennyfarthing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Grip, 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 #doctor #psychoanalysis #psychiatry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Man's form made by waterfall."  From Popular Mechanics, 1909.
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#waterfall #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #art #eye #cavern #giant eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mocca, 1930.  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #black cat #art #cats
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November 26, 2017

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Why most writers have lived in haunted houses and dreamed the wrong dreams.  From What Do Women Want? by Erica Jong, 2007.
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#vintage illustration #haunted house #ghosts #art #writers #wrong dreams
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Revealed -- how we furniture shop.  From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #magick #occult #art #mental picture #esoteric #mentalism #mind power #mental powers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #bird costume #giant bird
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #vintage book cover #art #setting sun #invisible world #hour of death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here we have collaged some of the strange creatures and things that Robert Deverell saw in the craters of the moon.  From his illustrations for Hudibras, 1816.
[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 #man in the moon #art #moon inhabitants #lunar inspiration #lunar beings
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"Sentinel of the night."  From Popular Mechanics, 1932.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #sleeping #sentinal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
[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 #secretary
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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 #demon #devil #art #serpents
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Binding an evil spirit," from The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindu Magic and East Indian Occultism by L. W. de Laurance, 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 #demon #angel #art #evil spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #vintage fashion #red dress #red light district
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
"Luck versus brains in our better-known games," from The Sketch, 1911.  See If a Chessman Were a Word: A Chess-Calvino Dictionary.
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#vintage illustration #luck #gambling #games of chance #art #card game #roulette #chess #baccarat #games of skill
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a legal liquor bottle's cork as Mephistopheles, from a cartoon in The Index, 1876.
[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 #liquor #anthropomorphism #art #Mephistopheles #bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #peacock feathers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #good luck
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Insect weather prophets."  From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
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#weather #meteorology #insect #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #magic hat #tiny people #vintage magician #magic trick #hat trick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The world often looks this way to us.  That's why we wear prismatic glasses (as in the video linked here).
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #double vision #candle #drunk #hallucination
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November 25, 2017

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
[For Abigail McBride.]
Through a tissue and beyond the veil: the ghosts of a cat caretaker and a cat, as conjured through "necromancy by proxy" (explained below).  From Concerning Cats, My Own and Some Others by Helen Maria Winslow, 1900.
This recalls our repository of ghostly images that were never meant to be, entitled The Ghost in the [Scanning] Machine.  The specters were conjured unwittingly, through a mechanical process of book scanning.  Their portraits technically do not exist, except within this context.  To explain: in old books, frontispieces were typically protected by a sheet of translucent tissue paper.  So thorough is the Google Books scanning process that even this page of tissue paper is scanned.  The figure in the plate beneath the tissue—"beyond the veil,” as it were—emerges as from a foggy otherworld.  The frontispieces were never meant to be seen this way.  Their wraithlike manifestations have been artificially "fixed" in time by the scanning process. In essence, timeless phantasms of dead writers have been captured and bound into a new age.  And so we call this phenomenon "unforeseen art," as it constitutes an aesthetic expression without original intent.  Just as artists often credit their inspiration to a Muse, the accidental art herein is in the domain of real ghosts; every author here has departed to the Other Side.  We call it "necromancy by proxy," as the scanning machine serves as our "spirit medium" or shaman.

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#vintage photo #vintage cat #cat ghost
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Blurred on the sidelines of suffragette demonstrations (1909-12).  These are details that caught our eye, from photos courtesy of the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science.  
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#blurred #old photo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's like looking at our own bed canopy, only ours also blocks electromagnetic fields.  From Der Orchideengarten, 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 #faces in things #bed canopy #canopy bed
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #spit take
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
[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 #exclamation point
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The University Magazine, 1892.   See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #occult #college yearbook #art #secret society
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Still no cancer cure, but "Milk not soured by thunder."  From Popular Mechanics, 1932.
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#vintage headline #sour milk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #human snail #human bull
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What's In a Name (permalink)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Scarlet Letter yearbook (Rutgers, 1882).  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The birds of all the world came flying up to her, and each deposited a tear in the cup."  From Tales of Enchantment, illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #birds #cup of tears
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Burning secret Hindu drugs for invoking magical powers," from The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindu Magic and East Indian Occultism by L. W. de Laurance, 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 #magick #wizard #occult #cauldron #art #hindu magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The "part-of-you-left-behind" feeling when the lift starts, from The Sketch, 1911.  Here's a similar image from seven years later.
[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 #elevator #bending over backwards
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Birmingham by moonlight."  From a postcard by A. E. P., date unknown.
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#black cat #full moon #night #rooftop #vintage postcard #birmingham
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mocca, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'Cat's eyes' see in the dark."  From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
[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 #black cat #cat #art #night vision #cat's eyes #seeing in the dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
[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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November 24, 2017

Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From J. I. M. Stewart's A Palace of Art:

***

"If not a palazzo, a palazzina. Or, say, a palazzotto." Dictionary patter of this sort was also characteristic of Domberg.

***

"I've forgotten if you smoke?"

For a moment Chevalley appeared to have forgotten too. Then he shook his head.

***

[Domberg disapproves of his own joke.]

"Mrs. Montacute master-minded the thing. Or mistress-minded it." Domberg paused on this joke, and appeared not to approve of it.

***

The way the French treat their wine! Without ceremony, you might call it. But the same stuff is better there than here, all the same. A living relationship is what's involved. It might be the same with art. Finer if handled more freely. Not made a thing of, you might say.

***

"Do I begin to make myself clear?"

The philosophic Domberg paused for a moment on this note of serious interrogation, and was rewarded by Thurkle with at least the ghost of a nod.

***

Perhaps she'd glimpsed him on television, talking about polyphonic music or the pound sterling. It could only have been a glimpse, since she always turned that sort of programme off.

***

Gloria felt she must by no means counter or abridge this small enclave of adolescent Sehnsucht in her almost undeviatingly rational friend. (Gloria didn't, indeed, employ this sort of language to herself. But chroniclers have their occasional privileges.)

***

They paused outside for a few moments to assure one another that it had all been great fun--just as if they were forty-year-olds at the end of a party that hadn't quite come off.

***

Gloria was alone, and in front of her on the table stood an espresso. To Octavius's eye the minute cup, not quite filled with the blackest of black coffee, bore an austere and even forbidding appearance. He realized that he was going to be very easily unnerved.

***

You played [rugby] for England on the strength of a certain radical masculinity which wasn't a bit relevant when deciding whether a Sacred Conversation, or a Madonna with Donors, or a Saint Somebody in his Study, was by this artist or that.

***

Gloria applied herself to sorting out this and that. But neither this nor that was among her more intimate affairs.

***

Drop your job-satisfaction-quotient too far and it was mathematically--or was it psychologically?--impossible to do the job well.

***

It had been what a psychologist (or was it an economist?) would have called counterproductive.

***

She had come to think of the world as consisting of small equivocal queues.

***

Jake chucked the packet in the air as if it was a tennis-ball and smacked it with an open hand. It flew across the bar and landed in the lap of a stout lady drinking Guinness. Nobody seemed annoyed, least of all the stout lady. It was a friendly sort of bar.

***

The suiting didn't suit him.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1850.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.  See also Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I'll give you magnetic power."  From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903. 
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Mocca, 1930.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 1890.
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
"The ideal and the actual."  Source uncertain.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A woodcut of two witches, 1720, courtesy of the Wellcome library.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Now, here I lie peacefully all day long and watch my geese, and it is much nicer than being King."  From The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories by Mary de Morgan, 1880.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an ad in The Sketch, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Grip, 1876.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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November 23, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Every turkey's last words are a curse of indigestion.  From Judge's Library, 1907.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
A brutal truth revealed: a crystal ball doesn't care what you want to know.  From The Crystal Ball by Jeremy Powell, 2016.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1900.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Squirrels can actually see your sensual appetites.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1944.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 1891. 
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magical Land of Noom, written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Two bright forms met him."  From Allegories by Frederic W. Farrar, 1898.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Evil spirits often appear in the above form," from The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindu Magic and East Indian Occultism by L. W. de Laurance, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Intro-vision," from The Illustrated Practical Mesmerist by William Davey, 1854.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Work while others play," from The Sketch, 1911.   Speaking of which, what exactly are a snowball's chances in hell?  See A Snowball's Chance in Hell.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sir Galahad receiveth the Sword of Strange Girdles."  From English Illustrated, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wiener Revue, 1946.
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November 22, 2017

Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
This puzzle grid, which reads "No upcoming notices or alerts," contains several big words. Can you find them?

• 7-letter words: 50
• 8-letter words: 20
• 9-letter words: 6

All letters in the word must touch (in any direction), and no square may be reused.

Click to display solutions
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1895.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A critic.  From Life, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Elf Maiden and Other Stories by Andrew Lang, 1914.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Popular Mechanics, 1927.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 1894.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Comet yearbook (Vanderbilt, 1887).  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The taller and larger the men who make the framework, the more 'stunning' the elephant will be."  From What Shall We Do To-Night? by Leger D. Mayne, 1873.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1908.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The connoisseur connoising: Mr. H. M. Bateman's ideal visitor to his exhibition of humorous drawings," from The Sketch, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Index, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #art #long beard #elements #kosmos
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Mocca, 1939.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #robot
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November 21, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A library built to represent a white elephant.  From Judge's Library, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #architecture #library #white elephant #animal shaped
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #war in heaven
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Were you aware of Jupiter's other (if not better) half?  "A dying planet.  Half of Jupiter."  From Siderial Evolution, Or A New Cosmology, Being an Explanation of the Principles that Pertain to Universal Life Force and Its Expressions in Form by Thomas Cushman Buddington, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #art #cosmology #solar system #dying planet
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Simon Said, by Sarah R. Shaber:

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Alex Andrus was pacing in front of the windows, carefully balancing a well-worn chip on his shoulder.

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From Charlotte Stein:

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She wasn’t even sure how serious he was. Twenty percent seemed like a lot, but one eyebrow was lower than the other and his eyes seemed kind of big. Thirty percent concerned didn’t look out of the question.

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From Michael Innes's Hamlet, Revenge!

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[Professor Bunney is doing field work for his linguistics studies, using a "black box" that records people saying test phrases like "bunchy cushiony" and analyzes the accents.]

"It was Bunney, was it? Has he black-boxed you?"

"Yes. Bunchy cushiony Bunney. How did he get here?"

"Mother picked him up at a party. He black-boxed her and she was thrilled."

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"How morbidly Edwardian-Clever Mother is! Don't you think?"

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The Duchess gave a commanding nod at the ugly publisher, who instantly entered on a subject about which he knew nothing at all.... "And what," asked Tucker gravely, "do you think of this younger German school?" The question was ninety-nine per cent safe.

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"Often," replied Gott, unwarily stepping into the position of a fellow-author, "I get a new start from brandy and muffins."

"Really...and muffins? I never heard of that." Piper eyed Gott as one might eye a suddenly perceived object of minor but authentic interest in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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But at Question Fifteen, although Noel considered it particularly adroitly introduced, Mrs. Terborg halted.

"Mind your own business," said Mrs. Terborg.

Noel was overwhelmed. "Oh, I say, I'm most frightfully--"

But Mrs. Terborg had stooped down to the border. "This one with the tiny flat leaves," she said. "Such a quaint name: mind your own business!"

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #meanwhile in france #feet in the air
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Ulk, 1901.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #warthog #hunt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
Here are collected the best lions I've encountered in my research to date.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A Letter from the Ghost of Mr. S----t, To His Friends: Dispatched to Them After His Arrival at the Invisible World, 1757.  We'll take a s---tty letter any day, considering that most of our friends seem to exist in an invisible world and only communicate in return for sacrifices.
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#ghost #spiritualism #seance #afterlife #spirit communication
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Popular Mechanics, 1930.
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#dancing #math #by the numbers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #hobby horse #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sketch, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #roller coaster #amusement park
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Grip, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #tightrope
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Jakob Steinhardt and Franziska Baruch, 1923.

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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #lightning
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Scarlet Letter yearbook (Rutgers, 1882).  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #vintage yearbook #secret societies #fraternities
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pick Me Up, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant bug #giant insect #fear of insects
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
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#vintage photo #ghost hunter #spiritualism #seance #ghost hunting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Flying Burgermaster by Frances Parker, 1832.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #living dead
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November 20, 2017

Precursors (permalink)

Here's a precursor to The Prisoner, from Judge's Library, 1907.  A "man without a number" suddenly finds himself in a strange place, not remembering how he got there but under the impression that he came from another sort of world.  His mind flashes to events that happened previously.  He is greeted by a woman who informs him that in this place, "we are all numbered," and that strangers are welcome if they are likely to become good citizens.  (Bad citizens are referred to the "committee of three hundred.")  Residents display their numbers on the hems of their garments so that they can be seen.  She points out Number One walking down the street, "a very important personage."  The man without a number is told that his own number would be (not the Prisoneresque Number Six) but Twenty-three.  He then wakes up from what turned out to be a pipe dream.  Note that the character's name, "Lyomelph Cospatrick," could be read as containing an unlikely prediction of Patrick McGoohan.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We suspect the joke is in the very first panel, that the poet not only had a poem accepted but that he was paid for it, and paid in advance.  Hilarious!  From Judge's Library, 1895.
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#poet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's more proof that everything is fake.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #mountain goat #alps #tourist trap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake goddess #serpent goddess #serpent worship #censer
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The Right Word (permalink)
The "oldest inhabitant," not the "quietest" — a correction from Harper's Bazaar, 1911.  This recalls a scene in Fawlty Towers, in which a dead man is assumed to merely be quiet.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A vintage critique of modern art, from Pick Me Up magazine, 1890.  "To paint like Raphael was easy enough, but who would pay for such work now-a-days?"
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#vintage illustration #art #modern art #raphael
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From What Shall We Do To-Night? by Leger D. Mayne, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #art #party trick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage men #lap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The shadow-catcher."  The little sign on the wall says, "Heaven, round the next turning."  From The Sketch, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #shadows
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
19454 21045
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #alcoholism #monsters #vintage postcard #hallucination
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Twice the light flashed livid, smoking, terrible."  From Pearson's, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #strange light #art #terrible light #strange glow
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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 #emblem #merman #art #sea creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #weird ad #head medicine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #decapitated #lost his head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #art #innuendo #logger #forestry
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Jugend, 1903. 
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November 19, 2017

Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
How long is a jiffy?  "A little longer than it takes to define it, but just long enough to prepare [instant cocoa]."  This ad lies just as all ads do -- it says that the hot cocoa requires "no boiling," yet the chocolate is added to boiling water.  So there's no boiling, except for the boiling.  It's despicable, but such is the world of advertising.  From Judge's Library, 1896.
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#vintage ad #hot chocolate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Devil's discomforture."  From Fairy Tales from the Harz Mountains by Alfred Cooper Fryer, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #art #antlers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #merman #art #alcohol #king neptune
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This May Surprise You (permalink)