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June 30, 2017

Staring at the Sun (permalink)
Though known as the "land of the rising sun," "it's always night in Japan," as we learn from Electro Spectre's song "Night in Japan."  It seems unlikely, yet Electro Spectre is correct.  Sunrise implies darkness.  Photographers know only too well that even as the sun begins to rise, "the sky is bright and the earth is still dark" (Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing, 1997).  Pictured, a Japanese sunrise by Boris Iu.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"For 'I am not surprised,' read 'I am surprised."  A correction from The Electrical Review, 1900.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Death of a Cozy Writer, by G. M. Malliet:

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Jim had decided to give the customers what they wanted. What they wanted, apparently, were striped red velour seat coverings and antique farm implements suspended from the ceiling. The place now looked like a cross between a Victorian brothel and a cowshed.

***

"I have no money, you know that. At least, not the sort needed to buy someone off. I doubt I could buy off a poodle."

***

[Author Shows Off Her Erudition in a De Facto Footnote dept.:]

"She got off scot free for that [crime committed in Scotland]."
"Please, no puns, Sergeant. Even though, as I understand it, scot free has nothing to do with Scotsmen."

***

[The funniest character in this book, which is set in England, is an American who tries too hard to talk like a Brit. As far as I know, "fish and chips" is *not* British slang for "baloney" (i.e., nonsense), but this American named Jeffrey Spencer, quoted below, thinks otherwise.]

"Baloney. Or as you might say, fish and chips."

***

[And here's what the protagonist has to say about Jeffrey:]

"I imagine he came here to search for his roots. With a name like Spencer he's bound to climb up several wrong branches of the family tree."

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Paris Syndrome (first diagnosed in 1986), in which the filth and rudeness of that city puts romanticist tourists into a state of extreme shock (including anxiety, dizziness, tachycardia, vomiting, and hallucinations).  "So this is Paris!"  From Medical Pickwick, 1922.
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
An organ that plays color.  From Popular Mechanics, 1924.
* Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. In this rebus-style puzzle, color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes. Try to guess the exact hue of each. Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words. Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue. Special thanks to Paul Dean for his colorful research.
 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
[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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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Mocca, 1936.
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
"The Bishop of Fools."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Loraine and the Little People by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by M. T. Ross, 1915.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #art #number 13
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pitzmaroon Or The Magic Hammer by Charles A. Beach, 1874.  This should also be of interest: How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"All life was as a sunlit holiday."  From Allegories by Frederic W. Farrar, 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mountain-Sprite's Kingdom by E. H. Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1881.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Testing artificial teeth in a dental laboratory," from The Sketch, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A curious position to give a 'smash,'" from "How to Become a Ping Pong Champion" in London Magazine, 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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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The British Library's Prevention Advisory Centre reminds us that even "lost (hidden)" books are vulnerable to "mould growth in microclimate."  There's a long British tradition of concern with the unseen, going back not only as far as Shakespeare but Chaucer as well.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It was not a pleasant expedition for a gentleman considerably over fifty."  From English Illustrated, 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's an appariton of the letter R frightening an oyster.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1878.
[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)
From Jugend, 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 #devil #satan #art #horned one
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June 29, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored by citations of two of the college textbooks we wrote.  Our Human Diversity, A Guide for Understanding is cited in Multicultural Counseling: Context, Theory and Practice, and Competence by Jerry Trusty et al.  Our Diverse Learners in the Classroom is cited in Preparing for College: Practical Advice for Students and Their Families by John J. Rooney & John F. Reardon.
     
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
[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 #skulls
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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 #jackass #injured
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"The phone never rings for Jim."  From Popular Mechanics, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mocca, 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 #statue lover
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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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#owl #secret #book cover #vintage book #old book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Visions by Francisco de Quevedo, 1767.  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 #demons #hellfire #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #merman #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I've often heard the moon declare that shooting stars are growing there."  From Beyond the Mountain by Sarah Stokes Halkett and illustrated by Katharine Pyle, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #elf #art #crescent moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magical Land of Noom, written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, 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 #fairy tale #cow #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The king and his counsellor."  From Fairy Tales, written and illustrated by Alfred Crowquill, 1857.
[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 #king #art #goose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Eerie Book, illustrated by W. B. MacDougall, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Then the Princess left the cave and wandered down to the sea-shore."  From The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories by Mary de Morgan, 1880.
[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 #princess #seashore
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What it feels like to have revoked," from The Sketch, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #giant candle #card game #revoke
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You don't know how delightful it is to be dead.  I never enjoyed myself so much."  From London Magazine, 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 #art #walking dead #living dead
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Simple Answers (permalink)
"The simple answer is that you'll continue to do pretty much the same thing you've been doing over the past 5 days."5 Pounds: The Breakthrough 5-Day Plan to Jump-Start Rapid Weight Loss
If this is not the answer you’re looking for,
click here for a different answer.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Before him and at his elbows were seven tripods: one burned with a pale blue flame; another orange; another purple."  From Pearson's, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #incense #art #magic smoke #colored smoke
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal another version.

First Night in the Country
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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 #after dark #stars #night #bridge
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June 28, 2017

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the fishy tasting coffee in Twin Peaks -- fishy tasting lemonade.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #art #fishtank #lemonade
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Catriona McPherson:
There comes a point when cheerfulness shades into inanity and young Jamesie had found it and set up his stall there.
***
From Jon L. Breen's "The House of the Shrill Whispers":

If we were characters in a novel instead of characters in a short story, I'd discourse with you at appropriate length about the foolishness and absurdity of characters in fiction pretendin' they're real.

***

From Ellery Queen's The Finishing Stroke:

It turned out a huge sprawl of a house, of incredible spread, coming to a giant peak--a two-story-and-attic so broad it looked sat upon.... The whole monster was thickly nested in shrubs, an Ancient Mariner of a house with a Galway beard.

***

[Doing the Math dept.]

"I conclude a [romantic] triangle."

"I'm not helping you with your math, Mr. Queen."

***

["We'll take that as a compliment" dept.]

"December twenty-fifth through the night of January fifth--Christmas through what's officially known as Twelfth Night--that makes a holiday party of twelve days, Ellen."

"What of it?"

"Look around. Twelve people in the party. Doesn't that strike you as interesting?"

"Not in the least," Ellen retorted. "What a peculiar mind you have."

***

Chapter V.... In Which a Summerhouse Sets the Scene for a Winter's Tale....

***

She looked as if she were tryinig to get off her horse and remain in the saddle at the same time.

***

["Using up all the e's" dept.]

Mrs. Brown eeked every time she laid eyes on him.

***

"Aha!" Ellery said. "And oho!"

***

[Exotic Mild Oaths dept.]

"I'll be double-dyed in Danbury."

***

"A whale of a red herring, you might say."

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Precursors (permalink)
"Believe it or not, boxing is dancing," said Frank Abderholden in 2007.  Here's proof, from Ulk, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #boxer #boxing ring
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
[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 #canned meat #tinned meat
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Mocca, 1936.
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#vintage photo #bowling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mary Maillard jumping and skipping, after her thigh bone jumped into its socket."  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 #art #dancing #thigh bone #miracle cure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mahogany crotch weighs 16,800 pounds."  From Popular Mechanics, 1909.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #mahogany
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
University of Glasgow Alchemists Club, 1935.  Also very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #art #alchemy #alchemist
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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 #esoteric #sacred geometry #cube #cubical city
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a page of swords with a string of beads on the point of his sword, from The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde and Other Stories by Mary de Morgan, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #sword #tarot #page of swords #necklace
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1915.
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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 #mythology #art #king neptune #trident #triton
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
"The gentleman who has gone to bed in the grand piano," from The Sketch, 1909.  Previously, we saw this lady sleeping in a grand piano.
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#vintage illustration #art #grand piano
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The maniac plunged into the sea of fire," from London Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #immolation #on fire #art #burned alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The spirit of a monk in Pearson's, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #spirit #art
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"A Japanese hero in the rain taking off his hat to a lady of surpassing beauty," from Once a Week, 1860.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #vintage japan #japanese art #art #samurai
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to add electricity.

YMCA Building, Lima, Ohio
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#vintage postcard #ohio #ymca #lima ohio #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #devil #satan #art #horned one
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Atlanta discussed my insanity."  From Long Lines magazine, 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 #gossip #art #insanity #atlanta
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June 27, 2017

Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
We're honored that our research into Roman numerals for One-Letter Words: A Dictionary was cited in Introduction to Computer Data Representation by Peter Fenwick, 2014.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #mountain spirit
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Mocca, 1935.
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#vintage photo #bear
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Henry from the comics had an Austrian brother, apparently.  This is from 1933, a year after Henry's debut but a year before the comic's syndication.  Could be an homage or purely coincidental.  From Die Muskete.
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Cubist conversation."  From Long Lines magazine, 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 #cubism #cubist #telephone call
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A boy-girl fancy dress costume."  From Popular Mechanics, 1909.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage photo #transgender #boy girl costume
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Nonsense Dept. (permalink)
"Nonsensia."  From The Scarlet Letter yearbook (Rutgers, 1918).
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #nonsense
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Receiving the magic helmet from the wild witch of the heath."  From The Wild Witch of the Heath, or the Demon of the Glen by Wizard, 1841.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #witch #art #magic helmet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There passed over the boundless white plain an aged saint with flowing beard, …. and eyes which shone with laughter."  From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
[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 #grave #fairy tale #art #saint #halo #snowy #russian fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1915.
[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 #mythology #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ever-pointed," from an ad in The Sketch, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #rabbit #automatic pencil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The spectre of Hawthorn Glen," from The Boy's Own Paper, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #forest #spirit #art
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Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)
"I'll see, at midnight, what these omens mean; / And call on those prophetic spirits who / Attend on death, and darkness, to reveal / What is to happen."  From Stuart Alexander's Saul, King of Israel, 1843.
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#divination #magick #necromancy #occult #prophecy #fortune telling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A blood-red hand descends from a fissure in the ceiling of a haunted room, from Pearson's, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #haunted house #art #phantom #hand #ghost hand #haunted bedroom
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1881.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #fairy #owl #art
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1927.
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June 26, 2017

Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)

I put my "Spirit Box" radio to the test and received 44 mind-bending answers.  Ghostly voices from the atmosphere answered these exact questions:

What is on the dark side of the moon?  

Were extraterrestrials at play in ancient Egypt?

Is the universe a hologram?

Is there life on Mars?

Is time an illusion?

What is at the bottom of a black hole?

Can we live forever?

What is the universe made of?

How did life begin?

Is the end of the world imminent?

Are we alone in the universe?

What is consciousness?

Why do we dream?

What's so weird about prime numbers?

Is there such a thing as free will?

Are we being monitored by extraterrestrials?

What is the secret of Area 51?

Is time travel possible?

What makes us human?

Are there pyramids on Mars?

Does the legendary continent of Atlantis exist?

What is the secret of UFOs?

Can you tell us about Bigfoot?

Are poltergeists ghosts or demons?

Are there aliens among us?

What's at the bottom of the ocean?

Are there pyramids on the moon?

Where does a missing sock go?

What is the secret of crop circles?

Is the nature of these spirit voices angelic or demonic?

Does the flat earth theory hold water?

Is there an objective reality?

What should we know about quasars?

What of the Flat Earth theory?

What is the face on Mars?

What should we know about UFOs?  (And more.)

The answers to these questions are courtesy of voices captured through the "Spirit Box" (as seen on the Travel Channel show "Ghost Adventures").  Upon being asked a very specific question, the machine sweeps through the otherworldly static in the atmosphere for single words or series of phrases.  

The answers I received in most cases shocked me; several answers disappointed or frightened me, but I present them exactly as they were received.  Some answers are especially eerie (like the one about what is on the dark side of the moon and the one about Bigfoot), and I've flagged those so that you can listen to them at your own discretion.

Here's where you can get the 20-page report complete with embedded audio, if you're interested: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/525029968/44-mind-bending-answers-via-a-spirit-box

* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory.  "Once upon a time" requires "second sight."  The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives.  Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven."  All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world."  It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.  Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity.  When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.
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#eerie #occult #ghosts #supernatural #paranormal #spirit radio #ghost hunting #spirit box #spirit voices
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The Right Word (permalink)
A mortifying obituary typo — for "deep wrongs," read "deep provings."  From Friends' Review, 1868.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The horse rose up in the air."  From Andy's Adventures on Noah's Ark by Douglas Zabriskie Doty, 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 #art #rocking horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #fighting death #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A marvelous 'living skull' still has human power."  From a piece about the magician Joseffy in Popular Mechanics, 1909.
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#necromancy #vintage magic #vintage headline #talking skull #living skull #magic skull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I am introduced to my soul."  From A Man and His Soul, An Occult Romance by Theron Clark Crawford, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #occult #soul #spirit #art #spiritualism
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Whirlwind the Whistler carries away Golden Tress," from The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #whirlwind #russian fairy tale #wind spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #dentist #tooth extraction #tooth pulling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are some roller-skaters from The Sketch, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #roller skating
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a "smudgeography" character made by folding one Miss Jenks' freshly inked signature in half, from The Boy's Own Paper, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #smudgeography #ink signature #signature game
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #spooky #art #haunted forest #night #creatures of the night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The softest far-away echo repeated to her ear the words 'Follow-my-Lead.'"  From Fairy Prince Follow-My-Lead by Emily E. Reader, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #enchanted forest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #dog #monkey #white horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Mocca, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #art #stroller #tiny car #baby carriage
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Leo Bruce's Death of Cold:

He found the bathing-hut attendant a middle-aged man wearing a blue jersey from which a thin and sinewy neck protruded to blossom into a rather startling face. This was pale, or seemed so in contrast to a sudden crimson nose....

***

She'd have taken her bathing-dress off altogether and walked about like a statue if I'd have let her.

***

"We've had instructions from the highest quarters that no further investigation is necessary or in the public interest."
"That's fine. But, you see, there are no highest quarters for me.... Highest quarters have always seemed to me rather silly."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #bouquet #art #flower delivery #red dog #devil dog
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Hypnotized by a revolving mirror.  From The Practice of Hypnotic Suggestion by George Chadwick Kingsbury, 1891.
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#vintage photo #hypnosis
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June 25, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

We're honored that our book Setting Career Goals is citied in Common Core Curriculum: English, Grades K-5.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #monster #art #yokai
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1927. 
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#vintage illustration #satyr #art #faun #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Subject unable to bend his leg."  From Hypnotism and Hynotic Suggestion by Thirty Authors, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #hypnotism #men touching
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The House of Life," by Laurence Housman for The Bellman, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #angels #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Locked inside."  From Popular Mechanics, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage magic #in chains #escape trick #escapologist #locked in a safe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The History of Sir Thomas Thumb, illustrated by J, B., 1855.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art #tom thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #monster #mythology #fairy tale #art #harpy #creature #russian fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #silhouette #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The cock that was feeling dicky.  'What's the use of anything, anyway.  Nothing but an egg yesterday, and a feather-duster tomorrow.'"  From The Sketch, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #despair #art #rooster #what's the use
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mr. Chamberlain is perfectly proportioned" (at 7 1/2 heads tall).  From London Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #proportions #height #chamberlain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I have seen him repair a cat that had lost at least eight of its lives."  From Pearson's, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #veterinarian #cat doctor #nine lives
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Say!"  Date and creator unknown.  Scanned by DeGolyer Library.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art #communication #talking #vintage postcard #speak out #vocalization
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An enormous plum pudding carves out pieces of its head.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1881.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #plum pudding #snowball fight #giant snowball
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Fun magazine, 1893.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #twins #umbrella #art #vintage fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #creature #black lagoon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A crash landing into giant mushrooms.  From The Magical Land of Noom, written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art
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June 24, 2017

Precursors (permalink)
Our very own The One Minute Mystic (2009) is a precursor to Simon Parke's One-Minute Mystic (2010).
        
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #sheet ghost #shroud
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The "Jinx" of the 13th Air Squadron.  From Popular Mechanics, 1924.
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#skeleton #thirteen #jinx #air squadron
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #warthog #animal rights #hunting #animal cruelty
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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 #ghost #haunted house #art
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Done out of French.
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#old book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #knight #art #hydra
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Necromancy in the movies - A 'doctored' picture that apparently shows the reflected image of the heroine in the hero's left eye."  From Popular Mechanics, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #eye #trick photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #knight #art #russian fairy tale
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The Right Word (permalink)
For "goddess" read "godless" -- an erratum in The Etonian, 1820.
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#religion #goddess #atheism #typo #godless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From London Magazine, 1902. 
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #labyrinth #maze
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's which type of quills to use when writing to lovers, enemies, and fools, as well as for composing one's loftiest thoughts.  From Pearson's, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #magick #magic spell #art #magic #feather #quill pen #quills
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Frozen with amazement and repugnance, I stared at the creature."  From English Illustrated, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #sea creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Blowing a pinwheel within a soap bubble, from The Windsor Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #soap bubble #pinwheel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #old man winter #freezing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #spitting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From American Rifleman, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #springs #crash suit
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Jugend, 1896.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #sheet ghost #cycling #rain gear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #witch #art #scissors
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June 23, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Gordon spotted our book on Astragalomancy in the "Outer Limits" section of Quimby's Bookstore.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Yawning before a dinosaur.  From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #dinosaur #yawning
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The Right Word (permalink)
Electricity as "this funny juice."  From Popular Mechanics, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #electricity #funny juice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
War and peace.  From Jugend, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #war and peace
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #centaur #part car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The temptation."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #temptation #serpent #art #eden #forbidden fruit #adam and eve
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I am the Fire Fiend."  From Loraine and the Little People by Elizabeth Gordon and illustrated by M. T. Ross, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #fire spirit #fairy tale #art #fire fairy #fire fiend
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales of Magic and Meaning, written and illustrated by Alfred Crowquill, 1856.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #dwarf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulf the Minstrel by Robert B. Brough, 1859.
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#vintage illustration #art #harp #dancing #minstrel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #princess #russian fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I limped painfully through the night."  From Pearson's, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #dark night of the soul #through the darkness #limping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"His eyes were wide open, staring at something which was not there."  From English Illustrated, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #otherworld #spirits #art #spirit guide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a fairy godmother from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1881.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #fairy godmother
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: "Oh but it's cold up here." Click to make it less cold.

Main Building, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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#vintage postcard #columbus ohio #ohio state university #osu #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #emblem #art #hydra #hercules #many headed
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June 22, 2017

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored for our Magic Words: A Dictionary to be citied in The Magic of Language and the Language of Magic, a Master's thesis by Michael Macrae Enciso Edmiston, San Diego State University.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #kafka #human insect #human bug
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #serpents #serpent king #snake king #snake fight #crowned snake
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to video conferencing -- looking through the telephone in Die Muskete, 1933.
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#vintage telephone #vintage photo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #art #trumpet #wake up
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Boy's Own Paper, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #art
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
From the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 1889.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Popular Mechanics, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage gay #sledding #homoerotic #wounded soldier
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #art #blackbird #russian fairy tale
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Truth Christmas Number, 1894.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #dream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The outstretched arms from finger tip to finger tip should equal the height of the figure."  From London Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #proportions #height
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pearson's. 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #knife #self defense
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The four stages of bibliomania, from English Illustrated, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #knight #art #bibliomania
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The end," from Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1881.
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#vintage illustration #spooky #art #door knocker #the end
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal another print.

Jonastal (Jonas Valley), near Artstadt
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#vintage postcard #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #telling time #big nose #sun dial
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Faces in things.  From Die Bühne, 1927.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Ellery Queen's The Greek Coffin Mystery:

***

his dark vandyke pointed accusingly at the floor

[And, describing a different character within the same paragraph:]

buried in a study as deep and brown as his beard

[Who knew that brown studies showed different *degrees* of brownness!]

***

"Khalkis... said, in these exact words: 'Before you leave remind me to call Barrett's and order some new ties like the one I'm wearing'.... The verbal italicization is mine."

[I.e., the verbal italicization is Ellery's--Ellery the character, that is, not Ellery the author(s).]

***

"The best possibility is Mrs. Sloane, although it's true that there doesn't seem to be any reason why she should inform against her own husband--"
"An acute parenthesis," drawled Ellery.

***

Ellery proved himself a philosopher and went to sleep.

[I think, in the context, this means he was able to remain "philosophical" about a setback and not let it keep him up... but I like the (un?)intentional auxiliary suggestion that dozing off is typical of what philosophers do.]

***

She took a deep breath, and the smoke dribbled out of her lovely mouth like punctuation marks as she talked.

***

This was serious, and the old man's nose lengthened and his jaw snapped in a manner that boded ill for the sergeant.

[I didn't realize that becoming dissatisfied with an employee's conduct could make the nose grow! I thought it was only lying that did that!]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A ride on the rocket-star."  From In the Sky-Garden by Lizzie W. Champney and illustrated by J. Wells Champney, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #comet #shooting star #meteor
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June 21, 2017

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #crocodile tears #bureaucracy #paperwork
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Trying to blow a few notes on saxophone weighing five hundred pounds."  From Popular Mechanics, 1924.
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#giant instrument #giant saxophone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Diabolical mirth."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #art #diabolical #mirth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #art #masks #giant mask #giant face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An uninvited visitor."  From The Boy's Own Paper, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #art #crashing through #uninvited
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #witch #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Wilhelm Kotarbinsky's "The Angels of the Pyramids."
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Glasgow University Magazine, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #demons #art #caricature
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Nonsense Dept. (permalink)
"The boy who could talk nonsense."  From The Laughing Prince by Parker Fillmore and illustrated by Jay Van Everen, 1921.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying horse #russian fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #full moon #art #dome #rooftop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ye olde century takes away ye olde year, from Truth Christmas Number, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #old year
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The man who gave no tip" — an illustration by Henry Mayer for London Magazine, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #no tipping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She was asleep—asleep in a burning bed."  From Pearson's, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #house on fire #art #burned alive #burning bed #bed on fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's always Happy Hour somewhere.  The caption reads, "The Seigneur comes in a happy hour for us."  From English Illustrated, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #happy hour #headdress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sensation scene at the hop-scotch reunion."  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #men's fashion #long beard #hopscotch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #bones #skulls
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A gorgon gets a trim.  From Die Bühne, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #serpents #barber #hairdresser #gorgon #snake hair
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June 20, 2017

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Writer's block is actually a fear of death.  From Ulk, 1919. 
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #writer's block
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From a Charlotte and Aaron Elkins novel:

He charged off looking for Donny like a bull hunting for a china shop.

***

(Who Needs Context? dept.):

"Cosmic forces would have to take a back seat to coffee and pancakes."

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Held back by—what?"  From Popular Mechanics, 1927.
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#vintage ad #held back #vintage headline #dead end job
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"David and the lion."  From A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art by Thomas Wright, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #david
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ann Jeffries dancing with the fairies."  From Legends and Miracles and Other Curious and Marvellous Stories of Human Nature by James Elimalet Smith, 1837.
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#vintage illustration #fairies #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #art #cupid #frog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Finis."  From The Scarlet Letter yearbook (Rutgers, 1918).  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #occult #art #finis #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A bubble boy from Yankee Enchantments by Charles Battell Loomis and illustrated by F. Y. Cory, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #bubble boy #bubble
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The Right Word (permalink)
From English Grammar by the California State Board of Education, 1888.
AskThePessimist quips: "What Chomsky was afraid to reveal: The structural grammar of the story of your life."
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#vintage illustration #haunted #art #sentence diagram #mistake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Inhaling 26% ammonia," from Hypnotism, A Complete System of Method, Application and Use by L. W. De Laurance, 1900.
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#vintage photo #mesmerism #hyonisis #ammonia
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Two eyes are better than one," from Star-Land by Robert Stawell Ball, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #art #two are better than one #depth perception #two eyes
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
A right- and left-handed sketch from Pearson's, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #cartooning #left handed sketch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He went so far as to move a rider to the resolution, suggesting toasted cheese."  From English Illustrated, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #cheese #toasted cheese
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Meanwhile, on Mars.  From Die Muskete, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #life on mars #art #martians #aliens #martian birth #alien birth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #memento mori
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
This rather occult-looking rebus (in German) features a succubus who has apparently hearned how to be her own cat.  (See How to Be Your Own Cat.)  From Die Bühne, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #cat people #succubus #rebus
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