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October 31, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to The Singing Detective series and film by Dennis Potter.  From Cornell College's 1923 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #forensic #musical #the singing detective
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Happy, sad, and expressionless jack-o'-lanterns.  From A Round of Birthdays by Prescott Bailey Bull and illustrated by Eleanor Withey Willard, 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 #halloween #jack-o'-lantern #pumpkins #hallowe'en
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Some hellfire from Duke's 1968 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#devil #pitchfork #fire #hellfire #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bonfire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The haunted truth of Oct. 31st.  From The Justice newspaper (Brandeis), 1992.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #halloween #jack-o'-lantern #hallowe'en #vintage headline #carved pumpkin #october 31
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This haunted but not cursed photograph appears in the Western Ontario yearbook of 1961.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#halloween #spooky #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Leshii, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #serpent #grim reaper #art #snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fiskal, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #demon #devil #satan #art #carried aloft
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #macabre #death #skeleton #art #spiritualism #seance #table tipping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #cat #art #sticking out tongue #tongue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #human sacrifice #witch #fire #immolation #art #burned alive #burned at the stake
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #hallowe'en #carved pumpkin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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 #anthropomorphism #elephant
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance, we thought he was inventing the Gummy Bear.  (That candy would debut in the ealry 1920s.)  From Baylor's 1916 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #mad scientist #vintage yearbook #test tube baby
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)  See this remarkable guide to practial magick you can do with a pencil and paper: The Pencil Witch.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #halloween #full moon #cat #hallowe'en #rooftop #vintage magazine #vintage comics
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wesleyan College (Macon GA) yearbook of 1982.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#horror #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1975 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Bowman Gray's 1969 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #double vision #hallowe'en
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Precursors (permalink)
Long before Tim Burton combined Christmas and Hallowe'en, Valentine's Day and Hallowe'en merged.  From The Link, 1961.
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#vintage illustration #hallowe'en #heart #valentine #holidays combined
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Planet of the Apes, 24 years before the novel was published.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #monkey #vintage magazine #planet of the apes
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October 30, 2019

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
You'll have already guessed why we posted this photo -- it's because the photographer seems to have placed the classic X-Ray Spex over his lens.
From Charleston Southern's 1968 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #beauty queen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Non-Europeans will never be able to comprehend Europeans' obsession with sausage.  It is a worldview one must be born into and cannot otherwise acquire or understand even theoretically.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 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 #meat #sausage #giant sausage
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Note the ironwork at the bottom of the first photo.  The second shot is framed exactly as we would have done it.  From Wake Forest's 1960 yearbook.
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#photography #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #framing #ironwork #wake forest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Goblin, 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 #ghost #cat #cat ghost
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
Your ship has come in, if you'd been waiting for Plastic Fantasies.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #ship
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wesleyan College (Macon GA) yearbook of 1982.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#skull face #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #face paint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Edward had suffered an incredible accession to his existing personality."  From The Lost Valley and Other Stories by Algernon Blackwood and illustrated by W. Graham Robertson, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #spirit #ectoplasm
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A comfort jack-o'-lantern.  From Lehigh's 1967 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #pumpkin carving
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Finally, news we can believe in.  "Ghouls and ghosts ready for big night."  From Clarion Call newspaper, 1964.
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#ghost #hallowe'en #vintage headline #ghoul
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1897 yearbook.  The meaning of this particular dice roll is actually explained in Astragalomancy: A Loaded Guide: Intriguing Readings of 21 Discrete Dice Throws.
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #skeleton #dice #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1882.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #jack-in-the-box #cow #art #smiling animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From UCLA's 1983 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #skeleton #october #art #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #window display
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
> read more from Yesterday's Weather . . .
#vintage illustration #art #windy day #windy #airplane
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Have an antisocial Halloween."  From Bay Area Reporter, 1986.
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#halloween #hallowe'en #weird headline #vintage headline #antisocial
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Shake 'em up tonight!"  From Duke's 1968 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #drum #musician #manhandled #sophocles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1884.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #meat is murder #giant fork #tiny man #pork #sausage #pig headed #giant sausage #pig mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The Midnight Revellers society, from William and Mary's 1901 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #owl #night people #vintage yearbook #creatures of the night #night prowler
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October 29, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1937.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giraffe #teddy bear #gas mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Pembroke's 1974 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#halloween #mask #vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook #1970s
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "The Strange Case of Steinkelwintz," by Mackinlay Kantor:

***

"There is an odor....But, Max Grame, you can't arrest an odor! I suppose you think that an odor stole my piano?"

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Morticia Addams' dress.  From Nebelspalter, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #costume #morticia addams
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If you've wondered whether a spiral handrail can warp space ...  From Guilford's 1990 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #warped #fisheye #handrail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #art #idol #sacrifice #beast
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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 Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #birds #hot air balloon #dirigible #blimp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #twins #art #fetus #umbilical
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
From Clarion Call, 1969.
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#hallowe'en #vintage headline #no news is good news #pumpkin day
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Strely, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #art #vampire
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Salem yearbook of 1904.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #art #hallowe'en #carved pumpkins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Wellner for Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mad scientist #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We always enjoy stumbling upon news of haunted forests suddenly appearing.  We can confirm that haunted forests can, according to our metabolism of time, seem to blink in and out of existence.  From La Vie (Lebanon Valley), 1997.
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#haunted forest #vintage headline #weird news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fiskal, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #dragon #art #apocalypse #biblical #beast #behemoth
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The saxophone is here called unnatural, abnormal, degenerate, discordant, nervous, and ugly, like America.  From the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1938.
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#saxophone #vintage news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1884.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Central Washington's 1913 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #skeleton #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #charon #river styx
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October 28, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"We are made plutocrats of the supernatural. ... Others have money ... or power ... or strength and courage. ... We have gods and ghosts."  —Gene Wolfe, Lake of the Long Sun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The only way to keep a sarcophagus from coveting your beer, in our own experience as plutocrats of the supernatural, is to abstain from beer in the first place.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1940.
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#sarcophagus #vintage illustration #vintage ad #beer #egypt
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Precursors (permalink)
A precursor to R. Crumb, from Lenoir-Rhyne's 1916 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #pumpkin head
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An ending is seen in the crystal ball.  From St. Joseph's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #divination #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
News we can believe in.  From City Light newsletter, 1959.  Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.
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#jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #hallowe'en #carved pumpkin #pumpkin lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fiskal, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #winged man #bat man #bat wings #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #the people could fly #war goddess
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #sea monster #submarine #battleship #batleship
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Reblog if you'll be right back.  From West Chester's "Serpentine" yearbook of 1980.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #cat #october #art #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #be right back
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Whether we believe we can take it with us or not, our worldly possessions hold our energy.  The transfer of energy into inanimate objects may seem strange to some of us, but objects themselves are just energy" (Eleanor Hooks, A Daily Sip of Joy and Peace).  From Catawba's 1987 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1980s #worldly possessions
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #monster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you're an individual winner like this tiny jack-o'-lantern, and if folks had better watch out.  From Memphis State's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#jack-o'-lantern #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Puzzles and Games :: Letter Grids (permalink)
"The wizard represented himself as the fountainhead of all knowledge.  He knew the secrets of the past, present, and future."  From Magician's Magic by Paul Curry, 1965.
Note that the 9-letter grid forms a rather difficult Boggle-style game board.  How many words can you find?  Here are some clues:

1. To obtain by deceit (4 letters).

2. An alcohol molecule containing two hydroxyl groups (4 letters).

3. A temporary release (4 letters).

4. Having a strong, disagreeable smell (4 letters).

5. (Archaic) having obeyed; from Arabic, a servant or worshipper (4 letters).

6. Put to death (obsolete form) (4 letters).

7. About 2.2 pounds (4 letters).

8. To open a locked door by sliding a thin piece of plastic between the door edge and frame to force open a spring lock (4 letters).

Answers [highlight to view]: 

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Hallowe'en coming earlier every year is nothing new.  Back in 1913, it had already been moved up to Oct. 28.  From Millikin's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Two ways to find a cosmic canine.  From Star Lore of All Ages by William Tyler Olcott, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #constellation #dog #canis major
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October 27, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Round of Birthdays by Prescott Bailey Bull and illustrated by Eleanor Withey Willard, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #witch #silhouette #hallowe'en
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You know the ghost bride haunting the attic of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, but here's one wandering the lonely pages of Pembroke's 1993 yearbook.  The caption reads, "Not able to comprehend death."

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #blurred #ghost bride #bride
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Wolf howls -- a headline from The [Joliet] Blazer, 1963.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the goats.  It's almost as if the leashes are yarn and that she's knitting goats' wool while walking.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #pet goat #knitting #pet walker #walking the goat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #playing cards #mustache #winning hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #sticking out tongue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #severed hand
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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 Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #tiger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #phonograph #voice of death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #big hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #tarred and feathered
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #art #x-ray
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University Rhode Island yearbook of 1975.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #jack-in-the-box #october #art #vintage photo #hallowe'en #pumpkin carving
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The first page of Washington College's 1969 yearbook says, "We children that came here are no more."   See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The night the witches wander."  From The Link, 1948.
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#vintage illustration #imp #witch #ornate frame #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, dress "in careless tom-boy style," with your "cloak flapping here and there."  From The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun by Ernest Vincent Wright and illustrated by Cora M. Norman, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #cloak
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wesleyan College (Macon GA) yearbook of 1982.

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#mummy #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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October 26, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #walking the dog #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Best Halloween Book by Lenore Dolan, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #witch #halloween #jack-o'-lantern #vintage book #hallowe'en #old book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #empty box
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wesleyan College (Macon GA) yearbook of 1982.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#occult #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #cutlery #pig #carnivore #meat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Toronto's 1956 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#mask #vintage yearbook #initiation #cat mask #owl mask
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Does a sledgehammer beat the reaper's sword and the devil's serpent?  An illustration by Trier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #devil #serpent #grim reaper #art #sledgehammer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #boxing kangaroo #kangaroo #art #people who look like animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #love potion #alchemy #tiny people #specimen jar
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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 Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #moon #art #faces in things #woman in the moon #lunar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #newspaper dress #germania
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #human headed #tentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #gothic #weathervane #art #cathedral #rooster #tower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #not reading #art #vintage fashion #ennui #listless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #phoenix #hybrid #human headed #cards
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Before zooming in on this photograph, at first glance we thought it was a mirrored box for magically multiplying spiderwebs. From Monmouth's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #spider web #art installation
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).

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

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#vintage illustration #merlin #sword #vintage yearbook #excalibur #lady of the lake #arthurian
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October 25, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The rarely-acknowledged truth is that party streamers are actually the marionette strings in the hands of fete.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #goddess #giantess #marionette #puppet master #party #streamers
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1968 yearbook.

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#halloween #jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #pumpkinhead #vintage hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #god #colors #paint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #skeleton #art
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #on fire #art #flames #burning down the house #nonplussed #house in fire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #elf #giant #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #smiling cat #laughing cat #happy cat #laughing animal #calico cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.  
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#vintage illustration #art #pipe smoker #novelty pipe #strange pipe #shipping magnate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol #air ship #giant bottle
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Washington College's 1969 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #library #student #studying
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The moon can't sleep without a serenade.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #moon #man in the moon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1907 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #chased #bachelor #pursued
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's yearbook of 1911.

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#vintage illustration #dragon #castle #knight #art #vintage yearbook
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #sun #melting #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wesleyan College (Macon GA) yearbook of 1982.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#skull face #occult #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "Death Out of Thin Air," by Stuart Towne:

***

[From an editor's footnote.] Mickey Collins was Pat's twin sister, a young lady who looked so much like her that it was a standing joke as to whether or not the twins themselves knew for sure which was which. [And have we possibly encountered a version of that somewhere before, too?]

***

Inspector Church was being as tight-mouthed as two clams.

[I love the idea that the utter silence of individual clams has an additive effect!]

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October 24, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1940.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #deity
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #cat #night #arched back
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washburn's 1918 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human headed #tentacles #octopus man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #automaton #oil can #oz #tin man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Unity and push.  From Colorado College's 1907 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #goat #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#devil #mephisto
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1917 yearbook.  Whether for revenge or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #alcohol #tiny men #hallucination #bottled ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #eccentric
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #giant sword #giant barrel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Whilst there's life there's soap."  From Pearson's, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #tramp #cleanliness #soap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Stood in one corner with folded arms."  From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #art #folded arms #in the corner
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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 Fliegende Blätter, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #jester #carnival
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an ad in Jugend, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #champagne #mountain climber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #explosion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Jack of Hearts."  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #cupid
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A smaller jack-o'-lantern swallowed by a larger one.  And the law o' the pumpkin patch goes on.  From Fairmont's 1985 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #jack-o'-lantern #art #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #carved pumpkin
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October 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Even given the esoteric nature of our research, we don't expect to encounter eight Janus-faced figures at once.  From Rockingham's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #janus #two-faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Animals invited to tea.  From The Peter Newell Mother Goose, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #tea party
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "protecting the peace."  Here's an airtight depiction.  From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #war and peace #soldiers #peace angel #specimen jar #protecting the peace
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Our teeth prove creation."  From Awake magazine, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #teeth #vintage headline #creationism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's College 1933 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #giant #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
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#religion #vintage illustration #prayer
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Joseph's 1921 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #literature #vintage yearbook #cave #treasure chest
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the film The Cabin in the Woods.  From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #winter #cabin in the woods #old man winter #cold
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Brains and How to Get Them by Christian D. Larson, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #brain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The sacred hand gesture of the horse-headed deity.  From Hayagriva: The Horse Headed Deity in Indian Culture by Narinder Sharma, 1990. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Columbia's College of Pharmacy yearbook of 1932.
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#vintage illustration #literature #vintage yearbook #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The "goat pig," as apparently depicted here (Lustige Blätter, 1918), seems rather rare.  But we did find a mention in Probability and Statistics by Example, 2014.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #pig #goat mask
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #boa constrictor #strangled
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #cobweb #caught in a web #barbed wire #spiders
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #dance of death #grim reaper #art #masquerade
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #nature #explosions
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #cape
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The caption of this photograph reveals its occult purpose of facilitating astral travel.  From the North Adams State College yearbook, 1966.
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#vintage photo #archway
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October 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #imp #fairies #fairy tale #fire #finis #fire fairy
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "Where Have You Gone, Sam Spade?" by Bill Pronzini:

***

With her was a wiry little man in his mid-forties, with colorless hair and features so bland they would have, I thought, the odd reverse effect of making you remember him.

[If I recall correctly, this is not the first time we've encountered a writer describing someone whose nondescriptness makes them paradoxically memorable.]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fortune teller #palm reader #palmistry #chiromancy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if a deity has thumbed his nose at you.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #deity #thumbing nose
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Joseph's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #rabbit #musical animal #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The fox handed the bear a hornet's nest.  From A Book of Fairy-Tale Bears by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
When the lady of the well burns your bald head with sunlight focused through a magnifying glass.  From Le Sifflet, 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 #magnifying glass #well #naked woman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #on high #viewpoint #above it all #teetering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #mask #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poedinok, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #severed head #faces in things #watering can #growing a head
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From 1917, by James Daugherty, courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #art #bald eagle #vintage poster #fleet
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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 Jugend, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #cows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #eaten alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1960.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #macabre #halloween #october #art #skull and crossbones #hallowe'en #skull and bones #bone hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #hell #art #damned #torment #boiled alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's an example of why we say that college yearbooks are deeply occult objects.  "This College Possessed" was the homecoming theme. From the North Central College yearbook of 1982.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#devil #occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume party #demonic possession #devil costume #horned man #possessed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #goat
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October 21, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Seinfeld episode in which George converts to Latvian Orthodox:
Latvian Orthodox Father: Is there one aspect of the faith that you find particularly attractive?

George: I think the hats. The hats convey that solemn religious look you want in a faith.  Very pious.

The Clothes of Religion by Wilfrid Philip Ward, 1886.
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#seinfeld #religion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1959 Ole Miss yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #typewriter #vintage men #1950s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead, but what if the dead are drinking in remembrance of you?  From Nebelspalter, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #sword #alcohol
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Ever since we spent the night in that haunted clock tower in Solvang, we haven't been able to properly time our seasonal posts.  Whenever you happen to be, this one is from Salem's 1983 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #spring
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Fortune cookie messages.  From The Link, 1954.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fortune telling #fortune cookie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1935.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #human sacrifice #deity #worship #hooded figure #many armed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
What a lie that we have equal work and play time.  The typical 8 to 5 workday is 9 hours, and that doesn't include time to get ready or commute.  Nor does it acknowledge that some (many) people need more than 8 hours of sleep.  It's all an ugly lie.  Also, if every day is a giant pie, no wonder so many folks stuggle with weight management.  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 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 #lies #balanced #food #pie #giant pie #day planning #work and play
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #woodsman #silhouette #axe #vintage yearbook #tree cutter #lumberjack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A cat deity looms over a goat, as if to illustrate advice for brightening up a party.  From Spellbound, 1976.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
[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 #cat #goat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"And there is more to be and no longer time to play."  From Washington College's 1969 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pchela, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #art #dancing #ballerino #tutu
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #death #skeleton #art #poison #bartender
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #pegasus #flying horse
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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 #demon #monster #art
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing
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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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #mythology #dragon #art #winged man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Colorado College's Nugget yearbook of 1954.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #vintage yearbook #tiger
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October 20, 2019

Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)

We did a Google search on the phrase "exhausted by prayer."  Only a dozen results came up, and only one that actually charmed and intrigued us, involving an unlikely pair of dice:

In a small chapel belonging to the church of St. Dominic, were formerly exhibited relics of St. Rose, the patroness of Lima. Among them was a pair of dice, with which it was gravely said that, when the fair saint was exhausted by prayer and penance, the Saviour would appear and revive her drooping spirits with a friendly game.  [Harpers, Oct. 1851]

See Astragalomancy: A Loaded Guide: Intriguing Readings of 21 Discrete Dice Throws.

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#dice #saint #prayer #st. rose
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1935.