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Today — November 22, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Revealed -- a bookworm is the larval stage of a dragon.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1946.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The White Rabbit in a dress, from an all-female retelling of Alice in Wonderland from Agnes Scott College's 1914 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #alice in wonderland #vintage yearbook #rabbit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #demon #hell #hot tub
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From the University of Nebraska's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vampire #dracula
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "The Return of Lord Kingwood," by Ivans (trans. Josh Pachter):

***

Mr. Monk then ferreted a number of newspaper clippings and other papers out from an assortment of nooks and crannies.... How the little man managed to locate them so quickly, after they had spent years tucked away and forgotten, was impossible to explain. But it was generally acknowledged that there were certain secret passages through the wilderness of documents strewn both within and without the office's many cabinets, passages that were known only to Mr. Monk, passages that invariably led him directly to whatever information he sought.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
As good a portrait of a journalist as we've encountered.  From Le Grelot, 1874.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #monster #eight arms #octopus #journalism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Whether this is a shattering of reality or a confluence of parallel universes, our custom Uncanny Detector App was indecisive.  From East Carolina's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#bicycle #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #parallel universe
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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 #sea creatures #fish #under the sea #radio
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The fight between the bear and the skrattel. From A Book of Fairy-Tale Bears by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #bear
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #giant book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The obligatory defensive disclaimer.  A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #hyrbid #disclaimer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zhalo, 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 #cemetery #graveyard #grim reaper #art
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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 #arbor day #art #big hat #forest hat #tree hat #big hands
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Is Death wearing Peter's mask?  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #ghost #spirits #art #pipe #hallucination #opium #long pipe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #art #skulls #cat o' nine tails #war and peace #peace angel
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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 #art #jealousy #gunfire #suddenly a shot rang out
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We assumed this was an underwater photo of a swimmer.  It turns out to be a realistic theatrical recreation of someone drowning.  From Fairmont's 1985 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #photography #drowning #art #vintage yearbook #swimming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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 #clown #flood
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Yesterday — November 21, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)

The phrase "Humpty Dumpty's beard" is a Googlewhack.
Illustration from The Lewis Carroll Society of North America's Knight Letter, 2008.
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#alice in wonderland #humpty dumpty #egg
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The George Washington Ghost, 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 #cloud #shut up #skywriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #imp #fairy tale #prince
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Facing the future without fear."  From Awake magazine, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #fear #fearless #optimism #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1933 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #castle #knight #crown #vintage yearbook #laurels
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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 #serpent #garden of eden #biblical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 1914.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy tale #elves #cave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The eccentric, critical, changeful, intelligent hand."  We like how the caption doesn't say this is the hand of a person who is eccentric, critical, changeful, and intelligent, but rather that the hand itself is all of those things.  Therefore, the illustration is transformed into a talisman, akin to the Hand of Fatima.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #hand #palmistry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #art #open grave #burial #dummy #mannequin
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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 #elephant #art #circus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #antlers #horned man
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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 #political cartoon #monster #giant #art
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Book of Whispers (permalink)

No doubt you've heard of Ireland, too.  It really is such an open secret.  From The Open Secret of Ireland by Tom Kettle, 1912.

But even as recently as 1981, Ireland was under wraps, as it were.  "There isn't anything beyond Wales — only a lot of sea" (the "Roots" Christmas special of Are You Being Served?)

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#are you being served #ireland #open secret
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #vintage fashion #weird fashion #gag
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #vintage yearbook #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 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 #fairy tale #frog #smiling animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #winged man #bad smell #stinky
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Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
Someone should write a book on Boundary Setting for Open Secrets.
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November 20, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)
You've noticed the phenomenon: stage magic so often has an undertone of seriousness, and ritual magic[k] is so often theatrical.  Our friend Clint Marsh has dedicated his life to the misfits of magic, collecting and spearheading subtle yet wondrous wizardry for enchanting everyday life.  In honor of his remarkable Fiddler's Green zine, we rolled our alphabet dice on a haunted mirror to see what mysterious messages might come through.
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#magician #magic #clint marsh #letter dice #alphabet dice
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Contrary to what titillating artists would have you believe, most mermaids have only human heads on otherwise fishy bodies.  From Littleton's 1907 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #mermaid #vintage yearbook #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Northern UFO News, 1986.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #alien #extraterrestrial
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #bear #gas mask
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They are taken to places beyond the sky, and there they are dusted and swept."  From The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun by Ernest Vincent Wright and illustrated by Cora M. Norman, 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 #fairies #stars
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #horn #biblical #musician #jericho
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washburn's 1918 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #camel #flying camel #winged camel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"So they followed the rose past the pretty houses of the flowers."  From The Wonderful Land of Up by Olive Roberts Barton and illustrated by Neely McCoy, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #flowers #rose
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for an unexpected finale to the chess game. From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.

From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #chess #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Orion as the Archangel Michael.  From The Word, 1917. 
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#serpent #constellation #occult #esoteric #stars #archangel michael #orion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Glue on their fingers … fingers in their hair.  From Bradley's 1943 yearbook.

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

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This method of sausage-making is now generally frowned upon.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #tiger #sausage #vegetarian nightmare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #rockets
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From In Merry Measure by Thomas Masson, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #human butterfly #butterfly woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #fashion #men's fashion #big hat #vintage men #vintage hat #fancy hat #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From East Carolina's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #prediction #blindfolded #mentalist
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November 19, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magic Catalogue by William Doerflinger.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #blindfold #vintage magic #seance #table tipping #spirit trumpet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Further proof that the Michelin Man is an extraterrestrial.  From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1978.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
May you, like Little Bear, find some lucky money today.  From The Bunny and Bear Book by Laura Rountree Smith, 1923.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "Murder in the Movies," by Karl Detzer:

***

I'm telling it now, just the way it happened, so that there needn't be any more pictures surrounded by question marks.

***

[I like the "intersport" imagery in this sentence.]

Gatski was a little man, about forty years old, with a bay window like a basketball and a voice like a baseball umpire's.

***

"Turn 'em," Sam said in a peculiar tone, like a sound track that's picked up an echo.

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Critics.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #faces #critic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).
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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #centaur #machine gun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales of the Punjab Told by the People by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #saint #folktale #punjab #world tree #family tree #holiness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #giant snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The night."  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #art #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Will your conscience let you marry?  From The Judge, 1922.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #power lines
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Ulk, 1927.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #death #art #faces in things #crushed #urn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #pipe smoker #mouse #cat and mouse #mousetrap #white cat #cat in a hat #pipe smoking cat #caught in a trap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #devil #falling down
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism #coin
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November 18, 2019

Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

We noted an air of timlessness at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama.  As chronologicians, we investigated the area for the cause, and (as per usual) it was virtually staring us in the face — a giant frozen pendulum.  Say what you will about modern art, this piece sure does the trick in terms of manifesting and maintining a temporal anomaly.


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#temporal anomaly #pendulum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
All memes predate the coinage.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #saint #postage stamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From From Nowhere to the North Pole by Tom Hood, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #otherworld #fairies #fairy tale #chased #creatures
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Tormented by the Crying Cats" by Elizabeth Wilkes in The Tangent, 1933.  (Via Nemfrog.)
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#vintage illustration #cats #torment
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1926 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #wolf #vintage yearbook #howling #howler
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #ocean #sea #tidal wave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #painter #body painting #black paint
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's yearbook of 1910.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #art #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Considering what had been yesterday and what he had before him for the day."  From Cosmopolitan (1898).
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#vintage illustration #art #contemplation #vintage man #the day ahead #planning #yesterday and today #man in bed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #hell #art #piano #damned #torment #boiled alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It is never safe to be wiser than one's friends."  From Tales of the Punjab Told by the People by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #folktale #wisdom #punjab
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny dog #play date
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art #disease #catarrh #flying house
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #statue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #giant cup
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #faces in things #tree face #tree people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #totem pole
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November 17, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
How we dine out for free every single day and why it's a David Lynchian experience: all secrets are revealed in our new article over at Medium.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From "The Three Giants" by Mrs. Marcet, in Eyes and No Eyes by M. V. O'Shea, 1900. 
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#vintage illustration #angel #giant #winged giant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #horse #hot air balloon #equestrian
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #king #dog #tramp
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of "a fifth" of whiskey or other liquor.  Here's an easy way to picture it.  From Atlantic Christian's 1982 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #glassware #water goblet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #water spirit #bed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.

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#vintage illustration #devil #hell #art #grindstone #nose to the grindstone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #earth #anthropomorphism #moon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art #mannequin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales of the Punjab Told by the People by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #cow #art #folktale #punjab
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #rocket car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #sea serpent
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #mask #art #pope #skull mask #money bags #anti religion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art
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Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
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#prayer #boredom #saint anne
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914. 
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#vintage illustration #demons #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #horror #giant skull #skull island
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1917 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animals #doctor #vintage yearbook
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Unicorns (permalink)
Here's a nearly-lost gardening tip: never plant any test seeds within cryptozoological migration paths.  As Edith Sitwell put it, "And the gardener plants his seedsman's samples / Where no unicorn-herd tramples" ("Green Geese," in the poetry magazine Wheels, 1921).
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#unicorn
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November 16, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Kleptomania of time" remains a Googlewhack.
Jonathan wonders: "If procrastination is the thief of time, but time itself is guilty of kleptomania, then does that mean procrastination is one of those honorable thieves who steal only from other thieves?"
From Lenoir Rhyne's 1974 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #kleptomania
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This says that people who promptly answer correspondence are "stunted and queer."  We, too, strive to answer promptly and are unabashedly stunted and queer.  (Not proudly, mind you, for the opposite of "shame" is not "pride" but "shameless.")  From Mince Pie by Christopher Morley, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #correspondence #queer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #jesus #hammer and nail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1948.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #ghost writer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #stars #faces in things #rooftop
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Indianapolis College of Pharmacy's 1940 yearbook.

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#skull #vintage yearbook
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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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
Adam wonders: "I wonder what the thread count is on the average sheet ghost... Sheet ghosts are lucky to be made of bedding. That means they can sleep anywhere... I wonder what time of the moaning the average sheet ghost gets up... Hmmm,,, I suppose they'd need a shapely ectoplasm to pull off wearing a fitted sheet... And why do sheet ghosts only wear white sheets? ... I wonder if sheet ghosts are treated like a minority.  What about hygiene?  Do they throw themselves in the wash or just stand out in the rain?"
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#occult #vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #dandy
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1917 Snitcher Yearbook of the State Normal & Industrial School, Ellendale ND.

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Playing leapfrog with a goat and a squirrel.  From Wide Awake, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #squirrel #leapfrog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#religion #vintage illustration #art #hand of god #marionette #puppet master
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tales of the Punjab Told by the People by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by J. Lockwood Kipling, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #woodcutter #folktale #bear #punjab
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #winged man #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #contortionist #yoga
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #dog #crescent moon #on the moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #globe #earth #art #north pole #south pole #dog sled
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #monster #dragon #castle #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #quills #hedgehog
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November 15, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Waving a flag to engage a giant (a practice that endures in pride parades).  From Hampden-Sydney's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #vintage yearbook #flag
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Typical alien."  From UFO Review, 1987.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #ufo #alien #space brother
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Ring by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin & Nora Archibald Smith, illustrated by Elizabeth MacKinstry, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #horse #knight
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington College's 1931 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #flying horse #winged horse
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The President's Mystery Plot [a round robin novel]; chapter by Anthony Abbot:

***

[And illustration by Arnold Roth.]

The two partners, Messrs. Noble and Scarp, stood side by side in their little office over a bank and looked solemnly at Jim. They couldn't look at him other than solemnly for they were a very solemn pair.

[...]

They had been partners for so long that they looked like brothers. And both talked in the same hushed and defeated tone; if Jim closed his eyes, it was hard to tell which one was speaking. And whatever Scarp said, Noble repeated in slightly different words.

[Note: Some quick research tells me that Dupond et Dupont debuted a couple of years before Abbot wrote this ca. 1935; but since Tintin wasn't translated into English until two decades later, and the man who wrote as Anthony Abbot had no obvious connection to French-language culture, my guess would be that he came up with the gag independently.]


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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1868.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #skeleton #graveyard #grim reaper #scythe
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rotate and reveal the other face.  From Nebelspalter, 1891.

From Nebelspalter, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #faces #gif #smile and frown #f
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
People who look like their dogs.  From Nebelspalter, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #people who look like their dogs #walking the dog #vintage men
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 2004 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #apathy #today #cancelled #lack of interest #sign
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
As they say, it's not what you wear; it's how you wear it.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #sack dress #how you wear it #not what you wear
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Precursors (permalink)
Jonathan notes: "I can't help feeling that 'retroactively Kafkaesque' applies both to the appearance of the writer depicted in the illustration, and to his human-insect colleague. I see from Wikipedia that the date of the illustration, 1908, happens to be when Kafka's first stories were published; but it doesn't seem like he was well-known yet, and 'The Metamorphosis' was yet to come."
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #trapped #kafka #insect man #ink #kafkaesque #circle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Grannie's Wardrobe by Mrs. Marshall, 1867.
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#vintage illustration #despair #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #weird fashion #fur
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Let's all go crazy!"  From The Judge, 1921.
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#weird headline #vintage headline #go crazy
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
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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 #drowning #art #submarine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's where salad is buried.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #art #coffin #tombstone
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Our custom Uncanny Detector app positively identified the shadowy figure as a ghost.  From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
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#statue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Sir Bevis of Hampton, illustrated by Frederick Tayler for The Old Story Books of England.
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#vintage illustration #giant #old england #knight
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November 14, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Great instruction on how to use a book!  This one must be read in bed and must not be borrowed.  For a double bed, buy two.  From Mince Pie by Christopher Morley, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #reading in bed
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Precursors (permalink)
Today we have "typo glitch bug" gremlins, descendants of the printing press hobgoblins.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1914 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #imp #vintage yearbook #hobgoblin #printing press
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to "ram-raiding," or driving a car through a shop window for looting purposes, as popularized in the 1994 Jude Law film Shopping.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #teddy bear #mannequin #ram-raiding
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
A rare double-sharped and double-flatted note.  From Nebelspalter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #piano #high note #singing #pianist #double sharp #double flat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puss Junior and the Man in the Moon by David Cory, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #puss in boots
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Saint Mary's 1937 yearbook.
Pegasus figures into the next panel.
Poseidon's sea serpent figures into the previous panel.

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#vintage illustration #full moon #vintage yearbook #in chains #andromeda
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #pig #musician
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"But the peak that is nearer the storm cloud is nearer the the [sic] stars of light."  From Union College's 1949 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #gnome #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sleepy King by Aubrey Hopwood and Seymour Hicks, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #cyclops #one eye
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tiger
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #ocean #pianist
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the 1972 State College at Boston yearbook.
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#vintage photo #lens flare #perspective #train tracks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #witchcraft #art #witches #broomsticks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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November 13, 2019

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

A friend told us about the time in 2012 that he caught a Bananarama concert at Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe, attended by the gayest audience he'd ever seen at any show.  As he put it, "No chairs, no women."  Though the singers lip-synched their songs and forgot their own lyrics, my friend said that the casual and friendly environment they created made for a very entertaining evening (the band even let fans come on stage to propose marriage and do other shenanigans).  That pair of phrases, "no chairs, no women" stuck with us ... to the tune of a Bob Marley song.  We revised Marley's lyrics to make them about our friend's experience, all the while poking affectionate fun at Bananarama (who have been laughing all the way to the bank for decades).  Here's a recording of our altered version, as well as the side-by-side lyrics.  How many homages to Bananarama song titles can you catch?
Bananarama Version:
No women, no chairs.
No women, no chairs.
No women, no chairs.
No women, no chairs.

'Cause I remember when we used to sit
In the Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle.
Ob—observing sophisticates
As the ushers led them to their reserved seats.
Yeah!

Good shows we saw.
Oh good bands we've lost along the way. Yeah!
In this great venue you can hear any flaw.
So plug your ears, I say.
Yeah.

No women, no chairs.
No women, no chairs.
Now Bananarama lures no one but queers.
No women, no chairs.

Said—said—said I remember when lip-sync was gauche
and the music was played not played back.
One cruel summer, singers with unplugged mikes,
fanning flamers, but no dykes.
Yeah!

"Na na hey hey, kiss him goodbye,”
this bitch forgets the lines.
Although my feet don’t have no twinkle toes,
I’m gay as in happiness … while this goes on.

Karaoke can be all right!
Hope this set’s gonna last all night!
Though my loafers are not that light!
No pretense and no one’s contrite!
That De Niro can just sit tight!
Heard a rumour they’ll reunite!
Every shy boy an acolyte!
Taking bows, now they’re off stage right!

No women, no chairs.
No women, no chairs.
Bananarama ain’t no Britney Spears.
No women, no chairs.
Original version:
No, woman, no cry.
No, woman, no cry.
No, woman, no cry.
No, woman, no cry.

'Cause I remember when we used to sit
In a government yard in Trenchtown,
Ob—observing the hypocrites.
Mingle with the good people we meet.
Yeah!

Good friends we have.
Oh, good friends we have lost along the way. Yeah!
In this great future you can't forget your past.
So dry your tears, I say.
Yeah.

No, woman, no cry.
No, woman, no cry.
A little darlin', don't shed no tears.
No, woman, no cry.

Said—said—said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown.
And then Georgie would make the fire lights,
I say, log wood burnin' through the nights.
Yeah!

Then we would cook cornmeal porridge,
I say, of which I'll share with you.
My feet is my only carriage
And so I've got to push on through. But while I'm gone,

Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!
Everything's gonna be all right!

So, no, woman, no cry.
No, woman, no cry.
I say, oh, little—oh, little darlin', don't shed no tears.
No, woman, no cry. Eh.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An accurate portrait of November.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1914 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #pitchfork #vintage yearbook #november #poked
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The George Washington Ghost, 1921.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From American Fairy Tales by Garrett Brown and illustrated by John Edward O'Keeffe, 1911.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rare to see the back of a frog's tailcoat.  From The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1917.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Park College's 1966 yearbook.

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#effigy #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bonfire
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The cat, 'I am.'"  To say this yourself in a truly confident tone, see the instant, non-surgical techniques in How to Be Your Own Cat.
From Supernatural Cats, edited by Claire Necker, 1972.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1909 yearbook.

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Why Cats Paint.  From Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats, Written Principally By a Lady of Ninety, 1923.
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The Right Word (permalink)
"We moved through dark and desert ways."  From Manual and Diagrams to Accompany Metcalf's Grammars, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's so hard to find bellows with a head these days.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1848.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Layers of reality.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The prince wants his lunch."  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Richard Doyle.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 1906.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From In Merry Measure by Thomas Masson, 1904.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #king #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #art #exercise #yoga #tangled
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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 Colorado College's Nugget yearbook of 1954.
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November 12, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).  From Hampden-Sydney's 1914 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before electronic communication, getting mail was much more dramatic.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1941.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The UFO is alive and well and living in Fairyland!"  From the Merseyside UFO Bulletin, 1970.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Denver's 1921 yearbook.

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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

It's 1972, Wodehouse is in his nineties, and he's no longer standing on ceremony:

***

"The intelligent reader will recall, though the vapid and unreflective reader may have forgotten..."

[This from The Plot That Thickened, which also gives us the following]:

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"[She was] always insisting that their position demanded that they entertain as dinner guests people whom, if left to himself, he would not have asked to dinner with a ten-foot pole."

***

[And ... a nightclub orchestra called Herman Zilch and His Twelve What-Nots!]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The jesters of the cardinal directions.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1848.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Love, the King."  From Pall Mall (1899)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #book #mouse #hedgehog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #death #anthropomorphism #art #rat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #magick #wizard #occult #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #weird fashion #gag #restraint
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