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December 31, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

A special request to those of you who rend the fabric of space-time and generate alternate timelines: please create a reality in which Billy Idol takes Kiefer Sutherland's role as lead lost boy vampire in The Lost Boys, as well as the role of mad-scientist-built Rocky in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as the "pleasure model" replicant Pris in Bladerunner (you didn't think we'd suggest replacing Rutger Hauer, surely).  We would also welcome Billy Idol in the role intended for him before a motorcycle accident forced recasting: the shapeshifting android assassin T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  Why not Billy Idol replacing Sting in David Lynch's Dune?  That's simple: David Lynch's Dune should never have happened in this or any other universe.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's one way to read to your sheet ghost.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
From Wake Forest's 1974 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #man reading
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #mandala #good and evil #yin and yang #yin yang
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Some new year's envy, greed, hatred, megalomania, and egotism.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #new year
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Every new year is a victim of "abandoned nest syndrome" and is left in the care of one clown or another.  From Le Charivari, 1889.

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #bird #new year #egg #1889
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Cork on the Water, by Macdonald Hastings:

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Colonel Johnson had applied himself to salmon-fishing with such single-minded purpose for so long that, with advancing years, he had acquired a noticeable resemblance to a salmon himself.

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Montague Cork's was a name to magic with. [My first experience of "magic" as a verb (unless there's simply a word missing from the sentence).]

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On a hook on the wall hung a tu-tu, a stiff white ballet skirt with two leg holes, like spectacles, in the underpart.

***

[in a hotel register]

somebody called something hyphen Smith

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This is the most accurate depiction of how the years are threaded together than we've ever encountered.  From Colorado College's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #zodiac #time #vintage yearbook #1912
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
New year's eve.  From der Guckkasten, 1911.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnomes #new year's eve
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Date uncertain.  (Our own restoration.)
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#anthropomorphism #happy new year #cat #vintage postcard #airplane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #run over #motorcycle #1925
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rhode Island's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #father time #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"December - January."  From The Home-maker (1890)

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#vintage illustration #father time #crown #halo #new year #january
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Killing time: like clockwork, the new year bludgeons the old, and it's as if nobody cares.  From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #murder #father time #new year #1907 #killing time #blood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #king #trunk
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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 L'Assiette au Beurre, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #mars #scales #war and peace #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #happy new year #clock #seeing double #double vision #hallucination #time warp #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #skull #skull cup #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#religion #vintage illustration #noose
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December 30, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is what it was like before Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.  From Nebelspalter, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #upside down #artist #modern art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Oeil de la Police, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #falling #falling down the stairs #eye #surveillance society #giant eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cupid accidentally shoots a love arrow at a male couple, and the moon approves.  From Nebelspalter, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #man in the moon #cupid #faces in things #vintage gay #male couple
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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 #giant #windmill
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Peace Institute's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fairy #vintage yearbook #rabbit #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Everything in the universe falls into three general levels."  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #class system
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #clock #temporal anomaly
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"A long, dark winter's night," from The Justice newspaper (Brandeis), 1992.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#darkness #snow #winter #night photography
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
A sun not of this world, from Pembroke's 1977 yearbook.
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#sun #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #red sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #typewriter #long fingers #long toes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 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 #spider web #caught in a web #tiny people #the people could fly #insect people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Finished Mystery by Charles Taze Russell, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #angel #christianity #prophecy #many headed #many eyes #wheels within wheels
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #divination #owl #fortune teller #cat #card reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #giant #elephant #ostrich #wild animals #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #labor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #sheep
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you belong in the Nut Section.  From the University of Washington's 1923 yearbook.  Whether for payback or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #cauldron #wolf #pig #boiled alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1917.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #wee folk
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December 29, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
On the importance of "useless" books to exist for the "'queer folk' who no longer set much store by the uses, aims, and meaning of present-day 'civilization.'"  From C. G. Jung's marvelous introduction to The Tibetan Book Of The Dead.
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#useless books #jung #tibetan book of the dead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the crocodile.  From Nebelspalter, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #crocodile #alligator #pet walker
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
You must put your slippers on
To walk toward the dawn.
—the song of the sibyl, in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis
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#philip k. dick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Roasting apples with a bear.  From The Bunny and Bear Book by Laura Rountree Smith, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #shadow #bear #apple
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Talking fish like "Billy Bass" are nothing new.  This one, for example, ran a university in 1977.  When these types retire, they go on lucrative speaking tours.  Hence, the "Billy Bass" phenomenon.  From Pembroke's 1977 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #fish #billy bass
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #harpy #sirens #bird woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life Magazine (1908).
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#vintage illustration #snowman #winter #pipe smoker #dandies #winter sports
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #big hair #gazebo
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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 #music #conductor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In the grip of influenza.  From Le Courrier Français, 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 #demon #illness #influenza #grippe #flu
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #stag #antlers #coat rack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard the expression, "walking on eggshells."  Here's the opposite.  From Kladderadatsch, 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 #leave me alone #cone of silence #armor #personal space
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
It isn't a practical joke.  "Typewriter for the blind has six keys."  From Popular Mechanics, 1928.
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#vintage headline #typewriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Embalmed beef.  From Jugend, 1899.
[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 #caterpillar #meat #vegetarian nightmare #rotten meat #worms #art
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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 #japanese #vintage japan #bear #tea
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1898.

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

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#vintage illustration #black cat #cat #vintage yearbook
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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 #haunted #ghost #spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #doctor #medicine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He saw the giant pass the window again."  From It's Your Fairy Tale You Know by Elizabeth Rhodes Jackson, 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 #giant #fairy tale
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December 28, 2019

Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)
From Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Oct. 1921.
(Thanks to Jonathan Caws-Elwitt for inspiration!)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Upon closer examination, he realizes it isn't a Titian after all.  From Nebelspalter, 1930.
[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 #modern art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington College's 1931 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #flying horse #winged horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
[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 #torch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Peace or war -- it's decided very scientifically, and it's the bomb that tips the balance.  From Nebelspalter, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #war and peace
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Book of Fairy-Tale Foxes by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #fox
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"The sun was high and hot."  From Muhlenberg's 1962 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Sadism, insanity rampant."  News we can believe, from Clarion Call, 1969.
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#insanity #vintage headline #sadism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mouse #musical animal #tiny violin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #monster #human headed #serpent man #postage stamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 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 #anthropomorphism #donkey #long neck
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #dancing #cake walk
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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, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #pipe smoker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #king
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to initiate time travel.  From Taylor's Gem yearbook, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #night photography #night #light and darkness
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #zombie #vintage gay #dandies #limp wrist #dapper
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We had nothing before us."  From Black Hawk's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #nihilism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
[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 #drunk #filled up #red in the face
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December 27, 2019

Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
You didn't need a math professor to tell you that, no matter what the song says, one is not "the loneliest number."  (But if you actually do need a math professor to tell you, Dr. Mason Porter of UCLA is there for you.)  The lyric needs text doctoring, since one divided by two is in fact a half (.5):
Original: One is a number divided by two.
Revision: One's the remainder when you once halve two.
If we do say so ourselves, our revision offers not only homophony (one's/once) but also wordplay (halve/have).  (Don't knock us, for if we received even half the literary criticism we deserve, we wouldn't have to analyze our own work.  Hint: this is your invitation to be part of the solution.)
Our headline from Greensboro's 1975 yearbook.
* Learn more about Presumptive Conundrums at Amazon.com.
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#math #loneliest number
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The phrases "ironed sheet ghost" and "laundered sheet ghost" are both Googlewhacks, delivering zero results.  But we may have ruined that with this controversial new release: Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts..  Some folks are saying that the booklet doesn't actually exist.  We offer proof, but as with seemingly all paranormal issues, not everyone agrees on what constitutes actual evidence.

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#halloween #ghosts #sheet ghost #hallowe'en #paranormal
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The only thing left is …

  • to get back to your bedroom.
  • to untie the knot into a circle.
  • to ask the moon for her compassion.
  • the hard part.
  • to enjoy the day.
  • for the lawyers to clean up the details.
  • to fly higher.
  • to ask if it’s worth it.
  • a bunch of unanswered questions.
  • to connect all the wires and turn it on.
  • a little moody calm for a respite.
  • surgical intervention.
  • proving everything is independent.
  • telepathy.
  • to travel to Ararat.
  • floating information.
  • to liquidate and save what can be saved.
  • the blood, some meat and the remains of magical power.
  • a light.
  • to proceed upon established lines.
  • the space that includes the viewer.
  • the unspeakable, the pure.
  • some of their names.
[Snippets gathered through the course of our research.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Applying lipstick as the world explodes.  From Nebelspalter, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #end of the world #apocalypse #war #explosion #lipstick
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see another version of the same postcard. Via Flickr.

via upnorthmemories
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#vintage postcard #michigan #grand rapids
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The souls of the unhappy dead find … peace."  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.]
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#vintage illustration #peace #afterlife #dead #souls
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
The "weight of time" that we feel in every breath looms upon us from the clock tower in the sky.  It's there, no matter which way you turn, as proven by the endpapers of the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1952.  
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #clock tower #endpapers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
[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 #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith #storytelling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #locomotive #rabbit
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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 #frog #toad #eaten alive #toad licking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #noise pollution #giant hammer #giant tools #loud noises
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1899.
[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 #masks
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #circus #weight lifter
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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 #animal attack #bear #eaten alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Iowa State's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #rooster #day and night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if these sorts of accidents are perfectly avoidable and need not ever happen again.  From Nebelspalter, 1930.
[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 #car wreck #car crash #traffic accident
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Count of Nine, by A. A. Fair:

***

Bertha Cool twisted her face into a fatuous smile; a sweetly synthetic grin that was as foreign to her as a postage stamp on a dollar bill.

***

"Try hanging around him," I told her, "and you'll learn about the facts of life."

"I know the facts of life," Bertha said.

"You'll learn ramifications, variations."

"I've been ramified, verified, and mutated," she said.

***

Bertha kept blinking her eyes at me as though she was biting the information off in chunks with her eyelids so as to help her brain digest it. [I think this may be a more elaborate version of a similar bit that we saw ESG (aka Fair) use in the Perry Mason oeuvre.]

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Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)
Q: What’s the most vainglorious way to collect carnival-themed postage?
A: With pomp and circus stamps.
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#circus #postage stamps
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northern Illinois' 1902 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fire #vintage yearbook #fire ceremony #bonfire #fire dance
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December 26, 2019

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
"Found the work of Professor Oddfellow recently and I am just amazed by every part of it." —Vitor Augusto, over on Tumblr
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#goat #halo
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
When is a white elephant gift not actually a white elephant?  When it's a slime mold.  We were gifted Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture (in honor of our love for Philip K. Dick's character Lord Running Clam, an intelligent slime mold who speaks and has telepathic powers, from the remarkable Clans of the Alphane Moon).  To our surprise, conversation turned to how slime molds urge the legalization of marijuana and an open border to Mexico.  (As the spokesman for the Plasmodium Consortium put it, "Their advice is objective, and transcends our polarized political environment, because they don’t belong to our species.")
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#slime mold
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to one of Penn and Teller's elaborate "Is this your card?" revelations.  From Nebelspalter, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #playing card #nine of hearts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Let your spirit soar."  From UFO Review, 1987.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #occult #spirit #seeing stars #astral travel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's today's giant teddy bear cutting a train down the middle.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1932.
[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 #train #locomotive #teddy bear #cut in half
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, never sleep, can see well in the dark, wander among the rocks and bushes all night long, and (referring to the chapter number here) are in financial ruin.  From The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #oz #living toy #patchwork girl
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This professor cherished all his pupas.  From Black Hawk's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage fashion #butterfly #vintage yearbook #1970s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In our experience, not only does a snail chariot move slowly, but the wheels tend to spin in the trail of slime.  From Nebelspalter, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #chariot #snail #giant snail
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Carolina's 1937 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #no parking #college dorm #men's dorm
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the turtle.  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 #turtle #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #flying horse #bell ringer #winged hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
[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 #christmas tree #whale #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #posture #bust size
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
* There is a vast world of reality into which science can no more enter than an elf can be Santa Claus.  We regret to observe that rather than face it, and confess its inability to measure it, science turns its back upon it.  Life is not always every-day life, and the insolvable mysteries are correlated not to formal rules but to spirit and inspiration.  Are bits of wisdom liable to dwarf the subject?  Indeed — and rightly!  James Howell described the ingredients of a good proverb to be "sense, shortness, and salt."  May Howell's cry resound through this present collection of maxims on believing in one's elf.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #mountains #faces in things #mountain climbers #mountain spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Colorado College's Nugget yearbook of 1954.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #artist #tiger #painter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Magician's Show Box by Caroline Sturgis Tappan, 1887.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1898.

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

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #smiling cat #smiling animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #accident
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December 25, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The war on Christmas.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1943.
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage christmas #war #war on christmas
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Winter hit them like revenge" (Jerome Klinkowitz, 1991).  From Washington State's 1944 yearbook.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #rocket
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Date unknown.
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#vintage christmas #elves #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #christianity #vintage christmas #nativity
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A chicken burned as a witch.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #chicken #burned alive #burned at the stake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).
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#vintage illustration #medieval #vintage yearbook #sewing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #love and death #flirting with death
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #vintage christmas #snow #winter #frozen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #beard #winter #santa #rooftop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #cauldron #elves #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Santa gets a Christmas delivery from Satan.  From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #satan #cherub #santa #war and peace #weird christmas
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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.
43796 43604
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #hot air balloon #men kissing #mile high club #men embracing #men hugging #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #whip
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see how he might have turned out. From Washington & Lee's 1950 yearbook.

From Washington & Lee's 1950 yearbook
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #drunk #dapper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A detail from Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cupid apparently booby-trapped a heart with a nail, so that when the Devil stomped on it ...  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #devil #cupid #heart
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December 24, 2019

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored that our Skeleton Key of Solomon, which compares West African Vodou's vévé diagrams to the goetic sigils in the grimoires of Medieval evocation rites, is cited in Lloyd D. Graham's "A Comparison of the Anthropomorphic Vodun Power-figure (West African Bocio/Bo/Vodu/Tro) with its Kongo counterpart (Central African Nkisi)."
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A tiny handkerchief for a runny-nosed candle.  (Our restoration; via PostcardTimeMachine).
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#vintage illustration #elf #vintage christmas #anthropomorphism #christmas #faces in things #vintage postcard #candles with faces
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Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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#mistletoe #etymology #mazel tov #root word
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Since 1990, Santa Claus has been the patron saint of industrial engineering.  From Toike Oike, Dec. 1990.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#patron saint #santa #weird headline #industrial engineering
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Knife Slipped, by A. A. Fair:

[From Erle Stanley Gardner's pseudonymously penned "Cool and Lam" series.]

***

She...habitually kept her lips clamped in a tight line as though afraid a word might inadvertently spill out when it wasn't absolutely necessary.

***

"This Bertha Cool is a card all right."

"Card, hell," I told him, "she's the whole deck."

***

"What did that fan dancer have that I haven't got?"

"A fan."

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
There really was a Santa Claus, until December 1961.  From The Link, 1961.
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#vintage illustration #death #vintage christmas #santa claus
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #christmas costume #vintage fashion #tree costume #christmas tree costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
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#vintage christmas #winter #elves #vintage postcard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage christmas #cherub #december
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1991 yearbook.

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

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#beard #christmas #vintage yearbook #santa #vintage men
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Charles Dickens left out this detail: "Yule spirit comes with meatloaf."  From Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#meat #vintage headline #meatloaf #yule spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!  From the little pig you took care of so well."
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage christmas #cherub #rooftop
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #rooster #cock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cloud horse #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #christmas #santa #rooftop #zeppelin #blimp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #christmas tree #vintage christmas #dog #his master's voice #christmas is ruined
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Star of Bethlehem - no 'neon' sign."  A headline from The Crusader, 1993.
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#star #star of bethlehem #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #mountaintop #musician #saxophone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage christmas #toy soldier #nutcracker
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December 23, 2019

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

We're honored that our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary is cited in The Semiotics of Love by Marcel Danesi.  
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Precursors (permalink)
Eight years before the debut of the Mary Poppins books, here's a lady with an umbrella flying weightless.  From Nebelspalter, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #weightless #mary poppins #the people could fly
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
Disguised as a Christmas tree.  From Butler's 1973 yearbook.
But there are zanier and more convincing Christmas tree disguises collected here.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #sorority
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Christmas Candles, Plays for Boys and Girls by Elsie Hobart Carter, 1915.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas #vintage book #candle #old book #christmas candle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A squirrel was a sophomore in zoology at Tulane in 1973.  We were unable to confirm that he eventually graduated.

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

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#zoology #vintage yearbook #squirrel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The war on Christmas was in full swing in the 1930s, when Santa was criticized for being imperfect.  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #santa #war on christmas
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.  02-400
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage christmas #sled #candle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tri-State's 1922 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #jester #clown #vintage yearbook #duck #pet walker #walking the duck
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The question mark is wrapped in parentheses.  The headline reads: "Christmas 'Surprises (?)"  From The [Joliet] Blazer, 1963.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The fogs of time can overwhelm old photographs, but often the essential spirit of a scene will somehow strive to communicate itself.  From North Central's yearbook of 1970.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She touched the spider's webs with her fairy wand and turned them all to gold."  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #christmas tree #christmas #spider web
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #wind #carried away
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #costumes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #angel #christmas #christmas spirit #noel #christmas music
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #goat legged #faun #weird christmas #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #war #horsemen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration
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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.
44249 44171
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #spirit #goddess #cloud horse #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #christmas tree #vintage christmas #spin me round #spinning #rotating tree
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December 22, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to people disrupting daily life with their "comfort animals."  From Nebelspalter, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #pets #comfort animal #streetcar
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
We encountered several temporal anomalies in Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Both faces of the Merchants and Farmers Bank clock displayed incorrect times.  The cause of this particular anomaly remains a mystery, probably because there is a city-wide rift in time/space.
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#temporal anomaly
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The world's most intact remaining forest happens to be self-illuminating and is contained with the pages of old yearbooks.  From Olivet Nazarene's 1978 yearbook.
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#christmas tree #vintage christmas #vintage yearbook #1970s #glowing tree
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Any system which says, This is a rotten world, wait for the next, give up, do nothing, succumb—that may be the basic Lie and if we participate in believing it and acting (or rather not acting) on it we involve ourselves in the Lie and suffer dreadfully ... which only reinforces that particular Lie.  I imagine that if Sweet Jesus is listening to me He is becoming very angry now, but if He follows his own philisophy He will fold his hands, look tragically toward heaven, and do nothing."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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#religion #philosophy #philip k. dick
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"And they came from the East and worshipped The King."  From Taylor's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#christianity #christmas #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #biblical #three wise men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sweet Thing in Christmas Vestments."  From Punch Magazine (1866).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #vintage fashion #vestments
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This detail from a photograph in a Philadelphia yearbook, 1968, may assist astral projection.
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#vintage photo #perspective #hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Death breaks a sweat.  From Volshebnyi Fonar', 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 #grim reaper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #literate animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dumskii Al'manakh, 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 #devil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #vintage fashion #artist #men's fashion #vintage men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1965.
[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 #extraterrestrials #aliens #space men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An old Christmas night stable charm to protect horses from hags.  From The Judge, 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 #witch #occult #superstition #hag #magic charm #stable charm #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vulture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
[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 #frozen #skiing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #candles #rooftop #christmas lights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Indiana State Teachers College handbook, 1951.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #anthropomorphism #santa #squirrel #santa squirrel
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if the squirrel of temptation has corrupted you with the lure of ice cream, candies, tobacco, pipes, or billards.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook. 

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tobacco #ice cream #pipes #squirrel #candy #billiards
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December 21, 2019

Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas.  (See The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.)  From Nebelspalter, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #disguised as a christmas tree
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The winter fairy.  From Montreat's 1947 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fairy #winter #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1914.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animal lover #donkey
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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 #severed head #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #vintage christmas #shadow #santa #reindeer
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Grinch giving back to the tiny folk of Whoville all the presents he stole.  From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #grinch #santa #how the grinch stole christmas #weird christmas #christmas spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Jaques Callot.  From Der Orchideengarten, 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 #grotesque #mask #shaman
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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 Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #santa #vintage magazine
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From West Virginia University's 1930 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #sun #silhouette #vintage yearbook
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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 #satyr #faun
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 1907 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #cupid #vintage yearbook
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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 #pig #people who look like animals
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #marionette #puppet master
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 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 #snow #winter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Smilin' thru.  From North Carolina's 1937 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #keep smiling #toilet seat
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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 #bear #crushed
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December 20, 2019