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Today — December 10, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
To this day, "the sun dial shadows its" is a Googlewhack.  We're not sure if the phrase is meant to be poetic or whether a word got left out.  But it's nice to see a sun dial's shadow, which most often gets overlooked in favor of the sun's shadow on the dial itself.  From Montreat-Anderson's 1962 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #shadow #vintage yearbook #sun dial
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 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 #art #scythe
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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 #monster #art #warthog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Oh, they shook me so about that they turned me inside out."  From Bethany's 1956 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Grandmother, what a big drum you have!"  Sarah Bernhardt as the Big Bad Wolf impersonating Little Red Riding Hood's gradmother?  From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #drum #Sarah Bernhardt #red riding hood
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance, we assumed the bag was a marotte papoose (and "marotte papoose" is a Googlewhack; you're welcome).  But apparently this clown believes in his elf.  (See How to Believe in Your Elf.)  From Colorado College's 1904 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #clown #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard musicians hem and haw over how their music gets inspired.  Sometimes there's good reason for their caginess.  From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1980.
[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 #ufo #light and darkness
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Quite the leaning tower, and we think we found the photograph that inspired it.  From Park College's 1954 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #clock tower #leaning tower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rare to see an x'd out halo.  From Nebelspalter, 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 #political cartoon #death #skeleton #grim reaper #aura #halo #peace angel
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The boards vibrated with the intense emotion."  From Catawba's 1974 yearbook.

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

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

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Brief Lives, by Alan Vanneman:

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I hate rosewood. It's so rosy.

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When he was done with all four columns he started on the wainscoting. Now that was a pleasant word. Where would we be without wainscoting? I've got to fuck Dennis, he has the most fabulous wainscoting.

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Dennis, Dennis, Dennis! It's so fucking Toledo. Why not Andre Agassi, for Christ's sake? How could you not win Wimbledon when your name is Andre Agassi?

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"If you've got to ask..."

"You can't afford it. That's the law of the sea."

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She had this little spidery writing, like she could hardly bear to touch the pen to the paper.

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you've been to Lake Flunk.  From Chowan's 1911 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mountain climber #flunking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The British say "keep your hair on" (keep your cool).  From Le Charivari, 1845.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #wig #baldness #hairpiece #keep your hair on
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard the question, "Can I get an amen?"  Here's one way to get one.  From Salem's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#religion #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #power of prayer #amen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's how to fish with a skull pipe, a butterfly totem, and a pulley system.  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 #fishing #skull pipe
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This ghost and vestibule to the netherworld appear in the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1967.
The photo appears twice, once without text.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the other one.

University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1967
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#ghost #vintage yearbook #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The demon increased in statue and sparkled and glowed more brilliantly than ever.  From The Master Key by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by F. Y. Cory, 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 #demon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Bradley's 1943 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #giraffe #giraffe costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Finished Mystery by Charles Taze Russell, 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 #monster #christianity #art #great beast #biblical #paganism #many headed
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Yesterday — December 9, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An X for a halo?  Presumably it's the tail end of the ichthys symbol ("sign of the fish") of Christianity, but we've never before encountered it this way (we have gaps!)  The red "64" sticker seems like a sun that Jesus is warding off.  The sun and the Son.  In mathematics, 64 is known as a "centered triangular number" (symbolic here of the Holy Trinity?)  Of course, there are 64 demons in the Dictionnaire Infernal, and 64 hexagrams in the I Ching, and 64 squares on a chess board, so there are many (unsatisfactory) ways to interpret the cover of Sacred Heart's 1964 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #halo #jesus
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
When this photo of a Madison, North Carolina clock tower was taken, the actual time was 1:58, not the 12:11 displayed.  As constant investigators of temporal anomalies, when we encountered this shot by photographer Whe-renot, we immediately diagnosed the source of the disturbance: the bricked up "lost windows."  That's because "Time stops in a cell without windows” (Olen Steinhauer, The Confession, 2010).  Speaking of lost windows, consider this: “It’s nice to have a window, even if it’s bricked. I like the idea of a bricked window, because it engenders no delusion of being helped.  That’s the hardest thing to accept, that no one’s going to turn the light on, and if you need the light on now, you’ve misunderstood how to see in the dark” (Brandon Keith Nobles).

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#temporal anomaly #clock tower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The shadow witch from The Shadow Witch by Gertrude Crownfield, 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 #witch #fairy tale #dancing #long hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At last, an explanation for our "fluidity."  From Awake magazine, 1957.
[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 #sun #money #melting #ice #vintage headline
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The Right Word (permalink)
Though one might presume that the letters spell ATHLETICS, they actually spell LITHE CATS.  From Rockford's 1914 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #letters #letter head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
[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 #leopard #oz
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Read on!  The chestnuts have not all been cracked."  From Rockford's 1917 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook
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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 #giant bug #insect #costume #pet walker #bug costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 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 #king #asleep #sleeping sickness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svoboda, 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 #human headed #decapitated
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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 #monster #art #hybrid #egg #bureaucracy #paperwork #bird person
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Comique, 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 #practical joke #anthropomorphism #jack-in-the-box #cat #art #dog
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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 #hair product
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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 #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #skeleton #life after death #art #walking dead #living dead #horror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art #damned #torment #furnace
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
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#elf #ink splatter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 ad #outer space #art #comet #saturn
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 1983 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#halloween #skeleton #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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December 8, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"We are going to have to deal with propositions which are simultaneously both true and false; my corollary is that mutually contrary propositions may be equally true."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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#truth #philosophy #philip k. dick #contradiction
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #marotte
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Take care how you proposition a snowman.  From Nebelspalter, 1893.
[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 #snowman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Ghost World by Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer, 1898.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#ghost #death
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Kansas yearbook of 1933.

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

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#vintage illustration #frog #stars
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Svistok Odessa, 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 #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
She has a becoming cat, though she has not learned How to Be Your Own Cat.  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 #cat #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Plamia, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #anthropomorphism #art #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Comique, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #cyclops
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Saint Catherine.  From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #bat #art #hybrid #human headed #human bat #man bat
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #clouds #rain cloud #how weather works
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate self-hypnosis.  From the North Adams State College yearbook, 1966.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #pendulum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #art #musical animal
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Yes, planned confusion.  From Clarion Call, 1963.
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#vintage headline #confusion
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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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kent State's 1916 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #knight #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.  See the astonishing This Book is a Cactus.
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#vintage illustration #cactus
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December 7, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1923.
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#demon #vintage illustration
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"At last he flew to the end of the world, where there was a hut and no road beyond."  From Wonder Tales from Russia by Jeremiah Curtin, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #flying carpet #world's end #edge of the world
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Great news -- proof that you CAN take it with you.  All that's required is the right grip.  From North Central's 1944 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hand #puppet master #take it with you
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1845.
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#vintage illustration #costume party #hallowe'en #costume #devils #devil costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bildermann, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #jesus #healing #compassion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #linking rings #vintage automobile #chance and choice
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you use sheer willpower and/or the mysteries of psychokinesis to win at billiards.  From Lees-McRae's 1964 yearbook.

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#mentalism #vintage yearbook #powers of mind #willpower #psychokinesis #billiards #pool table
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #centaur
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance, we thought this was a centaur on the telephone.  From the Wyoming yearbook of 1930.

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

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #vintage yearbook #telephone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tachka, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
What do you see in this picture?  If you see a bird (with a white beak and a mustache-like wattle) it means that you are meant to sing your song of life and to remove any foreign substances from your feathers.  If you see a human figure (with no face but eyes, and blond braids, sitting in one of those egg-like chairs from the 60s), it means you like to show off your personal style and are intrigued by those weird egg-like chairs from the 60s.  Our illustration is from Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #bird
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Precursors (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
Jonathan notes: "I'm guessing it's a sort of sendup of the 'bicycle craze,' but it's funny how some of the items pictured probably anticipate backyard children's vehicles and amusement-park cars of the late 20th c."
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #animal car #rabbit car #giraffe car #turtle car #unusual cars #unusual vehicles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #drinking #art #suicide #alcohol #shark #prohibition #seals #taking a dive #animals drinking
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #hydra
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #tree spirit #art #peacock #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #prophecy #art #scythe #biblical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #blob #the blob
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Gateway to Hell" is the caption to the photo on the right. As we've tirelessly reported, college yearbooks are profoundly occult objects.  From William and Mary's yearbook of 1993.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#haunted #ghost #spooky #vintage yearbook #haunted college #haunted campus
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December 6, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The misprints devil."  From Nebelspalter, 1923.  Previously, we saw this printing press hobgoblin.  
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #typo #printing press
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
A friend visiting England spotted a physical manifestation of branching parallel universes in the Churchill War Rooms.  Both doors were locked, so he remained in this timeline.
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#alternate reality #parallel universe #doors #alternate universe
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Precursors (permalink)
Ah, the classic circling of the obvious anomaly, a practice as old as anomalies themselves.  From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1980.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #red circle
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "Death in December," by Victor Gunn:

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He met both the Chartons--Gerry, cheery, frank and likeable; and Ronnie, supercilious and full of psycho-this and psycho-that.

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"He's got no more sense of humour than a carrot."

[When I shared this quote with HC-E, she opined that carrots had a better sense of humor than some vegetables, and I had to agree. We both felt, for instance, that carrots had a better sense of humor than turnips (but not so strong a sense of humor as broccoli).]

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He went loping down the big staircase not unlike a great shaggy bear...with his hair pointing to all points of the compass.

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[A twist on the Wodehousian "phonus balonus."]

"If you'll cease talking hokus bolonus...."

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's an outright lie that art, religion, theatre, and sports aren't as heavy as science.  From North Central's 1944 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #science #vintage yearbook #scales
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A cat on crutches, from The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1946 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #wizard #cat #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animals
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Scattered on the Earth."  From West Georgia's 1979 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #shattered #mannequin #ashes to ashes #crumbled
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Night of the fox."  From Spellbound, 1976.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
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#vintage illustration #fox
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Basketball used to be more suspenseful.  From Colorado College's 1934 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #panther
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Early attempts to learn How to Be Your Own Cat had mixed results.  We've come a long way.  From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Take your own time, it's safest. … Only, mind about the edge, and whatever you do, let no stones roll over."  Parts of a page from Michael's Crag by Grant Allen, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #seagulls #mind the gap #take your time #safety first #good advice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #mushrooms #old bottle #shabby chic #old wine
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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 Judge's Library, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #big ear #long tongue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #cooking
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Major effort needed today" -- a headline from The McGill Daily, 1962.
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#vintage headline #effort needed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He found himself in a nest of huge size, with the owl prophet staring at him with big, yellow eyes."  From Tiny Red Squirrel by James Douglas Williams, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #owl #anthropomorphism #nest #art #squirrel
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December 5, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The angels of good coffee.  From Nebelspalter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #coffee
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Prince Prigio by Andrew Lang, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #flying carpet
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We've had all our best workouts in a phantom gymnasium.  From Lebanon Valley's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #castle in the air #ghost architecture #phantom architecture #phantom building
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #demon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Durak Aprel, the archipelago depicted in the birthmark on Mikhail Gorbachev's head.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #strange map #Mikhail Gorbachev #archipelago
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"In darkness."  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #darkness #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Winter cold brings beards and mustaches to faces": a headline from Soutiana, 1977.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#beard #winter #mustache #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #weird #art #WTF #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Leshii, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #cemetery #graveyard #art #mourning #sadness
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #art #literate animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #lion #lloyd george
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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 #mad scientist #art #tiny man #homunculus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Comic Magazine, 1832.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #flower people #hybrid #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #musician #tiny horse #trombine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Compressed time: "A year's day-long has come to rest."  This photograph's perspective is so foreshortened as to approach being superflat.  It's somewhat cryptic, but ghostly car headlights are backing away from a wall on Lover's Lane in a long exposure.  From Worcester's yearbook of 1963.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vampir, 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 #macabre #death #skull #art #crow #blackbird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #art #beast
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ellendale yearbook of 1915.

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #anthropomorphism #boxing #vintage yearbook
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December 4, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Hellboy.  From Nebelspalter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #demon #donkey #hellboy
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An incredibly rare twist on the classic trope!  Hear all evil, say all evil, see all evil.  From Swarthmore's 1979 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s #vintage men
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The best thing in the world is:

  • to get enough sleep.
  • to lie on a soft rug before a fire.
  • to laugh with a friend.
  • to be got from books. 
  • flying at full speed from pursuit.
  • to cultivate one's own garden.
  • to be who you are.
  • love.
  • to have the heart of a child.
  • individual freedom.
  • to watch the day being born.
  • work.
  • a pile of nuts as high as a hill.
  • to be self-forgetful.
  • to be useful.
  • laughter.
  • to play music.
  • to live; most people just exist.
  • to know somebody needs you.
  • in some cases, the very worst.
  • always in danger of extinction.

[snippets collected through our research]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, sing weird love songs to mermaids to rock their waves.  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 #angel #mermaid
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A rival lion mascot is transformed into a monkey.  From Tulane's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #transformation #vintage yearbook #monkey #tiger
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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 #antlers #deer #rocking horse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.

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

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#grotesque #mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 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 #teeth #necklace #carving #fetish
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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 #art #biblical #fire and brimstone #sodom #wrath of god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kosa, 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 #newspaper #bullhorn
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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 #art #long nose #finger nose
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to wipe off the make-up. From The Judge, 1921.

From The Judge, 1921
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#vintage illustration #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 #haunted #bat #demons #ghosts #art #torments
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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 #political cartoon #art #not donald trump
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Bühne, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #card reader #sibyl
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is easily the biggest iron maiden we've seen.  From Lustige Blätter, 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 #art #torture #iron maiden
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Davidson's 1935 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #ghost #mask #spirit #jester #vintage yearbook
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
The Snow Man and Jack Frost are inseparable partners.  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #melting #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Nuggets!  From Colorado College's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #money #vintage yearbook #gold #prospector #gold nugget
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December 3, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a 1967 precursor to the "one weird trick" advertising meme.  It's an ad for CliffsNotes literary study guides.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #feather #chaucer #cliffsnotes
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Individuality marks leisure moments."  As of this posting, the phrase remains a Googlewhack.  From York College of Pennsylvania's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #nap #1970s #man sleeping #leisure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1937.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #moon #teddy bear #moon phase
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "The Man with the Sack," by Margery Allingham:

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A bewildered-looking bronze lady, clad in a pink marble nightgown, was seated upon a gilt ormolu log, one end of which had been replaced by a blue and white enamel clock face.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Note the hooded cape with built-in horns.  From Lebanon Valley's 1909 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure #death league
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've come home to a dog in your bed.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The king begs pardon.  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 #king
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Natural beauty replaced by many extremes."  From Clarion Call, 1963.
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#vintage headline #beauty
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Kansas yearbook of 1933.

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

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#vintage illustration #night sky #vintage yearbook #stars #starry night #saturn
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1887.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #sun #snowman #melting #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Finished Mystery by Charles Taze Russell, 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 #monster #christianity #prophecy #art #great beast #biblical #many headed #papacy
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to The Elephant Man.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #long nose #elephant man #elephant trunk
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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 #art #train wreck #car accident
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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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 #sea creatures #art #sea life #under the sea #submarine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #miser #art #lightning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Adskaia Poctha, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #vintage magazine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Encountering evil at the library.  (Here's the book with the wicked centerfold she's gasping at.)  From Anderson's 1985 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #evil #vintage yearbook #library #1980s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The George Washington Ghost, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #vintage magazine
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December 2, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Eleven Pond song "Watching You, Watching Trees."
From Mars Hill's 1972 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #double exposure #face in the trees
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Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out (permalink)
This says that new ideas about Christmas are worthy of a shot to the head.  From Mince Pie by Christopher Morley, 1919.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas.
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Glued Snippets (permalink)

Your Own Self-Assembling Divination Deck

by Craig Conley, a.k.a. Prof. Oddfellow

One of the best-kept secrets of cartomancy is that anyone may have an eerily personalized, fully illustrated deck of illuminating archetypal imagery and divinatory statements that virtually assembles itself.  Even non-artists, non-writers, and the prophetically-challenged are eligible.  The key is a certain sort of public domain book, technically on an unrelated topic and therefore the perfect preserver of the secret.  With a little old-school cutting and pasting onto index cards (the preferred method) or some higher-tech scanning for glossy print-on-demand decks, a one-of-a-kind soothsaying system will manifest before your eyes as if you were a genie granting your own wish.
Here is the innermost chamber of the heart of the secret: we find our crucial material in old books of children's theatrical productions, full of time-honored, archetypal characters as well as illustrations (provided as guidance for costuming) and pithily-worded dialogue that, taken out of context, works rather amazingly as predictive aphorisms.  Such books are freely available in the archives of virtual libraries, though a more exciting and providential method is to discover one in an antiquarian shop's dramaturgical corner.
To give a sense of the sorts of material one may pull from, consider these evocative casts of characters found in The Magic Sea Shell and Other Plays by John Farrar, 1923.  One may choose a particular character from one play and others from separate plays, as certain names and imagery spark intrigue.  It's an intuitive process that is completely natural and effortless.  When a particular figure calls to you, you'll most certainly notice it.
The Spirit of the Shrine
A Child of Pan
The Mikumwess, an Indian Elf
The Spirit of Dreams
The Spirit of the Wind
The Spirit of the Forest
The Spirit of Mischief
The Spirit of Sport
The Spirit of Youth

The Moon
The Sun
The Stars
The Clouds
The Winds
The Rain
Light
Fire
The Mountains
The Foothills
The Lily
The Pearl
Story-Book
Study-Book

The Old Man of the Sea
The Mermaid
The Sailor Boy
The Octopus
The Shark

Icicle
Old Man February
Lady Fair
Leap Year Baby
Cupid
Cavalier

Toadstool
Poison Ivy
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Queen Wild Rose
Trumpet Flowers
As additional examples, here are some characters encountered in The Shadow Garden (a Phantasy) and Other Plays by Madison Julius Cawein, 1910:
A Man
Hate
Pain
Lust
Sin
Love
Sorrow
Hope
Despair
Death
Terror
Dead Dreams
Shadow of the Past
Will-o'-the-Wisp

The Shadow of a Man
The Shadow of a Woman
The Soul of a Child
The Shadow of a Dream
Elves of the Moonlight
Elves of the Starlight
The Wind
The Fountain
The Grass
The Dew
The Firefly
The Cricket
The Moth
The Beetle
The Rose
The August Lily
Sunflower
Moonflower
Johnny-Jump-Up

A Witch, Representing Mortal Sin
The Spirit of Evil
The Spirit of Good
A Woodcutter, Ignorance
A Little Boy and Girl, Representing Innocence
Lob and Hob, Ministers of Evil
A Demon in the Form of an Ape: the Witch's Familiar
An Owl, a Cock, and a Cat: Imps
The construction of a deck will involve snipping the character's name, illustration, and a fragment of dialogue that seems to speak a universal truth or offers either an affirmation or a timely warning.

Pictured here is the archetype of Wealth, from Home Plays by Cecil Henry Bullivant, 1911.  He's not quite as psychedelic as he might appear at a glance, for the "LSD" actually refers to Britain's pre-decimal monetary values of "pounds, shillings, pence," from the Latin "librae, solidi, denarii."  He comes complete with a quatrain of dialogue that identifies his influence: "My name is Wealth.  My power untold, for I am made of glittering gold.  And as I go upon my way, with money-bags the world I sway."
As other examples of pairing dialogue to characters, the play featuring Dead Dreams has them say: "Let us in.  We freeze.  Why have you barred us out?  Our wings are torn, and our long hair drops constantly with rain."  Such a statement could encourage the querent to recall an aspiration that was somehow forgotten or otherwise abandoned along the way.  The character Hope offers a very positive promise: "Fear not.  Be comforted.  Peace keep thy soul.  Despair and Grief can touch thee never more."  The character Love has this heartening message: "Have courage.  Death is swallowed up in me."  The character Evil counsels to burn away that which offends you: "Let fire have its way.  Strew it around. … Let it rage and roar.  Sow its red seeds about, and let them spring and blossom crimson to the crimson moon."
Consider this sample card featuring The Night Moth, from the St. Nicholas Book of Plays and Operettas, 1905.  The moth fairy says that all through the summer she curled within the petals of a lily, and when the lily finally withered, she slipped away like dew.  This could serve as a reminder to take advantage of and enjoy resources while they last, then move on when an inevitable cycle comes to fruition.
Dialogue is one thing, but one may also include interesting stage directions from a script.  Here are some examples from The White Christmas and Other Merry Christmas Plays by Walter Ben Hare, 1917: "Lights all on full."  "Low rumbles of thunder are heard."  "Ghost exits unseen."  "The cheers are given."  "Soft chimes.  As these chimes die away in the distance a concealed choir is heard singing."  

Pictured here is the Spirit of Dreams (The Magic Sea Shell and Other Plays), who blows and tosses a large bubble.  As a fortune telling card, she might encourage one to "sleep on it" and make a decision the next day.  Her line, "Bubble!  Bubble!  Whither flying?" might direct one to pay attention to "which way the wind blows" in the sense of discovering information about a situation before taking action.
Rather than ask a particular question, the preferred way to use this sort of divination system is to first think of a short title for the personal drama in which you find yourself.  There’s no incorrect way to do this — simply attempt to encompass your situation in two to four words.  “What Happens in Vegas” might be an appropriate title for concerns about an upcoming vacation to Nevada.  “A Question of Romance” might serve if you are worried about a love interest.  “The Agreement” might be a title involving a commitment or a contract.  “All Through the House" might denominate a domestic issue.  “Hurry Up and Wait” might address a particular limbo.  “What Goes Around” might be an appropriate title for a reading intended to identify what’s about to come around.  “Cat and Mouse” might be appropriate for thwarting an opponent.  “The Promotion” might name a work-related issue.  For a more general reading, try a broader title like “That’s Life” or “The Way of the World.”  Once you have settled on a title, draw cards to initiate your character set and script.  Every reading becomes a unique script to shed light upon one’s particular situation.  That’s because “Theatre reveals what is behind so-called reality” (The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing, 2013) and also because a text “exists only as an event that reveals the reader’s self” (James Machor and Philip Goldstein, “Theoretical Accounts of Reception,” in Reception Study, 2001).

A spread of cards with snippets of conversation forms its own miniature script.  How could a collaged dialogue make sense?  “A text can make sense and someone can make sense of a text.  If a text which at first did not make sense comes to make sense, it is because someone has made sense of it” (Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs, 1981).  “We make sense of a text by relating it to the context of our knowledge, emotions, and experience.  But since such contexts will be different for particular readers, so interpretations will vary also” (Peter Verdonk, Stylistics, 2002).  Deconstructionism “holds that a reader is free to find meaning in a text that the writer did not intend and — in making the interpreter a partner in the creation of copy — seeks to replace the stability of logic with the fluidity of paradox” (William Saffire, No Uncertain Terms, 2004).
The composition of the cast of characters may offer important insights into the nature of your reading.  For example, is there a “cold” tone to the scene with figures like Jack Frost, Santa, or a tin soldier?  Are several grandparents and other elders present, indicating wisdom or authority?  Is there a preponderance of mothers and nursemaids to suggest nurturance?  Have mysterious or frightful spirits and ghosts made themselves known?  Do children predominate, suggesting naivety or new beginnings?  Are several Irishmen present, traditionally associated with luck?  Musicians may appear, suggesting the importance of timing and harmony.  Clowns might also congregate, to lighten the tone.  Characters might hold walking sticks or crutches, indicating sources of support.  If any carry umbrellas, they're prepared for inclemency.  Look also at the directions characters face.  Are most or all facing left, or right, or forward?  Such alignments may be meaningful to your situation.

Old books of theatrical entertainments for children are treasure troves of quintessential personae who spring from our deepest wells of folk wisdom.  They are preserved in a liminal space, a threshold of time.  Over long centuries they have continued to surface in retellings and re-imaginings of humanity's profoundest narratives.  There is no one "right" or "wrong" combination of such figures.  We conjure characters from old plays as portentous ghosts of holy days past, in the grand tradition of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  This system brings to life forgotten characters from plays that may no longer be performed on stage, and their scripts are newly invigorated via a process of natural selection as we combine disparate dialogues into literally cutting-edge creations.  Though we call these characters ghosts, they are more accurately archetypes, which are “neither entirely natural nor super-natural” (Derek Steinberg, Consciousness Reconnected, 2006).  Simply put, “An archetype is an awareness of what is yet unknown” (Cynthia Ashperger, The Rhythm of Space and the Sound of Time, 2008).

To see us out, here's a character from The White Christmas and Other Merry Christmas Plays.  He says, "For I'm the Wishing Man.  I have wishbones on my fingers, I have myst'ry in my eyes, my clothes are trimmed with horseshoes, and they're stained with magic dyes.  My pocket's full of rabbits' feet, and clover leaves and charms; for luck I've got a big black cat all tattooed on my arms."  Good luck!
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Craig Conley is actually related to a playing card, as his second cousin is Elizabeth of York, immortalized as the Queen of Hearts.  Conley is author of Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books), The Young Wizard's Hexopedia, and dozens of other works on magical, mysterious topics.  His website is MysteryArts.com.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's a question some of us are still asking: "Will civilization end before the year 2000?"  From UFO Review, 1985.
[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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#end of the world #apocalypse #vintage headline #doomsday #fear mongering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mayans, 1938.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #esoteric #deity #god #hooded figure
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"If you were a dime, you might also have a dream of glory."  From The Link, 1956.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism #faces in things #dime
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1921 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #fraternity #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Bibendum as Father Time.  From Life, 1923.  See our surprising revelation about the origin of the Michelin Man.
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#vintage illustration #hourglass #father time #bibendum #michelin man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #violin #musician
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard that beauty is its own excuse for being, but here's the actual mathematics of it.  From Lambuth's 1959 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #math #beauty
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #umbrella #art #dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #death knell
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1913.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #upside down #whirlwind #current mood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #pitchfork #hell #art #damned #torment
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Burning the demon."  From Davidson's 1935 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#demon #fire #effigy #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"And--were those snow-flakes again?"  From Miss Mouse and Her Boys by Mrs. Molesworth, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #snowing #snowflake
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From The Century Illustrated (1892).
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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 #ship #art #ocean
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard that the world sits upon the shell of a cosmic turtle, but actually it rests next to a tiger.  From Colorado College's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #vintage yearbook #tiger #1920
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#vintage christmas #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #antennae
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Alice and Other Fairy Plays for Children by Kate Freiligrath-Kroeker and illustrated by Mary Sibree, 1881.
[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 #alice in wonderland #playing cards #queen of hearts #king of hearts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #high kick #toupee #hairpiece
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Right past me where I stood, rigid with horror, looking through those bars, fell a white-robed figure--down, down into the fiery pit, a hundred feet below."  An illustration by J. C. Coll for Collier's, 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 #falling #horror
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the State College of Washington's yearbook of 1912.

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

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#vintage illustration #wizard #skull #skull and crossbones #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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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 #radio #antennae
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sleepy King by Aubrey Hopwood and Seymour Hicks, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #bird #pocket watch #phesant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if a monkey has gotten you out of a sticky situation.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 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 #monkey #glue #sticky situation
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wyoming yearbook of 1930.

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

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#vintage illustration #elephant #clown #vintage yearbook
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Old Man Winter wields a bare tree as he walks the bears.  From El Globo, 1844.  Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #bear #old man winter
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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 #art #sword #lion #scales of justice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #the people could fly #bird hat #winged woman
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #dog #snow #winter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #giant foot #podiatrist #chiropodist
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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 Emblemes, 1635.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #emblem #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
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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 #father time #scythe #speed boat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
Here's my collection of vintage people who look like their pets.
[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 #people who look like their dogs #people who look like animals #people who look like their pets
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.

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

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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #vintage yearbook
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