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February 28, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Have you ever encountered an old list, in your own handwriting, that you have absolutely no memory of?  Our most dedicated reader shared this one.  The items read:
  • Hiccup cures
  • Lessons to be learned from rest[aurant] servers
  • How to spot a threatening cloud
  • Deeper meaning of bad dreams
  • Building materials that can fit in your pocket
  • Books that offer a good explanation of things
  • Haikus
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#lists
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are behind the Encyclopedia Brittanica.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A locked cuckoo clock shows the future continuous tense: "He/she/it will not be cuckooing himself/herself/itself."
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #time #clock #cuckoo clock #locked
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A city atop a mushroom cloud -- the endpapers from Northeastern's 1956 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #vintage yearbook #endpapers #mushroom cloud #atomic city
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #hybrid #antlers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #monster #art #three heads #three headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I threw the volume at the cow, because I had no brick."  From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #cow #art #throwing the book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1944.
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#vintage illustration #art #zipper #my lips are sealed #zipped #mouth zipper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Harper's Young People, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #classroom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #art #mice #art museum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #donkey
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Old Man Winter and the spirits of Cold, Ice, Hail, and Wind are in a face-off with Spring.  From Le Courrier Français, 1907.
*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 #weather #personification #old man winter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
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#vintage illustration #art #vision #god #biblical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #art #vintage magazine #armor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Buria, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #blackbird #memento mori
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #goat headed #horned man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #head butting #animal power
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1927 Southwestern yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#blindfold #serpent #occult #goat #fraternity #skull and bones #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 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 #broomstick #art #witches
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Whether this is a shattering of reality or a confluence of parallel universes, our custom Uncanny Detector App was indecisive.  From East Carolina's 1973 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #parallel universe
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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 #political cartoon #death #skeleton #art
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February 27, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are the pain of living and the drug of dreams.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #horror #giant hands #two headed eagle #blood #double headed #red sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #serpent #art #cobra #hindu temple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From My Own Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon #art #firedrake
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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 #fear #elephant #art #rabbit #drunk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 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 #vintage ad #imps #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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 #owl #art #crow #duck
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #halo #jesus #concentric circles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #arabian nights #contemplation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 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 #art #lambs #halo #shepherd #lamb of god #holy lamb #holy sheep
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #torture #stretched #pulled apart
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #run over #car accident
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #vintage photo #trick photography #black and white photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
[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 person #big hat #mustache #green dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 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 #serpent #art #hybrid
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a ghost from the Duke yearbook of 1983.

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #duke university
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #skeleton #october #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"On Earth, fountain is one thing, light another.  When thirsting, thou seekest a fountain, and to get to the fountain thou seekest light" (St. Augustine of Hippo).  From East Carolina's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #fountain #light and darkness #light and shade
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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 #anthropomorphism #elephant #art #monkey
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not sure why this is captioned "oddball stuff."  For some of us, this is a typical day.  From Mansfield's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume #mustache #smiling man #oddball
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
[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 #cat people #cat headed #half cat #cat person #singing cat
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February 26, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From our 21st cousin, Emily Dickinson, quoted in Mansfield's 1969 yearbook.
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#poetry #afterlife #emily dickinson
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to British explorer Bear Grylls flying over Everest.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #skiing #propeller #bear grylls
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Thinkograph, 1916.
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#vintage illustration
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble, by Catriona McPherson:

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"Hidey-holes," I yelled, feeling rather foolish, for it is not a word suited for yelling.

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I would be interested to see her have the vapours but not if I had caused them.

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Schichtlers--she managed the name without quite sounding as though she had swallowed a fly while bicycling.

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Alec...saw off my hunch with no more than a desultory wave of his pipe hand and so, as we set to, trying to think how to prove it, we left my hunch behind.

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"Thank heavens you weren't shoved on stage with Sarah Bernhardt and..."

"...Henry Thingamajig."

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Hats were dreadful that year, as they are most years to anyone who is honest enough to say so.

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Bonuses: Rich American visitors referred to generically as "Roosebilts and Vanderfeldts"; and the NOUN form "[a/the] higgledy-piggle."

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of "foul balls," but are these "cowl balls"?  From Baptist Female University's yearbook of 1977.

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#vintage illustration #monk #art #vintage yearbook #cowl #ball game
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #hybrid #chicken people #chicken man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #italy #big boot
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Prohibition as the patron saint of bootleggers.  From The Judge, 1922.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #art #patron saint #halo #prohibition #bootlegger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Woodcut by Wharton H. Esherick.  From Rhymes of Early Jungle Folk by Mary Marcy, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #woodcut #underwater #art #fish #under the sea
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #music #cornucopia #tuba
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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 tale #art #tiger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #demon #drinking #imps #art #a toast #devil's music
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #skirt #parachute
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #elephant #art #harp #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #practical joke #art #french horn
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An unretouched page from Centenary's 1935 yearbook, like something straight out of How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #faces #collage #distorted
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's easier to open a fairy door by invitation than through perseverance.  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 #skeleton key #fairy door #perseverance
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February 25, 2019

This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
To best see pirate ghosts haunting the seashore, we first go purblind.
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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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#prof. oddfellow #fog #seashore #ghost hunting
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Before "Peace, Love, Mickey," there was "Magic, Love, Leprechauns."  And, to this day, it's a Googlewhack.  From National-Louis's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#love #magic #vintage yearbook #leprechaun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #crow #statue #ruins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1909. 
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#vintage illustration #art #zeppelin #dirigible #giant bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #dandy #men in makeup #eye makeup #eyeliner
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #bear #musical animal #donkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #celestial #solar system #j. p. morgan #bullhorn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
There are many "evil trinities," including:
  • treachery, cruelty, and superstition (the evil trinity of the Spaniard, in Sir Ferdinando Gorges and His Province of Maine by James Phinney Baxter, 1890)
  • alcohol, ignorance, and immorality (the evil trinity of backwoods settlements, in Colliers, 1915)
  • cowardice, impatience, and self-love (the evil trinity of a fatal course, in Bonnie Kate by Mrs. De Courcy Laffan, 1894)
  • lice, impure food, and foul water (the "evil trinity of chicken raising," in American Poultry Advocate, 1914)
  • lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and pride of life (the evil trinity of corruption, in The American National Preacher, 1843)
  • servitude, destitition, and ignorance (the "evil trinity of political debasement," in Eagle Pass by Cora Montgomery, 1852)
  • the boss, the speculator, and the soulless corporation (the evil trinity of public park sanitation, in Popular Science Monthly, 1899)
  • appetite in the drunkard, greed in the liquor maker and seller, and indifference in church members (the evil trinity of temperance work, in Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1892)
  • the world, the flesh, and the Devil (the evil trinity of the soul's enemies in Christian theology)
  • infidelity, anti-Christianity, and Spiritism (the evil trinity of unclean spirits in American Messianic Fellowship Monthly, 1917)
  • ignorance, superstition, and prejudice (the evil trinity that plots human misery, in The School News and Practical Educator, 1904)
Pictured is the trinity of absolute evil from Christian Iconography by Adolphe Napoléon Didron, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #evil #demonic #evil trinity #absolute evil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #cyborg #man machine #human engine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #forest #art #rabbits #creatures #deer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Un Autre Monde by Grandville.
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #grandville
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #lion #lion and unicorn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #scarecrow #spooky #october #art #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #pianist
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wolverine yearbook of Michigan Agricultural College, 1922.

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#religion #vintage illustration #monk #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #full moon #cat #art #faces in things #top hat #rooftop #yowl #cat in a hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Deviatya Val, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #crocodile tears #alligator tears
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #mountaintop #art #artist #the people could fly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1933 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #knight #fraternity #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Magical Man of Mirth by Elbridge H. Sabin and illustrated by Abbott & Knipe, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #octopus #under the sea
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February 24, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to selecting emojis.  From Park College's 1931 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #emoji
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #barber #winter coat #animal grooming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1909. 
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#vintage illustration #art #fish #fishbowl #thirsty #drinks like a fish #fish bowl
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #monsters #siren song
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #ancient egypt #sphinx #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #art #art gallery #art museum #crowd
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
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`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #shark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #satan #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #flag
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #scissors
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #ominous #art #shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #tennis
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #palette
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #bat #full moon #art #chariot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Diatel, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny man #fishing #fisher of men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The mother-in-law of epidemics is on her way to the frontlines.  From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #epidemic #disease
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We don't know who is saying "I am here" -- the Screw Ball or the Janus? From Glassboro's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #janus #two faced
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Mr. Pioneers Takes His Picaresque, by Richard Mallett:

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After a few moments the old man called out, "I don't like you much."

"No?"

Silence. Mr. Pioneers tried again: "No?" Still silence. Then girl said, "You don't know about father, let me explain. Some people won't take No for an answer, but he's different. He won't take No for a question."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #ostrich
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We like the four winds in these endpapers from Swarthmore's 1940 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #strange map #four winds #endpapers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #heart #cannon #shield #ace of hearts #armor #personal protection #bouncing off
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February 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This is how night people dodge beams of light.  From Duke's 1984 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #light beam
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If upside-down is the new normal in your life, then reblog.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #circus #upside down #weightless #trampoline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Driven out by so-called progress.  From Le Courrier Français, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #otherworld #mermaid #fairy tale #satyr #art #imagination #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The King of Coins.  From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #money #art #tarot #currency #king of coins #dollar #king of pentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #bear costume #furries #bear skin #vintage furries
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #hell hole #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #egypt #art #giant bird #eaten alive #bird monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying machine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #face shape #portrait painter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #art #goya
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #satyr #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #cannibalism #scythe #eaten alive #devoured
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've ever met your dopplegänger.  From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #art #light and dark #other self #double self #astral body #doppelgänger #twin #doppelgänger #spirit self
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #train wreck #derailment #off the rails
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #animal sacrifice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #do not leave children unattended
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
It's as if the dead are speaking: "But there is a bond between us at times, and it is this we seek." From Glassboro's 1971 yearbook.
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#cemetery #graveyard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #gravestone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #sword #hearts #knave of hearts
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of time gates and portals, and this one in Swarthmore's 1940 yearbook may be used to facilitate journeys into the past.

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

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#portal #time travel #vintage yearbook #clock #time gate #7:53
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #candle #lights out
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February 22, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)

We're often asked, "is it teepee or tepee?"  You'll see tepee everywhere, but "popularity is only of temporary moment ... a vulgar struggling for supremacy" (Chamber's Edinburgh Journal, 1849).  Indeed, California's Wigwam Motel (on both the historic registry and alongside the ghostly vestiges of Route 66) spells it teepee.  That's surely definitive.  For further proof, we offer our own graphical evidence (heehee).
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#teepee #california #wigwam #route 66
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1984 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #hybrid #faces in things #lion #human faced #human flower #lion's mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #crab #lobster #marine biologist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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#vintage illustration #art #artificial life
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #umbrella #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #pitchfork #crocodile #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A boxing puma.  From Pearson's, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #boxing #art #knocked over #puma #boxing animal
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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 #fairies #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#mummy #vintage illustration #art #pharaoh #pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #occult #art #demonic
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #art #rain gear #rain jacket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #bear #hunter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fonar', 1906.
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#vintage illustration #alligator #elephant #art #animals #lion #giraffe #hippo #rhino #dancing animals #animal wrestling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #horse #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1921 Southwestern yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #giant #fairy tale #art #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Blood Card, by Elly Griffiths:

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The general's eyebrows now seemed permanently suspended in the air.

***

Petre took out a large white handkerchief and unfolded it so slowly and deliberately that Edgar thought, for one wild moment, that he was about to perform a magic trick. Instead he wiped his brow and then carefully refolded the handkerchief.

***

"I'm going upstairs to make coffee....you stay here and chat."

This, of course, temporarily robbed them both of the power of speech.

***

An ice cream van trundled mournfully past playing "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #cauldron #art #birds #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Laura Palmer being wrapped in plastic in Twin Peaks.  From Presbyterian College's 1983 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #Twin Peaks #wrapped in plastic #laura palmer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A widow display of money.  From Nebelspalter, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #money #art #window display
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February 21, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you would bring your personal demons to Show & Tell.  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1972 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #vintage yearbook #show and tell
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
*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 #anthropomorphism #rain #art #faces in things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #flying head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #hand of god #headache #migraine #hit on the head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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#vintage illustration #pitchfork #crocodile #alligator #art #trident
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A spout-powered motor.  From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #whale #spout #motor #blowhole
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #fear of death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #walrus #i am the walrus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Every ten days the genie comes hither."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899
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#vintage illustration #genie #art #djinn #arabian nights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #earthquake #melting building #tarot tower #falling building
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #death #blindfold #art #sword
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #art critic
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #chair #broken mirror #entropy
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
He laughed so hard he ripped the magazine page.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #art #vintage photo #horror #laughter #black and white photography #torn page #ripped page
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #hybrid #two headed #specimen bottle #specimen jar #mutation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Savage and Its Heart."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
[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 #full moon #art #howling at the moon #savage
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An illustration by Jim Toomey, from Duke's 1983 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #two headed #conjoined #odd couple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #fright #spirit #art #pursued
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You might have already known that the French root of "mascot" means "witch."  From Northern Illinois' 1904 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #fox #vintage yearbook #mascot
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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 #big mouth #art #lion #bear #animal trainer #lion's mouth #animal tamer
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February 20, 2019

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

"You want to go into the desert and learn higher magic, nebbich, when you … cannot distinguish a Hall of Riddles from the real world and do not even suspect that the books of life contain something other than what is written on the spine?" —Gustav Meyrink, The Green Face

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#portal #magick #occult #prof. oddfellow #gustav meyrink #cowboy hat
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a "spaghetti western," 40 years before the phrase was coined.  The caption says, "Effect of a spaghetti dinner on members of a wild west show."  From Life, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #cowboy #wild west #lasso #spaghetti western
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Slowing time.  From Rockford's 1918 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #hourglass #vintage yearbook #slowing time
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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 #ghost #graveyard #spirit #art #open grave #funeral
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #boar #warth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Tous, 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 #skull #art #giraffe #camera
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
[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 #rooftop #gargoyle #spades
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #death #grim reaper #art #cave
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #off a cliff #golden calf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
[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 #night and the city #hard boiled #film noir
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #war #vermin #rat #fly #pestilence
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #crocodile #art #rabbit #bear #alligator tears
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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 #satyr #art
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #fairy #art #bellows #tiny woman
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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 #political cartoon #art #meteor #giant head #stone head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
[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 #rabbit #hunting #rifle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You were correct in your suspicions of modern art.  From Thompson's yearbook of 1963.

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

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#vintage photo #artist #painting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The bride of the devil has not yet been snatched into the bottomless pit.  From The Devil's Bride by Milton H. Stine, 1910.
[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 #satan #prophecy #art #end of the world #apocalypse #book of revelation #devil's bride
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This is what the 1970s was like, everywhere you looked.  From Central Carolina Technical Institute's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #1970s #the people could fly #butterfly man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #hunter #people who look like animals
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February 19, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Addams Family's mustachioed baby Pubert.  The caption reads, "Young Mother (examining baby with magnifying glass): Harry, I'm simply tickled to death!  I believe that when Baby grows up he's going to have a dark mustache."  From Life, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #addams family #pubert
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This May Surprise You (permalink)

The true origin of Bibendum, the Michelin Man, is shrouded in mystery.  Even Wikipedia (always the second to acknowledge when it's wrong) admits that it's unclear when the word "Bibendum" came to be the name of the character himself.  But now we can finally reveal all.  Contrary to popular rumors, the name obviously has nothing to do with Horace's phrase "Nunc est bibendum" ("now is the time for drinking"), as that would encourage drunk driving.  In fact, Bibendum's genesis is a footnote in history, quite literally.  In footnotes, an asterisk (*) is followed by a dagger (†), then a double dagger (‡), and then a section sign (§).  It was a section sign followed by the textual reference abbreviation "ibid" that engendered the Michelin Man.  Note how the section sign looks like a circle (tire) with two arms, as seen from above.  André Michelin, confronted by that footnote, equated the symbol with the mysterious abbreviation "ibid."  Upon looking up the meaning of "ibid," the horror of that sign and its occult label only increased, for André was told that it meant "ibidem."  (Spoiler: "ibidem" means "in the same place," "in the previously referenced source").  He had fallen into recursiveness, a tunnel of appendaged tires that eternally rolled back into itself.  This is the horror William Gibson described as a stomach-churningly creepy, "weird, jaded, cigar-smoking elder creature suggesting a mummy with elephantiasis ... the rolls of his pallid, rubbery flesh like the folds of a partially deflated blimp, greasy and vile" (Pattern Recognition).  When André regained consciousness and realized, practically retching, that he knew what his company's mascot was ordained to be, he remembered "ibidem" as "Bibendum," the addition of that initial B serving as a pictogram of the Michelin Man as seen from the front (a round head over a larger round body).  As anyone can see, combining the overhead-view section sign with the front-view capital B brings the figure into three dimensions.  Indeed, it was André's seemingly accidental addition of that B that brought the Michelin Man to life as one of the world's most recognized corporate symbols.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Faith, hope, and question mark.  From Elon's 1915 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #vintage yearbook #halo #question mark #questioning #faith hope
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Stolen Words, by Thomas Mallon:

[This scholarly but lively, witty work about plagiarism, and how it became the modern concept we recognize over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, sits on my imaginary shelf next to Marginalia by H. J. Jackson (who is cited in this book, because her buddy Coleridge figures heavily not only in the history of marginalia but also in the history of plagiarism).]

***

To some extent every writer's desk top is like a Ouija board, his pen pushed across it by whatever literary ghost he's just entertained.

***

It's...common for the novelist, particularly the young one, to create his characters out of himself. What's odd, and what may have been true in Sterne's middle-aged case, is taking the opportunity to make oneself out of one's characters.

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Originality...set itself down as a cardinal literary virtue sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century and has never since gotten up.

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[Coleridge] would likely have denied that what he was really giving...was not so much an account of what Sterne's brain went through when musing upon female anatomy as of what his own underwent in the presence of German metaphysics.

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One can barely conduct a study of plagiarism amid the deafening sound of literary pots roaring at literary kettles.

***

Coleridge: "I regard truth as a divine ventriloquist."

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Charles Reade: "A man's life is like those geographical fragments children learn 'the contiguous countries' by. The pieces are a puzzle; but put them together carefully, and lo! they are a map."

***

The preface to A Simpleton has Reade blustering: "All fiction, worth a button, is founded on facts.... I rarely write a novel without milking about two hundred heterogeneous cows into my pail."

Most novelists perform the same chore less loudly on a smaller herd.

***

Take a writer not quite so beyond criticism, and we tend, upon spotting historical lumps in the narrative gravy, to object.

***

By mid-March things were sufficiently complicated for an academic to step in.

***

The four volumes of Uber Land und Meer that were brought up from the lower depths of the New York Public Library together weigh more than an IBM Selectric typewriter and are so covered with dust that you have to imagine the Bismarckian Hausfrauen who subscribed to the unbound originals sternly clucking at their current untidiness.

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A word of caution: though this photograph may be used to facilitate astral travel, it is not to be used in conjunction with near-death experiences. From Fairmont's yearbook of 1979.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallway #light at the end of it
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #hybrid #donkey headed
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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 #art #lion #blue lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The seancers have no faces.  From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[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 #spiritualism #seance #no face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #long hair #big hair #opera glasses #braided hair #long braids
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Nothing in his hat.  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 #magic wand #magician #art #vintage magic #top hat #nothing in my hat
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1926.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #leaves #vines
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #art #tanks #armored #animal shapes
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Lobsters are like people," from Popular Mechanics, 1952.  
And we can prove that lobsters are like people.  See the vintage lobsters we've so far collected.
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#vintage photo #lobster #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An all-pig carousel and a grope.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #carousel #pig #groping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #goat #toreador
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Novelty weddings are a thing of the past.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
[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 #mountaintop #art #top of the world #extreme wedding #novelty wedding #unusual wedding