CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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March 31, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The cat is not looking directly at you but rather at what is looming just behind you, beyond your right shoulder.  From Der Guckkasten, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cat #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are denying the importunity of the blood.  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)
From Baraban, 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 #devil #giant #art #pollution #smokestack
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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 #uncle sam #monkey #cats #cheese
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #mannequin #self defense
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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 #crocodile #alligator #art #animal wrangler #gators
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Blue Dwarf by Lady Esther Hope, 1861.
[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)
Reblog if you've seen this in a mirror.  From Welcome Guest, 1860.
[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 #totem animal #fairy tale #haunted mirror #art #wolf #little red riding hood #animal spirit #heart mirror #animal self #animal guide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1944.
[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 #black cat #fortune teller #animal familiar #art #crow #palm reader #palmistry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'Have some supper,' said Rupert gently."  From Pearson's, 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 #despair #art #eat something #you'll feel better
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They Lived With Me by Helen Zenna Smith.  (Book cover via 54mge.)
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#vintage illustration #mystery novel #art #vintage book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bicycle #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if this might be a better way to view art.  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 #face mask #armor #personal protection
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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 #moon #man in the moon #astrology #comet #vintage yearbook #celestial #in the clouds #on top of the world
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Picture of Death, by E. C. R. Lorac:

***

[A character's sort of lazy/unintentional "adjustment for inflation" of the "64-dollar question."]

"That's the eighty dollar question, or whatever the jargon is," said Macdonald.

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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"An apple a day keeps the goblins away."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1971.
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#vintage illustration #goblin #art #vintage headline #apple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Maski, 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 #mustache #hearts #muscle man #strong man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1921 yearbook of Indiana University.

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #faces in things #nose to nose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #boa constrictor
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March 30, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
They said it was utterly unfilmable, as unfilmable as William Burroughs' Naked Lunch.  A dictionary made into a movie?  And not just any dictionary — the Dictionary of One-Letter Words.  The script, illustrated with photos and storyboards, is finally available in print.  Yes, it's The Dictionary of One-Letter Words: The Movie.
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#one-letter words #film script #unfilmable
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
People are most engaged by art that looks back that them, according to the neurology of "cognitive attraction."  From Catawba's 1968 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #eyes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
It's been said that "skeletons symbolize everyone's condition in the world, where we are all left abandoned and starving, longing desperately for union with and nourishment from heaven and earth": see my skeletons gallery.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #happy and sad #comedy and tragedy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Bich, 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 #dragon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
[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 #king #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune, 1866.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #harpy #hybrid #human headed #bird people #bird 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 #cemetery #graveyard #art #gravedigger #caretaker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #art #pegasus #winged horse #horsepower #vintage car
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
By Gustave Doré.  From Der Orchideengarten, 1921.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #serpent #art #snake
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #king neptune #trident #sailor
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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 #cats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you have ever carried (or would carry) human-faced flowers in your dress.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #human faced #flowers #tiny heads
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Stanford Quad, 1920.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #occult #art #vintage yearbook #giant skull
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Perhaps some subtle "sphinx winks" here?  From Otterbein's 1911 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #sphinx #egypt #vintage yearbook #wink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 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 #bat #art #vampire #human faced
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a 1972 precursor to the "Bob" poster from Twin Peaks.  From Butler's 1972 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #Twin Peaks #beware of bob
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #moon #man in the moon #eclipse #faces in things #quill pen #moth
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Precursors (permalink)
Fifty years before the Summer of Love, we find these flower people in Greenboro's 1916 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #flower people #vintage yearbook #flower power #orchid #hyrbid #flower children
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
"The Black Cat," rendered into English.  From Wide Awake, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #sheet music #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #hybrid #human headed #frog man #flower woman
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March 29, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Did you know that Blade Runner and Big Trouble in Little China are the same film, with only the tiniest of negligible differences?
  Blade Runner Big Trouble
James Hong obsessed with eyeballs X X
The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure X X
Antagonist who would be immortal X X
Protagonist narrates his own story X X
Asian crowds with umbrellas X X
Noodle shops X X
Series of tests X X
Ominous statuary comes to life X X
Disguised investigations of disreputable establishments X X
Historic architecture X X
Combatting aliens X X
California setting X X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#blade runner #big trouble in little china #james hong
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to 1998's dancing flower toy.  From Mansfield's 1932 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #dancing flower
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Reblog if you wish the gold coin angel to enrich you.  From Maski, 1906.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
> read more from Strange Dreams . . .
#vintage illustration #wealth #angel #money #coins #art #dreaming #gold
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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 #devil #satan #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wolverine yearbook of Michigan Agricultural College, 1922.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #dogs #puppies #newborn dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #bear #artistic animal #self portrait #animal artist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
[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 #angels #cherub #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Shrunken, emaciated, and carried in a little cage.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.  23-003
[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 #strange religion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Riverside Magazine for Young People, 1870.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1848.
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Exhaused dry batteries produce flame spectacle."  From Popular Mechanics, 1919. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1898.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if this gives you a sense of perspective.  From Le Courrier Français, 1892.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Breathe Right nasal strips.  From Earlham's 1920 yearbook.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From A Step So Grave, by Catriona McPherson:

***

[Presenting northmanship--and the islemanship counterploy!]

I have never understood the one-upmanship of Scots regarding longitude [sic*]. Why should the most northerly-dwelling Scotsman in any gathering be the top dog?... I hoped these Rosses would not be the type of Highlanders who would look down on Hugh and Perthshire and thereby nudge him into endless accounts of his grandmother's childhood on Skye to even the score. For northerliness is only one of the winning cards in the game: an island carries a hefty bonus. Of course, Skye is quite a southerly island and the ferry journey to it is a brief one. If a Ross grandmother had come down from some speck in the Shetland Isles, Hugh would be trounced completely.

[*She means latitude, of course.]

***

Then the footman, disappearing out of the room with the empty fish plate, said, "Fuchsia cabin marmoset coal-cake." [This is the English narrator's transcription of how she hears the footman's Gaelic.]

***

"And here comes Lairdie with the lamb."

"Lairdie with the lamb" sounded like another harbinger, along with the coal yak [more mistranscribed Gaelic], but the dining-room door opened just then and the Gaelic-spouting footman backed in, turning to reveal an enormous platter.

***

Hugh, who had never in his life heard a rhetorical question he did not answer

***

"You got here all right through the drifts then?" I said, and was rewarded by his grin lessening from maniacal to merely insufferable.

***

I said nothing and kept my face as blank as a skating pond.

***

Hutcheson was looking at me with his eyebrows positively rippling. They looked like two lively caterpillars crossing a pathway.

***

Alec snorted. He has a marvellous menu of snorts and I had grown to recognise most of them, but this latest was something new.

***

His top lip almost turned itself inside out from the strength of his sneer. [I visualize Kenneth Mars as Hugh Simon!]

***

I caught sight of myself in the dressing-table mirror across the room and closed my mouth, but I could not do anything about my eyebrows. They refused to climb back down my face to where they belonged.

***

"I think a Wester Ross man putting out to sea [on Easter Sunday] would be as conspicuous as you or me walking down Piccadilly stark naked, playing bagpipes."

***

I knew it had distracted me from something more important. I tried to see past it to the back of my own mind.

***

"I shall just take her to Gretna Green and present you with a fait accompli."

"You don't have to go down to Gretna Green if you're already in Scotland," I said.

***

"You could promise now anyway," Donald said. "I'd be most awfully grateful."

I beamed at him. It was a non-committal beam and, besides, the most fervent beam ever hoisted onto a face is not a binding contract.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Yes, it's a bag full of severed heads.  From Greensboro's 1928 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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March 28, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This blessed and uncursed image may be reblogged to usher dancing ravens into every corner of the globe.  From Der Guckkasten, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, would be interested in a squirrel orchestra.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kansas State's 1922 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Did you already know that lobsters and spiders both have blue blood due to the presence of hemocyanin, which contains copper?  From Komenata, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Absinthe with the devil.  From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We've had days like this.  "With a roar the tiger and the bull and the black dog leapt upon him."  From Pilot, and Other Stories by Harry Plunket Greene, 1916.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
Raining whales.  From The Judge, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1946.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Yermah the Dorado by Frona Eunice Wait, 1897.
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#occult #vintage book #atlantic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla's Goya collection.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Bureval, 1906.
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
You've heard of "blue rainbow" trout, but here's the blue rainbow they're named after.  From the West Chester yearbook of 1964.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A sort of family tree of skeletons.  From Otterbein's 1911 yearbook.  To discover your own skeletal ancestry, see Heirs to the Queen of Hearts: Tracing Magical Genealogy.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Signaly, 1906.
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March 27, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1911.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you perplex and offend more, day by day, or if you are perplexed and offended more, day by day.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Leda and the wind-up swan.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They don't let you do this anymore, in the name of so-called safety.  And the music suffers.  From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is not How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A book dedicated to Tootsy Wootsy Werner the cat -- Werner's Readings and Recitations No. 35 by Mrs. Frederick W. Pender, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1971.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Eastern Kentucky's yearbook of 1977.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #statue #juggler
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #sphere #fairy tale #art #cinderella #fairy godmother
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Otterbein's 1911 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spooky #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Maski, 1906.
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March 26, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #big hat #hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1874.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the old joke about burning one ear when mistaking an iron for the telephone, and burning the other ear when the person calls back.  From Le Charivari, 1843.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We were going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way."  From a yearbook on drugs: Union College's 1976 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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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From There Was a Crooked Man, by Kelley Roos:

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"Even his typewriter complains. It writes poison pen letters to Bruce's editor all by itself."

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[A running joke between two characters!]

She cleared her throat and affected the solemn whisper of a librarian. "How would you like your books, madame?"

"Rare!" I shouted, and we both laughed raucously.

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He didn't take courses at Columbia's Graduate School; he snatched them. I was sure that Vincent was responsible for at least fifty per cent of the absent-mindedness of America's professors.

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"Whoa, Professor, there is no time for maintaining, holding or contending."

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[A genericized hairdresser.]

Her hair at its worst would have inspired the most blasé Antoine or Antoinette to greater glory.

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"Mr. Girard, from now on...not a word. Even if I ask you a question, don't answer me."

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Garbed in a faded but not completely subdued dressing-gown, he was enjoying a large thick cigar.

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"What are you carrying around an empty box for?"

"It's lighter when it's empty."

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"He doesn't enjoy being a Huber. He wishes his name were MacClump or Squiffen."

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"Grodek is a city in Poland. And crossword puzzles."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Dr. Stickum was sent for just in time.  From The Doctors, A Satire in Four Seizures by Elbert Hubbard, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #doctor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat #horns #mountain goat #head butting #antelope
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #ball and chain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #opera #cat eyes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #boa constrictor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You can be a foster sister to a cat even without learning How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Welcome Guest, 1860.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.  From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit #hunter #tables turned #bugs bunny #elmer fudd
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A great, ugly, poisonous snake crept out of a hole in the wall."  From Harper's Young People, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #fairy tale #art #snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #insect bite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #anthropomorphism #art #hydra
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From The Stanford Quad, 1920.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #skeleton #occult #art #vintage yearbook #naked man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The skulls on the poison bottles are looking at each other.  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #skull and crossbones #poison #vintage yearbook #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A questionable mountain range.  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 #mountains #question mark #questioning
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March 25, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Excruciating as this text may be, reblog if you can relate.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #bad writing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #scissors #painter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1909 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #dragonfly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #horror #face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #giant #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's an excellent way to make a decision.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #top hat #yes or no
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #magician #coins #art #vintage magic #stage magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #war #war dead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #in a fishbowl
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Let me introduce myself."  From My Own Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #giant #fairy tale #art #severed head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satan #hell #art #hotline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #art #king death
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A tiger with a monocle loves sugar.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #tiger #monocle
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Z is smooth, clever, provocative[;] it is, in essence, very, very real."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1970.
For many more things that Z is, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #bug #housefly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
That feeling when Father Time traps you in his hourglass and sits back to watch you squirm.  From the University of New Hampshire's 1910 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #hourglass #father time #vintage yearbook #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Shadows thumb their noses as the devil plays pickpocket.  From Nebelspalter, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #devil #art #pickpocket #lantern #shadow #thumbing nose
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Revealed: the Nipper dog of "His Master's Voice" was actually hearing a parrot's mimicry.  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.

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#vintage illustration #parrot #vintage yearbook #phonograph #his master's voice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Maski, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #skull face #art #jester #chair
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March 24, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Few people have heard of the tiny sea creature called the "ploshkin."  A web search for "ploshkin betty wales" will reveal all, as will this fashion history blog post about it.  From Chowan's 1917 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #mermaid #sea creature #vintage yearbook #good luck #ploshkin
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor (by three decades) to the Doomsay Clock:
"Soon the world's clock will strike twelve; the number on its dial is red, is dipped in blood, and by that you will recognise it.  And a stormwind shall precede the new first hour." —Gustav Meyrink, The Green Face (1916)
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#doomsday
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #lion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness."  By the way, the large-eyed figures are identified as the sophomore class officers.  From Union College's 1976 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #aliens
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
"Smile stimulator."  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #clown #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #spider #candle #foot #specimen jar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Gazeta Shebueva, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #mesmerism #hypnotist #eyes #pointing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
When a peace angel costume doesn't hide one's cloven hoof.  (The sizes tend to run small.)  From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #devil #cloven hoof #art #peace angel #angel costume #goat leg #peace costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #half and half
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #skeleton #art #coffin #living dead #horror #undead
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"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 #mermaid #art #thumbing nose #under the sea #sunken treasure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #scissors #running with scissors
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley, 1833.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What dost thou want of me, o man."  From A Book of Famous Fairy Tales, 1901.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #elf #fairy tale #art #dwarf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Bade him place it on his finger."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #ring #arabian nights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #bat #art #bird feeding #pet bird
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Catcher in the Rye, from 1876.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #hobby horse #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"The demon ruler."  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1967.
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#demon #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If you melted at your graduation like the Wicked Witch or Obi Wan Kenobi, reblog.  From the University of New Hampshire's 1910 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #graduation #cap and gown
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March 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Ah Life, my own Libido, my Despair, my Guilt, my Need, a Glory, a Mocking, a Hope."  The cover of Lenoir-Rhyne's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#despair #vintage yearbook #guilt #ah life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #devil #devil's tail
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, study the sunlit pattern on the floor.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #1940s #vintage woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #sword
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 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 #giant #art #tiny men
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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 #scissors
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1890.
[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 #tiny man #giant insect
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He is the man who has really made you what you are."  From The Judge, 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 #art #trumpet #blown away #blast
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1936.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #distortion #warped #funhouse mirror
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Legends and Stories of Ireland by Samuel Lover, 1834.
[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 #fairy tale #dragon #art #ireland #legend #irish
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #cake walk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #death #skull #art #memento mori
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #keg #art #wine #cask #alcoholic #wine barrel
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
You don't get to the fruit until Book II of Cherry Ripe! (1878).
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#old book #cherry
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Toothpaste called 'lust' fights 'smooch decay.'"  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1966.
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#vintage headline #lust #toothpaste
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of New Hampshire's 1910 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #goat #skull and crossbones #fraternity #vintage yearbook #skulls #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The moon is more complicated than any one expected; it is not simply a kind of billiard ball frozen in space and time, as many scientists had believed" ("The Moon Is More Of a Mystery Than Ever," The New York Times, April 16, 1972).  From Nebelspalter, 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 #moon #art #1880
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The Phantoms."  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#skull #phantom #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #king #art #camel
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March 22, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Bad advice!  "Never fear the winding road that projects into tomorrow."  In St. Ives, Cornwall, a very narrow one-way winding road led terrifyingly to a steep staircase not suitable for cars.  It required a 15-point turn to get out of that deathtrap.  Seriously, one was envisioning a helicopter rescue.  Indeed, the winding road that projects into tomorrow may possibly be malefic.  From Rend Lake's 1980 yearbook

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

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#vintage yearbook #winding road #path of life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #illness #sickness #bronchitis #sickbed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #political cartoon #devil #war #h bomb #hydrogen bomb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Pie for everybody, by occult means if necessary.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
[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 #magick #wizard #occult #pie
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I gazed into a kaleidoscope once and juxtaposed there I saw everything I am and ever will be."  The photo isn't kaleidoscopic, and "juxtaposed" is the wrong word, but there are worse things about his yearbook.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1973 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 Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 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 #demon #hell #art
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What I Now Know (permalink)
"We now know that the soul (the mind, the will, the affections), is never in such good health as when the body is neither under-fed nor over-fed."
—Hugh O. Pentecost, 1889
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #reading #art #insomnia #up all night #midnight oil #candle
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1920.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #skeleton #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wolverine yearbook of Michigan Agricultural College, 1922.

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

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#vintage illustration #halloween #black cat #full moon #october #art #cats #hallowe'en #cat fight #arched back
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Joyous Travelers by Maud Lindsay & Emilie Poulsson and illustrated by W. M. Berger, 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 #gnome #fairies #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #heaven #cherub #art #alcohol #saints
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #giant #art #pipe smoker #tiny man
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1932.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #art #polar bear #iceberg #aurora borealis #glacier #sun dog #parhelion #sundog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Fairy Ring by Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora Archibald Smith, illustrated by Elizabeth MacKinstry, 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 #art #dancing #weightless #floating
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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 #chaos #parallel worlds #art #alcoholism #order and chaos #parallel universe #family life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #champagne #popping cork
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1923 yearbook of the Presbyterian College of South Carolina.

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

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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Last Guru, by Daniel Pinkwater:

***

"This is the silliest thing I ever heard of," Harold's father said.

"You should see the hats we wear when we're at home," Dupdup Drng'pa said.

***

"When he returns to Rochester, New York, he will know more about the mystic East than any person in the West has ever known."

"Well, that will certainly be nice for him," Harold's mother said.

***

"They read Six Easy Steps to Nirvana, by Dr. Weary, or Hum Your Way to Enlightenment by Alan W. Plotz, or Your Feet Are Your Head by Brother Jimmy...."

***

The best that Hamish MacTavish could make of Hodie MacBodhi's explanation of Blong Buddhism was that if you spent twenty-four hours a day meditating, you aren't apt to get in very much trouble.

***

They made a long-playing record called Blong! You Are a Pickle! and offered it for sale in MacTavish's pickleburger stands. It was a record of instructions in Blong meditation, the first exercise of which was to make believe you are a pickle.

***

The hats [of the Silly Hat monks] were the silliest things anyone had ever seen. They were more silly than anyone could imagine. They were too silly to be described.

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March 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1877.
[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 #harpy #hybrid #human headed #bird woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #moon #man in the moon #cats #faces in things
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Precursors (permalink)
The blind driver labeled "begger man" is a precursor to the extremely nearsighted cartoon driver Mr. Magoo (who debuted 32 years later).  From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mr. magoo #rich man poor man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 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 #cemetery #grave #graveyard #art #peace #tomb #tombstone #skul
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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 #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1885.
[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 #piano #monkey #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Don't keep asking what time it is.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #clock #what time is it
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