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May 31, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Even rarer than bird-headed scribes: just try to find a writing pillow anymore!  We just did a web search for “writing pillow,” and all we saw were pillows with written words printed onto them as part of their design.  We also seached “writer’s pillow,” with even fewer results.  No wonder so much of what we read anymore is uncomfortable.  (Illustration by Grandville, via Nemfrog.)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We are but a thousand grains of sand."  From MacMurray's 1972 yearbook.

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

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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From a collection of pieces that appeared in the original Vanity Fair mag between the mid-teens and the mid-thirties:

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The Little Blue Devil, at the Central, can be traced back through a maze of vulgarity (adv.) to an indistinct beginning in Clyde Fitch’s The Blue Mouse.

—Dorothy Parker, in a column of theatrical reviews

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It is a good thing to know that someone is writing letters and, as a reward, receiving them. It makes you feel that all that is being taken care of, and so you can just sit back and take off those heavy shoes.

—Parker, in a piece about Alexander Woolcott

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The chaps I should really like to vote for [in the magazine’s “Ten Dullest Authors” symposium] are the really first-class Sedatives who can fatigue you in a paragraph. You don’t have to plow through pages and pages to know whether they weary you or not. No: these fellows are considerate, they ring the gong instantly.

—Christopher Morley

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Secret societies," from Wesleyan College's 1902 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #secret #vintage yearbook #secret society #hush
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your juggling concentration wouldn't be upset by a bull.  An illustration by W. P. Bodwell.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From El Globo, 1844.  Courtesy of La Biblioteca Universitaria de Sevilla.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #toadstool #anthropomorphism #art #mushroom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #quill pen #candle #man in a dress #cross dressing #transvestite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wide Awake, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #art #bear #seltzer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if it takes a whole team to get your face ready.  From Nebelspalter, 1881.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #mask #art #open grave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Novogodnii Orakul, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #crushed #pretzel #pinned down #giant pretzel
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's Blue and Gold yearbook, 1885.

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

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #dog #pipe smoker #smoking dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #monster #art #hybrid #elephant fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #cockatoo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #art #gunpoint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #art #dog #mourning #missing you
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #knight #art #bull #wild animals #trampled #boar #stampede
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May 30, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Jamiroquai's marvelous lyric, "I steal the moon on silver nights" ("Automaton," 2017).  Not only are silver nights and the moon mentioned in the first stanza, but in the second stanza there's "a little song."  From The Ballad of the Quest by Virginia Sheard, 1922.
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#moon #insomnia #poetry #jamiroquai #silver nights
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1909.  See 52 Wishes for Walkers.
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#vintage illustration #sun #walking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Mercury in short pants.  From L'Eclipse, 1874.
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#vintage illustration #boots #mercury #winged hat #winged boots
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Tomorrow we take cyanide, Wednesday, arsenic!"  From Wilmington's 1923 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #poison #vintage yearbook #chemistry #arsenic #cyanide
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #trumpet #window #musician #shattered glass
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Millikin's 1906 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #finis #skeletons #living dead #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Get rid of dust!  From The Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, 1939.
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#vintage ad #baseball #dust
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #animals #goat #rooster #menagerie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Be sure you travel quickly … and don't get lost!"  From Tell-Me-Why Stories About Color and Sound by C. H. Claudy and illustrated by Thomas Wrenn, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #fairy tale #art #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #scythe #run #reaper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #car #vintage automobile #demon powered #demon power
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Reblog if you've ever discovered that you were playing a game against yourself.  From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #own worst enemy #chess #solo game #playing against oneself
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
*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 #dog #windy day #crinoline #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #monster #giant #art #decapitated
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Man-eating tree only myth investigators find."  From Popular Mechanics, 1931.
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#vintage headline #man-eating tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #goat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #coins #art #cough it up
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animals
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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 #skeleton #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Telephony, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #art #head in the clouds #dust #faceless #no face
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May 29, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An eye in a pyramid within St. Andrew's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #pyramid #all-seeing eye #eye in the pyramid #eye in triangle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sekira, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #blood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #piggy back ride
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #furnace #smoker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pulemet, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #hellfire #hell #art #his satanic majesty #damned #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Novogodnii Orakul, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art #faces in things #human headed #phonograph
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #merfolk #art #hybrid
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to pick up the pace. From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1899
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#vintage illustration #art #gif #horseless carriage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #art #cupid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #airship #art #polar bear #winter #north pole #frozen
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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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 #lost at sea #art #prayer #lightning #stranded #adrift
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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 #anthropomorphism #elephant #art #fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #card reader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #art #faceless
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #deity #many arms #twelve arms #12 arms
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The shattered goddess should be summoned only by one properly anointed.  From Seton Hall's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#goddess #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dancing
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre.  From All the Year Round, 1877.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1906 yearbook of UNC Chapel Hill.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tarot #queen of cups
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #under the sea #king neptune #submarine
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May 28, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)
To this day, there are fewer than 50 Google results for the word "phototures."  From Rockingham's 1970 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #face #light and dark #cartooning #phototure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you love the Platonic ideal of butter.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #butter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It seemed as if that little voice inside had fairly shouted in his ears: 'I am afraid.'"  From The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thorton W. Burgess and illustrated by Harrison Cady, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #fear #art #animal communication #squirrel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a rare depiction of mourning scarecrows.  From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #anthropomorphism #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #quill pen #animal #ink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #men's fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #faun #rooster man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922. 
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#vintage illustration #macabre #art #severed head #decapitated #black widow #serial killer #weight lifting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #art #two of coins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She seemed overwhelmed with grief."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #genie #art #arabian nights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #shadow #weight loss #dieting #fat man #skinny shadow #cinch
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spooky #spirit #art #spiritualism #seance
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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 #distortion
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The Right Word (permalink)
"It was a boojum."  From The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll and illustrated Henry Holiday, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage book #lewis carroll #buoy #boojum
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A pathway of books leads to the castle.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #books #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Corey Ford's Three Rousing Cheers for the Rollo Boys:

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"Where are your binoculars?"

"My bin-what-ulars?" asked Cap'n Tom with a wink, and all over the house people could be heard giggling and repeating "Bin-what-ulars!" under their breath, and several little girls had to be carried up the aisle in hysterics.

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
To understand imagery like this, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
From Millikin's 1906 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #flower people #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human flower
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The very nervous hand."  It's not the hand of a nervous person, the caption says, but a hand that is itself very nervous or even the embodiment of nervousness.  Therefore, the illustration is transformed into a talisman, akin to the Hand of Fatima.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #hand #palmistry
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May 27, 2019

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Thanks to Feminine-Faced-Salamander over at Tumblr for calling our "Separated At Birth?" category "my absolute favorite series" of web posts.  "What a collection.  It's such a fun game."
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to drill-wielding killer in the film Body Double.  From Purdue's 1908 yearbook.  Previously, we discovered this other precursor to Body Double, as well as this one.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #drill
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#dragon #chinese dragon #twisted
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Some would prefer to be mice, while others would learn How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #mousetrap #mouse man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #monkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Looks like an opportinity to doodle in one's own grim reaper.  From Ovod, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #demon #dragon #art #hybrid #heart #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you're doing your best to coax out a little light.  From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #art #light #snake charmer #street musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The quotation is unrelated to the illustration.  "After all, fools add to the gayety of nations."  From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #peacock
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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 #dragon #knight #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
Here's my modest collection of vintage people who look like their pets.
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #people who look like their dogs #walking the dog #dog lover #dog walker #pet owner #dog owner
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Dr. Death takes a pulse.  From Jugend, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art #love birds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #angels #art #winged man #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #japanese #art #bear #samurai #bear rug
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you've needed a pillow while standing up.  It's "The Midnight Crew," from Atlantic Christian's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #insomnia #up all night #vintage yearbook #midnight #vintage women #sleepy
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Very queer numbers.  From Lucifer, A Theosophical Magazine, 1890.  See Presumptive Conundrums: Rhetorical Math Questions + Answers.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Eye-opener.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #dog #vintage yearbook #puppy #winking #winking dog #eye opener #winking animal
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1846.
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#vintage illustration #musicians #violin
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Millikin's 1906 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #owl #grim reaper #occult #cauldron #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In the unlikely event you needed proofs of the spirit world, here they are.  From Proofs of the Spirit World by Léon Chevreuil, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #spirit world #art #spiritualism #vintage book #pig
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May 26, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)

We took our letter cubes to the Cabazon Dinosaurs to see if Mr. Rex had any message.  Imagine our surprise to find antiquated spellings -- yet a dinosaur would properly speak in old fashioned terms, surely.  In the message we decoded, prehistoric dreams of attainment are instead met with hardships and extinction, but not before a final, eerily accurate vision of a procession of luminaries who would follow in future ages.

Lordly elders dayly dreamt [of] olden headless demon idols shewe[ing] polished golde spheres, sayde [we] sholde [and] wolde someday neede [and] holde [an] ideal soul realm. Mazes ahead, ocean oddly nowhere, ceaseless leaden soil, longe ordeals, seedy plots, deadly ether, molded murders, eroded chasm[s], lost pleas, zeros. There's Chaldeans, Aesop, Hamlet, Hegel, Edison, Theresa.  Someday solved.

[We thank Mr. Rex not only for his forthright communication but also for hosting us in his mouth.]

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#dinosaur #letter cubes #boggle #t-rex #cabazon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You know the comedy-tragedy masks, with the muse of tragedy, Melpomene, and the muse of comedy, Thalia.  The lesser seen third mask is what Walter Harte called "the slatten-muse, Indifference" (Eulogius or, the Charitable Mason1767).  (We assume that slatten derives from the stone slab of masonry called a slatt, so as to imply stony-faced apathy.) 
Our illustration is from Emerson's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook #comedy and tragedy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1877.
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#vintage illustration #fairy
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #vintage yearbook
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Precursors (permalink)
“Germs originated in Germany”: A still from Peter Serafinowicz'Look Around You, series one.
Here’s earlier proof that germs originate in Germany.  Flies are known to carry germs, and they’re huddling around Germany on this globe from Lustige Blätter, 1916. 
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sekira, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #procession #red sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #no face #section mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Why I Am Still a Bachelor."  From McClure's (1913).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage cars #vintage automobiles #strange vehicles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #hallucination
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
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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 #dragon #art #sea monster #leviathan #god #biblical
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
The point where four states are visible, not including the state of matrimony.  From The Judge, 1913.   See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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#vintage illustration #mountaintop #art #matrimony #hetero #four states
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant hat #big hat #blimp #blimp hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #art #animal attack #tiger #hunter #photographer #tables turned #sensationalism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high."  From Atlantic Christian's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #vintage yearbook #aspirations
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The toad's wife."  From Fables and Fairy Tales by Henry Morley and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett, 1860.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Reblog if flying buttresses deserve credit for your own stability.  From American University's 1976 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #cathedral #vintage yearbook #flying buttresses
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1885.
*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 #big hat
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May 25, 2019

Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? (permalink)

On a visit to California, we passed by a “University Vineyard,” triggering this joke:

Did you hear about the troubles at Wine College?  Yeah, they lost their faculties.

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#wine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull and crossbones #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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#vintage illustration #piano #eye #pianist
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The imps," from Wesleyan College's 1902 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #imp #devil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Lone Hand, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #boxing #art #axe #bear #fighting #boxing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #chaos #art #explosion #upside down #rocket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #art #scissors
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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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 #devil #art #stranded at sea #life raft
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Plamia, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #mirror #skull #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #castle #art #gallows #bats #hanged man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #jack-in-the-box #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #giantess #art #insomnia
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #horror #hands
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ghost fights.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #spirits #ghosts #art #fighting #ghost fight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #horror #severed head #meat grinder #decapitated #giant snake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #cat and mouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The secret of elongated dogs.  From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #dachshund #long dog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Psychology, from Taylor University's Gem yearbook, 1937.

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

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#vintage photo #psychology #light and shadow #vintage man #man's face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There they will stay / Till close of day; / In moonbeams bright / They'll come to light."  From The Fairy-folk of Blue Hill by Lily F. Wesselhoeft. 1895.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy #elf #art
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May 24, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This where all our money went, too.  Back in those days, they swore it was a solid investment.  From Le Charivari, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #money #money bags
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #rooster #musical animal
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

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The Soul.... became personified into a sort of sprite which peered out of its apartment at the material world.... The eyes were "the windows of the Soul," and when the Soul took a look at something especially pleasing the windows were supposed to "light up."

Modern science explains this lighting business as being due to natural causes, such as the appearance of a piece of French pastry....

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Tom Thumb Family."  From Wesleyan College's 1902 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hand #tom thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sekira, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #shackles #light and dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A little window into a lost world.  From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #moon #art #starry night #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
May rare coins rain down into your pockets.  Can you guess how many rare coins cascaded out of the vintage weight scale I acquired? The surprising details are revealed in this video, along with some mind-bending esoteric secrets of copper pennies.
Our illustration is from Nebelspalter, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #wealth #money #money bag #coins #art #mercury #prosperity #affluence #quicksilver
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Plamia, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #newspaper #red eyes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From K Svetu, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #good and evil #art #angel and demon
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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 #hybrid #donkey man #half donkey #ass of himself
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #cowfish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #ghost #death #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #goat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Unregulated milk sprayed at a baby, straight from a tainted cow.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #bad milk #poisoned milk #tainted milk
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #waiter #restaurant #wait staff
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #art #rooster costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #conductor #puppetmaster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Atlantic Christian's 1913 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #frog #vintage yearbook #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #sphere #dragon #art #crystal ball
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May 23, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1871.
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #lettuce #vegetable people
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #ass #donkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #art #medusa #gorgon #snake hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A question mark walks by.  From Shut, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1879.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krasnyi Smekh, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Who shot Mr. Potato Head?  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1931.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1917.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1895.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a library ghost in the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1976.  Whether for payback or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead by Peter Browne, 1713.  See also this collection of 112 cocktail recipes to be drunk in remembrance of the dead: Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Expectations.  From Stern's 1966 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #1960s #waiting #expectations #60s fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #snake #devouring
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May 22, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)

"Is there a word for that awful realization that your colleagues are as bad as your students? There should be. Gedämpfteerwartungenenttäuscht or something like that." —The Musubi Murder, by Frankie Bow (via Jonathan Caws-Elwitt)

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
On the opposite side of "The End" is "one chunk of jollity."  From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #the end
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1846.
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#vintage illustration #mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wesleyan College's 1902 yearbook.  For practical tips, see The Pencil Witch.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #prophecy #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sekira, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shut, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Thumbs down.  From The Ladies' Home Journal, 1948.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satiricheskoe Obozrenie, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Malenkii Zhurnal, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to chage moments. From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1896
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Stop digging your grave with your knife and fork!"  From The Judge, 1922.
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1903.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The rare cat-headed marotte is a welcome sight.  From Atlantic Christian's 1913 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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May 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1901 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Corey Ford's collected Rollo Boys:

***

"         !" went the baseball, as Tom's bat failed to connect with it, and the disconnected sphere sailed on toward Merriwell Hall.

***

"!" exclaimed Dr. Merriwell, examining the weapon. "Someone has put a silencer on the starting-gun."

***

The leader in the prow barked out a single word in Arabic: "&"

***

She advanced slowly down the garden path, her eyes radiant with youth and love, her arms filled with a bunch of fragrant asterisks which she had plucked from the good, rich dirt where they grew in profusion, the tips of their star-shaped petals suffused with a passionate pink glow and exuding at times an almost overpowering odour.

[Elsewhere, as I recall, we also have a night sky with asterisks.]

***

". . . ." she replied, and was gone. Phut!

***

And his mother's name was Quetch, if that makes it any funnier.

[And, paraphrasing, as I lost the place: someone does card tricks with matches.]

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
What a bizarre way of depicting this!  The world of opportunity, inducements and awards is gobbling up determination, equipment, energy, courage, pluck, and sand (I suppose in the sence of "firmness of purpose").  From the 1906 yearbook of UNC Chapel Hill.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Blue Cat by Pamela Colman Smith, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #turtle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sekira, 1906.
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