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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June 30, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Longwood's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #don't #forbidden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"As he recognized the photograph, his aureole leaped into livid flame—she writhing there to escape his two sepulchral hands."  From Hearst's International, 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 #ghost #occult #art #spiritualism #seance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #giant #art #meat grinder #tiny men #soldier
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Sagrada Biblia, 1883.
[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 #angels #art #moses #biblical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #dizzy #reeling #imbalanced
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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 #art #contortionist #yoga #bending over backwards
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #red star #blood shower #shower of blood #goatee
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #spider
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #menace #finger pointing
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #art #russia #bear #deer #feed the animals #cherry #by mouth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #demon #serpent #art #garden of eden #eve
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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 #art #toy boat #tub
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Igla, 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 #scarecrow #art #dog #baby
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A dream of the future" -- penny farthings on high wires.  From Wide Awake, 1884.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #cycling #futuristic #penny farthing #high wire
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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 #art #locomotive #cows #cow train #milk train #robot cow #weird train
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
[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 #spirit #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern University's yearbook of 1923.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #skull #occult #spirit #art #fraternity #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Silent E Fairy, from The See and Say Series, Book Two by Sarah Louise Arnold, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy #art #letter e #silent e
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From New Haven's yearbook of 1978.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective #hallway
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
A sun-tablet of the Blackeet Indians of Canada, from The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #sun #solar deity #art #seven arms #blackfoot #solar symbol
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June 29, 2019

The Right Word (permalink)

Many feel worried about being labeled a homophone.  And for good reason!  Homophones live in constant turmoil.  They might be inappropriately complimented on their tails instead of their tales.  They may seek a night out and instead find themselves with an out knight.  Oiling up for a hot sun in the sky, they may find themselves burning for a hot son in this guy.  They may fear that wholly idle hours "could make a holy idol ours."  Their addressed mail could transform into a dressed male.  They can forget joining aural sects.  They must be careful lest they gaze farther at a gay's father.  The very idea of wresting yore feat on a pouffe leaves them utterly confused.  

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#homophone
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Longwood's 1924 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #bird costume #vintage yearbook #peacock #headdress #peacock costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #on fire #art
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From Shtyk, 1906.  Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In.
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#vintage illustration #art #toy boat #boats #shoes #shoe boat
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #arbor day #art #tree surgeon #heart doctor #tree heart #tree doctor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 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 #angel #mythology #goddess #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A detail from an illustration in 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #horse #art #saint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
[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 #art #vintage fashion #antlers #horned hat #hat with horns
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#religion #vintage illustration #art #eye of god #eye in the pyramid #eye in the sky #yahweh
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #horse #art #halo #fiction #book horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #pincers #human pyramid #echelon
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Un Autre Monde by Grandville.
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#vintage illustration #rain #rainy day #art #grandville #watering can
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #mustache #medicine #cleansing #detox
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #man dog #paper training
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Jambalaya yearbook of Tulane University, 1920.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #full moon #art #wolf #finish #howling at the moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #long hair #tiny men
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
As you suspected, the moon is a holy owl-queen who pours a jar of owls upon wicked mousies.  From General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, and Other Poems by Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #owl #moon #art #poetry #mice
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #bird #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
University of Massachusetts Boston yearbook, 1978.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #art #magic #vintage yearbook #top hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Lone Hand, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #bear
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June 28, 2019

Puzzles and Games :: Which is Funnier (permalink)
[As a bonus, this item overlaps our "Which is Funnier" and "Not Rocket Science" departments.)
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
On a hunch, we analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app to see if the figure at the end of the hallway is a ghost.  Sure enough, it has a skull face.
From Florida Southern's 1968 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #dog #dachshund #sausage dog #wiener dog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tassel
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1846.
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#vintage illustration #music #stars #musical notation #shooting star #treble clef
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Ronnie Corbett / David Nobbs:

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[RLG Dept.]

Writing in the Listener, that distinguished author Anthony Burgess... [said of the Ronnies], "They are a kind of visual epigram made out of the intellectual fact of human variety. This epigram is also a paradigm for conjugating social statements--about class, chiefly--with great neatness." I felt like phoning my dad in Scotland and saying, 'I've made it, Dad. Not only am I an epigram, I'm also a paradigm.

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[David Frost] behaved as if [The Frost Report] was a huge success, and it became so. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, looking back on it, David himself was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Another of our sketches.... was about a man who was paranoid about appearing on [This Is Your Life]. If the milkman or the postman came to the door, he was convinced that it was Eamonn Andrews with his big red book. In the end Eamonn turned up, and he didn't recognize him. [Cf. my story about "meeting" the guy from the Pixies in our parking lot last year. Or didn't I tell you that one?]

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We did a sketch in which Ronnie was Henry VIII, I was a camp, Jewish Cardinal Wolsey, with a large cigar and a costume with a twenty-yard train....

***

Frank Muir, former Head of Comedy at the BBC and London Weekend, once said, "God preserve me from good ideas." It sounds strange, but I know what he meant. A good idea can become a straitjacket for comedy....

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's Narcissus from Le Sang des Dieux by Jean Lorrain (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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mythology #narcissus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This cursed image appears in Ridley's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#skull #horror #vintage yearbook #cursed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 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 #hobby horse #art #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you have eavesdropped on birds.  From Shtyk, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #crow #blackbird #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #scythe #choir #chorus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #electricity #zapped
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #skeletons
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #tiger #hippo #rhino #stag #strange animal #zebra
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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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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This haunted photograph appears in Taylor University's Ilium yearbook of 1991.  Why are glowing lights so ghostly?  We explored the answer in the context of this other ghostly photo.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #oil lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you are not a good little owl.  From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #owl #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a gnome 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 tale
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Precursors (permalink)
No one thought leetspeak was just an internet phenomenon, right?
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1917.
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#poem #leetspeak
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A "Sam" you know will likely confirm this diagram.  From The Link, 1954.
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#vintage illustration #vintage diagram #triangle #sacred geometry #god
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June 27, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)

To celebrate having a chapter in Steve Drury's new Dice Mysteries book, we shot a 3-minute video about the weirdness of when to roll unspotted dice upon a dusty tome.  As so often happens, our blank dice rolling created a temporal anomaly at the end of the video.  (We're still woozy!)

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#divination #occult #dice
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's some maledicta punctuated by firecrackers, from Purdue's 1916 yearbook.

 

How to translate fireworks as rhyming slang in maledicta [and if any seem old-fashioned, they are!]:

bam = damn

bang = bang [fornicate]; dang

blam = damn

blast = blast[-it] [British]

boom = bum [British for buttocks]

burst = cursed

crack = cack [British for excrement]; whack[-off]

fizz = shit

flash = ass; dash[-it all] [British]

hiss = piss[-off]; shit

pop = pop[-off]

snap = crap

sputter = mutter[-fucker]

whistle = rissole [Australian slang for rectum]

whizz = wiz [urinate]

whoosh = gadzooks

zip = flip[ping] [British]

 

bomb = "f-bomb"

missle = miserable

mortar = mortar-fucker

flare - swear

rocket = fuck it

shell = hell

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #maledicta #vintage car
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #mouse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #moon #faces in things #fountain #harlequin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #saw #robot
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #sun #solar deity #outer space #art #faces in things #sun god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #serpent #money #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Progressivnyi Izbiratel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #frog #goose #laughing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #japanese #art #severed head #parasol #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #blindfold #art #clown #gagged
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Poisoned milk delivery.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #milkmaid #untainted milk
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
[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 #bouquet #satyr #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #plough
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #modern art #cubism #cubist
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's yearbook of 1927.

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

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#vintage illustration #dragon #art #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by W. P. Bodwell.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 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 #juggling
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
"Nothing exciting," yet "We may have excitement."  From The Leatherneck, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #art #no news is good news
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
You've heard that some musical pieces are labeled "con brio," meaning that they are to be played "brightly." Here's what it looks like. From the University of Southern Mississippi's 1985 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #piano #vintage yearbook #bright
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #frog
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June 26, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From the Wilkes-Barre Record, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1931.  Via YesterdaysPrint.
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#weird #mystery
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1874.
[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 #sphinx #piano #hybrid #human headed #cat woman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 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 #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Our illustration is from Nebelspalter, 1958.  Here's also an article about tasting and eating music, from The Literary Digest, Nov. 18, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #musical notes #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poedinok, 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
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Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out (permalink)
"The beginning of a book is always the tricky part.  It should arrest.  A shot should ring out in the night ..." —Delano Ames, She Shall Have Murder [a delightful recommendation by literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying horse #the people could fly #flying carriage
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #musician #face the music #musical face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 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 #mythology #knight #art #flying horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #falling #art #out the window #thrown out
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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 Le Journal Amusant, 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 #satyr #art #herm
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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 #death #skull face #art #walking dead #living dead
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This cursed photograph appears in Taylor University's Ilium yearbook of 1963.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #specimen bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Les Hommes du Jour, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #art #horror #scream #gasp
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Reblog if the Roman numeral at the top of the poem doubles as the answer to the rhetorical question.  From the Elson Primary School Reader, Book One, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #throne #tennyson #king neptune #poem
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Here's How by William Campbell Whitfield and illustrated by Tad Shell, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #art #punch bowl #tiny man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point yearbook of 1951.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #animal headed #vintage yearbook #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #war and peace #peace angel
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June 25, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
What happens when we die?  It's a fair question, but this is from a magazine for military chaplains, and we'd have assumed they already had a pat answer for this.  It turns out that most everybody is confused about everything.  God help us.  From The Link, 1962.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #death #cemetery #life after death #graveyard #war dead
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Text fly within the book only."  At first, we interpreted that as, "words take flight within the confines of the book covers."  Given that the book in question (scanned here by Archive.org) is about Merlin, that felt about right.  (Even so, one might argue otherwise, that text can fly outside of a book as well; consider some persons being "crammed to the throat with Scripture, so that they cannot open their mouths but a text flies out" [An Inquiry Into the Nature of Responsibility by T. Simmons Mackintosh, 1840]).  But then we realized that a "text fly" is what emerges from a bookworm's cocoon ... and so this particular book has encased or imprisoned a text fly, presumably for entomologists.
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#text fly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Some of us and -- the rest of us."  From Monmouth's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #giant hand #vintage yearbook #hand of god #crushed #thumb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (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 #mustache
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1891 Hopkinsian yearbook of Johns Hopkins University.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #occult #cauldron #art #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #circle dance
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Shtyk, 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 #blade #bayonet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #fashion #collar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #winged man #the people could fly
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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, 1933.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Cows think you stink.  From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Virginia's Corks and Curls yearbook, 1915.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A centaur tries to ride a bicycle.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1897.
You can probably guess what the centaur needs to do.  It's revealed in the next comic panel, here.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From American Cornball, by Christopher Miller:

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[Couches] are a little funny in themselves, maybe because they aren't chairs, and aren't nearly as common as chairs, but bear enough of a resemblance to seem like comically defective or grandiose chairs.

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When a cartoon is set on a desert island now--and this was already the case half a century ago--the first joke is that a cartoonist has dared to do it again.

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[Re. guest towels and related matters:] It could be argued that the sublimation of prosaic household objects into the poetry of uselessness is part of what makes a house a home, but so much the worse for homes.

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Hat takes are one of the most quintessentially cartoonish of all cartoon clichés, and I have the numbers to prove it, since I recently devised a pseudoscientific formula for determining the cartoonishness of any object, situation, or event: you divide its incidence in comic strips (scored on a scale of 1 to 10) by its incidence in real life.

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When McCay... finally gets his idea, it comes not in the form of a lightbulb but a living creature--a bird, presumably, since it has a beak and two webbed feet, and flies away the instant another cartoonist diverts McCay's attention. It looks less like a bird, though, than a flying porcupine; it looks, in fact, uncannily like the Thing I pictured the first time I read Emily Dickinson's line "Hope is the thing with feathers." We know it's a funny idea, as McCay wished for, because it's funny-looking.

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Caspar [Milquetoast] is so meek, he deserves to inherit the earth single-handedly.

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Lunch is a funnier word, but breakfast is the funnier meal....

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[Re. "phooey" and other such terms:] Or is it that we're so inundated with nonsense these days that we've lost our sensitivity to it, our inability to discriminate fine shades?

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The only place [a lucaflect] really makes sense is indoors, where a window might be the brightest source of light in a room, but great cartoonists are not afraid of nonsense, and have no qualms about lucaflecting outdoors too.

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If you imagine what Peanuts would have been like if Schulz had called it Placekicker Charlie and every strip had featured Charlie Brown’s attempts to kick that football and Lucy’s yanking it away, you’ve just imagined hundreds of early comic strips.

 

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June 24, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The Indian Summer Fairy.  From Montreat's 1947 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Suddenly the Great Wind Spirit spoke to him."  From Tell-Me-Why Stories About Color and Sound by C. H. Claudy and illustrated by Thomas Wrenn, 1915.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if your candle-powered centerpieces not only rotate but also ring bells.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kosa, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The electric decapitation of John the Baptist."  From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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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 L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Judge's Library, 1907.
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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, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the High Point College yearbook of 1934.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
Playing catch with little suns.  From Miss Mouse and Her Boys by Mrs. Molesworth, 1897.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first we wondered why a house illustrates the "Literature" section of Butler's 1911 yearbook.  Then we recalled that literature and architecture are inseparable.  

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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
When it comes to recursive fractal patterns that occur on higher dimensions, we're delighted that our Magic Words: A Dictionary is referenced.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1849.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.

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#grotesque #mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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June 23, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #art #exterminator #pest control #fly swatter #cake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #cat #art #harp #musical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The poisoned milk salesman shows his respect to the bearers of a tiny coffin.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #art #eye patch #patches
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Whispers from Fairyland by Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen, 1875.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #black cat #art #giant cat #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1919.  
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#vintage illustration #art #light in the darkness #light in the window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #art #vegetables
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #demon #death #art #poison #evil spirit #pollution
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern University's yearbook of 1931.

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#vintage illustration #giant #gulliver #art #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here are the owls of subtraction.  From Ray's New Primary Arithmetic for Young Learners, Book 1, 1877.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Union College's 1978 yearbook.

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#magician #vintage magic #headache #migraine #stage magic #magic trick #arrow through the head
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
* The most profound secrets lie not wholly in knowledge, said the poet.  They lurk invisible in that vitalizing spark, intangible, yet as evident as the lightning—the seeker's soul.  Solitary digging for facts can reward one with great discoveries, but true secrets are not discovered—they are shared, passed on in confidence from one to another.  The genuine seeker listens attentively.  No secret can be transcribed, save in code, lest it—by definition—cease to be.  This Book of Whispers collects and encodes more than one hundred of humankind's most cherished secrets.  To be privy to the topics alone is a supreme achievement, as each contains and nurtures the seed of its hidden truth.  As possessor and thereby guardian of this knowledge, may you summon the courage to honor its secrets and to bequeath it to one worthy.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An ornate capital T, with skull.  From the Phamacy Department's page of Purdue's 1898 yearbook.  It would seem the pharmaceutical industry has never really been about your well-being.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Big Gulp and other super-sized beverages.
The caption, "Love laughs at icebergs," is a Googlewhack.  From Life, 1900. 
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#vintage illustration #ice #iceberg #beverage #big drink
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #giant #earth #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The whole of the slimy old wall seemed alive with them."  From The Life Story of a Squirrel by Thomas Charles Bridges and illustrated by Allan Stewart, 1907.
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June 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Animals of the cat kind -- the lion.  From Tales About Animals by Peter Parley, 1870.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Marrying a phonograph.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #mask #art #long hair #buxom
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Blue Dwarf by Lady Esther Hope, 1861.
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#vintage illustration #rats #art #dungeon #prisoner #in chains
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #crystal ball #crystal gazing #crystal gazer
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Baïonnette, 1916.
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From Le Rire, 1908.
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From Jugend, 1901.
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From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'Ha, ha, ha!' the trolls laughed, and held on to one another."  From Fairy Tales from the Far North by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, 1897.
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From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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From Southwestern University's yearbook of 1920.
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 1914.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"My head hits the pillow like an anvil in a world without gravity."  From William and Mary's 1982 yearbook.

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From Zritel', 1905.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Henderson-Brown's 1923 yearbook.  We've also encountered this castle with an orange sky in later years.

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From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
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From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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Rock - paper - scissors?  They're standing on a rock, they all played scissors, and there's a paper (the "Post") in the background.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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June 21, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Nearly a century before activity tracking gadgets, walkers were counting their miles.  From Rockford's 1915 yearbook.
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
We find that flatbread has the most flats.
From The Link, 1964.
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From L'Eclipse, 1871.
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From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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From Le Charivari, 1849.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From David Nobbs's autobio:

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[A friend of Nobbs's] wore a yarmulke jauntily, as if it were a yachting cap, and when he walked he bounced. He looked like a cross between Mendelssohn and Piglet.

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When somebody told Peter Cook that he was writing a novel, Peter replied, "Really? Neither am I."

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[Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.] laughed at my jokes, and unless he was a very good actor his laughter was genuine--but he was a very good actor, so I'll never know.

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There was... an elderly lady called Della who was the Marylebone Correspondent and wrote her stories on lavatory paper.

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[Nobbs wrote] a monologue that began, "How do? My name is God, and I'm here tonight because I'm omnipresent."

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[On the writing team observing David Frost's programmes in real time from the "hospitality room"]

Ian Davidson... claimed that there was an embarrassment order in which people would leave the room, like a pecking order in hens, when David was being particularly shameless.

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David would come up to us and ask our opinion on the show and none of us would admit that we spent most of our time in the corridor. We didn't need to as these inquests were not thorough. The conversation would go:

David: "Super show?"

Us: "Super."

David: "Super."

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[Re. a "message" play that ended with the actors walking into the audience with paper bags on their heads--a gimmick that did not garner the audience response the director had counted on]

I was sorry for the actors, who escaped having egg on their faces only by having paper bags on their faces.

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[More Frostiana, this time from an emergency meeting at a time of staleness in the shows]

There was no doubt that it was a crisis meeting, but it was never called a crisis meeting.... David came in, sat down, looked at us all gravely, even sorrowfully, and said, "Thank you all for some absolutely super shows. We're meeting today to consider how we can make them even more absolutely super still."

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The reviews [of Lance At Large] were actually not too bad, but the public can be very blunt about TV, as if it's their property because it comes into their homes. "What went wrong with your programme?" barked a forthright cousin twice removed, and at that moment I could have wished her three times removed."

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When he was Head of Comedy at the BCC Frank Muir said, "God save me from good ideas," and I know what he meant. This idea sounded good... but it was a straitjacket. It prohibited all surprise.

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I could see the gap between the good stuff and mine. I didn't need London Transport staff to shout "Mind the gap" at me. I minded it terribly.

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Round about this time I used to experiment with a particular cliché. I would drop it into the conversation at appropriate moments. It was "What's grist to the mill is nose to the grindstone." It is of course complete nonsense. Nobody ever challenged me. Nobody ever laughed. "That's true," people would say, or "I suppose so," or some such reply.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A ghost falls into bed. From William and Mary's 1982 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A Branston engraving for an 1837 edition of Night Thoughts by Edward Young.
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #scythe #winged man
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Precursors (permalink)
Apparently, polar bears have been used for advertising for as long as there has been advertising.  Here is revealed how they're lured into the work.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.
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The earth puffs on smokestacks.  From The Judge, 1912.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Red Romance Book by Andrew Lang, 1905.
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From Jugend, 1901.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
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From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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From Nebelspalter, 1881.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The original loveseat.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1897.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #skull #occult #art #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Precursors (permalink)
Before "gay and tired," there was "queerest and restless."  From The See and Say Series, Book Two by Sarah Louise Arnold, 1914.
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June 20, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)

Can you guess why there is no diary for summer?  "Summer is not a season of which we can mark the beginning or the end by fixed days in the calendar" (Robert Mudie, Summer: Or, The Causes, Appearances, and Effects of the Grand Nuptials of Nature in All Its Departments, 1837).  

From Eastern Nazarene's 1948 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Marriage as a giant book.  From Der Guckkasten, 1913.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1919 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #dragon #vintage yearbook #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zarnitsy, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #gallows #bird #mouse #pet walker
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From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #reading #art #book #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Kalidahs have the bodies of bears and the heads of tigers.  An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900.
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Catchy tune?  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Of the Greatest Sorrow."  From The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1894.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #elf #art #lampshade #tiny person #no face #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1925.  He has learned How to Be Your Own Cat.