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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July 31, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
A precursor to Maria leading the Von Trapp family through the Austrian alps, and "the hills [very literally] are alive."  From Nebelspalter, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #mountain spirit #the sound of music #maria von trapp #the hills are alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if this is your primary source of illumination.  From Le Charivari, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #candles #mustache #vintage man #bust #lighting #candelabrum
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A photo of the Apathy Club at Lake Forest, from their yearbook of 1988.  Zoom in to take in the details.

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

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#vintage yearbook #apathy #not pictured
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #bird #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The years take from us day by day.  From Vodovorot, 1907.
[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 #1906
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #locomotive #costume #rollerskates #train costume
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The Right Word (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #exclamation point #expletive #cursing #bad language
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click for a change of scene. From The Judge, 1912.

From The Judge, 1912
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#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #bended knee #proposal
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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 #horse #art #cowboy #handlebar mustache #bucking bronco
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The Right Word (permalink)
From Jugend, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #art #no means no #no #vintage man #nein
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #bird costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Sometimes ghostly orbs are mistaken for snowflakes.  Just as we are all snowflakes, no two orbs identical.  From Sweet Briar's 2007 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #night photography #orbs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
[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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #art #costume #fairy costume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1916 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #secret #vintage yearbook #night #wooing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's not only birds that aviators run into.  He's damned if he can detach them.  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #cherub #aviator
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's proof that stained glass windows don't merely look holy.  From American University's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#stained glass #cathedral #vintage yearbook #blessed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #good and evil #saint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At first glance, we thought the skeleton had deliberately squirted ink onto his shirt.  From the Florida Flambeau, 1959.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #living dead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pchela, 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 #imp #art #newspaper #fake news
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July 30, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
It wasn't until 1989 that reality for women was finally uncovered.  From Bay Area Reporter, 1989.
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#reality #weird headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We saw calcified giants like this at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.  From Shadowland, March 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #anthropomorphism #rock spirit #vintage magazine
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hampden-Sydney's 1902 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1850.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl #anthropomorphism
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

Bill Nye snippets:

***

Youth is the spring-time of life. It is the time to acquire information, so that we may show it off in after years and paralyze people with what we know. The wise youth will “lay low” till he gets a whole lot of knowledge, and then in later days turn it loose in an abrupt manner. He will guard against telling what he knows, a little at a time. That is unwise. I once knew a youth who wore himself out telling people all he knew from day to day, so that when he became a bald-headed man he was utterly exhausted and didn’t have anything left to tell anyone.

***

I turned on my heel and I went away. I most always turn on my heel when I go away. If I did not turn on my own heel when I went away, whose heel would a lonely man like me turn upon?

***

Years rolled by. I did nothing to prevent it.

***

I would rather disseminate five hundred thousand low-price books than to [sic] print a $27 book and have to read it myself.

***

The great difficulty in teaching children the letters is that there is really nothing in the naked alphabet itself to win a child’s love. We must dress it in attractive colors and gaudy plumage so that he will be involuntarily drawn to it.

***

Now the pumpkin knows its place. You never knew of a pumpkin trying to monkey with science.... Rhubarb is the only thing that successfully holds it place with the apothecary, and yet draws a salary in the pie business.

***

[On “the plug hat that has endeavored to keep sober and maintain self-respect while its owner was drunk”:] A man may mix up in a crowd and carry off an overdose of valley tan in a soft hat or a cap, but the silk hat will proclaim it upon the house-tops, and advertise it to a gaping, wondering world. It has a way of getting back on the rear elevation of the head, or over the bridge of the nose, or of hanging coquettishly on one ear, that says to the eagle-eyed public: “I am chockfull.”

***

I went to the door and exclaimed to the proprietor as he came, “Merry Christmas, Colonel.”

“Merry Christmas be d——d!” said he in the same bantering tone. “What in three dashes, two hyphens and an astonisher do you want here, you double-dashed and double-blanketed blank to dash and return!!”

The wording here is my own, but it gives an idea of the way the conversation was drifting. You can see by his manner that literary people are not alone in being surly, irritable and unreasonable.

***

As I said before, this is where two railroads fork. In fact, that is the leading industry here. The growth of the town is naturally slow, but it is a healthy growth. There is nothing in the nature of dangerous or wild-cat speculation in the advancement of this place, and while there has been no noticeable or rapid advance in the principal business, there has been no falling off at all, and these roads are forking as much to-day as they did before the war, while the same three men who were present for the first glad moment are still here to witness its operation.

***

At first it seems odd to me that I should be writing from where I now am, but the more I think it over the better I am reconciled to it, for what better place can a man select from which to write a letter than the point where he is located at the time.

***

You can climb to the top of Beaucatcher Mountain and see a beautiful sight in any direction, and on most any day of the year. Every where the eye rests on a broad sweep of dark-blue climate. Up in the gorges, under the whispering pines, along the rhododendron bordered margins of the Swannonoa, or the French Brood, out through the Gap, and down the thousand mountain brooks, you will find enough climate in twenty minutes to last a week.

***

beautiful, pale-blue satin pincushions which it would be wicked to put a pin in and which will therefore ever and forevermore mock the man who really wants a pin

***

Twenty years ago you could plant a seed according to directions and it would produce a plant which seemed to resemble in a general way the picture on the outside of the package. Now, under the fluctuating influences of irresponsible isotherms, phlegmatic Springs, rare June weather and overdone weather in August, I find it almost impossible to produce a plant or vegetable which in any way resembles its portrait. Is it my fault or the fault of the climate? I wish the club would take hold of this at its next regular meeting. I first noticed the change in the summer of ’72, I think. I purchased a small package of early Scotch plaid curled kale with a beautiful picture on the outside. It was as good a picture of Scotch kale as I ever saw. I could imagine how gay and light-hearted it was the day when it went up to the studio and had its picture taken for this purpose.

***

I have just received from Boston a warm invitation to be present in that city on Forefathers’ day, to take part in the ceremonies and join in the festivities of that occasion.

Forefathers, I thank you! Though this reply will not reach you for a long time, perhaps, I desire to express to you my deep appreciation of your kindness, and, though I can hardly be regarded as a forefather myself, I assure you that I sympathize with you.

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be with you on this day of your general jubilee and to talk over old times with you.

One who has never experienced the thrill of genuine joy that wakens a man to a glad realization of the fact that he is a forefather, cannot understand its full significance. You alone know how it is yourself, you can speak from experience.

In fancy’s dim corridors I see you stand, away back in the early dawn of our national day, with the tallow candle drooping and dying in its socket, as you waited for the physician to come and announce to you that you were a forefather.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Wow!  It's almost over!"  From the Venango Bulletin, 1988.
[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 . . .
#mummy #sarcophagus #vintage illustration #egyptian
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Be glad you're not a cranberry."  From the Florida Flambeau, 1959.
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#vintage headline #fruit #cranberry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Ganymede."  From The Strand (1896).

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mythology #art #carried away #ganymede #giant eagle
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
"Do you like pumpkins?  Are you creative?  Do you like money?"  Yes.  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage ad #halloween #october #pumpkins #hallowe'en #vintage headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate astral journeys. From Memphis State's 1980 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night #streetlight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 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 #crushed #vise
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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 #skeleton #art #x-ray
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #art #walrus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #father time #spilled ink #book of life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #medusa #locked lips #gordon #communism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #fairy tale #dragon #art #treasure
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
Here's a review of our previously underground treatise on the profound secrets of Twilit Silence (publicly available for the first time in a decade):

Conley puts forth a method of noticing the subtlety of the space between day and night, especially when one can experience silence at that liminal time.  His thoughts on the matter, along with his collection of quotes and photographs on the subject, induced a bona-fide magical state of mind as I enjoyed them under the mid-day shade of a tree in a park in Berkeley.



"Hail, twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour!"  From Harper's magazine, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #twilight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
[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 #vintage fashion #big hat #two hats #vintage hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted #spirits #skeleton #spooky #ghosts #art #horse skeleton
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Taylor University's Gem yearbook of 1957.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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July 29, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
It wasn't merely a prop in that old Bewitched episode in which Darrin had to be fluent in Spanish within five minutes.  It's actually a book: Fluency in 5 Minutes.
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#book cover #foreign languages #fluency #language learning
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Two things about this photo: the number 1911 is identified as 'nineteen hundred and eighty-three," and the photo is also not a picture of Thomas Brown (according to the text above it).
"If only Socrates had stuck to explaining how we can mistake one number for another … the regress would never have got started" (David Sedley, The Midwife of Platonism). 
From Atlantic Christian's 1983 yearbook.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Life, 1900.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #sea serpent #sea monster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elizabethtown's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #serpent #snake #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The Daily Universe, 1960, says in no uncertain terms that you were hurrying home for a turkey dinner and killed someone.  Fake news!
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#car wreck #vintage newspaper #car crash #fake news #car accident #homocide
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a ghost from Berkeley's Olla Podrida yearbook, 1998.

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

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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #vintage yearbook
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Reblog if you wish your own childhood textbooks had featured the pony named Dark that takes us into the unconscious.  From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 1914.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #horse #sleep #art #dreaming #dark horse #unconscious #dark pony
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Back of hand and shrivelled apple."  From "Photographer of a Model Moon, James Nasmyth, 1808-1890" by Terry Crosswhite, in Northlight #7 (Arizona State University).
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#photography #hand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They'd have you believe it's merely "gravity" when things fall onto your head, but most of us know better.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #art #garden of eden #adam and eve #apple tree #apple #hit on the head
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #occult #art #fraternity #severed head #vintage yearbook #executioner #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, have stared at all the strange things.  From Happy Jack by Thorton W. Burgess and illustrated by Harrison Cady, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #bird #squirrel #window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #anthropomorphism #art #hybrid #starfish #fish people
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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 #fairy tale #art #bewitched #candlelight #candle #hare #light #particle or wave #photons
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #drunk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #winged man #flowers #the people could fly #butterfly man #flower fairy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #charity #art #lion #wounded
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This cursed photo, purportedly of a pie-throwing contest, appears in the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage photo #cursed #pie throwing #pie face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #hybrid #human headed
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We'd heard of boldface headlines, but here's a quite literal one.  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1971.
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#vintage headline #boldface
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pliuvium, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #candle #foot
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July 28, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Richard Nixon on thin ice, from Nebelspalter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #thin ice #richard nixon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #vintage yearbook #witches #broomsticks #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Birds and butterflies radiate from the sun clock.  From Le Charivari, 1848.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #sun #birds #butterflies #ckock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
They didn't want to go, anyway -- "Unpreferred men close ranks."  From The Daily Universe, 1960.
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#vintage headline #unpreferred
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the University of Nevada, Reno yearbook of 1979.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #autumn #fall colors
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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 #art #explosion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Predvybornaia Instruktsiia, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cow #art #turkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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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 The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage gay #bachelor #armor #personal space #not interested #chaste #man's man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #monkey #eden #eve #fall colors #giant leaf #autumn leaf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
[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 #douse #dowse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #safety net #scooped #chain reaction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The world could use a few good miracles along about now."  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage illustration #art #miracle #jesus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #art #spider #spider web #caught in a web
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Here's a gnome caught on camera.  From The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#gnome #elf #vintage photo
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An illustration by Stephen D'Amico, in the Jambalaya yearbook of Tulane University, 1920.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Marching with scissors.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #scissors
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We'd heard of headline snafus, but here's a quite literal one.  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1971.
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#vintage headline #snafu
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zabiyaka, 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 #king of cups #king #art #tarot #chalice
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July 27, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Revealed -- what's behind the college admissions scandals of late.  This is a photo of an admission director's identity crisis.  From Pembroke's 1986 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #identity crisis #name tag #hello my name is #multiple personality
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

Commenting on our video about the weird secret of rolling blank dice, George Parker (author of The Little Book of Creativity) said: "Great piece! Thanks. My mind went to two places. Well actually a million places but the two that passed: I will start to look at coins as two-sided dice and metal disks as a two-sided blank dice. The other one was triggered when you talked about how blank dice may call out occult, as in hidden, powers. Since 5% of the universe consists of things we can observe, with and without instruments, and the rest is hidden (27% dark matter, 68% dark energy -- and we have little clue about what it even is) we should throw blank dice way more often."

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#magic #blank dice
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Precursors (permalink)
A precursor to the singing ghosts atop their tombstones in the finale of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion?  From Le Chariviari, 1884.
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#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #knight #dancing
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
It's all too rare to see a student's mirror-world double appear in a yearbook.  It's even rarer for the student and his mirror-world double to be up a tree (not to mention wearing matching capes).  Due to the marvelous light flare, we'll never know what one of his faces looked like.  From Guilford's 1976 yearbook.
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#twins #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #mirror world #spirit double #up a tree #mirror double
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #snake #garden of eden #adam and eve #biblical #apple tree #tree of knowledge
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's a headline anyone with the Dictionary of One-Letter Words can understand.  From Daily Tar Heel, 1939.
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#vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1890.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #fashion #vintage fashion #bell #hat #bell hat #lol
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Nonsense Dept. (permalink)
"The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.  I don't suppose you would believe me if I told you I head that nonsense at ..."  From an ad for a fast-food restaurant, in the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage ad #chess
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From Toronto's yearbook, 1957.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A moment of levitation from Le Régiment, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #levitation #weightless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Another round of drinks disrupted by party-crashing bats.  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #art #bats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Bottled photographers.  From Shtyk, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #tiny men #photographer #bottle #giant bottle #specimen bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The front and back of a postcard commemorating an aeronautics show.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910.
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#vintage illustration #art #audience #airplane #looking up #spectators #it's a bird it's a plane #aeronautics
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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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 #mythology #art #water deity #trident #capsized
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By H. Kley.  From Der Orchideengarten, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #demons #art #witches
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #art #apple tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #money #money bag #art #hybrid #mouse woman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #keg #art #clown #costume party #alcohol
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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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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #balancing
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July 26, 2019

Uncharted Territories (permalink)
"There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret. Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder." —Ransom Riggs [via DevilDuck]
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#mystery #blank map #unknown #wonderment
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Mario facing a falling slab monster Whomp as flowers with mouths menace and strange blobs are underfoot.
From Nebelspalter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #video game #super mario #nintendo #mario
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Andrews' 1976 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #faces in things #paper people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #starry night #night #bridge
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Mr. Pinkerton Goes to Scotland Yard, by David Frome:

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Mr. Pinkerton straightened his steel-rimmed spectacles with the air of a man about to mind his own business.

***

...eyes that contracted wickedly, like an old parrot's preparing to swear dreadfully in front of the parson.

***

[Not Sure Whether the Pun Was Intended dept.]

"His father's a fur dealer. I've always excused the lad on that account. He's so frightfully fuzzy."

***

To all outward signs Bull was unaware of his presence, and the little Welshman was worried about it. He knew he was actually there, because he had seen himself reflected in the windows of a tailor's shop in Chancery Lane....So it couldn't be that.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Attainment of the holy grail.  From Chowan's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook #holy grail
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
"The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry.  A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day."  Courtesy of UpNorthMemories.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#lighthouse #maine #vintage postcard #portland
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the LaGrange College yearbook of 1999.

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

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#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spider web #goth #spider woman #spider costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The spectre of the catacomb" from The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #art #darkness #catacomb
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
Here's the patron saint of fish tails.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #merman #art #saint #fish costume #fish tail
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
*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 #house of cards
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #long beard #before and after
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #pipe smoker #airplane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.  Previously, we saw this other precursor to the Museum of the Weird.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #faces in things #cursed image #cursed furniture #cursed room
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Dead still alive and kicking."  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#life after death #dead #undead #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1887.
[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 #eagle #mythology #art #prometheus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Athanasius Kircher, 1653.
[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 #sphinx #art #human headed #kircher
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate either time travel or out-of-body journeying. From the Evansville yearbook of 1982.
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#vintage photo #night photography #streetlights
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Physicist turns gold into lead." From George Washington University's Hatchet, 1987.
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#gold #physics #vintage headline #big science #vintage news #lead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zabiyaka, 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 #fire #art #giant hand
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July 25, 2019

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

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

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#vintage illustration #bird headed #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #hybrid #bird man #owl headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"When Pete learned to understand the real Japan, he saw what was …"  From The Link, 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 #dragon #japan
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1924 yearbook. 

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #theatre #curtain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puck Magazine (1917).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #tied to the mast
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's how to describe yourself by making a sentence diagram come out of your head.  From Eastern Kentucky State College's 1965 yearbook.

Reblog if you have assisted, made playthings, and told stories.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #sentence diagram #grammar
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Régiment, 1914.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #weightless
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Blue and Gold yearbook of the University of California, 1901.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #art #fraternity #vintage yearbook #king death #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #bunnies #chicken #lamb #animal #piglet
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The Right Word (permalink)
Yours respectively.  From National Magazine, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #quill pen #top hat #dandy #checkered
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Maski, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skull face #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[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 #hell #art #frying pan #burned alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #hanging by a thread #damsel in distress #villain #hanging on
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fable #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit #turtle #tortoise and the hare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #hellfire #hell #art #damned #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #death #owl #skull #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
[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 #crying animal
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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 #coffin #living dead #horror #chinese immortal
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"Let the sun shine in your eye."  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #sun #staring at the sun #art #eye #sunshine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #butterfly #giant bug #giant insect #moth
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July 24, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to image-sharing sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, and Pintrest.  Too bad we can't find such a site that's any good!  Tumblr thinks even an ink drawing of a flower (not even a pansy!) is pornography, Instagram doesn't let one repost something of interest, and have you ever tried to manage your photos on Flickr?  They're all either the products of utter hack programmers or (not as far-fetched as it might sound) beings who have never been to earth.  From Nebelspalter, 1903.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #umbrella #image sharing
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Though it's famously said that we can see farther than a giant when we stand on his shoulders, that may be an exaggeration.  Consider this evidence: in the case of one sitting on a log held by a giant's shoulder while he wades in a river, nobody sees very far.
From "The Three Giants" by Mrs. Marcet, in Eyes and No Eyes by M. V. O'Shea, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #giant #shoulders of giants
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: Where did the time go?
A: "It’s here there and everywhere." —Colin Hay, "Are We There Yet?" Next Year People (2015)
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#time
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"From among the books of …"  From Purdue's 1916 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #ex libris #bookplate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
New York in 1922.  So little has changed, really.  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 #architecture #faces in things #new york
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From East Carolina's 1960 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#fire #vintage yearbook #night photography
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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 #anthropomorphism #art #sleeping #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ovod, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #musical notes #anthropomorphism #art
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #chess
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[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 #bird headed #anthropomorphism #art #bird costume #hybrid #bird woman #bird mask #bird lady
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bound and gagged #art #time bomb #death trap
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #wealth #money #art #false idol #mammon #covetousness #false god
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From Monmouth's 1962 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #snow #vintage yearbook #night photography #orbs
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
By Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, in Forum, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #witchcraft #wizard #wonder #mystery #art #darkness #poetry
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
You may be familiar with the midnight movie -- "Unfinished dorms require coeds to sleep two in bed."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1939.
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#vintage headline #lesbian
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Two spirit manifestations on photographic plates.  From The Widow's Mite by Isaac Kaufman Funk, 1911.
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#ghost #spiritualism #spirit photography
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Opinions.  Women also human": a headline from the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#sexism #vintage headline #women #opinions
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #constellation #art #stars #starry night #telescope #bear #astronomer
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Without severed heads, it wouldn't be a yearbook. From Duke University's 1970 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #magician #art #vintage photo #vintage magic #decapitation #severed head #vintage yearbook #guillotine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
When a bird takes the skull from your garden.  From Sprut, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #skull #art #bird
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July 23, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)

You know that there were, famously, two actors who played Darrin Stephens in the classic series Bewitched.  But in 14 episodes, the role was handled by neither Dick York nor Dick Sargent.  Who was this virtually unknown third Darrin?  (Hint: it was neither of their stunt doubles, nor is it an "Alan Smithee" who disavowed being associated with the series.)  The answer is actually difficult to talk about, because in 14 episodes the character of Darrin was played by a non-entity: not merely an invisible man, but an anti-person, if you will a Ne'er N. Stephens.  Though spoken to on the telephone, and performing his advertising job either at the office or out of town, Mr. Nobody played Darrin.  The key issue is that the character still figured into these plots — his presence and importance was never ignored.  Darrin existed in those 14 episodes, though played by a no-name, a zero.
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#bewitched
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Aleutians have one advantage over other islands."  From Aleutian Sense, illustrated by Robert Osborn, 1944.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here's a great passage from William S. Burroughs (The Adding Machine) on how "coincidence" is a magic word for so-called rationalist science heroes to banish evidence of metaphysical phenomena.  Burroughs also notes a surefire way to prove that scientism deals not with logic but with faith.
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#magic word #big science #metaphysics #coincidence #william s. burroughs #wishful thinking
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the film Naked Lunch, in which Judy Davis injects herself with enough insecticide that her very breath kills bugs.  From Life, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #exterminator #bug killer #insecticide #dead bugs
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard that the "many worlds" theory was popularized in the 1960s, but here's what it looked like.  From East Carolina's 1960 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#globe #earth #parallel worlds #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #parallel universe #many worlds #multiple worlds
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song:

***

VERNON: Look, you don’t just divulge your entire personality. It’s like toothpaste. It comes out a little bit at a time.

SONIA: So how come I’m having trouble getting your cap off?

***

VERNON: What are you smiling about?

SONIA: You’re fingering my back like you’re playing the piano.

VERNON: Oh. Sorry. I was working.

SONIA: You mean you were composing on my spinal column?

VERNON: I just wrote eight bars on your lower lumbar region.

SONIA: Well, don’t write any concertos. We’re in a public place.

***

VERNON: Oh, I gave that up. I’m into self-analysis now.

SONIA: You mean you analyze yourself?

VERNON: Mondays and Fridays, five to six.

SONIA: Are you serious?

VERNON: It saves a lot of time. I trust myself. I have a lot of confidence in me. I can open up and not be ashamed to hear what I have to say.

SONIA: I don’t believe you.

VERNON: I swear. I’m really making some major breakthroughs. The only trouble is I have to stop soon. I go on vacation in August.

***

SONIA: I heard you were in Europe.

VERNON: Yes. Paris, for two months. Scoring the Louis Malle picture.

SONIA: How’d you like it?

VERNON: I had a little trouble with the language. Every time I ordered breakfast, they’d bring me a bicycle.

***

SONIA: I’m all alone for the first time in my life, handling it great and really proud of myself. In fact, tomorrow night I’m taking me out to dinner.

VERNON: I wish I was staying on. I was going to take myself out too. The four of us could have double-dated.

***

SONIA: What makes you think we won’t have the same problems as last time?

VERNON: Because I’ve changed. I’m different. We’ll have all /new/ problems this time.

***

[And one from his Star-Spangled Girl]

ANDY: Norman, I’ve known you for eight years. Can you ever remember me lying to you /once/ in all those eight years?

NORMAN: Yes. I’ve known you for nine years.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1933 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #king #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The top headline has no question mark, making it rather accusatory: "Did you ever help them."  From Fitchburg's The Cycle newspaper, 1970.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #art #gravestone #vintage headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to give him a hand. From Lustige Blätter, 1917.

Man working at desk from Lustige Blätter, 1917
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#vintage illustration #art #explosion #writing #brainstorm #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if little owl is not happy.  From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 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 #owl #art #caged bird #not happy #caged owl
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Devil's oven."  From Rockhaven by Charles Clark Munn, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #cave #violin #cavern #musician #devil's oven
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The eagle of the Americas as seen by Arthur McGray.  From National Magazine, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #eagle #art #vintage map #strange map #americas
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Petite Lune, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #rabbit #bunny
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #wine #cork #tiny man #corkscrew
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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, 1912.
[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 #hybrid #human headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #architecture #artist #falling down #architexture #melting architecture
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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 #question mark #hands #four directions #pointing #cardinal directions
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Our custom Uncanny Detector app positively identified this glowing mannequin as a genuine ghost.  From the NC State yearbook of 1936.

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

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#vintage yearbook #mannequin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #exterminator #giant bug #giant insect
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July 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A big beast … it shall be a great charm!"  From Tell-Me-Why Stories About Color and Sound by C. H. Claudy and illustrated by Thomas Wrenn, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #painter #magic charm #cave painting #bison
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Satan, the god of this age."  From Rightly Dividing the Word by Clarence Larkin, 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 #satan #vintage diagram #prophecy #art #biblical #satan's kingdom
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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 #angel #art #headache #open skull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kosa, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #serpent #art #heart #love and death #thorns
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Halos are not made his size, only a planetary orbit will fit his head."  From the Codex yearbook of Beloit College, 1893.

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

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#vintage illustration #big headed #ego #art #vintage yearbook #halo #orbit #scholar
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[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 #spooky #art #phantom #sideshow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
[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 #donkey
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We applaud the cliffhanger at the bottom of the first column.  Yet both headlines are, typical of the press, inaccurate.  There's no near-riot, and the weird mystery is not actually solved (see next to last paragraph).  Best detail: the location is spooky sounding: "Gimghoul Road."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1939.
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#ghost #vintage headline #weird news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #strawberries #fruit people
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
"News whitewash.  Whispers tell more.  Thank God for rumors."  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1975.
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#vintage headline #rumor #whispers
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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 #art #coffin #living dead
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The Right Word (permalink)
When it comes to incantations, we're delighted that our Magic Words: A Dictionary is referenced.
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#incantation
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #bird #pelican
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if eagles want what you're having.  From Le Charivari, 1848.
[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 #eagle
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Timeless advice: "solve your problems ealry."  From The Etownian, 1954.
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#vintage headline #advice #problems
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This tiny snowman formed from a freezer's hoarfrost appears in York College's yearbook of 1980.
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#snowman #vintage photo #freezer #hoarfrost #rime #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #train #locomotive #faces in things #hand of god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The eccentric hand intellectual."  The caption doesn't say this is the hand of an eccentric and intellectual person but rather that the hand itself is eccentric and intellectual.  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 #pamistry
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From St. Andrews' 1976 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #darkness #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #art #palm reader #palmistry
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July 21, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We're delighted to be mentioned over at Library Shenanigans:
Craig Conley tells me that in the 1970s at Mark Twain elementary school in Webb City, Missouri, he had no dress shoes other than tap shoes, so on picture day he was in a situation much like this poor fellow (illustration from Daily Universe, Jan. 16, 1969)
[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 #library #tap shoes
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The only solution is to:

  • sprout a pair of wings
  • phase out the signal
  • make the bucket bigger
  • turn the machine off and leave it alone
  • sedate them
  • involve the community
  • be disconnected and re-dial
  • destroy the system and start all over again
  • lighten the load
  • make your home appear to be untenanted
  • replace the damaged piece
  • overthrow it and then poof...that's it
  • abandon the dogmatic idea
  • re-write the subroutine with higher precision
  • grin and bear it
  • prove them wrong
  • drop the notion of total divine inspiration
  • invent something different
  • make the best of the material at hand
  • limit the amount of information available
  • accept the defeat and wait quietly for the positive forces to lead you
  • reboot the system
  • stop talking altogether and uses sign language
  • do a backup for yourself
  • travel off somewhere away from everyone

[tidbits collected from our research]

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#only solution
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Elvis as a celestial body in Blue Star Love.  From The Gopher Purge Fanzine #3, KMUW After Midnight 1987.
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#vintage diagram #unicorn #solar system #elvis
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The phrase, "Administrators keep the worms away" is a Googlewhack.  (Yes, we checked!)  From Piedmont's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #exterminator #insecticide #apple tree #apples
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
While trying to find the source of this image, based upon the caption, "He may live in your house," we encountered this:
"Things that never happened can tangle with things that did, an imaginary being can hold hands with the flesh-and-blood real, he may live in your house, as a Henry of my own once did, he may read all that you have read and even make love to your wife.  The atheist may lie down with the believer, the encyclopedia with the poem.  Everything absorbed and wondered at in the faithless months – science, maths, history, law and all the rest – you can bring with you and put to use when you return yet again to the one true faith" —Ian McEwan, "When Faith in Fiction Falters, and How It Is Restored"
[Image via Mr. Sousa.]
[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 #under the bed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of California's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #night #painting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #art #carrots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Tiny Red Squirrel by James Douglas Williams, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #animals #classrom
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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 #bull #matador #bullfighter #red cape
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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 #gluttony #art #carnivore #meat #ham
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Pour Rire, 1852.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #boa constrictor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
[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