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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August 31, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We were asked just today, in a random encounter, how we came up with a thousand definitions for our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.  We had to make up an answer, because the truth verges on unbelievable.  From North Texas' 1918 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #alphabet #vintage yearbook #one-letter words
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The guy on the right swears he's not drunk but rather has been searching for a bottle for the last eight hours.  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
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#vintage illustration #drunk
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Time goes, you say.  Oh no!  Alas.  Time stays, we go."  From East Pilgrim's 1964 yearbook.

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

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Sleepy King by Aubrey Hopwood and Seymour Hicks, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #rabbit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Disengage yourself at oncely; this seat are occupied."  From the Ellendale yearbook of 1915.

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

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#vintage illustration #dog #vintage yearbook #dog bite
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
There were once so many Shakespearean actors that the news catered to them.  This is true in at least one parallel universe.  The headline reads, "Former courting customs should interest 'Romeos.'"  From The Kentucky Kernel, 1953.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (1888).

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#vintage illustration #museum #piggy back ride
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This tie shop welcomes Jekylls & Hydes and schizophrenics, and it calls its salesmen psychiatrists.  From Daily Tar Heel, 1946.  
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #vintage fashion #men's fashion #two headed #necktie
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Squirrel watching.  From The Life Story of a Squirrel by Thomas Charles Bridges and illustrated by Allan Stewart, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #eagle #mythology #silhouette #anthropomorphism #king of cups #art #alcohol #chalice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #earthquake #toppling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1916.
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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 #dog #two tails #pet walker #toy dog
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Unicorns (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #eagle #mountaintop #unicorn #art #bear #rooster #national animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ovod, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #snow #winter #predator #wild animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1913.

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

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#vintage illustration #art #sword #fraternity #vintage yearbook
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August 30, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to "the question mark of Damocles" (Saul Tanpepper, Occupied).  From North Texas' 1918 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #cutlery #question mark #fork
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
That's exactly my question when I look at visitor traffic stats for this blog -- "Are there really people in this room?"  From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #oz #where is everybody #nobody home
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Today's giant clown dumping tiny people out of a building is from Washington University's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #clown #vintage yearbook #tiny people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard the idiom "crying into one's beer," but absinthe cries by itself.  From Nebelspalter, 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 #anthropomorphism #alcohol #bottle #absinthe
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Elizabethtown's 1972 yearbook.
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#spooky #vintage yearbook #night photography #tree #night #fog #light and darkness
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Jeeves and the King of Clubs, by Ben Schott:

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I knew for a fact that the dinner jacket in which he was currently attired had been bespoken on Savile Row, no less, for I was with him at its bespeaking.

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And here he was, in the flesh, leaning against my mantelpiece like an elongated exclamation mark.

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He gave me a look of pure hatred; the kind of look a cat might give having been prematurely let out of a bag.

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As before, Lord MacAuslan was elongated against a mantelpiece like a prime example of Euclidean geometry.

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Lord MacAuslan shot me a knowing look. For want of anything better to do, I shot one right back.

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The Colonel harrumphed, a noise I had hitherto encountered only in novels.

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Not only was the lark on the wing and the snail on the thorn--comme par ordinaire--but as far as the eye could see every other member of the animal kingdom was suitably conjoined with its appropriate poetical appurtenance.

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She had the no-nonsense look of one who, when the mood took her, was prepared to indulge a certain amount of nonsense.

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"I suppose [flying a plane is] devilishly complicated?"

"Can you drive a car?"

"I can. Is it much like driving a car?"

"Not really, now I think about it."

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"That Vandyke of his follows you round the room like the eyes in an oil painting."

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Aunt Dahlia's floral melange resembled nothing less than a crayon scrawl of a scarecrow's funeral drawn by an insolent child.

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Lambert Lyall is one of those curious old shops even Dickens would have called Dickensian.

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As we descended to the front door, I was assailed by a qualm, assuming such things are sold to the public in the singular.

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #vintage automobile
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"To the castle of the sleepy king."  From The Sleepy King by Aubrey Hopwood and Seymour Hicks, 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 #fairy tale #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A thick vapour arose, and the fantastic form swayed to and fro behind it."  From The Idler, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #necromancy #occult
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"God knows where we are, the real us.  Heaven or hell, I suppose, or simply gone."
—Tim Powers, Expiration Date
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#quotation #tim powers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch (1861).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #nailed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We spotted this ghost posing for a portrait in the Ohio yearbook of 1992.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#ghost #cemetery #graveyard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the non-surgical, instant results promised by How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Le Journal Pour Rire, 1852.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human headed #cat man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[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 #silhouette #art #boulder #sisyphius #uphill #sisyphus
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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 Kladderadatsch, 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 #money #art #extraction #vice
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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 #halloween #owl #october #art #bats #creature of the night #night creatures #hallowe'en
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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 #chinese dragon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Scandal.  From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #serpent tongued #snake tongue #scandal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wofford College yearbook, 1904.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #occult #art #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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August 29, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the Doomsday Clock (supposedly invented in 1947, but we know better, eh?).  From Nebelspalter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #war and peace #doomsday clock
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
What do these cats have to do with a yearbook?  Well, a tabby named Tom Terrific earned his medical degree in 1972.  From Medical College of Virginia's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#cat #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Atta Troll by Heinrich Heine and illustrated by Willy Pogány, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skull face #art #bear #german #hooded figure #illustration
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #lion #lamb #eaten alive #lion and lamb
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #spider #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Word, 1907.
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#occult #vintage diagram #zodiac #esoteric
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.  See Your Ship Will Come In.
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#vintage illustration #butterfly #fairy boat #boat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, have been supplied with fire water from within a kangaroo's pouch.  From Muhlenberg's 1950 yearbook.

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

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#kangaroo #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #lion
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #art #mural #ceiling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #spirits #ghosts #art
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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, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #apron
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An early Dr. Suess piece, reprinted from Judge in Le Journal Amusant, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #kangaroo #art #fractal #dr. seuss
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There is an ancient folk belief that effigies possess souls of their own.  The belief isn't baseless.  From the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1962.

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

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#effigy #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1971.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion #mouse #vintage newspaper #blah
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #devil #satyr #art
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August 28, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Montclair's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #gorilla #king kong
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A very tiny tea table.  Today's ad, too, would promise that it seats six comfortably.
An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
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#vintage postcard
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
Pushed into a nightmarish sea of grinning mathematical monsters.  From Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1936.
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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 #monster #mathematics
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #giant #eaten alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It would be more disturbing to encounter scary clowns in old yearbooks if old yearbooks didn't already frighten us so very much.  From William and Mary's 1974 yearbook. 

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

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#vintage photo #clown #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
From the Etownian, 1958.
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#vintage headline #noncomformist #noncomformity #self-righteous #closed minds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've done a cake walk for a wizard.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #wizard #cake walk
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Need directions, always ask a ghost."
—Tim Powers, Expiration Date
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#quotation #tim powers
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Together … alone."  From the Worcester yearbook of 1966.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #street light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1888.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard of "silent pictures," but talkies are mute, too.  From Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler, "Music and the Film," in Marxism and Art (1973).
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #night #boat #night boat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's one way people can become ghosts when a yearbook gets scanned.  To understand this, see The Ghost in the [Scanning] Machine.   See also How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
From the Michiganensian yearbook, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #ghosts #art #vintage photo #yearbook #distortion #book scanning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #boxing kangaroo #kangaroo #art #boxing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The geometric rogues' gallery.  From The Judge, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #art #geometry #vicious circle #rogues' gallery #eternal triangle
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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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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1938.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #art #guillotine #decapitated
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Jugend, 1929.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"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 #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #art #lion
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August 27, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Vague signs ("Don't let it happen," "Unfair," "Hell no!") in a spoof protest over nothing.  Then again, what college protest has ever been meaningful or had any effect?  From Montclair's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #1970s #protest
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Aleutian Sense, illustrated by Robert Osborn, 1944.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #devil #weather #controlling the weather
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"So ends the tale of the wolf."  From Loyola's 1951 yearbook.

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

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#umbrella #wolf #vintage yearbook #costume #wolf costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
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#ventriloquism #smile #1930s #mini me
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From William and Mary's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#fire #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Strange, deep, and unalterable peace."  From The Lost Valley and Other Stories by Algernon Blackwood and illustrated by W. Graham Robertson, 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 #peaceful
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This faceless ghost haunts the Worcester yearbook of 1966.

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #faceless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
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#vintage illustration #art #entheogen #tribal art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Richard Doyle.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 1906.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #fairy tale #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #skull face #asian art #vintage japan #japanese art #art #idol #giant face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
There's still so much the space programs have kept classified.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art #astronaut #rocket #space ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #kimono #playing card dress #playing card fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #sword #rooster
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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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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #coffin #funeral #hearse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #floating head #decapitated #lost their heads
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost #spirit #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Here are three ghosts. Click to see a slightly less ghostly version of the same photo that appeared on the same page. From the Washington and Lee yearbook of 1984.

Ghosts on a train from the Washington and Lee yearbook of 1984

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #train #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Dr. Tancred Begins, by G. D. H. & Margaret Cole:

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"No, don't you get on your high horse, and tell me all over again to mind my own business. I shan't: so it's no use. It's the last thing I ever shall mind."

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August 26, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"It may surprise you to hear that the Kabbalah teaches that in the future we're going to realize that we have been in the Garden of Eden all along." —Rabbi David Aaron, Seeing God2001 (a very lovely read, by the way!)
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#garden of eden
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A great book dedication: "To the friend whom I have never seen."  From The Shadow Witch by Gertrude Crownfield, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #book dedication #unseen friend
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
It's so difficult to empathize with yearbook editors.  Not only did these ham-fists mismanage their content and find themselves inexplicably unable to delete blank pages, but they had the audacity to encourage folks left out of the yearbook to draw themselves and their friends in with crayon.  (The implication is that if you were left out, your loser friends were left out too.)  Offensive.  From Monclair's 1977 yearbook.  For peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #blank page
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the book Golfing With God.  "He Combines Christianity and Golf."  From The Link, 1967.
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#christianity #golf #vintage headline
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1846.
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#vintage illustration #piano #pianist #duet #four hands
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Cleveland Technical's 1985 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#devil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #vintage car #break the chain
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1934 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bow and arrow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #eagle #dragon #art #butterfly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pall Mall (1893).

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#vintage illustration #angel #mythology #art #winged man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Poedinok, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #death #blindfold #grim reaper #art #justice
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #octopus #tentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #death #angel of death #grim reaper #silhouette #morpheus #sleep #art #poison #morphine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
No monsters under the bed.  From The Judge, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #bogey man #under the bed
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #giant #art #uncle sam #cannibalism #drunk #hallucination #eaten alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1909.

From winged pianos to rocking pianos, killer pianos to piano beds, I've collected the most remarkable piano imagery here.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #piano #long nose #pianist
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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 #divination #fortune teller #cartomancy #art #candle #card reader #playing card
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Kansas State Collegian, 1971.
[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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#ghost #haunted house #spooky #severed head #floating head #decapitated #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Grieved at the hairiness of his soup."  From The Child's Picture Grammar, written and illustrated by Sophia Rosamond Praeger, 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 #food #hair in the soup
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southwestern's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #occult #art #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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August 25, 2019

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted that our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound and How to Be Your Own Cat instantly sold out over at the Peculiar Parish Bookshop.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard the expression that someone looks like she "just stepped out of a painting."  Here's the first photo we've encountered of the phenomenon in action.  From Butler's 1962 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #just stepped out of a painting #living art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[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 #horned woman #snail woman #snail people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #music #party
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #falling #art #suicide #mountain climber #take a leap #jumping off
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #forest #art #crossroads #signpost #lost in the woods
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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 #mask #art #costume #pacman
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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 #mask #art #fashion #blinders
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Ridley College's Acta Ridleiana, 1968.  Whether for payback or merely peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #vintage yearbook #scythe
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
This article explains why football is crucial to the harvest of our crops.  From the Kansas State Collegian, 1971.
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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 #dragon #art #hybrid #human headed #dragon slayer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1971.
[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 #wizard #cauldron #art
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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 #political cartoon #cat #art #champagne #drunk #after the party #party people
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
These malefic spirits haunt William and Mary's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Word, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#occult #vintage diagram #zodiac #esoteric
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Inauspicious days are "out of joint," "ominous," and "frought with danger."  From State Female Normal School, Farmville, Va.'s 1900 yearbook.
For how to calculate your own auspicious days, see The Pencil Witch.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #hourglass #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #scythe #inauspicious
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #sea shell #conch
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An unflattering depiction of higher education.  From Colorado College's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #horse #vintage yearbook #carousel #professor #horse whip
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The great outdoors.  From Nebelspalter, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #blindfold #art #padlock
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Backwards dances are so rarely all they're cracked up to be.  From Loyola's 1962 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #backwards #vintage headline
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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 #vintage ad #anthropomorphism #art #alcohol #bottle
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August 24, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of a "big if," and here's where it came from.  From Baylor's 1916 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #if #big if
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1884.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #snail #cannon #armor #personal protection
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"At length the curtain parted."  From The World of Romance (1892).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #curtain #leg
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Paris Qui Rit, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #art #dinner party #hands up #revelers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Ironically, the ghost abstains from spirits.  From The Judge, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #teetotal #drinker #alcohol #puritan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #dragon #castle #art #halo #trumpet
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Choking on a bone.  From Jugend, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #gluttony #art #choking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before the war on clowns, there was the war of clowns.  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 #war #clowns #clown war #war on clowns
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This pathway through the cosmos may be used to facilitate astral travel.  From Southwestern's 1980 yearbook.

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

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#cosmos #stars
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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 #dog #dog costume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I will see everything clearly."  From Garner-Webb's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #night photography #splash #vintage hearbook
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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 #hot air balloon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Cleveland Technical's 1985 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #rainbow #stars #key
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rigid as the tower of silence.  From Lady Bonnie's Experiment by Tighe Hopkins, 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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#silence #asterisks
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A bottled spirit, preserved in Salem's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#bottle imp #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bottled ghost
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Another holiday ruined: "I have nobody up here to use sarcasm on."  From a 1916 postcard, courtesy of UpNorthMemories.
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#vintage postcard #sarcasm
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
With the quill dipped in blood, the incredibly long serpent, the see-through cloak, and the radiant halo, this one is truly jaw-dropping (see the third skull at the top).  From State Female Normal School, Farmville, Va.'s 1900 yearbook. Explanations: How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #necromancy #skull #occult #vintage yearbook #quill
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We thought this pigeon was triumphantly flying through confetti on New Year's Eve.  Alas, the dots represent ammunition.  We're worried that this pigeon did not make it to the New Year.  From Letters to Young Shooters by Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 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 #bird #pigeon #hunting
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Sensual, wicked, and strange."  From Georgia Southern's 1986 yearbook.

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

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#halloween #skull face #spooky #october #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #wicked
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The cat's dinner.  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 #cat #art #bird
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August 23, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
I don't think even Design Toscano has a legendary-hybrid-supported birdbath for dipping one's caught rodents.  From The Mystic Bell by Edward Kuntze, 1869.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #hybrid #mouse #birdbath
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Dispute everything, admit nothing for we are infallible."  From William and Mary's 1901 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #minotaur #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human headed #man bull
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Here's a lost page from that celebrated book of impossible (yet still somehow solvable) math puzzles: Presumptive Conundrums: Rhetorical Math Questions + Answers.
How can one prove the equation "Girls + Smiles = Peace"?  This perplexing calculation appears in Peace College's 1981 yearbook.
The answer is simple, with matchsticks.  Girls are represented by the XX chromosome, rendered with four crosscrossing matches.  Smiles are represented by a smiley-face symbol comprised of four more matches.  Four matches plus four matches equal the eight matches of the peace symbol.
That's what Presumptive Conundrums is all about -- literary, rhetorical math problems that seemingly have no serious answer or provability.  It's the ultimate puzzler for logical- and mathematical-minded folks.
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#smile #math #peace symbol
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's never too late: the Sphinx didn't graduate until 1909, at the age of 2,603.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #sphinx #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #snail
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #vintage yearbook
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
You've heard of "human Chess" games, but there's also "human Boggle."  From Special Activities for Very Special Children, 1972.
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#vintage illustration #word game #letter grid #boggle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Clemson's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #hallowe'en #pumpkin head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[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 #boxing kangaroo #kangaroo #art #boxing animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "marrying money," but here's a couple being married by money (and one of them is a magazine).  From The Judge, 1921.  None of this is covered in The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism #art #marriage #one dollar
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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 #lion #lion costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #dog #muzzle #dog armor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington State's Kooltuo yearbook, 1906.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull face #occult #art #vintage yearbook #cape
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #birds
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a subtly snarky DIY page in Garner-Webb's 1974 yearbook.  The implication is that if you weren't already in the yearbook, you were a nobody.  They grant that you might have been "so involved" with college life that you basically became an invisible blur.  They even caution you to spell your own name correctly.  This must have been crafted by someone with previous yearbook experience, putting up defenses against disgruntled students in advance.  Yearbook editors might just as well put up their defenses, because as a body they frankly have a lot of failures to account for!  (Sorry, guys!  I can relate to your desire, but at the very least hacks ought to be modest.)

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

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#vintage yearbook #your face here
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From "The Three Giants" by Mrs. Marcet, in Eyes and No Eyes by M. V. O'Shea, 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 #giant
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We initially suspected the headless figure on the right to be a ghost, but our custom Uncanny Detector app posits that the abandoned boots themselves are haunted.  From Salem's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #boots #snow #winter #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
She's saying, "Don't stand there like a fool.  Do something!"  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 #lion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We've rarely felt more greeted.  From Mansfield's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #horn #musician #greeting
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Lucia on Holiday, by Guy Fraser-Sampson:

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[Sandwiches Are Funny, and Egg Sandwiches Are Especially Funny dept.]

Elizabeth, on the other hand, had fallen into the footwell and become hopelessly entangled with a travelling rug, some magazines, a Thermos flask and several egg sandwiches.

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The Contessa di Alto-Brandisci...flowed graciously around the room as though on well-oiled castors.

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[My favorite passage in the book!]

Georgie said "Oh" in a very pursed-up-mouth sort of way, until he caught sight of himself in a faded gilt mirror. Realising that his expression must seem somewhat strange, he experimented with trying to make it look like the natural result of needing to pronounce a particular word, but then found that he could not think of a single one which seemed appropriate. So, he slowly adjusted his mouth back to its normal shape, having spent several seconds pursing and unpursing his lips, looking rather like a pensive goldfish, as Olga unkindly said later.

***

Amelia, Contessa di Faraglione, emerged through the French windows and greeted them without any unnecessary show of emotion such as might disturb her eye-glass.

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"The very surroundings inspire an almost tangible feeling in one of enduring beauty, don't they?...."

She drew a deep, quavering breath as though inhaling copious amounts of enduring beauty and testing its perfume.

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He practised crossing his legs for a while in the mirror, and found that if he concentrated really hard he could nonchalantly shoot his cuff at the same time as he straightened the crease on his knee.

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"Why yes, of course, so he is," Georgie concurred. He crossed his legs and shot out his cuffs perfectly at the same time, and was disappointed that nobody appeared to notice.

***

"Let's just say I have a contingency plan."

She giggled to herself, and Georgie said, "Oh, aren't you wonderful?" in a very gratifying fashion, so gratifying in fact that, just for a fleeting moment, she almost felt guilty that she didn't actually have a contingency plan at all.

***

He sat down but was so agitated that he forgot to check his trouser crease as he crossed his legs.

[There is a least one more instance of Georgie trouser-crease business--and I love the Georgie trouser-crease business--but at this point it's already on the edge of belabored, imho (a shortcoming--or rather, since it's too much rather than too little, a "tallgoing"?--of the book in many other areas as well), so this is the last one I'll reproduce.]

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At this point Major Flint usually said "Now, now" and if he found that did not answer, as generally it did not...then tried "There, there."

***

She could hardly say "How you all work me so" again quite so soon, so she contented herself with a sad little shake of the head.

***

Fortunately, as she grew angrier she lapsed spontaneously into Swiss-German, a language which Miss Flowers understood hardly at all and which seemed to consist largely of umlauts with a verb at the end every now and then.

***

Georgie stopped to cast an expert eye over the docking operations, as befitted a man who owned a yachting cap and had once stayed in a hotel in Folkestone.

***

Shouts of welcome quickly greeted Olga from her friends, who seemed mostly to be American, and were introduced to Georgie in a bewildering welter of middle initials.

***

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August 22, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Would debauch the public taste."  From Atta Troll by Heinrich Heine and illustrated by Willy Pogány, 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 #dancing #bear #dancing bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The only time we've spent hours flinging coins was when we unlocked that vintage weight scale that was literally overflowing with pennies: video.
From The Kingdom of Coins by Bradley Gilman, 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 #money #coins #spendthrift
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
There are some amazing color names here (see the lower half of each column).  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #colors #color names
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard that the champagne won't drink itself, but —.  From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #champagne
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This photograph may be used to initiate time travel.  From Taylor University's Gem yearbook, 1959.

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

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#eerie #vintage photo #night photography #glowing #glowing tree
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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 #beard #anthropomorphism #art #dog #mustache #bearded dog #lol
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If you have already looked at this photo, you were likely put into a hypnotic trance by Jerry Posner from across the mysteries of time.  From Emerson's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#beard #vintage photo #mesmerism #hypnotism #vintage yearbook #hypnotist #vintage man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 1994.
[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
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to transport you to a tree island in a purple world.  From William and Mary's 1974 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tree #otherworldly #purple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A doctor administers the "hot-air treatment."  From The Doctors, A Satire in Four Seizures by Elbert Hubbard, 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 #doctor #hot air
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"If they come with fire, we will quash them fire with fire" (Harry Gwala).
They are forever waiting outside the window, within Salem's 1960 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #volcano
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wilmington yearbook of 1987.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #music lover #album covers #college radio #lol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by W. W. Denslow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 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 #wizard of oz #lion #cowardly lion
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Indubitably (?) (permalink)
No matter how the clown lobby protests, most all ink spills are indubitably the fault of tiny clowns.  From Swarthmore's 1927 yearbook.
*If Merriam (or Webster?) is correct that indubitably is not the kind of word that gets used in everyday conversation, except perhaps for humorous effect, then insert comedy drum roll here.
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#vintage illustration #pen and ink #clown #vintage yearbook #spilled ink #quill pen #ink spill #tiny clown
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmopolitan (1893).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #insomnia #sleepless #up all night
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The 1970s seem a world away now.  Reblog if you're old enough to have been required to offer your professor a flagon and a basket of fresh fruits and baked dainties.  From American University's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cape #1970s #costumes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A bouquet of severed heads.  From Pliuvium, 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 #political cartoon #anthropomorphism #art #severed head #donkey
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Rare to see a marotte on the ground.  As in heraldry, if the marotte is lying down but awake, it is called "couchant."  If it is sleeping or otherwise "out of it" (as depicted here), it is "dormant."  From Mansfield's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #marotte #whispering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's the little things (fermented raisins) that make the world go 'round.  From The Judge, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #drunk #dizzy #raisin
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August 21, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This is the first yearbook we've encountered that knew the importance of "more cowbell."  From the Estherian Literary Society's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #minotaur #human headed #more cowbell #bull people
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
We figure he's either deep in debt or his name is Bill and a lot of limos are expecting him at the airport.  From The Judge, 1921.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #debt collector #bills
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Whatsahpoobah."  From Kansas State Collegian, 1971.
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#vintage illustration #monster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's why medicine tastes so awful.  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 #cauldron #vintage yearbook #medicine #pharmacist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Lady Moon's lantern, from Star People by Katharine Fay Dewey, 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 #ornate capital #spider #cobweb #spider web #letter o
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1935 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1871.
[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 #hybrid #candle #moth to the flame #human moth #human insects
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This cubist shadow haunts William and Mary's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#shadow #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The wounded dragon."  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon #sword
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Getting trampled by a carousel horse as a distillation of higher education.  From Colorado College's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #horse #vintage yearbook #carousel #trampled
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rattle him. From Lustige Blätter, 1918.

From Lustige Blätter, 1918
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#vintage illustration #art #gif
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Images Moving Through Time (