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September 30, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We're pleased to offer a vital tool for our fellow authors: a hi-res recreation of a disclaimer proclaiming that anyone who doesn't like the book is a jackass.  
The original is from the University of Montana's 1916 yearbook.  Please feel free to download and use our recreation to bring peace of mind to all your future publications.

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

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#vintage illustration #jackass #writers #authors
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to "Sunglasses at Night."
From Nebelspalter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #clock #night #sunglasses at night
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From the University of Nebraska's 1974 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Book of Fairy-Tale Foxes by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #fox
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Motor, vital, and mental temperaments.  From Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #physiognomy #head shapes #temperaments
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Who Lifted the Lid Off of Hell? by Elbert Hubbard, 1914.
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#hell #old book
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
From Columbia's College of Pharmacy yearbook of 1932.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #ship #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you can relate.  An illustration by Trier.  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 #goat #animal attack #lobster #can't catch a break
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Love the conqueror."  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 #art #cupid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The snob."  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #anthropomorphism #art #top hat #hot air #hot air balloon #snob
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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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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1850.
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#vintage illustration #art #music notation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #satyr #reading #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1886.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #nihilism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #masquerade #fish costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl #silhouette #art #clown #tightrope #l b
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1915 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #man in bed #someone at the door
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From An Old Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty by Richard Doyle and J. R. Planche and illustrated by the Brothers Dalziel, 1868.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #sleeping beauty
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September 29, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rare to see a snowman with a torch, lighting a bonfire.  From Nebelspalter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #snowman #mars #bonfire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Oh, oh!  He's seen us!  He's here!  Hide your hands!"  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 #ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1915 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #serpent #occult #snake #sword #vintage yearbook #scimitar
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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 #anthropomorphism #art #frog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pchela, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #octopus #tentacles #tentacle porn
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
When the boat has eyes, bat wings, and shouded figures aboard, double check your ticket and make sure you're on the right pier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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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 #death #grim reaper #spooky #ominous #art #faces in things #boat #charon #styx
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #angel #skeleton #art #dragged to hell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #art #rooster #winged man #anti religion
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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 #political cartoon #art #vulture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #fairy #art #butterfly #grasshopper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #anthropomorphism #horse #art #horsepower #chair on wheels #wheelchair #motorized chair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Evansville yearbook of 1970.

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

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#vintage yearbook #musician #one-man band #seven arms
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #horned #tribal art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 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 #art #priest #lips are sealed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Salem's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#silhouette #shadow #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #faces in things
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole."  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.
Previously, we compared the weight of a fresh donught hole to a dessicated donut hole.  Here are the suprising results.

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

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#hole #negative space #vintage yearbook #graffiti #hole in the wall
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The hen, the dove, and the mouse go for a ride.  From A Book of Fairy-Tale Foxes by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dove #fox #mouse #hen #stacked animals
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September 28, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #lighthouse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Though this photograph may induce out-of-body experiences, be wary of trying any of the side doors.  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cosmogonie Humaine, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage diagram #hand #fetus #cosmogony #palm
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#midnight
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1948 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #architecture #vintage yearbook #tower
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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 #satyr #art #goat legged #horned
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
The sea monster's tentacled mustache.  From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
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`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #art #sea monster #tentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art #fishing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fire #immolation #on fire #art #flames #queen #burned alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #dance of death #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #blindfold #art #tiny man #ink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #art #monkey #false nose
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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, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #art #cathedral #etching
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Die Muskete, 1939.  This should also be of interest: How to Be Your Own Cat.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #demon #pitchfork #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Little round and crystal sphere / Show us, show us true and clear."  From the State Teachers College at Boston yearbook of 1955.

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#vintage illustration #divination #wizard #art #crystal ball #vintage yearbook #fortune telling
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September 27, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Demons technically couldn’t have invented jazz, since jazz has never existed (Stephen Longstreet, The Real Jazz, Old and New, 1969).  (Demon headline via Yesterday's Print.)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The more Cupids it takes to bind a couple together, the higher the chances that the union won't endure.  From Duke's 1918 yearbook.  See The Collected Lost Meanings of Wedlock.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
My sincerest wish for you -- may you escape the invisible bears.  From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #oz #rickshaw
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We did a careful scan of this image, and not only is it blessed, but it will also mitigate the effects of a curse.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You're welcome to the moon."  From The Link, 1957.
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Scotland Yard Can Wait, by David Frome:

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His employer wore an eyeglass on a very wide ribbon, and looked, always, precisely as if he hadn't the foggiest notion what it was all about.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The dentist's legs are an upper jaw.  From Tulane's 1915 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #teeth #dentist #tooth #dental work #extraction
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Will-O'-the-Wisps Are In Town by H. C. Andersen and illustrated by F. Eltze and Swain, 1967.
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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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 #mermaid #art #sea monster #shipwreck #under the sea #sunken
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
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#human headed #musician #organist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a precusor to the 1933 film Gambling Ship.  From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #king #art #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #magician #art #levitation #vintage magic #weightless #magic trick #parlor magic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #hands across the ocean #dismembered
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #crown #vintage car #bling #toy car
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to trigger a flash of insight. From the Evansville yearbook of 1982.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The step-sister cuts off her toe."  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916.  
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #cinderella #knife #ugly step-sister #wicked step-sister
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Like something out of a Japanese horror film, these blurry-faced cheerleaders haunt the UC Southern Branch yearbook of 1959.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #blurred #faceless #no face #cheerleader
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
I made a countenance as if I would eat him alive."  From Gulliver's Travels.
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September 26, 2019

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Nearly forgotten today -- the chemical composition of a halo.  From Johns Hopkins' 1895 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #death #art #undertaker
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #good and evil #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #art #weightless #leaning in #lunge
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #evil spirit #pollution #giant vulture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If the moon is too bright, put your coat over it.  From Judge's Library, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #full moon #art #spaceship
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #crushed #big book
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the State Female Normal School, Farmville, Va.'s 1902 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #letter cubes #letter dice #cube head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The American Legion Weekly, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #giant #fairy tale #jello #jack and the beanstalk #beanstalk
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington College's 1931 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #flying horse #winged horse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #frog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #leap of faith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"How long have you been dead?"  From The Bottle Maker, 1921.
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#mummy #vintage illustration #egyptian
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1915 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #world #angel #vintage yearbook #communication
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1890.
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#vintage illustration #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
So few faces in yearbooks are even real.  From the Mississippi Delta Junior College yearbook of 1976.

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#mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #bear #alcohol
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You know of "secondhand smoke," but what's rarely acknowledged is that the second hand is one's shadow's.  From Northeastern's 1925 yearbook. 
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#vintage illustration #smoking #shadow #vintage yearbook #golf #smoker #secondhand smoke
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #mustache #bearded lady #women with facial hair
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September 25, 2019

Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to David Lynch's comic strip "The Angriest Dog in the World," about a dog "so angry he cannot move; he cannot eat; he cannot sleep; he can just barely growl; bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis."  This vintage angriest dog appears in Johns Hopkins' 1895 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #dog #vintage yearbook #angriest dog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From An Old Fairy Tale: The Sleeping Beauty by Richard Doyle and J. R. Planche and illustrated by the Brothers Dalziel, 1868.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #princess #talking fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
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#vintage illustration #spirits #ghosts #art #seance
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Rhode Island yearbook of 1903.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #music #vintage yearbook #insect #bug
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #dancing #giant pear
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The "economichthyosaurus" is a Googlewhack.  From Barnard's 1907 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #dinosaur #vintage yearbook #economics
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
In the ghost-hunting community, this mournful spirit is known as "Our Lady of the Spoons of Damocles."  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #window display
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He followed her into the tree."  From The Enchanted Bird by Antoinette Decoursey Patterson and illustrated by Elizabeth Pilsbry, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #crone
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Saint Mary's 1937 yearbook.
Poseidon's sea serpent appears in the next panel.
Cassiopeia figures into the previous panel.
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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 #vintage yearbook #nymphs #sea nymph
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Magazine of Horror, 1969.
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#vintage illustration #mirror #skull #horror
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We checked, and it turns out to be true -- happiness is, indeed, an overhead projector, and as this technology becomes increasingly obsolete, sadness spreads across the globe.  From Wake Forest's 1975 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #happiness #1970s #smiling man #overhead projector
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you ride a budget turtle or sometimes go out in your shell.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #snail #turtle #tiny man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #reading #vintage yearbook #book #book lover
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Foolish Almanak, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #old book
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I am naughty."  From Colorado College's Nugget yearbook of 1954.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Like caterpillars spinning wombs out of sunlight, so are the days of our lives.  (By the way -- notice the tree bark -- dozens and dozens of caterpillars are inching their ways up the trees!)  From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
As a general rule, never hold your marotte upside down in front of a giant skull with a sword piercing one eye.  An ounce of prevention and so on.  From Tulane's 1896 yearbook.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A ghost toast.  From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
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September 24, 2019

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #long hair #pulling hair
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #poison #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #fortune teller #palm reader #palmistry #chiromancy
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Musubi Murder, by Frankie Bow:

***

"What kine baboozes they got working up there in security?"

"Officer Medeiros has been nothing but professional," I said. "I don't think it's nice to call him a...whatever you called him."

***

"You, a professor, don't even have a proper office chair. You sacrifice your dignity every day by sitting on a yoga ball."

"My dignity is very well toned from sitting on that ball, I'll have you know."

***

"A very good salary"....

I involuntarily rolled my chair back when Iker told me the number, as if I were making room for a dump truck load of cash.

***

"You're being ridiculous! Ridiculously blinded by lust!"

"Now wait a--"

"What were you thinking about, eating that meat?" [N.B. That's literal meat.]

"That wasn't lust," I said. "That was gluttony."

***

"So maybe he steals his brother’s artifact out of jealousy, or pride, or, you know, anger."

"You forgot lust and gluttony."

***

"I'm going to spell it out for you. One: Jimmy Tanaka was going to ruin Donnie Gonsalves. Two--"

"That's counting, not spelling."

***

"Did you sell out for the money?"

"Of course I did! Why else would you sell out? It's called 'selling out' because you do it for the money."

***

"Locus of control....A locust is an insect.  Why do I have to explain that every time?"

***

[Bonus golden-goose business]:


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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #clouds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Book of Fairy-Tale Foxes by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #animals #sled #rabbit #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Special Activities for Very Special Children, 1972.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1915 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #reading #jester #vintage yearbook #telescope
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #telephone
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.  
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #light and shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #masks #faces #big hat
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
You've heard that "At dawn the sun fights for its life" (Astronomy, The Splendor of the Heavens Brought Down to Earth by Arthur McCracken Harding, 1935).  Here's what it looks like.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used for recalling a forgotten memory.  From Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.
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#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The indifference of some men is simply beyond belief."  From Life (1903).
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#vintage illustration #art #cupid #confirmed bachelor #gay innuendo #indifference #st. sebastian
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September 23, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Victory Over Death" -- the most popular elective class after Music Appreciation.  From East Carolina's 1942 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #immortality
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We, too, believe in the ellipsis.  From I Believe In ... by Norman Snaith, 1949.  See Annotated Ellipses.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1910.  Though the secrets of how to be a human-headed serpent locomotive are closely guarded, the secrets of transforming into a lion person are now revealed: How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #train #hybrid #human headed #cat people #lion man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The autumn fairy.  From Montreat's 1947 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #fairy #vintage yearbook #autumn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #snail
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
We get this sun where we live, too.  A parasol isn't even optional.  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Everything gets topsy-turvy."  From The Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #mayhem #boat #topsy turvy
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Finally, a headline we can believe.  "Foods are from around the world."  From Stoutiana, 1916.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1931 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #pyramid #mayan #fire circle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"High life."  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #in the clouds
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From Southwestern's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #night photography #darkness and light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #earth #outer space #moon #art #earthrise
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #demon #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #wool #yarn #spindle #unraveling
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #spitting #waiter
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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, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #fire spirit #spirit #art #firebird #ghost bird #barn
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #melting building
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Best flying horse-piano we've seen all day.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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September 22, 2019

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
“Haunted houses were the quietest of all, until the ghost walked.“ —Gene Wolfe, Nightshade of the Long Sun
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#ghost #haunted house
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
If you could use a hand, here's one.  From Here's a Hand by Wallace Bruce, 1892.
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#hand #old book
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Can it be true, as the caption states, that "We all live in a women's dorm?"  We subjected this statement to our usual battery of stringent tests, and it turns out that yes, in a way, we all really do live in a women's dorm.  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.

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#mirror #vintage yearbook #night photography #1970s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"When they came closer, they saw that it was the same old black sheep." From The Peter Newell Mother Goose, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #black sheep
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1848.
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#vintage illustration #alligator #eaten alive
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
A Page of Swords from Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
James Ensor's "Self Portrait with Demons," 1898.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Chocolate pie!  From The Nation's Health, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #sweet tooth #dessert #chocolate #vintage man #chocolate pie #smiling man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ellendale yearbook of 1912.

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#vintage illustration #skeleton #literature #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Devil's delight" priestesses and a fire ritual, both on the newspaper's front page.  From Stoutiana, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a flying train by Trier, in Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #art #train #locomotive #flying train #lol
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's been said that the world of chess is more than simply wooden pieces and wooden problems.  From Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #vintage men #chess #chess club
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #art #war and peace #toy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Zoom in on the image to see how the leaves on the trees are tiny skulls, and that tiny skulls litter the ground as well.  From Svetaet, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #skull #art #gravestone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #art #pope #on top of the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #art #giant hand #hand of god #fist #green hand
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #art #flying bicycle #winged bicycle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #windy day #beachwear #tidal wave
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #cake walk
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September 21, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Not merely an optical illusion -- even atheists might find Jesus in this splatter of ink.  From Mount Olive's 1969 yearbook.

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#religion #vintage illustration #inkblot #vintage yearbook #jesus
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

The truth is that …

  • even granite changes over time.
  • if it were easy, everyone would do it.
  • life itself is music.
  • I was never that girl in the hallway.
  • learning to laugh at yourself can help you.
  • there is no "right" age for being who you are.
  • there are so few who know where Burma is.
  • a journey is an extension of the human personality.
  • our body is in many ways like a robot.
  • none of us has reached that exalted position of perfection.
  • mind and matter are complementary to each other.
  • sometimes what is supposed to be observable is lost in our focus on the flame.
  • there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else.
  • your death would be something to fear only if you could survive it.
  • teams often create negative synergy.
  • it is okay for one or a few people to pee in a river, as the river's ecosystem can cope with that amount of pollution quite easily.
  • the horse may be thirsty but not have the will to drink.
  • everyone who trusted Jesus in the first century A.D. died.
  • no one has a clue.
  • love is the greatest thing upon this earth.
  • there never is just one truth.

[Tidbits gathered during the course of our research.]

 

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We presume he's playing the Minute Waltz.  From the University of Cincinnati's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #father time #vintage yearbook #clock #violin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #horses #carriage #pulled both ways
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #night sky #starry night #night
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1945 yearbook.
Here's a tidbit about the bottom book pictured here, Forever Amber:
[Author] Winsor denied that her book was particularly daring, and said that she had no interest in explicit scenes. "I wrote only two sexy passages," she remarked, "and my publishers took both of them out. They put in ellipses instead. In those days, you know, you could solve everything with an ellipsis."
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #tiger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Punch Magazine (1893).
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #men's fashion #dandy #men's skirt #umbrella coat #men's dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kent State's 1933 yearbook (our restoration).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #horse #knight #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The fantasy of animals voluntarily flying into one's mouth continues to baffle us, but here's yet another example.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #animals #carnivore #meat #vegetarian nightmare
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you've been introduced to a suspicious dog.  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 #dog #pet walker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #art #artist #two headed #conjoined #two heads #double headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #shaving cream
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #art #vintage magazine #dead meat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #hunger #elephant #art #animals #giraffe #starvation #out of reach
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #skeleton #art #target practice #arrows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #art #alchemy #faces in things #distiller
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #giant #art #lynx #coeurl #caracal
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This detail of a photograph from a Philadelphia yearbook, 1968, may assist with time travel. 
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#vintage photo #perspective #hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Rank Doggerel by J. James Hewson (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 #explosion
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September 20, 2019

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Autumn's face had no smile. In fact, she had no mouth at all" (Renee Andrews, Healing Autumn's Heart).  From UNC Chapel Hill's 1970 yearbook.
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#nature spirit #goddess #vintage yearbook #autumn #cursed
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Something, Defined (permalink)
Here's something translated from the original Italian.  The translation loses something, eh?  From Understanding (of Language) Are Not Enough by Volodymyr Bilyk.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's little known that every jester's marotte comes with a sword, likely because the sets invariably get separated over time.  From Tulane's 1905 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #sword #vintage yearbook #marotte
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Rhetorical Answers, Questioned (permalink)
This book ends happy that it won't have to be weighed for postage, wondering how many stamps it would demand.  By our calculation, the book would weigh 1.1 pounds.  For a flat rate box with 2-day shipping, the book would require 37 first class stamps.
From I Forgot by Mrs. Frederick Field, 1888.
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#postage
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
As a rule, it's best not to let the Sphinx get in the middle of an argument.  From Rhode Island State's 1907 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #sphinx #vintage yearbook #debating
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Before the advent of electronic messaging, people got a lot of mail, with bonus nifty postage stamps one could collect and trade.  From Le Charivari, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #mail
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Corpse in the Constable's Garden, by G. D. H. and Margaret Cole:

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"Crikey!" he said; and, feeling the comment inadequate, added, "My aunt!"

***

"I shall stay at Coward's Hotel in Craven Street." [This is not some kind of metaphor: it is presented in a matter-of-fact way as a literal hotel (though I'm sure the authors' intention here was humorous).]

***

"Don't pretend to be a fool, Hubert," said his wife. "You know you said you liked Proust."

"I said I liked him in moderation," said the Colonel. "The trouble was, there wasn't any moderation."

***

"Praise the pigs there are two of them, anyhow." ["Praise the pigs" as a way of saying "thank goodness" was a new one on me! And, indeed, a quick look at Google Books suggests that this character may have been the only person ever to say it.]

***

"He told me Barrington was a great authority on something or other, I've forgotten what."

[If I'm not mistaken, this is the second novel by the Coles in which I've encountered a character who is a "great authority on something or other," or words close to that. (:v>]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted #ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We actually don't mind diluted water, having developed a taste for it on skid row.  From Elizabethtown's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #water #drinking fountain
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1890.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #winter #bear #costume #bear costume #keeping warm
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
These deliberate distortions (obviously ghosts) appear in Virginia Commonwealth University's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #vintage yearbook #distortion #warped
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you prefer to encounter animal-faced door knockers when you go a-callin'.  An illustration by Richard Doyle.  From Fairy Tales, Narratives and Poems, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #door knocker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #severed head #cello #musician #music teacher
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The good die young or else outgrow it."  From The Judge, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #quotation #only the good die young #early death #good die young #truism
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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 #art #deforestation #winged horse #factory #fat man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #art #rage #tiptoe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #heaven #art #st. peter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #fairy #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #art #saint peter
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September 19, 2019