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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January 31, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At our own wizard's manor , it's not a three-legged stool that's enchanted but rather a purple camel seat from the state of T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia").  We also have that legless, self-levitating chair for two.  From Twilight Land by Howard Pyle, 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 #fairy tale #magic #flying stool
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

I'm sorry, but you have to laugh: an Amazon reviewer named Marilyn W. Barclay rated our One-Letter Words: A Dictionary with 3 stars because it was "interesting but not what I expected."  It's a dictionary of one-letter words.  That's what it's called, and that's what's in it: definitions of one-letter words.  But somehow it's the book's fault that it's not what she expected?  She ends her review, "interesting just not useful for Scrabble."  Hey, tell it to Scrabble, not us.  We didn't write the rules.  Meanwhile, we rate Marilyn W. Barclay's review zero stars.  Oh, maybe she was in fact looking for our dictionary that is, indeed, great for winning at Scrabble: Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words.
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#cat #one-letter words
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "What color of eyeshadow does one wear to discuss rare daguerrotypes with a famous rock star?" (Santa Clara's 1979 yearbook)
A: In honor of the tradition of hand-painting old black-and-white photos with watercolors, use a combination of pastel eyeshadows and blend them with a fluffy brush to achieve a watercolor look.
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#vintage yearbook #makeup #eyeshadow #daguerrotype
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Danced as long as they wished."  From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 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 #fairies #dancing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
For mountain and seaside, what else but a duck suit?  By the way, $3.50 in 1894 is over $100 today.  From The Wave, 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 #vintage ad #vintage fashion
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Precursors (permalink)
Over three decades before the "flower children" and "flower power" political movement, there were these flower people.  From Nebelspalter, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #flower people #flower power #flower children #hippies
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)

[A humdinger of a rhetorical question answered, from The Blessed Event, by Frankie Bow]:

"Molly, who holds a grudge from high school?"

"Are you kidding? Everyone."

[Via Jonathan Caws-Elwitt]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
[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 #egyptian #pharaoh #peanut butter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cat #fishtank #fish
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to adjust their outlook. From Guilford's 1981 yearbook.

From Guilford's 1981 yearbook
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#vintage yearbook #sunglasses #gif #1980s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Who Lifted the Lid Off of Hell? by Elbert Hubbard, 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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#devil #hell #vintage book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #upside down #handstand
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An antlered halo.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #halo #jesus #god #antlers #crucifixion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1936.
[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 #temple #buddha #ants
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1927.
[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 #frog #grater
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
As Harry Hill would put it, "Isn't it weird how people end up looking like their chairs?"  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 #chair legs #chairs #legs #people who look like
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard that knowlegde is power, but here's its actual power plant with tiny graduates emerging.  From Lehigh's 1938 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #knowledge is power
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Confirmed: the secret of perpetual youth is a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  From Illinois Benedictine's 1984 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #donkey #blindfolded #eternal youth #1980s
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January 30, 2020

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
As it spans two pages, one might say this is a cracked hall of mirrors.  It brings back nightmares from that time we, too, were trapped within a shattered hall of mirrors
From Santa Clara's 1979 yearbook.
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#mirror #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hall of mirrors
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The Right Word (permalink)
We sought the origin of this love potion's "phzzzt" for Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words, but instead of the source, we found variations of the image.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#vintage illustration #love potion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Tea is the only simple pleasure left to us."  From Lasell's 1968 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #tea #1960s #vintage woman #simple pleasures
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Confirmed -- "Atmospheric space animals do exist!"  From UFO Review, 1984.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage headline #space animal
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Today's cat ghost visiting a teddy bear is from Der Bärenspiegel, 1927.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
> read more from Strange Dreams . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #sleeping #teddy bear #cat ghost #ghost cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Draco, 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 #constellation #dragon #draco
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #flying machine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 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 #cat #dog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Transparency is one of the first things we look for in a ghost. From Emerson's 1972 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #mustache
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #rats #anthropomorphism #dancing animals
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Valparaiso yearbook of 1920.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #cauldron #prophecy #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #torture #dungeon #faces in things #iron maiden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy #snow #winter #birds #sleigh
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #chaos #mayhem #turmoil #topsy turvy #disoriented #upheaval #disorder #disruption
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #dog #fox #vintage airplane #fox hunting #fox and hound
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1916.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #sphinx
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How to Believe in Your Elf (permalink)
A Netherlander's review of How to Believe in Your Elf:
My ratings are always based on how much energy a product generates in me. Sometimes the trigger is usefulness, at other times it's the production quality or other things. That means that I ignore aspects of the product that aren't relevant to my focus.

In this case, the four stars are based on the fact that this book makes me muse about myself and my life and makes me smile at the same time.

I'm a nut for off beat playfulness that balances between nonsense and seriousness. This book (as well as most book by Prof. Oddfellow) does just that. Obviously the 'One's elf/Oneself' is the running theme here. I can see how you can look at it as lame wordplay. To me it isn't. Something weird happens if you place your personality traits, ego and whatnot in the elf of your choice. One separates one's elf from oneself. Distancing yourself from yourself is always a good way to see bigger pictures and wonder about why you're behaving the way you're behaving. It opens up new possibilities and ideas. —G. Struijker Boudier
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#elf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fishing #hippo #alligators
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1912
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #satyr #artist #faun #art
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January 29, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The only way to atone for being occasionally over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated."  From Lasell's 1968 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #1960s #vintage women #over-dressed
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It may be statistically true that one isn't the target audience for anything one encounters, but Statistics is pseudoscience (the bad kind; the good ones are the ones ostracized for audaciously resisting the sacred dogmas of Big Science), plus it's a highly alienating philosophy.  A more interesting approach to life would be to consider oneself the target audience for everything and evaluate from there.  The image is from You Are Not The Target Audience by William Gillis (undated).
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#target audience
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter1929.
[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 #macabre #severed head #decapitated #drinking blood #blood #blood drinker
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1929.
[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 #piano #masquerade #party
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"A book is tremendously important.  Nobody ever paid for the price of a book, they pay only for the printing.  But a book is actually an offering and must be regarded as such.  If you give honor to the man who writes it, there is something in that which further induces the expressive powers of writing."

—Louis I. Kahn, "I Love Beginnings" lecture, 1972

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#books #writing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #angels #severed heads #guillotine #decapitated
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #death #giant #spirit of war #war king
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #vintage ad #monster #jean lorrain
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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 #demon #hell #coins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
August Strindberg's three-part transformation into a gorgon.  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 #snake #serpents #gorgon #snake hair #serpent hair #august strindberg
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wabash yearbook of 1895.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #microscopic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #centaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ric et Rac, 1931.
[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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zhupel, 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 #crown #lobster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Salem'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 #smiling cat #laughing cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #hybrid #human faced #ink pen #human crab #crab man
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This statement is a Googlewhack: "As the pages of your mind turn backward you are able to see."  From Montreat-Anderson's 1975 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #vintage headline
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Precursors (permalink)
Before android "replicants" were opening fire, there were "replicas."  From Startling Stories, 1951.
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#vintage illustration #gun #replicant
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January 28, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you ride a modern broomstick.  From Municipal University of Omaha's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#witch #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vacuum
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
This illustration from an 80s computer gaming book offers a perplexing puzzle.  How do the answers to each computer screen make sense?
From Inside Basic Games by Richard  Mateosian, 1981.
Answer: "Note that three of the computer screens each feature one number unlike the others. The proper answer is always the digit whose position in the computer keyboard number pad corresponds to the odd position on the screen. For example, in the first screen, the odd number is at the bottom left, the position of the "1" key of a keyboard's number pad. The second screen's odd number is at the center, where the "5" is located on a key pad. There are no odd numbers in the third screen, hence an answer of "0.". (The answer is in black text on the black background. Highlight it to view.)
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#vintage computer #number puzzle
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We Are All Snowflakes (permalink)
Even soldiers are snowflakes.  From Infantry magazine, 1980.
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#vintage magazine #snowflake
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From Toike Oike, 1957.
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#moon #lunatic #vintage headline #howling at the moon #moon madness
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

"A decrepit clock tower told the Byzantine hours" (Colin Thubron, Night of Fire, 2017).

We encountered a temporal anomaly in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  All four sides of the clock tower at St. Paul's Episcopal in Elkins Park told a different, frozen time.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we carefully searched the church grounds for the source of the problem, sidestepping slippery acorns and dodging a fallen electrical wire by the graveyard.  The entire property is frankly decrepit, with the cemetery unkempt and the overall impression being one of abandonment.  As historic preservationists ourselves, the state of this 163-year-old church was painful, to put it mildly.  With so much disorder, it was difficult to pinpoint a specific cause for the temporal anomaly, so we looked within the name of the church itself.  "St. Paul's Episcopal" is an anagram of "as collapses tip up."  You will no doubt recognize that last phrase as a twist on the great Hermetic axiom, "as above, so below."  The collapsing physical structure of the church, having slowly fallen into decrepitude over time, is reflected above, in the clock tower.  "It is time for Episcopalians across the country to rise up" (Ruy O. Costa).

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#time #clock tower #temporal anomaly
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Corpse Wore Pasties, by Jonny Porkpie:

***

"Sure, she was dead now, but who wasn't? Well, me, for one, and that's why I could spend all my time obsessing."

***

The character she was playing when I walked in the door of the Gilded Heel was, I have to admit, my least favorite of her personae--an over-the-hill borscht-belt comedian named Allan Schmuck.

***

"Have another," she said, and got up to pour me a whiskey. It was slightly better than my usual brand, but I drank it anyway.

***

"I had just a bitch of a time shaking the guy who was tailing me. I had to pull a reverse Hammett with a half-Houdini and a Cincinnati twist."

"You're making that up."

"I am making that up. Actually, I just jumped on the F train as the doors were closing."

***

[The two cops who rescue the protagonist from imminent murder at a burlesque show] came barreling through the crowd like two very short trucks, knocking over glasses, bottles, and a bachelorette or two.

***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #lion #bear #national animal
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #dreaming #mountain climber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #water spirit #riding the waves #sea foam #ocean waves #ocean spirit #sea spirit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1940.
[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 #scythe
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
With a skull-like head and bony neck, the ghost of graduate study haunts the 1965 Lehigh yearbook.

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

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#silhouette #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #night sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #centaur
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Rensselaer yearbook of 1921.

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

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#vintage illustration #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Without special glasses, the only way to see the world like this is to "start changing the way you look at life, from your heart's point of view" (Women of Wisdom Spoken Word).
From Eastern Kentucky's 1979 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #colored light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #house
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January 27, 2020

Non-Circulating Books (permalink)
An altered library edition of Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton, 1966.  See our artist’s statement here: https://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?c=NonCirculatingBooks.
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#moon #library book
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The Right Word (permalink)
The traditional five symbols of ESP experimentation are in fact a language, and until now this fact has been a carefully hidden secret.  Developed by psychologist Karl Zener in the early 1930s, purportedly as a tool for extrasensory perception research at the Rhine Institute, the five symbols actually encapsulate an entire alphabet.  By the 1970s, skeptics discredited the Zener system, thereby discouraging focus on the symbols and effectively sealing their (newfound?) secret importance as a coded messaging system between governmental psychic spies.  All is explained in ESP Symbols: An Entire Language For Psychic Spies?: A Key for Decoding the Secrets of the Ages.
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#symbolism #esp #extra sensory perception #code
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Terror stricken, I leapt toward the sinister shape!"  If you've read The Tibetan Book of the Dead, you may know why we thought of it when we encountered this headline.
From Mechanix Illustrated, 1940.
[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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#terror #vintage headline #sinister
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 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 #infestation #exterminator #cannon #insects #bugs
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Richmond Professional Institute's 1938 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #sweden
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
If you ever wondered whether eclipses were caused by folds in space, you were right.  From The Story Of Eclipses by George F. Chambers, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #eclipse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A castle in the air from DePauw's 1911 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #castle in the air
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #anthropomorphism #mustache #dog's mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
[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 #desk job #melded #fused
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"'Searching Wind' found to be merely a breeze."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1946.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#wind #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Wabash yearbook of 1895.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #ace of spades #playing card #spade cards #vintage playing cards
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #halloween #skeleton #fire
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
"Await definite word."  A headline from the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1939.
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#vintage headline #wait for it
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Carolina College for Women's 1988 yearbook.

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

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#christianity #christmas #vintage photo #statue #three kings #religious statue #manger
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satiricheskoe Obozrenie, 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 #devil #goat legged #pursued
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1848.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #newspaper fashion #newspaper robe #paper clothing #newspaper clothing
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Sentinel pines marshalling the magic way to fairyland."  This photo may indeed be used to facilitate journeys into the otherworld.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.
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#forest #vintage photo #fairyland #vintage yearbook #pathway
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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 #spying #being watched #surveillance society #park bench #privacy #eavesdropper #romantic evening
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January 26, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A true skeptic is skeptical even of the rock-solid.  Note that the author of this book opted for anonymity, for Big Science bullies were as bad in 1877 as they are today.  From Skepticism in Geology by Verifier, 1877.
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#skepticism #geology #vintage book
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"What's got to be gotten over is the false idea that an hallucination is a private matter."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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#philip k. dick #hallucination
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A more rascally comet you wouldn't care to see."  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 #anthropomorphism #constellation #night sky #comet
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell #cigar #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #anthropomorphism #dancing #gorilla #tango
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #tiny man #spool of thread #lost the thread #giant spool
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #gun #threatening #don't point
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #crocodile #alligator #jester #i'd give you the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ulk, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #sphinx
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
[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 #hyena
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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 #despair #mask #writer's block #deadline #overworked
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Faces seen as mere shadows."  From Daily Tar Heel, 1946.
[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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#shadows #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Snow Image by Nathaniel Hawthorne and illustrated by Marcus Waterman, 1864.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #winter spirit #snow spirit #snow figure #snow girl
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Who think too little and talk too much."  From Lasell's 1898 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #quotation #john dryden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #giant
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Like an artifact from a parallel universe -- the surreal cover of Wingate's 2004 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #surreal #carpe deim
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bull #matador #bullfighter #grindstone
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January 25, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We have this painting in our house, too.  No matter where you stand, its eyes seem to penetrate your soul.  From Florida Southern's 1952 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #rabbit #bunny #harvey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, 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 #falling #oz #glass city
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The moon isn't ticklish.  From Millikin's 1910 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fairy #moon #man in the moon #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #birdcage #caged #don't jump
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #dog #dog shoes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
[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 #bo peep #lamb #transvestism #man in a dress #cross dresser
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dictionnaire Raisonné Universel d'Histoire Naturellem, 1775.
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#vintage illustration #eden #old testament #adam and eve #genesis
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1931 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #owl #snake #book stand
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of a joke bombing, but here's what it looks like.  From Winthrop'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 #explosion #jokes #airplane #bomb
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #antlers
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."  From Cleveland County Technical's 1975 yearbook.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#full moon #vintage yearbook #dreams #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The witch.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #witch #fairy tale
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ellendale yearbook of 1925.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #death #strife
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1936 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #circus #ringmaster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A tale as old as time -- the cat gets the mouse drunk first.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #cat #mouse #alcohol #drunk #cat and mouse #vermouth
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #drunk #after the party #disheveled
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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 #dancing #snake charmer #pig #serpent handler #snake handler #dancing pig #art
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January 24, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A caution to writers: a celestial globe is like spell-checking software, in that once you grow accustomed to having it, dependency grows.  A celestial globe is one of the many tools we use for writing our lesser-known works of esoterica
From Desoto's 1981 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #writing #vintage man #star globe #1980s #celestial globe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Support Assistants for Fire Emergencies, 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 #fire #candle #conbustion #oxygen
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The Right Word (permalink)
"A, by many supposed to be the oldest of the alphabet and constituting, as it does, the initial of Adam's name, was doubtless the only letter in existence at the time Adam learned to write." —Cupid's Cyclopedia by Oliver Herford, 1910. 
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#letter a #one-letter words
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The peace angel balancing on the sword's edge.  From Nebelspalter, 1930.
[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 #sword #war and peace #peace angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Cat and the Fox." From Kitty-Cat Tales by Alice Van Leer Carrick, 1932.
[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 #fox
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Mouse in the Mountain, by Norbert Davis:

***

"I can speak your lingo on account I used to be a waiter in double New York."

"Where?" Doan asked.

"New York, New York."

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
[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 house #spooky
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you have sphinx-like faculties.  From Lebanon Valley's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #sphinx #egypt #vintage yearbook
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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 #giant #earth #outer space #pipe smoker #solar system #vintage magazine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Walking the duck.  From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #duck #pet walker #pet duck
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The step-mother changes the queen into a white dove."  From Harper's Young People, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #transformation #fairy tale #white dove
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.  See this remarkable guide to practial magick you can do with a pencil and paper: The Pencil Witch.
[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 #witchcraft #occult #cauldron #shakespeare #macbeth #witches
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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 #denmark #runes
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
With the full moon and the lamp post as coordinates, this photograph may be used as a tool for facilitating time travel.  From the University of Washington's 1923 yearbook.
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#full moon #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #lamp post #vintage automobile
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The macrocosm and the microcosm?  From Tulane's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #microcosm #macrocosm #letter g
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satiricheskoe Obozrenie, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #serpent #hybrid #human headed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Leaves a part of himself here."  From Presbyterian College's 1973 yearbook.

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

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#devil #mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #football
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ovod, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #book
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January 23, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
One of the many tools we use in our research.  From Yeshiva's 1979 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #lightbulb #bright idea #light bulb hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We, too, are a ghost town cowboy.  From Ghost Town Cowboy by Genevieve Torrey Eames and illustrated by Paul Brown, 1951.
[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 book #cowboy #ghost town
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Sundials (permalink)
From The Book of Old Sundials and their Mottoes by Launcelot Cross, 1922.
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#sundial #motto
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #full moon #vintage yearbook #night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"God's devil."  From Spectral Tales #01 (1988).
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#religion #vintage illustration #devil #church #god's devil
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #hell #vintage yearbook #burned alive #roasted on a spit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #birds #war and peace #wild animal #peace dove
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of using knowledge to dispel superstitions, but here's how violent that actually is.
From Fliegende Blätter, 1848.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's 1898 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
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #human headed #cannon #snail people #war snail #snails of war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skull #dove #big hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
[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 #globe
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
"You'll do all right in swing of things."  A headline from the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1938.
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#vintage headline #affirmation #you'll be okay #positive thinking #it gets better #here's to future days #swing of things
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The University Experience, Duke, 1970.
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#vintage illustration #demon #imp
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We've acted fool."  From Atlantic Christian's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bird #rooster #crying animal #artistic animal #literate animal #crying bird #clever bird #farewell #crying rooster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fish #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #chess #pawns
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1936 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #silhouette #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #hazing #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #monster #horror #giant bug #dragonfly #giant insect #insect monster
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January 22, 2020

Precursors (permalink)
Ten years before the Pac-Man arcade game was developed, here's one of the ghosts.  From Morris Harvey's 1969 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #pac-man #vintage yearbook #pac-man ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Stead's, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #question mark #donkey
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
From Toike Oike, 2004.
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#vintage headline #social skills
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1930.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Eerie, indeed, to see a horse taken up.  From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1970.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #horse #levitation #weightless #taken up
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's 1928 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #argument #debate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #man in a bottle #bottle #pet walker #specimen bottle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #skull face #horror #scythe
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
She's been "waiting and watching" a long time, indeed. To date, she's been vigilant for:



May her unflagging alertness be a source of comfort, an example to us all.

From The Quiver, 1886.
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#vintage illustration #vigilance #waiting #watching
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The bull goes on forever.  From the University of Nevada's 1931 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #bull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #egypt #crocodile #pyramids #musician
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
It sounds like an ominous threat or prophecy: "There'll be a vacant chair at home tonight."  Actually, it's from an ad trying to make one feel guilty enough to place a long distance telephone call.  From the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1938.
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#vintage ad #ominous #horror #vintage headline #absence
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
God's umbrella.  From Le Régiment, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #garden of eden #god #adam and eve
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to move through the four-part series. From Duke's 1973 yearbook.

From Duke's 1973 yearbook
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Daidalos finds Icaros, from Bell's English Classics (1893).
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#vintage illustration #mythology #the people could fly #icarus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northwestern's 1921 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1843.
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#vintage illustration #giant #boulder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nagaechka, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #snake
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January 21, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From an 1887 translation of the first children's picture book, The Orbis Pictus of John Amos Comenius (1657).
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#vintage illustration #soul #light body #spirit body
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Cork in Bottle, by Macdonald Hastings:

***

[Pathetic Fallacy with Telephones dept.]

As he reflected, one of the telephones on the desk gave a fretful tinkle.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The Tempter of Physical Pleasure."  From Centenary's 1961 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tempter #physical pleasure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #fable #fox #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #hell #damned #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #keg #drinking #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #serpent #snake #lion #jaws of death #jaws #snakebite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #rooster #typewriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #forest #woods #stag #antlers #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #musical notes #anthropomorphism #music #hair pulling
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We strongly discourage throwing grenades at books about winged horses.  From Iowa State's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #winged horse #grenade
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the State Teachers College (Farmville, Virginia) yearbook of 1935.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lion #ex libris #bookplate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From der Guckkasten, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #silhouette #bunnies #rabbit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Wisconsin's 1914 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Caricature, 1832.
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#vintage illustration #candle #the people could fly #moth people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #monster
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"A man with a book goes to the light.  A library begins that way."

—Louis I. Kahn, in Perspecta, No. 4, 1957

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The buffalo king, from Fairy Tales of the Western Range by Eugene O. Mayfield, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #buffalo
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January 20, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Merryland turns out to be in Maryland.  From The Maryland Horse, 1971.