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Today — 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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#snowflake #vintage magazine
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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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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 #art
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #house
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Yesterday — 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.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #halloween #skeleton #fire #art
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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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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 #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #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.

> read more from Sundials . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#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.
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #crocodile #alligator #art #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #sphinx #art
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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 #art #hyena
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #despair #mask #art #writer's block #deadline #overworked
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #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 #art #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 #art #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.
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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 #art #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 #art #dog #dog shoes
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
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#vintage illustration #art #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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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.
59301 57852
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#vintage illustration #art #dancing #snake charmer #pig #serpent handler #snake handler #dancing pig
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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).
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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.
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#vintage illustration #giant #earth #outer space #art #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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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 #art #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.
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#vintage illustration #skull #art #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.
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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 #art #hybrid #human headed #cannon #snail people #war snail #snails of war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #skull #dove #art #big hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #globe #art
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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 #art #fish #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #art #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.
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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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#vintage illustration #devil #pitchfork #falling #good luck #four leaf clover
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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.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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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#vintage illustration #monster #art #dog #lion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #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 #art #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 #art #vigilance #waiting #watching
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The bull goes on forever.  From the University of Nevada's 1931 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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 #art #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #umbrella #art #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 #art #the people could fly #icarus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northwestern's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #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 #art #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).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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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.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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 #art #damned #torment
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #keg #drinking #art #alcohol
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #serpent #art #snake #lion #jaws of death #jaws #snakebite
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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 #art #rooster #typewriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1909.
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#vintage illustration #forest #art #woods #stag #antlers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #musical notes #anthropomorphism #art #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.

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

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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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
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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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#book #library
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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#horses #vintage photo #maryland #merryland
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A caution to those with wood-burning stoves -- it's the sulfur in matchsticks that can trigger this phenomenon.  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 #devil #pitchfork #hell mouth #furnace
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The reason for everything is …

  • there in front of you, wearing that cunning little yachting cap maybe.
  • is never the logical conclusion.
  • to point us to the meaning.
  • we’re all mortal.
  • what it generates.
  • luck.
  • consciousness.
  • that there is no reason for anything.
  • nothing more than the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
  • that it seemed like a good idea at the time.
[Snippets collected through the course of our research.]
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Home Plays by Cecil Henry Bullivant, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #costume
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
A dream of dancing teeth.  From Baylor's 1919 yearbook.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #dream #vintage yearbook #teeth
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
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#if
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
The blowing-snow effect in this photo, coupled with the curvature at the top, hints of a scene within a "snow globe."  From Seton Hall's 1926 yearbook.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 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 #serpent #art #snake #boa constrictor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art #human soup
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art #three faces
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mansfield's 1932 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #faces in things #flower #adaptability #adaptation
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Ghost Towns of the West by William Carte, 1971.
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#cemetery #graveyard #vintage photo #tombstone #gravestone #ghost town
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northwestern's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook #anatomy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bildermann, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #mouse #wheat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The earth hath bubbles as the water has, and these are of them."  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 #shakespeare #macbeth #bubbles #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #devil #hell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #elephant #circus
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

The time in Melbourne, Australia is 79:91 — one of the most distressing temporal anomalies we've encountered, documented by Jurgen Schaub.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we spotlight this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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#temporal anomaly
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Harper's, 1958.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage magazine #climate change #ice age #fear mongering
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January 19, 2020

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)
"In every event we must, by faith, presume a benign purpose, which, could we see all which is to come, would delight us – we would be especially delighted to see how intrinsically evil events become used as building blocks for noble structures – and are, in fact, essential for the ultimate construction of those fine systems. Nothing is wasted, nothing is futile, nothing is lost. Everything is eventually, when its time has come, is snatched up and incorporated."
—Philip K. Dick, Exegesis
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#evil #philip k. dick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #flying fish #art #electric eel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #bird hat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #woodcut #art #dinosaur
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #art #harp #monkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
He'd had enough punishment on earth not to be sent to Hell.  From Purdue's 1898 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #angel #heaven #vintage yearbook
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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 #demon #pitchfork #hell
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
As if to create a before-and-after paiting, our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely dup.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #fainting #twilight #art #dancing #weight of the world #crushed #collapsed #on the floor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #human faced #frog man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Mr. Peace.  From Peace College's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #peace #vintage yearbook #face #mr. peace
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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 #beard #giant #jester
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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 photo #vintage yearbook #rat #rat costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #spirits #art #spiritualism #seance
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Wish more of our own photos came out this way.  From Duke's 1976 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #blurred
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Comique, 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 #anthropomorphism #elephant #art #target practice #animal trick
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Ohio Wesleyan's 1923 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #spider web #caught in a web
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1956.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #perfume #faces in things #bottles #cut glass #perfume bottle
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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 #art
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January 18, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Here's a great justification for varnishing the truth, which I'll summarize for your convenience (though of course the original passage is superior):
1. varnish brings out veins of beauty that were otherwise invisible
2. it doesn't actually hide the sober facts of life since it's transparent
3. having penetrated the artifice, the observer's powers of insight are flattered and attention is better secured
4. even the coarsest mundanity has moods in which it's gilded by the light of romance
5. if the storyteller believes in the true gold of those fairy minarets, the story benefits
From Idolatry by Julian Hawthorne, 1874.
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#writing #storytelling #unvarnished truth #poetic license
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A bottle of hair spiking formula.  From Kabumpo in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson, 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 #oz #hair product #spiked hair
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The cover of Emerson's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #red sky
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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 #bat #art
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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 #art #meat #grows on trees
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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 #art #vision #joan of arc
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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 #ancient egypt #sphinx #art #pyramid #egyptian queen #nefertiti
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #bacchus #herm
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #sun #art #faces in things #god
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1898 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #cherub #vintage yearbook #alcohol #bottles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
After the educational reforms of the 1970s and 80s (including the banning of school prayer), deities like Jupiter no longer presided over institutions.
From the State Teachers College (Farmville, Virginia) yearbook of 1935.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #deity #jupiter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #beard #giant
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The perspective, to our eye, makes the tree appear super-flat.  Plus, doesn't this photo seem older than 1976?  From Duke's 1976 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #window
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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 #hula hoop
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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 #sun #skull #occult #vintage yearbook #halo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The dolphin who came late.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dolphin
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Lads!  Whatever your peculiarities, you'll find your tastes satisfied."  From an ad in Davidson's 1953 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Recueil d'Antiquités by Antoine Mongez, 1804.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #minotaur #art #hybrid #human faced #man bull
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January 17, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Cotard Syndrome or Walking Corpse Syndrome is what psychiatrists call a delusion that one is already dead.  The thrice great Charles Fort had it [see our important post about that], as did the immortal Philip K. Dick.*  Thing is ... if this life actually does turn out to be a purgatorial realm, then those aware of being dead are the only ones not crazy.
The headline "We are the dead!" is from Dime Mystery, 1947.
*From Dick's Exegesis: "We are dead but don't know it, reliving our former lives but on tape (programmed), in a simulated world controlled by Valis the master entity or reality generator (like Brahman), where we relive in a virtually closed cycle again and again until we manage to add enough new good karma to trigger off divine intervention, which wakes us up and causes us to simultaneously both remember and forget, so that we can begin our reascent back up to our real home. This, then, is purgatorio, the afterlife, and we are under constant scrutiny and judgment, but don't know it, in a perfect simulation of the world we knew and remember -- v. Ubik and Lem's paradigm. We have for a long time been dying brains/souls slipping lower and lower through the realms, but the punishment of reliving this bottom-realm life is also an opportunity to add new good karma and break the vicious cycle of otherwise endless reliving of a portion of our former life. This, then, is the sophia summa of the six esoteric systems -- seven if you count alchemy -- of the entire world. Eight if you count hermeticism. We are dead, don't know it, and mechanically relive our life in a fake world until we get it right. Ma'at has judged us; we are punished, but we can change the balance... but we don't know we are here to do this, let alone know where we are. We must change the 'groove' for the better or just keep coming back, not remembering, not reascending."
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#life after death #philip k. dick #vintage headline #life after life