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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February 29, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The moon does not rise tonight."  From McGill Daily, Oct. 30, 1980.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #darkness #crow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"With feelings of deepest thankfulness."  From The Misericords of Exeter Cathedral by Kate M. Clarke, 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 #dragon #church art
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Just as weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them, deceased persons will open up to a good listener.  Ask questions that are simple but open-ended.  Resist the urge to overshare.  And learn the difference between friendliness and flirtation.  From Unknown, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #necromancy #occult #living dead #corpse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The nature of this UFO will be obvious to fans of the cult TV show The Prisoner: it's "Rover."
From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1970.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ufo #strange light
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washburn's 1917 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #theatre #the stage #footlights
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #spider web #caught in a web
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Texas State's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #rooster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #occult #goat #mountain spirit #goat spirit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Concordia's 1921 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #giant #vintage yearbook #head in the clouds #running
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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 #locomotive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A fortune teller from Chowan's 1915 yearbook.  For remarkable esoteric enigmas you can solve at your writing table, see The Pencil Witch.
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#vintage illustration #fortune teller #vintage yearbook #gypsy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1873.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1893 yearbook of the University of Kansas.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human headed #insect man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Suddenly, a black bird swooped into the room--."  From Spellbound, 1976.  (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 #omen #blackbird #bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the University of Washington's 1923 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ornate frame #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #divination #monster #wizard #king #occult #fire #horror
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It's Really Happening (permalink)
"I just can't believe that it happened here.  I... I... I... I mean here ... Gosh.  I just can't believe it."  From Swarthmore's 1994 yearbook.
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#unbelievable #vintage yearbook #sign #it happened here
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The probabilities between two trapezoids are infinite.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage fashion
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February 28, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The famous six-word story popularly attributed to Hemingway, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," pales in comparison to this six-word headline: "Man on lonely beach sees UFO."  While the Hemingwayesque story is tragic, it's excruciatingly mundane.  Yes, life is fragile—welcome to reality.  We can see why Hemingway got credited with this six-word story — he wrote about how The Sun Also Rises and how it rains in spring, other excruciatingly ordinary topics.  Mortality, sunrises, and rainfalls aren't interesting.  Granting that the headline recalls The Old Man and the Sea, the flash of extraterrestrial mystery saves it from humdrum existence.
We spotted a sort of follow-up headline, from six years later.  Another man on a lonely beach (at 2:30 a.m.) saw a UFO float in with the tide.
Headlines courtesy of UFO Newsclipping Service, 1975, 1981.
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#ufo #vintage headline
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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 A Picture of Murder, by T. E. Kinsey:

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"No one ever said ghosts had access to the Land Registry."

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lasell's 1929 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #chariot #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Mosquito netting.  From Judge's Library, 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 #mosquito #mosquito netting #mosquito pattern
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northern Illinois' 1904 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #1904
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #hat #antenna hat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Evil has no hold on you."  From Greensboro's 1972 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #evil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1850.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #flying fish #hot air balloon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Typing atop a winged horse requires dedicated practice, patience, and correction fluid.  From the University of Chicago's 1912 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #winged horse #typewriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The old woodman talks with the bear.  From A Book of Fairy-Tale Bears by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 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 #fairy tale #bear #talking animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lake Forest's 1960 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cauldron #shakespeare #macbeth #faces in things
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #animal attack #birds #seagull #bird attack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if there should be more humane ways of dispatching hood ornaments.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #hood ornament
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's common to see birds perching upon wires like notes on sheet music, but this is our first encounter with birds perching upon an edge of sheet music.  From Winthrop's 1899 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #birds #sheet music
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #dragon #chinese dragon #eaten alive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #scissors #winged man #butterfly man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Guilford's 1914 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #smiling cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #horror #constricted #squeezed
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February 27, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"No secerts any more" -- from back in 1965.
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#vintage headline #privacy #secrets
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Precursors (permalink)
This hungry cheese is a precursor to Pacman.  From Nebelspalter, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cheese #pacman
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An emerald monocle that shows the viewer the moment of his death.  We have one, and it's flattering to wear, but for some reason we keep it in a drawer.  From Unknown, 1939.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #monocle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I'm a chestnut but don't roast me."  Courtsey of UpNorthMemories.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #vintage postcard #vegetable people #chestnut
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Mystery apparently unraveled.  Bigfoot's named Butch."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1974.
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#vintage illustration #monster #bigfoot #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Joseph's 1937 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #twins #alice in wonderland #vintage yearbook #tweedledee #tweedledum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Can you enjoy being a housewife?"  Without irony, we'd recommend wrinkle-free fabrics and wrinkle-releasing sprays.  From Awake magazine, 1961.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #ironing #vintage headline #housewife
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lasell's 1929 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #advertising #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #1920s #newspaper dress #newspaper clothing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #hot air balloon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A play on "jambalaya."  From Tulane's 1921 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lyre #lyre bird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #bottled ghost #specimen bottle #caught in a jar #specimen jar
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
Instead of an 8, it's a 1/2, on the page for the 7 1/2 Club in Hampden-Sydney's 1929 yearbook.
For the weirdest math that actually computes, see Presumptive Conundrums: Rhetorical Math Questions + Answers.
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#vintage yearbook #mathematics #weird math
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gnome #mushroom
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the photo that inspired the bookplate. From Union College's 1928 yearbook.

From Union College's 1928 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #ex libris #bookplate #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #horse #carriage #bull
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Here's one of our favorite ways to look on the bright side of life.  From Swarthmore's 1994 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #lightbulb
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #windy day #bellows
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Weed fiend, loudest dressed, and night owl.  From Charlotte College's 1951 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1950s
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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 #art
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February 26, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)

We're delighted by this 5-star review of pencil witch of The Pencil Witch:

"When the power of a focused, analytical mind combines with a resolute, independent spirit and a kind heart, the results are virtually guaranteed to be magical. 'The Pencil Witch' is a case in point.  I started reading this literally and figuratively charming book with the understanding that it would be a simple grimoire of practical magic, which it is. From the very first pages it's also a lot more.  Professor Oddfellow took me on a metaphorical exploration of metaphysical principles, but with such whimsy that I was never consciously aware of being educated even as I was entertained.  The individual concepts covered are ingenious and fascinating in and of themselves, but what I loved most about the book was the way it's prompted me to revisit my understanding of the relationship between mind and matter. The Pencil Witch has given rise to a series of lively discussions about metaphysics inside my brainFive stars." —Natasha, on Amazon

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#witchcraft #occult #grimoire
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We applaud this headline (finally, news we can believe!) and also the portrait for depicting the thrice great Charles Fort with a halo.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1990.  The headline reads, "Fortean followers are keeping spirit of the weird alive."
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#vintage illustration #weird #vintage headline #fortean #Charles Fort
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From The Varsity, Oct. 3, 1975.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
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#vintage photo #sheet ghost #newspapers
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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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#religion #vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animal headed #hybrid #donkey #donkey headed
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

It's simultaneously 10 p.m. and nearly 2 a.m. in this Oakland, California temporal anomaly documented by Patrick Boury.  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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Her book."  From Lasell's 1929 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #reading #vintage yearbook #book #ex libris #bookplate #marbled paper
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #rabbit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The Sphinx Club, from the Ole Miss yearbook of 1909.

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

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#vintage illustration #sphinx #egypt #vintage yearbook #camel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Japanese St. George."  From Nebelspalter, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #japanese #dragon #dragon slayer #st. george
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Sprut, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #snow #architecture #organ grinder
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if this is why we shouldn't chop down trees.  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 #arbor day #woodsman #anthropomorphism #lumber #tree spirit #woodcutter #faces in things #tree cutter #tree face #arborist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 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 #anthropomorphism #donkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #horror #sheet ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #world #father time #scythe #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Washington's 1923 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#father time #vintage yearbook #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant eye #giant butterfly #bitterfly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Encountering the shadow self.  "In a world intent upon the unrealities we must become aware of the realities."  From Catawba's 1969 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #light and dark #shadow self #spirit double
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A cat imagines things about you, nothing you can know for sure" (Leonard Michaels).  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 people #vintage postcard #cat woman
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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 #pig #crying animal #crying pig
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February 25, 2020

Precursors (permalink)
A yin-yang crater on the moon, from Montclair's 1969 yearbook.  (Surely this predates photography of Saturn's moon Iapetus, which also has a yin-yang crater.)  
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#moon #yin yang #crater
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The Right Word (permalink)
Here are four different / same books by Dostoevsky / Dostoyevsky / Dostoieffsky: Injury and Insult, The Insulted and Humiliated, The Insulted and Injured, and Humiliated and Insulted.  We wonder if even a single person on earth has read all four.
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#vintage book #dostoevsky #dostoyevsky #same book different title #book titles
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From an era when journalism still had integrity: "Something strange is going on."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1993.
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#weirdness #vintage headline #strangeness #something weird #something strange
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Such an important reminder never to play chess anywhere near a game of Clue, lest a wrench-wielding Prof. Plum ruin everything.  From Astounding, 1953.
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#vintage illustration #chess #clue #wrench
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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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Strange Dreams (permalink)
Some folks sleep with a comfort teddy bear, but teddy bears can have nightmares of their own.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1925.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #demon #teddy bear
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Santa Klaus Murder, by Mavis Doriel Hay:

***

Nurse Bryan flaunted naturally; she would probably have flaunted whilst walking in her sleep.

***

"All that shutter business is just a blind!" [This is then revealed to have been an unintentional pun.]

***

[Bonus: This is one of those novels in which the chapters have titles, and chapter 14 is called "A Pair of Eyebrows."]

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lasell's 1929 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One of the many tools we use to create our weblog.  (For Teresa.)  From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Park College's 1982 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #pirate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #peace #greece #shield #shielf
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #political cartoon #hell
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #tiny people #giant food #vegetable soup
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A most difficult thing for many."  From The Business of Life by A. B. ZuTavern and A. E. Bullock and illustrated by Leo Thiele, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #balancing act #circus #emotions #tightrope #balance
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I want to make this absolutely clear!"  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1972 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #horror #vintage yearbook #pollution
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #rooftop #chimney #soot
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wilmington's 1966 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#ghost #devil #graveyard #spooky #vintage yearbook #headstone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Atomic landscape."  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #end of the world #radiation #apocalypse #nuclear #post apocalyptic #atomic
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A restoration of an image from The Entheogen Review Complete.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #sea monster #tribal art #fish monster
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February 24, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored that Bobby Bræger (screenwriter, genealogist, lost film hunter, and hauntologist on the cheap) considers the fractued mirror of our Abecedarian blog on Tumblr to be "one of five or six vital blogs" on that medium.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Yeah, we've had weekends like this.  From Unknown, 1939.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #ghost #magick #occult #deity #weekend
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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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The Cat Who Married a Mouse" … and the bottle of meat that came between them.  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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #mouse #cat and mouse #meat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lasell's 1929 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #winter sports #skiing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #shadow #slap in the face #men fighting #face slap
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1941.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #death #skeleton #grim reaper #river of blood
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Everyone is as God has made her, and ofttimes a great deal worse."  From Lasell's 1898 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #quotation #don quixote
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #river styx
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if "swat life" is something we're born into, not something we choose.  From Swarthmore's 1994 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #swat life
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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 #sphinx
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #light and dark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The warning ring.  From Spellbound, 1977.  (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 #occult #ring #warning #jewelry
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Taylor's Gem yearbook, 1931.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #serpent #snake charmer #linocut
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #mouse #cannon #fear of mice
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1903 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #grim reaper #skull face #occult #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #angel #vintage magazine #skull dagger
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's 1928 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #dragon #hell #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krasnyi Smekh, 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 #snail #hybrid #human headed #snail king
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February 23, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted that Rainbow Connection Collective discovered the magical flexidisc we recorded for Fiddler's Green magazine (no. 5).  The translucent green record looks great against Nasturtium!
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The phrase "trundle bed of nails" is a Googlewhack.  But here's one!  From Unknown, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #bed of nails #trundle bed
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The Right Word (permalink)
This is the one and only occurrence of the phrase "de-monsterably shy," making it a Googlewhack.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
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#vintage illustration #demon #jersey devil #vintage headline
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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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northern Illinois' 1909 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #scythe #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #underwater #fish #under the sea #octopus' garden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #spider #human headed #buddha #human spider #gandhi
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #kissing #kiss across the ocean #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's rare to see Pegasus' party mask.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The flinging of ectoplasmic bunnies is no longer a sanctioned activity at most universities.  From Dubuque 's 1989 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #weird photo #ectoplasm
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #death #dream #bellows
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Pull back the blanket, and you will see …"  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1963 yearbook.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
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#vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #blanket
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zabiyaka, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #giant #faces in things #mountain spirit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1909.

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#vintage illustration #father time #train #locomotive #vintage yearbook #1909
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #angel #heaven #saint #st. peter
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You might have assumed that dandies look so good because they have the help of manservants, but the truth is that they rely upon sophisticated robotics.  From Purdue's 1910 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #invention #vintage yearbook #dandy #robotics
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Satirikon, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #bird #big hat #bird hat
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February 22, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
With the advent of political correctness, physicists no longer stomp on tiny space aliens, not even with scientific rigor.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.  The headline reads, "U.S. physicist steps on little green men."
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The Right Word (permalink)
The magic word "rolyksnolyb" is a Googlewhack.  The word comes down to us via a short story by L. Ron Hubbard.  From Unknown, 1941.
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#vintage illustration #magick #occult #magic word
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The "Cadaver Ball," from Tulane Medical's 1985 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #vintage yearbook #cadaver
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1966.
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#vintage illustration #architecture #doghouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spirits #seance #board meeting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Edward Henry Wehnert for Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1857.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #flowers in the hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #mythology #carried away
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.

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#vintage illustration #occult #knight #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #demon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northwestern's 1921 yearbook (our restoration, as per usual).

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #donkey
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A knife-wielding cat from The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.
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#vintage illustration #cat #smiling cat #knife #smiling animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Favorite details -- Puss in Boots and the gnomes.  From Nebelspalter, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #gnomes #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #lion #eaten alive
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You knew that "the sky is the limit," and you've seen the sky, but here's the actual limit itself.  From MacMurray's 1961 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #the sky is the limit #the limit
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #veil #blood #bosporus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1903 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #goat man #animal headed #vintage yearbook #hybrid #goat headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ezh, 1907.
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#vintage illustration #animal intelligence #pig #smart animal #animal reading
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Centenary's 1928 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #skeleton #spooky #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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February 21, 2020

A Rose is a ... (permalink)
A rose is a peacock feather.  From Rosa Amorosa by George Egerton, 1901.
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#vintage book #peacock feather #rose
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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 UFO landing in Whitfield, Scotland (1967), from Awareness magazine, 1972.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #light and shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Death on the Cherwell, by Mavis Doriel Hay:

***

"And don't squeak so; they'll think I'm keeping guinea-pigs in my room."

***

"Will you please stop saying 'eek,'" requested Jacob, with a hint of testiness. "You're going to use up all the e's."]

***

"Did you motor down?" Gwyneth asked Basil politely.

"We did—but I thought it was always called 'up?'" [Misordered punctuation sic]

"Well, of course, you come up, if you come to college, but when you motor from London on a visit I think you motor down."

"Very subtle! But of course, Oxford thought is subtle."

Gwyneth laughed uncertainly, fearing that Basil was a high-brow being obscurely witty.

***

[Imaginary Sister for the Sake of a Joke dept.]

"My sister...married a Talbot."

[The Talbot is apparently a model of automobile, and the speaker subsequently admits that he invented the sister for the sake of the joke. I've done that myself! "My sister is so economical that when she goes out in the cold, she comes back with one rosy cheek."]

***

The whole academic world seemed to be changing its nature, putting on wigs and false eyebrows and taking part in a melodrama.

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northern Illinois' 1909 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lizard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #demons #conductor #demon choir #demon chorus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #night people
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northern Illinois' 1904 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #ornate frame #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #hot air balloon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #dancing #faces in things #costume #furnace #cakewalk
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"I will have a thousand memories."  From Birmingham-Southern's 1960 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #memories
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
The snow queen, illustrated by W. A. Wellner.  From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #snow queen #winter #snowfall #winter spirit #winter goddess
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Like scenes in a horror film, this is page three of Lenoir-Rhyne's 1963 yearbook.

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#horror #vintage yearbook #dark hallway
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #death #angel #skulls #art
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Texas State's 1920 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #music #vintage yearbook #bird
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From The Judge, 1916.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
When a bookworm doubles as a bookmark.  From Unknown magazine, July 1940.
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#vintage illustration #horror #bookworm #hands of god
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February 20, 2020

Strange Dreams (permalink)
This is us every time we go to sleep.  With the exception that we don't wear as much lipstick to bed.  From Unknown, 1940.
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#vintage illustration #witch #witchcraft #occult #dreaming #curse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Set the hour and I'll turnip."  Courtsey of UpNorthMemories.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #turnip #vintage postcard #vegetable people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 1923.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #carousel #merry-go-round #pig
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northeastern's 1966 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #costume #mascot #dog costume #siberian husky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #cow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1908.

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#vintage illustration #frog #frog king #art
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #grotesque #clock #snake hair #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #haunted #spirits #spooky #ghosts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #facial hair #mustache
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's never disturbing to encounter things like this in an old yearbook.  From York Junior College's 1962 annual.

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

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#scarecrow #costume #living toy #raggedy ann #raggedy andy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #merman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"'It's nothing,' the maid says calmly. 'Don't be upset. These are just the silly stories her papa tells her'" (Eugène Ionesco, Story Number 1, 1968).  From Washington College's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #eugene ionesco
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #big mouth #smile #teeth #say cheese #big teeth #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Keuka College's 1930 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #flying horse #ex libris
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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 #serpent #drunk #snake charmer #hallucination
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 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 #kitten
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February 19, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Those fun moments when pretzel knots impersonate Aztec glyphs.  Pretzel knot diagrams from "Hyperbolic Pretzel Knots" by Jeffrey Meier.
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#vintage illustration #pretzel #diagram #aztec #mathematics #knots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times -- "Grab bags are dangerous."  From Unknown magazine, 1942.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #spider #grab bag
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Snicker if you like but [cryptozoologists] don't care."  They write stuff like How to Spot the Loch Ness Monster Every Time and A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1989.
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#vintage headline #cryptozoology
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"When I dance amid the striking lightning, he dances with me too."  He'll dance with anybody, but please don't prove that for yourself by going on during an electrical storm.  From Weird Tales, 1939, illustrated by Virgil Finlay.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #demon #lightning #electricity
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Evicted by the divine landlord.  From The Varsity, March 31, 1976.
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#vintage illustration #god #eye in the sky #eviction #landlord
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
It is simultaneously 4:00 and 8:00 in this temporal anomaly from Serbia, documented by Bicanski.  We might note a bit of irony: although time at that clock tower is unstable, the numbers four and eight happen to be symbolic of stability, symmetry, and squareness in Chinese culture.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we offer 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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#clock tower #temporal anomaly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Medical College of Virginia's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #atlas #giant #moon #cosmic man #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#oz #vintage illustration
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
He's praying that an effigy named Cato will burn forever.  From Susquehanna's 1901 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #effigy #vintage yearbook
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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 #severed head #decapitated #head lamp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #bear
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: An isolated pedestrian is on one page; click for the context on another.  From Eastern Kentucky's 1968 yearbook.

From Eastern Kentucky's 1968 yearbook
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#vintage yearbook #gif
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We would have blogged this for Septober 31, but the computer doesn't recognize that as a valid date.  If it's not real, why does every Septober 31 play out like this cartoon?
From Tulane'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 #artist #septober
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
We spotted this satiated alligator at our local concrete statue shop.
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#photography #alligator #jesus #black and white photography #severed hand #handless #no hands
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Salem's 1907 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The old woman throws the milk at the fox.  From A Book of Fairy-Tale Foxes by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #fox
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Texas State's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #earth #moon #man in the moon #vintage yearbook
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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 #bird costume #costume #hunter #camouflage #camoflage
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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 #centaur
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February 18, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Frightful Plays by Charles Brooks, 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 #divination #witch #fortune teller #crystal ball #shadow
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"New radicalism is cuddly and lovable, unlike 60's version."  From The Varsity, Oct. 31, 1975.
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#vintage photo #pig #radicalism