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

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

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From 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 #death #grim reaper #art #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1935.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #underwater #art #fish #under the sea #octopus' garden
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #political cartoon #art #spider #human headed #buddha #human spider #gandhi
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #kissing #kiss across the ocean
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's rare to see Pegasus' party mask.  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 #pegasus #flying horse #winged horse
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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.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #weird photo #ectoplasm
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #death #art #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #faces in things #mountain spirit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
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 #father time #train #locomotive #vintage yearbook #1909
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #heaven #art #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.

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

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#vintage illustration #invention #vintage yearbook #dandy #robotics
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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 #art #bird #big hat #bird hat
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Yesterday — 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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#ufo #vintage headline #spacemen #little green men #space aliens
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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #architecture #doghouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #ghost #spirits #art #seance #board meeting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Edward Henry Wehnert for Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1857.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #flowers in the hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mythology #art #carried away
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.

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

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#vintage illustration #occult #knight #art #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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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 #demon #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northwestern's 1921 yearbook (our restoration, as per usual).

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

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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #gnomes #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #lion #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #art #veil #blood #bosporus
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1903 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #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)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #light and shadow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Princess White Flame by Gertrude Crownfield, 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 #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.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lizard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #demons #art #demon choir #demon chorus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #art #night people
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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.

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#vintage illustration #ornate frame #candle
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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 #hot air balloon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #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.

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

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #angel #art #skulls
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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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 #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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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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.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #turnip #vintage postcard #vegetable people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 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 #carousel #merry-go-round #pig
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northeastern's 1966 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a 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.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cow #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1908.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #frog king
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #satan #grotesque #art #clock #snake hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pan's Garden by Algernon Blackwood, 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 #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 #art #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 #art
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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 #art #smile #teeth #say cheese #big teeth
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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 #art #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 #art #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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#temporal anomaly #clock tower
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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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#vintage illustration #oz
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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 #art #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.]
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#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 #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 #art #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
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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)
From The Wave, 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 #ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We sensed something disquieting about this photo, and sure enough, a zoom onto the figure's face reveals an otherwordly entity.  We chose not to investigate what, exactly, the figure might be cradling.
From Medical College of Virginia's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

"Functionally a library … spiritually a sanctuary." —Louis I. Kahn

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#library #sanctuary
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Green Pipes by Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks, 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 #fairies
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Past Imperfect, by Julian Fellowes:

***

[How to Be Your Own Ghost]

London is a haunted city for me now and I am the ghost that haunts it.

[Btw, that's the first sentence of the book--not bad!]

***

His vagueness was more akin to Mr. Pastry.

[That sent me to Wikipedia! I'll spare you the trip: 'The series, with the theme tune "Pop Goes The Weasel", had episodes lasting 25 minutes in which Hearne assumed the character of "Mr Pastry" – an old man with a walrus moustache, dressed in a black suit or raincoat and with a trademark bowler hat. Each week, the bumbling old man would have adventures, partly slapstick, partly comic dance, with two young friends. Jon Pertwee also starred in the show in a variety of roles.']

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northeastern's 1966 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #siberian husky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost #art #haunted painting
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #art #long nose
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Clarion's yearbook of 1919.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #elves #vintage yearbook #ink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #goat #locomotive
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1872.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #detachable arms
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"As we like to appear" contrasted with "as we sometimes appear."  It's true -- we sometimes appear as Bibendum or a monkey trapped in a cobweb.
From Mary Washington'a 1919 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #monkey #bibendum
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1889.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #weather #storm #god #hail
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #grim reaper #art #emperor death
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Purdue's 1903 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skeleton #living dead #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1949.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #giant #art #tiny man
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February 17, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Canada doesn't exist."  From The Varisty, Sept. 10, 1975.
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#canada #vintage headline #monkey costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From North Adams' 1975 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #fog #endpapers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Through Fairy Halls of My Bookhouse by Olive Beaupré Miller, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale
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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 #death #grim reaper #art #war #looming #pestilence
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded." —Gertude Stein
"Colors seen by candle-light will not look the same by day." —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Never think she loves him wholly, never believe her love is blind, all his faults are locked securely in a closet of her mind." —Sara Teasdale

From West Virginia Wesleyan's 1958 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #poetry #vintage women #protest
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The finest mandolins are spewed from volanoes.  From L'Eclipse, 1868.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #volcano #mandolin
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If basketball were still like this, perhaps spectatorship would rise.  Bring back the old ways!  From Saint Mary's 1900 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #eagle #vintage yearbook #giant bird #basketball
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animal headed #cat people #animal fight
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's been said that our most powerful teachers may reveal a darkness within our psyches.  From Francis Marion's 1973 yearbook.

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#wizard #shakespeare #vintage yearbook #the tempest
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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 #fairy tale #lion #folk tale #thorn #androcles
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Odd, though, how easy it is to recall the terrible loneliness."  From Washington & Lee's 1955 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #loneliness #night photography #solitude
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1889.
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#vintage illustration #giant #anthropomorphism #art #mountain spirit
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Up the arduous height.  And ever as they go, the sun climbs higher.  At zenith, almost, now --."  From the Carthage yearbook of 1916.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #teacher #mountain #mentor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Money-grubbing requires a financial hand.  The caption doesn't identify this as the hand of a manager of monetary resources.  Rather, it says that the hand itself is financial.  Therefore, the illustration is transformed into a talisman, akin to the Hand of Fatima.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.
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#vintage illustration #art #hand #palmistry #financial
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you already drink from a pitcher or might be driven to that.  From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #drinking #knight #art #alcohol #stein #flagon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1928 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #snake charmer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
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#vintage illustration #beard #art #vintage fashion #big hair #vintage man #selfie #picture frame
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #art #warrior #spiked club
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The Right Word (permalink)
When stage magicians conjure rabbits out of top hats, they rarely say this spell aloud.  From The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
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#magick #magic spell #witchcraft #occult #rabbit
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February 16, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cash Box, 1954.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #money #coins #magnet
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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 the University of Montana's 1947 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tiny man #vault #gear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #german coin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Which is best?  From Harper's Young People, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #crows #blindfolded #blackbirds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #art #frog #insects #jousting #fighting animals
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #art #crushed #on all fours #weight lifting #under pressure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1895.
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#vintage illustration #devil #bat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The endpapers from Barnard's 1929 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #map #massachusetts #endpapers #ex libris
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you are experience all of these emotions simultaneously.  From Le Charivari, 1845.
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#vintage illustration #vintage men #boredom #ennui
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Anderson's 1920 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #magnifying glass #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #devil #falling down
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"As we look back in time."  From Hinds Community College's 1993 yearbook.

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#time travel #darkness #blackness #through time #the past
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
The first building to be erected on a foundation of sandwiches!  From the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1938.
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#architecture #vintage news #weird news
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Pamela Colman Smith, "Beethoven's Sonata No. 11," 1907.
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#vintage illustration #art #mountain spirit #Pamela Colman Smith
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Franklin College's 1921 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #angel #art #trumpet #war and peace #peace angel
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northeastern's 1966 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #upside down #shadow self
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #horse #art
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February 15, 2020

Precursors (permalink)
Wookie tracks (like Bigfoot) and flying saucers perplex the Vaders, years before the debut of Star Wars.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1971.
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#star wars #vintage headline #darth vader
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 1919 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #giant #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Courrier Français, 1894.
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#vintage illustration #art #spider #cobweb #giant spider #housekeeping #mushrooms #back to nature #dirty house #unkempt
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #monster #art
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1942.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #art #as above so below
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #demon #cauldron #cat #hell #art #germs #torment #disease #sanitation #milk bottle #boiled alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Manchester College's 1923 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #owl #skull #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1872.
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#vintage illustration #rooster costume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1897 yearbook.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #skull and crossbones #elves #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Life, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #dentist #dental work #tooth pain
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From William and Mary's 1910 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #monkey #organ grinder #musician #street musician #street performer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #futuristic #automobile
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You know the theatrical masks, Comedy and Tragedy.  But there's an entire range of expressions in between.  From the State Female Normal School's 1903 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook #faces #comedy and tragedy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
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#vintage illustration #scythe #disease #cholera
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The ghost on the right has no head, the ghost on the left is mostly a red blur, and the head of the ghost in the middle is transparent.  From Appalachian's 1977 yearbook.

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#ghost #vintage yearbook #1970s
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The Right Word (permalink)
"The word-hoard."  From Handbook of the Old-Northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England by George Stephens, 1884.
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#old book #word hoard
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1915.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid #lion #donkey
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
You've heard that it doesn't matter how you get there; it just matters that you do.  From Broome's 1976 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's an unholy hybrid from Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
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#vintage illustration #art #hybrid
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February 14, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"I'm the spirit of unmade beds" -- Arnold Stang on I've Got a Secret.  For Hallowe'en enthusiasts: Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
Thanks for the tip, Jonathan, founder of the band The Silly Pillows
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#sheet ghost
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Not every flying donut one sees is necessarily a UFO -- one's eyes may simply be glazed.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
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#ufo #donut #vintage headline #doughnuts
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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 Kansas State's 1929 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook #pensive
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Less, by Andrew Sean Greer:

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Listen: you might hear anxiety ticking, ticking, ticking away as he stares at that clock, which unfortunately is not ticking itself. It stopped fifteen years ago.

***

New York is a city of eight million people, approximately seven million of whom will be furious when they hear you were in town and didn't meet them for an expensive dinner...[it goes on in that vein]....but only five actually available to meet you.

***

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kent State's 1924 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #money bags #personal protection
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lebanon Valley's 1900 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #pumpkin #vintage yearbook #faces in things #squash #vegetable people
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Postcard Transformations (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Change night to day. (Original postcard scans via UpNorthMemories).

Original postcard scans via UpNorthMemories
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#vintage postcard #night and day #corn palace #gif
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Union College's 1972 yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cobweb #day sleeper #spider web
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A sobbing umbrella.  From Nebelspalter, 1893.
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#vintage illustration #umbrella
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The amber spirit.  From The Fairy Tales of Science by John Cargill Brough and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett, 1859.
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#vintage illustration #imp #amber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #hobby horse #horse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1965 Lehigh yearbook.

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bible
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #snowman #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #demons #art #monsters
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1993 yearbook.

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#stained glass #cathedral #vintage yearbook #light and darkness #colored light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you don't like vegetables all that much, even though they're supposed to be good for you, yada yada yada.  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 #boxing #root vegetable #vegetable
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 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 #political cartoon #animal costume
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February 13, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
It's still true that Chicago gets progressively farther away.  To this day, no two explanations agree.  From The Hophinsville Kentuckian, April 5, 1913
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#chicago #vintage headline #spacewarp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This haunted portrait appears in Friday, The Thirteenth by Thomas William Lawson, 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 #haunted #haunted painting #vintage woman
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We are impressed, we are depressed; but we are here."  From Mansfield's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#depression #vintage yearbook #candle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #rabbit #oz
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Ancient Calendars and Constellations by Emmeline Plunket, 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 #constellation
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Night was made hideous by the howling of wolves."  From Manual and Diagrams to Accompany Metcalf's Grammars, 1901.
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#wolves #sentence diagram #night
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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 #art #darkness #shadow #horror #hand
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Elizabethan atmosphere will prevail."  It's the best news, especially for those of us related to every Shakespeare authorship contender.  This headline is from the Muhlenberg Weekly, 1938.  For how we proved our connection to every Shakespearean contender, see our video as well as Heirs to the Queen of Hearts.
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#shakespeare #vintage headline #elizabethan
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #full moon #gothic #art #clouds #night photography #night rainbow #tower #bright light #moonbow
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hampden-Sydney's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #carried away #stork #carried aloft
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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 #dog #jester #clown #living toy
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There is a ghost car on the left side of this photograph from Eastern Kentucky's 1996 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #ghost car #transparent car
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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 #art #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 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 #demon #disease #influenza #grippe #strangled
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the 1952 yearbook of Colorado College, and a photograph of the same mountain range in the 1951 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mountains #colorado
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #art #suicide #gallows #hanged man #hanging #noose
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #faces #facial expressions #before and after #happy and sad
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Franklin College's 1921 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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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 #art #rooster costume
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February 12, 2020

The Right Word (permalink)
The name of the typo gremlin: "Druckfehlerteufelchen."  Here's one depiction of the rascal, and here's another.
From Nebelspalter, 1938.
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#typo #glitch #typo gremlin
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Trinity Christian's 1975 yearbook.

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#mask #vintage photo #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #shy #1970s #vintage men #balloon #no face #social isolation #personal protection #body armor
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Low brain weight of congressmen from the Pacific Northwest.  From Modern Mechanix, 1934.
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#politician #brain #congress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Stead's, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #arrow through the head #arrow #inattention
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Turning a marotte upside down to use as a walking stick -- not only is it bad luck, but there's nothing funny about it.  From The Wave, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #jester #marotte
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1931.