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March 31, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

100 Ways We Failed to Reduce Vinegar

We shared 100 ways we failed to boil water back in 2009.  As an update, here are 100 ways we failed to reduce vinegar:
1. Couldn't handle the fumes.
2. Couldn't risk evaporation (high price per ounce).
3. Balked at our pretentious refinement (chichi).
4. It somehow turned back into wine.
5. Cultural appropriation.
6. Always feel irritated when told to "simmer down."
7. A bout of acerophobia.
8. Wouldn't know how to drizzle it, anyway.
9. Gave up after an hour.
10. Watched the pot.
11. No clear advantages.
12. Couldn't be bothered.
13. Pot cracked.
14. Couldn't get the cork out.
15. Milkman called.
16. Forgot dinner-guests.
17. Couldn't afford the time.
18. Reached the bottom of the barrel.
19. Couldn't risk scalding.
20. Forgot to add vinegar.
21. Stove temp. too low (211°).
22. Couldn't justify taking the trouble.
23. Mistook steam for bubbles.
24. Recipe didn't call for it.
25. Feelings of uneasiness.
26. Can catch more flies with honey.
27. No time to gather firewood.
28. Hired careless servant.
29. Voices said not to.
30. Didn't have two sticks.
31. At triple point.
32. No amount of wishful thinking.
33. Utilities deliquent.
34. Too busy watching paint dry.
35. Resisted overcooking.
36. Forgot to remove the pot's lid.
37. Indifference.
38. Wasn't trying to.
39. Adverse vapor pressure.
40. Where to begin?
41. Too busy bleeding turnip.
42. Trickle-down economics.
43. Don't know how.
44. Raw food diet.
45. Global cooling.
46. Don't care for glazes.
47. Forgot to pre-heat.
48. Hot flashes.
49. Plastic spoon melted.
50. Pot not compatible with induction cooktop.
51. Couldn't take the heat.
52. A series of intangibles.
53. Already let off my steam.
54. Can't follow simple instructions.
55. Enthusiasm dwindled.
56. Not on my fad diet.
57. Doubted thermodynamics.
58. Prefer Green Goddess dressing.
59. Customary admonitions.
60. Old-school environmentalist.
61. Lost the recipe.
62. Failed minimum requisites.
63. No aptitude.
64. It was already drizzling outside.
65. Still in rehearsals.
66. Failed Home-Economics.
67. Doctor's orders.
68. Just married.
69. All fingers and thumbs.
70. Rolling blackouts.
71. Wrong place and time.
72. Kettle fit for dungheap.
73. A general conspiracy.
74. Better things to do.
75. Inauspicious horoscope.
76. God's will.
77. Gone fishin'.
78. Not enough energy.
79. High altitude.
80. Not on the Sabbath.
81. Stage 3 restrictions.
82. Too many cooks.
83. The clock stopped.
84. Peer pressure.
85. Afraid of nutrient loss.
86. Spring fever.
87. Blew a fuse.
88. Burned midnight oil.
89. Blasted whirly-gigs.
90. Sour grapes.
91. Eating out more often.
92. Absentee charwoman.
93. Ex-husband got the kitchen.
94. Don't eat boiled vinegar.
95. Perfectionism.
96. Viscous cycle.
97. Bout of blennophobia.
98. Nothing to go with it.
99. Tried to cut back.
100. My salad days were over.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From St. Procopius' 1965 yearbook.
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
The sky is red?  We did some digging, and it's true!  The Sky Isn't Blue (Janice Lee).  
From The Sky is Red by Jean Milner, 1935.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Peculiar: no fewer than three wild animals hunting butterflies!  We suspect that the illustrator had never actually stepped outside.
From The Haunters of the Silences by Charles George Douglas Roberts, 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 #polar bear #butterfly #wild animals
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Reblog if before a piano competition your rival asked to borrow your sheet music to refine a few details, and you let him, and then he went on to win first place.  And after your performance, your piano teacher rather brutally told you she thought you wouldn't even place in the competition, but you were so happy that it was all over that her prediction didn't sting (plus, you didn't feel that you did so poorly—you played a little fast, to be sure, due to nerves, but you got through it without a hitch).  And when they brought the trophy out, the presenter initially handed it to you, as if you were indeed the champion, even though you didn't actually place at all.  Reblog if so.
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the internet -- "Pictures of cats."  From The Magazine of Art, 1884.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Sunk! by uncomfortable chairs."  From The Film Daily, 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 #vintage ad #underwater #chair #uncomfortable #sinking
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
What happens in the Alps stays in the Alps.  From Wid's Daily, 1920.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Let's see what's out there..."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1995.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 . . .
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy tale
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Sweet, Savage Death by Orania Papazoglou:

***

Phoebe's name was floating in the air like Casper, the Friendly Ghost.

***

“Miss Patience Campbell McKenna, Miss White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Foxcroft School to Greyson College Junior Assemblies bitch.”

“It was Emma Willard,” I said automatically.

[Which is sort of an inversion of this bit from Talk Nonsense to Me]:

“Look, I can handle your brush-off, you Swarthmore smartass, but I’ll thank you not to add insult to injury.” This was a lesson I constantly had to relearn: never reveal your alma mater in the course of small talk, because eventually you’re sure to regret it in one way or another.

 

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Shoes as musical notes?  We thought of this illustration from Colorado College's 1905 yearbook when we encountered a drawing of shoes on a piano at Rubel Castle in Glendora, California.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #piano #vintage yearbook #musical animal #shoes #rubel castle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1877.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 bug #giant insect #dancing bug
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"March 31."  From Bluffton's 1918 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #chick #spiral legs #bent legs #twisted legs
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1900.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #dream
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The morning after the night before is one of our toughest days of the week.  From the Peace Institute's 1923 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #initiation #morning after #tough night
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil
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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 #wolf #goat
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March 30, 2020

Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore (permalink)

How the Mysteries of The Prisoner Series
Are Clarified by The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Though there are seemingly infinite theories to explain the cult TV series The Prisoner, we would suggest that the most elegant, comprehensive understanding is that the series deliberately illustrates the soul’s journey through the “Bardo” liminal state after death, as depicted in The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In the netherworld, when one is about to initiate a new birth, The Tibetan Book of the Dead’s first instruction for closing off a womb is to tranquilly meditate upon one’s tutelary deity until the deity melts away into clear light (Book II, p. 176).  The Prisoner, in this still, is confronted by a choice: an egg or a Buddha.
The Prisoner repeatedly resists fertilization throughout the series, prolonging his time in the liminal state until his true awakening.  The green dome of Number Two’s office symbolizes a womb, and it also grandly depicts Tibetan cosmology: “Each universe, like a great cosmic egg, is enclosed within [an] iron-wall shell, which shuts in the light of the sun and moon and stars, the iron-wall shell being symbolical of the perpetual darkness separating one universe from another” (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, in the introduction to The Tibetan Book of the Dead).
In turn, the dome contains a smaller womb (symbolic of nesting rebirths) in the form the Ball Chair by Finnish designer Eero Aarino. Here we even see the womb chair holding an egg:
By the end of the series, the Buddhist cycle of rebirth calls so strongly that the Prisoner is sealed into a womb made of steel:
The beneficent and wrathful deities one encounters in the netherworld are, according to The Tibetan Book of the Dead, generated by one’s own psychology.  “Fear not the bands of the Peaceful and Wrathful, Who are thine own thought-forms” (p. 204).  In these stills, the Prisoner confronts his greatest enemy and warden, “Number One,” the numeral 1 doubling as the first-person pronoun.  He removes the mask to discover himself.
From the first episode, the Prisoner has been dead—he even goes down the classic long tunnel seen in near-death experiences:
And the events of his former life flash before his eyes:
However, he is not conscious of being dead. The externalized aspects of his mind, the “wrathful deities” in control of his netherworld prison, ceaselessly confront the Prisoner with his condition. Their eternal question, “Why have you resigned?” translates as “Why are you dead?” (In Tibetan as in Celtic lore, “no death is natural, but is always owing to interference by one of the innumerable death-demons,” as W. Y. Evans-Wentz notes in his introduction to The Tibetan Book of the Dead).  Here is an explicit example of the Buddhistic understanding of the cycle of rebirth, with “resign” being a euphemism for “die”:
Throughout the series, we find the Prisoner being reminded that he is in the Bardo:
When the Prisoner becomes attached to this illusory existence, he is chastised in this Buddhistic way:
There’s a very subliminal hint in the title sequence of the series that the Prisoner’s entire journey takes place within his own consciousness: as he enters the subterranean parking garage to announce his resignation, there’s a flash of a sign: “headroom.”  He’s confronting the underworld of his own headspace.
In this underworld described by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the pangs of the deceased’s conscience rise up as a Good Genius and Evil Genius, personifications of a human being’s lower and higher natures:
The Lord of Death, who consults the Mirror of Karma (the memories of one’s good and evil deeds in life) is confronted repeatedly in the series.  Here he is in one of his stern aspects:
Perhaps the primary guidance of the Tibetan Book of the Dead is which netherworld lights to avoid and which to follow.  A dull yellow light lures one back into the world of humans, and such a light attempts to snare the Prisoner repeatedly:
A blue light lures one into the “Brute world” of stupid mentality:
A dull red light lures one into the realm of “hungry ghosts” who suffer insatiable addictions worse than humans do:
A green light lures one into the world of jealous warriors, the Titan-like “Asuras”:
A dull white light lures one into the worlds of angel-like “Devas”:
A smoke-colored light leads directly to the Hell-world:
No matter what, the Tibetan Book of the Dead promises that “the All-Good Mother … will come to shine … from eternity within the faculties of thine own intellect” (Book I, pp. 121-22):
As the Buddha says in “The Immutable Sutra,” “the phenomena of life may be likened unto … a shadow”:
As an aside, a near-subliminal detail in the title sequence recalls an insight by Philip K. Dick in his Exegesis.  Behind the car of the Prisoner’s pursuer there is a dumpster that says “St Mary’s.”  As Dick put it, "Lowly trash ... match folders ... tawdry commercials—therein lie the divine messages. … Therefore the right place to look for the Almighty is … in the trash in the alley."
If you’ll be back, we wish you many happy returns …
… until you find your Way Out:
* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory.  "Once upon a time" requires "second sight."  The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives.  Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven."  All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world."  It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.  Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity.  When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.
> read more from Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore . . .
#buddhism #the prisoner #tibetan book of the dead #cult tv
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Before "Netflix and chill," there was Netflix and CHILI!
They'll eat Mexican food and watch a zombie movie with you, but they charge $1.50 (which is equivalent to $4.71 today).  From Western Carolina's 1980 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"We all felt sad."  From a rare book with a surprising price tag: Jeremiah the Cat by William Maurice Culp, 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 #cat #sad
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Blameless?  Shameless?  Nameless?"  From The Film Daily, 1946.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Get set, Georgia; here 'it' comes!"  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
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#ufo #vintage headline #georgia
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #poison
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"You will find the 'pot of gold.'"  From Presbyterian College'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 #rainbow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1916.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #in a fog #clouds of war #cloudy #smokescreen #smoke screen
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #egypt #crocodile
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From the College of William and Mary yearbook of 1970.

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

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#occult #vintage yearbook #hooded figures #vintage men
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #on fire #faces in things #burned alive #set on fire #fire face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Dressing his wounds with money.  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 #money #doctor #soldier #wounded soldier #wounded
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1921 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #merman #fountain #crying #tears #mermaid fountain
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's 1905 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today, few hairdressers know what a snail or spotted moth style even is.  From Le Charivari, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #costume #snail hair
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Pfeiffer's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #pacifism #dove of peace #non-violence
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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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March 29, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Speaking in a graveyard to an empty bench ... sounds chillingly familiar.  From Otterbein's 1923 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #vintage yearbook #public speaking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Looks spooky but is wonderful news: "I am the Man from Beyond.  I pass on my journey through the world and I secretly promise, by the power that has brought me back to this plane, to shower happiness and good fortune upon all who house me.  —The Man from Beyond."  From The Film Daily, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spooky #spirit writing #hand #ghost hand #houdini
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
History often neglects to mention that Lady Godiva suffered from crippling shyness.  (We would know: we're related to Lady Godiva — the barest branch of the family tree — on our maternal side.  You might be, too: see Heirs to the Queen of Hearts: Tracing Magical Genealogy.)  From The Film Daily, 1922.
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#vintage illustration #horse #public nudity #lady godiva
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"UFO man wants his trousers."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1995.
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Please walk this way."  From The Wizzywab by George W. Caldwell, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #geometry #angular #geometric
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1905 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #mythology #owl #goddess #vintage yearbook #greek #minerva
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1928.
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#vintage illustration #laughter #thing
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #off a cliff #car accident
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Our restoration of an illustration from the Kansas State yearbook of 1953.

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#vintage illustration #cat #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Red Cloak," by Pamela Colman Smith (1908).
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#vintage illustration #cape #Pamela Colman Smith
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A rarely admitted outrage of higher education: you've seen those college pennants, but did you know that coeds go unclothed just so dormitory walls can be decorated?  From Greensboro's 1926 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #pennant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #geese
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you walk through the valley of giant books.
From Mary Washington's 1947 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #books #vintage yearbook #giant books
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An inkblot creature from Le Pêle-Mêle, 1896.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1928 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #tree spirit #faces in things #trees
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
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#vintage illustration #giant #drinking #cheers #alcohol #a toast
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Ghost party."  From Susquehanna's 1914 yearbook.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
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#ghosts #vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #ghost party
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #thought reading #listening #eavesdropping
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March 28, 2020

The Right Word (permalink)
It's a weird feeling when you discover an old list you made and yet have no memory of what any of it means.  Literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt found this great description in Evenfield, by Rachel Ferguson:
Sometimes I come across an old overlooked worry-list. The items on one ran:
1 Row with A.
2 No letter from C.
3 Tooth.
4 Look for green overall again.
5 No ideas for magazine story.
6 What D said last week (Wed: 7th).
7 People I ought to be dining.
And I am harassed this time by occasional total failure to remember who the ‘C’ of the missing letter was or what the deuce ‘D’ had ‘said’, which only shows that if you sit tight long enough nothing matters at all, while I know that this particular brand of philosophy is no good and never will be to people like myself. One must live. And worrying is probably a part of the business and a sign that one is still in the swim! It is rather the same thing with old letters that you re-read. Like a rude, whispering couple who exclude you from the conversation, they indulge in allusions you can’t trace, hint at emotions you can’t recall, and make infuriating plans of the outcome of which your mind is a complete blank. ‘Who is this stranger hissing in a corner?’ one despairingly thinks, and it is oneself, as little as five years ago. And as for the letters dating further back, you get well-nigh to the stage of begging the correspondence to let you in on the conversation, to give you at that moment a little of the love expressed for you in the letter of which you are dimly jealous! You almost whimper, ‘It’s Barbara asking my best friend, in those days’, and it’s no good at all. The Barbara of the note excludes the Barbara who holds it in her hand (though you feel she would be miserably remorseful, eagerly, tenderly explanatory, if you did meet again). Meanwhile, you are left hiding a secret from yourself, and a most extraordinary and forlorn sensation it is.
The Lady Dowager Oddfellow has long been perplexed by her own list on the cardboard back of a pad (pictured).  Though it's unmistakably her handwriting, she has absolutely no idea what any of it means.  The words are:
Jupiter
Mars
she
I'm not in my body
milkshake
abstract
yes/no
Hawaii
any vague sexual reference
Mastercard/Visa
chap
anti-intellectualism
poisonous food
doctor's bills
IGNORANCE is too harsh
G.O.D.
mush in people's mouths
any playfulness
Indian accent jokes
tennis ball
no clothes
Chinese restaurant
greediness
silence
carried list in wallet
screaming into pillow
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Anti-poochey" is a Googlewhack.  From Due West's 1920 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 1932.  For such emergencies: How to Be Your Own Cat.
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#vintage illustration #animal attack #leopard
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The Right Word (permalink)
We checked and confirmed that the opposite of UFObia is UFOria.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1978.
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#ufo #phobia #vintage headline #ufobia
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You might have assumed that the northern lights were caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere.  But auroras were actually the world's first greeting cards.  "Say it with auroras."  From Manchester College's 1920 yearbook.

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#aurora #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1904.
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#vintage illustration #long legs #harbor #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
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#vintage illustration #demon #angel #good and evil
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage book #manx cross #isle of man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This detail of a photograph in a Philadelphia yearbook, 1968, has clearly captured a being from the Otherworld.  We've identified this creature as the long-nosed seducer demon Zanni (of Harlequin mask fame).
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#otherworld #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #creature
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Zritel', 1905.
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#vintage illustration #satyr #goat legged
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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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's yearbook of 1977.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #medusa #snake hair #gordon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #giant #eclipse #mars #war god
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Indiana University's 1905 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #fox #vintage yearbook #frame
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
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#vintage illustration #death bell #hand of god #death knell #cracked bell
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1934 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #finis #vintage yearbook #mickey mouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #crystal ball #mental picture #yin yang #mental powers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #boxing #kangaroo #monkey
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Parts of an angel.  From the State Normal School for Women's 1917 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage yearbook
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March 27, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Science and politics were as inseparable in the 1920s as they are a century later.  From Otterbein's 1923 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #politics #big science
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard of the art crowd, but did you know they're color-by-number?  From The Art Crowd by Sophy Burnham, 1973.
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#vintage illustration #vintage book #art #color by numbers
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Is it a UFO descending or the debut of Radio City Music Hall?  As a wise man once said, “It can be two things.”  From The Film Daily, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #radio city music hall
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From stories by Phyllis Bentley:

***

[Unintentionally Airborne Eyewear dept. I note that where Lord Emsworth's pince-nez seem to fly off his face through a sort of cartoonish pathetic fallacy (cf. American Cornball on the "hat take"), this author gives a sort of physics-driven accounting for the phenomenon. (Now I'm envisioning a Rube Goldberg contraption wherein step 37 involves unfurling a poster that astonishes a pince-nez-wearing personage who is seated there for this purpose; the flying pince-nez then land someplace so as to trigger step 38.)]

Astonishment so distorted the little novelist's features that her old-fashioned pince-nez slipped off her nose; they flew through the air on the end of their chain and came to rest with a click against the large black button on her bosom.

***

[A rhetorical question that the protagonist wants to answer--but doesn't.]

"Words, words, words!" said he. "Who was it said that the use of words is to conceal thought?"

Miss Phipps longed to inform him, but she did not dare.

***

The Vicar...pronouncing solemn and beautiful sentences...turned and led the cortège toward the altar.

[I like the generic reference to "beautiful sentences." Sort of like asking a pianist to "play something--anything."]

***

[Bonus (Fail x2): You can imagine my delight when, in the course of one story, the protagonists referred to an earlier "case of the ubiquitous mannequin." There were additional references, culiminating in a hypothetical "mannequin parade"--a phrase that, alas, burst the bubble in the same instant that it overjoyed me: because, of course, this made it clear that these were "mannequins" merely in the sense of living models. And then, a second disappointment followed when a glance at a list of all stories in this series (not all of which were included in the compilation I read) showed that the tale about the mannequins was a "real" one and not, as I'd initially hoped, a nonexistent story-we'll-never-hear à la Doyle's Giant Rat of Sumatra. (:v>]

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
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#vintage illustration #dragon #sea monster
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
"The medieval world saw a mystic parallel between light through stained glass and the body and soul of man" (Roy Rehrens, 1973).  From Gardner-Webb's 1981 yearbook.
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#stained glass #vintage yearbook #sunlight #church windows #colored light
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #owl #anthropomorphism #pipe smoker
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A jester with a rooster comb, from Duke's 1921 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #hat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lehigh's 1916 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #blackness #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1881.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #hybrid #human headed #vermin #mousetrap #rat man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #newspaper #hold your tongue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #mermaid #faun
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"That's how it was …"  From Kent State's 1952 yearbook.

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#vintage yearbook #arrow #how it was
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #giant #cannibalism #tiny man #eaten alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of "first degree burns," but the "degree" apparently refers to an academic rank, and the burns are caused by the light of wisdom being focused through a giant magnifying glass.  From Susquehanna's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #magnifying glass #tiny man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #demon #hell #giant hat
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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 Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1974.
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#vintage illustration #alien #spacemen
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March 26, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Japan and Its Art by Marcus Bourne Huish, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #japanese #sleeping #book
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored that Rolf Maurer called our Dictionary of One-Letter Words "magisterial."  In celebration, we made this illustration of a crown opening like a seed, its uppermost gem growing like a branch.  There are implanted shoots, like an ornate N and V, which might grow together to form an M.  Is the M for "magisterial"?  It's not for us to analyze our own work.
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#crown #one-letter words
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 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 #bat #vampire #vampire bat #vintage hollywood #dracula
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We don't have this problem since we installed gargoyle-repelling shutters.  From Weird Tales, 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 #demon #horror #gargoyle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"After the confession."  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 #full moon #creature of the night #blackbird
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #circus #trapeze #flying trapeze
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
The exam ghost, from Duke's 1921 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #imp #ghost #vintage yearbook #test anxiety
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Beacon Third Reader by James Hiram Fassett and illustrated by Charles Copeland, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #fable #woodsman #anthropomorphism #fox #bear #log
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Farther on: the way has harder grown; and, up the steep, the goal more bright appears."  From the Carthage yearbook of 1916.

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

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#vintage illustration #beard #vintage yearbook #teacher #mountain #mentor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Madam, you have an incurable disease."  From The Doctors, A Satire in Four Seizures by Elbert Hubbard, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #doctor #incurable #terminal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #fire #revolution #lamplighter #snake hair #serpent hair
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl #frog #duck #trumpet #art
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lebanon Valley's 1960 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #trash can #garbage
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #pig
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Hallucination shared by all?" (UFO Newsclipping Service, 1971).
"What's got to be gotten over is the false idea that an hallucination is a private matter" (Philip K. Dick, Exegesis).
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#vintage headline #hallucination
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1905 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skeleton key #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gas mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From American University's 1953 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #vintage automobile
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The clock in the bedroom of our historic farmhouse lodging displays a frozen time.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we saw the source of the problem instantly.  Placed right next to the clock is an empty antique birdcage.  That relic is the cause of the clock's inoperability.  An empty cage traditionally symbolizes that something in one's life has escaped; we've all heard that "time flies," and so QED.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for has an old clock in a nearby farmhouse now gained time?  By the way, that slip of paper in the corner of our photo is from a fortune cookie that a stranger gifted me after the Ghost concert we attended (ticket and earplugs also pictured).  The fortune reads, "Do what is right, not what you should."  (And yes, apparently we do take and eat candy from strangers.)

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#time #birdcage #clock #temporal anomaly
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March 25, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The invitation many have been waiting for: "So you'd like to go crazy?  Okay let's go!"  From The Film Daily, 1937.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cigar #funny faces #vintage hollywood #making faces
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Vanity.  From The Grotesque in Church Art by T. Tindall Wildridge, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #vanity #church art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #prophet #castle in the air
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's like looking in a mirror.  From Unknown Worlds, British Edition, 1948.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #despair #insomnia #sleepless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What I saw was a ghost."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1992.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#ghost #spirit photography #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From William and Mary's 1907 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #finis #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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Puzzles and Games :: Constellations (permalink)
Can you find the pictured constellation in this night sky?  Click the image for the answer and a nifty quotation.
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#constellation #pegasus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 of death #grim reaper #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Surprised to see a frog's house, apparently.  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 #frog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
X marks the spot.  "We all know it's more than just a location on the map of Arizona."  From the Phoenix yearbook of 1951.  For over 80 surprising meanings of the letter X, see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #map #arizona #x marks the spot
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A library held together by strings, from Lehigh's 1973 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #library
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A bad line of fate.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.  See Crossroads Chiromancy: The Secrets of the Glowing Red Hands.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fate #hand #palmistry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #mars #swords #in the clouds #war god
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1879.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #blackbird #giant bird #eaten alive #swallowed whole
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Here's how to ensure that a loaned book will return to you. An "Ex Libris" must convert to "Ye Inn."
The front and back endpapers are from Saint Mary's 1931 yearbook.

The front and back endpapers are from Saint Mary's 1931 yearbook
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #endpapers #ex libris #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #antisocial #bad behavior
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Refusing to have their pictures taken with the rest of the Faculty we have secured them as they really are."  From Susquehanna's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1937.
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#vintage illustration #macabre #death #grim reaper #decapitated
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March 24, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted by this review of our How to Be Your Own Cat:
"Superb! I have been initiated into the feline mysteries. I hear my name called and let it wash over me, pause, and recede like waves crashing against the cliffs.  Unmovable.  10/10 would buy again." —Will at Amazon
Whoever you are, Will, and whatever name you don't answer to, enjoy your nine lives!
[Image from Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome, 1916.)
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#vintage illustration #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A vault of rainbows isn't actually as bad as they're making it out to be here.  From The Film Daily, 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 #vintage ad #vault #empty promises #rainbows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Wid's Daily, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #occult #green flame
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What the CIA doesn't want you to know."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1995.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 headline #alien #elvis
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fable #satyr #aesop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
History repeats -- and if we've learned nothing else from our travels through old magazines, we sure have learned that.  From Nebelspalter, 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 #vintage magazine #history repeating
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Slander, innuendo, unsubstantiated rumours."  From The Varsity, Sept. 12, 1975.
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#vintage photo #chalkboard #slander #no face
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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)
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.]
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #mountain spirits #island #mountain deity #mountain god
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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 The Riverside Readers, Book 3, 1911.   See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #gnome #elf #fairy tale
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Dumped into the void by some sort of cosmic lawkeeper.  Sounds about right.  From The Lost Valley and Other Stories by Algernon Blackwood and illustrated by W. Graham Robertson, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #falling #policeman #existentialism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
West Chester's 1975 yearbook.   See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
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#haunted #ghost #spooky #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #vintage man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1914.
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#vintage illustration #weird car #vintage car #vintage automobile #giant ears #weird automobile #car with ears
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rockford's 1928 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tree #apple tree
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Eel Pie Murders, by David Frome:

***

The junior partner, who was at least sixty-five, looked so much like a maple leaf that has been for a century between the leaves of the family Bible that Bull thought it best to come to the point quickly, before a chance gust of wind might take him off before his very eyes.

[This solicitor also responds to everything, from information he's long been aware of to startling revelations, by calmly saying "Quite so."]

***

Inspector Bull began to feel a little of what an eighteenth-century writer would call "the gratifying glow of self-complacency."

[This is apparently general pastiche, as I find no evidence that any actual 18th-c. writer used that phrase in full. However, a Rev. John Trusler, writing in 1816, said that "There is a secret pleasure in doing good, which the benevolent man feels within himself, and which compensates for the value of the thing he parts with. If it tend to benefit or gratify the object on whom we bestow it, it communicates to our own bosom that glow of self-complacency that warms and invigorates the generous breast, and soothes the agitated spirit of a beneficent disposition." (A Warm Appeal against the Disturbers of Their Own Quiet, and That of Others)]

***

If Mr. Pinkerton was insignificant to the naked unprejudiced eye it was because naked eyes are proverbially unseeing.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #elephant #hybrid #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I have two eyes that see all things."  From a book currently worth over $800: Jeremiah the Cat by William Maurice Culp, 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 #cat #eyes
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March 23, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored that Vegas magician Creed talked up our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound and our Magic Words: A Dictionary.  We actually once attended a secret fire ceremony deep in the Nevada desert with Creed and, no kidding, we witnessed him reach out and seize one of the zillion stars in the Milky Way.  (You sure can see a stunning number of stars from way beyond the lights of Vegas.  Surely the Universe won't begrudge Creed's snatching one.  It was a moment we'll never forget.)
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#magic #prof. oddfellow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Wouldn't?  Couldn't?  Shouldn't?"  From The Film Daily, 1946.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage ad #wink
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Clarion Call, 1960.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #mystical
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 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 #teddy bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1911.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #practical joke #animal headed #god #god has a sense of humor #art
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Uncharted Territories (permalink)
This memorial would have been more poignant had the page actually been left blank and not filled with words.  Then again, how is one to know when a page has been intentionally left blank?  From George Washington's 1993 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #blank page #memorial
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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 #devil
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This may be the first bound owl we've encountered.  From Henderson College's 1909 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #owl #vintage yearbook #hunter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Almanach de Bonne Fortune, 1770.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #lady luck #coins #cornucopia #good fortune #vintage almanac #bountiful #horn of plenty
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elon's 1915 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #world #vintage yearbook #stars #on top of the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1894.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #tiger #smiling animal
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
By Gluyas Williams.  From Swarthmore's 1930 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #reading #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Recueil d'Antiquités by Antoine Mongez, 1804.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #merman #hybrid #ichthyocentaur #sea centaur #man fish
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #goat #artist #pet goat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1900.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook #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 Swarthmore's 1949 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We've been called back to the "Chief" mountain at Squamish several times — a powerfully imposing (terrifying) rock face, and no surprise that it could draw UFOs.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1986.
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ufo #mountain #vintage headline #squamish
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
Courtesy of Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.
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#christmas tree #faces in things
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March 22, 2020

Forgotten Wisdom (permalink)
We love the expression, "Moroni always faces East (except when he doesn't)."  For our illustration, we placed Moroni on a compass that rotates with casters, and we gave him a halo like a compass rose. 
Printed collections of Forgotten Wisdom diagrams are available: Volume I from Mindful Greetings and Volumes II, III and IV from Amazon.  Selected posters are also available via Zazzle.
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#vintage illustration #angel #mormonism #moroni
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The Right Word (permalink)
"You could knock me cross-eyed with an anchovy" delivers zero Google results.  From The Film Daily, 1934.
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#googlewhack #1930s #anchovies
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This image reminds of a great song recorded poorly by two fantastic singers.  The extraordinarly touching song "Don't You Forget About Me" was written for but rejected by Billy Idol, and Simple Minds got pressured into recording it, quite against their will.  Years later, Idol finally recorded his own version, and it fails just as badly.  Though we adore both Billy Idol and Simple Minds' Jim Kerr, neither vocalist did the song justice because, apparently, neither could relate to the sentiment.  The song is about the devastation of being made invisible on the street, by a former friend or lover who walks past without deigning a glance.  Perhaps the two singers, being unforgettable themselves, simply can't relate to the feeling of being forgotten, obliterated.  The lyrics mention how "rain keeps falling," and (news flash to Jim and Billy) it's not welcome news for the crops—it's an expression of gloom, depression, despair.  Both Kerr's and Idol's vocal performances improve a bit by the end of the song (each performance seems to be a single take; nobody dedicated much time to these recordings), but it's too little, too late.  Plus, Idol (bless him) gives us his bedroom voice, as if there never was that breakup that the whole song is about, saying "Will you call my name" as if he wants some positive feedback during lovemaking.  It's a hilarious interpretation of the song, and very Billy Idol to be sure, but woefully clueless.  We love you both, Jim and Billy!  Why did you both hate this great song so much?
"Yesterday he was you pal.  What about today?"  From The Film Daily, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #billy idol #don't you forget about me #simple minds
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And meanwhile, back on Flying Saucer Hill ..."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1983.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 . . .
#ufo #cat #vintage headline #flying saucer
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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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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
When we encountered the splayed lines of an image evaulation system (right), we were of course reminded of the I Ching (left).
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#i ching
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lantern #bright idea
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A ouija board, a crystal ball, a magic 8-ball, and a horned demon, all in the 1984 Student Handbook, Stetson University, for occult reasons.
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#vintage illustration #demon #occult #crystal ball #ouija #magic 8-ball #student handbook
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #minotaur #animal headed #hybrid #bull headed
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Colorful Allusions (permalink)
Folks with red-green color blindness may rest assured that they aren't missing much in this colorfully insensitive illustration.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
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#vintage illustration #apple #red and green
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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 #anthropomorphism #monkey #musical animal #hippo
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lenoir's 1920 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #feather #laughing cat #laughing animal
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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 #ghost #death #destruction #war #spirit of war
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1944.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #handshake #binoculars #war and peace
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1953 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #pitchfork #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #human headed #bird man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Millikin's 1910 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elizabethtown's 1926 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bow and arrow #on top of the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #severed head #statue #decapitated #art
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March 21, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
In the style of Yahoo!answers, "Does it mean anything if a guy remembers that you collaborated on a book?"  Yes—it means a lot!  We were delighted to receive a Jinx mascot pin in the mail, from a friend with whom we wrote a guide to the most remarkable magazine in stage magic's history: The JINX Companion.  Thanks for making our day, Gordon!
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#cat
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Precursors (permalink)
In the early 1950s, Kellogg's Tony the Tiger proclaimed, "They're great!"  But MGM's Leo the Lion was doing it two decades earlier.  From The Film Daily, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lion
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Sure, we complain that Hollywood is out of ideas with each new remake, but it was no different a full century ago.  From Wid's Daily, 1920.
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#question mark #vintage hollywood #revival #remake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
How to greet an alien in a crop circle, apparently.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1988.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #alien #extraterrestrial #crop circle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's teddy bear getting punched in the face.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 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 #bear #seeing stars #teddy bear #punched
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #anthropomorphism #cat #puss in boots
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Swell Head Club."  From William and Mary's 1907 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #conceited #vintage yearbook
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
How true those words are even today: a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s #vintage woman #parking
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cannibalism
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #money #anthropomorphism #coins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #bird trapper
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Taylor's 1934 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#religion #vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #halo #buddha
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