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April 30, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We've hit new highs, too.  Please, someone, find a crowbar to pry us off the ceiling so we can get on with our day.  From The Film Daily, 1938.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #levitation #weightless #ceiling #new highs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Bunny and Bear Book by Laura Rountree Smith, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bear #flying carpet
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Swarthmore's 1953 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume #ape costume
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The Right Word (permalink)
"You will greatly oblige me by sending those books."  From Manual and Diagrams to Accompany Metcalf's Grammars, 1901.
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#books #literacy #sentence diagram #send books
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
By Virgil Finlay.  From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #monster #horror #virgil finlay
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washburn's 1917 yearbook.

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

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#religion #vintage illustration #prayer #vintage yearbook #religious
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #giant flea #in the ear #flea in the ear
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1924.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #dragon #mythical animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 #giant frog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #anthropomorphism #faces in things #tiny man #giant cup
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Park College's 1931 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #shadow #vintage yearbook
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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.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #umbrella #elephant
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #handstand #yoga #street performer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #dancing #masquerade #carnival
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Park's 1981 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"She thought the water was cleaner in the past and had only turned bad recently, although she didn't know where she had gotten this idea" (Robert Williams, Peculiar, MO, 2007).  Well, here's one place she might have gotten that idea.  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 #fountain #clean water #drinking water
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The Right Word (permalink)
A rarely seen word -- "fozzled."  From The Film Daily, 1926.
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#vintage headline #fozzled
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The Right Word (permalink)
We, too, have been to collage and are therefore less easily fooled (though, admittedly, we find ourselves stuck to various materials).  From Wake Forest's 1969 yearbook.
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#collage #sign
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
How true those words are, even today.  "Throw out your politicians and diplomats."  From Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich and illustrated by William Steig.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #politics
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April 29, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We lean toward believing this headline.  From The Gateway, 1982.
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#time #out of time #vintage headline
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We encountered a charming wizard's song in "What If a Witch?" by Elaine McQueen (Ethos, 1964). 
I came from there
and now I'm here
and tomorrow I'll be
I don't know where ...
I'm a flunk at ghosts
I can't make toasts
and instead of boiling
my cauldron roasts ...
My name is ___,
a wizard by whim.
I spin magic marvels
when daytime grows dim ...
But you're all so friendly
I'll try to be good
and put all my magic
away in the wood.
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#wizard
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1973 yearbook.
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#beard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #taxidermy #vintage man #beaver
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I can transfer the brain of a man to a beast."  From Wid's Daily, 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 . . .
#skull #mad scientist #vintage photo #mad doctor
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It's an awful thing to have your LP collection stolen by a vindictive ex.  As And One sings in the final line of "Tonight," "Please bring back my CD-collection of Depeche Mode."  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 #lips
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#religion #vintage illustration #eaten alive
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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 Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1971.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #comet #explosion #shooting star
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #horror #insect #brain #bug
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia's 1932 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #mythology #vintage yearbook #orpheus
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #human headed #skinny #broom
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to say "Watch the birdie!"
From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1973 yearbook.

From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1973 yearbook
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #fairy #scarecrow #oz
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1919.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #insect man #insect people #bug costume #insect costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Instruments don't necessarily get along, hence the disarray of one's storage compartments.  From Nebelspalter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #scissors #hole punch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Wellner for Lustige Blätter, 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 #underwater #under the sea #diver
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you've hoisted an effigy today.  From Lees-McRae's 1975 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#effigy #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dummy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #birds #tweet tweet #spire
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Don't keep UFOs to yourself."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1991.
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#ufo #vintage headline
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April 28, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
"The way you can tell a fine pendulum is by the reflections of the lights.  Do you see the lights?  And do you see the colors?  All the colors of the spectrum.  Can you see the center?  The exact center—do you see it?  Keep trying.  Look at the colors.  See how they move.  Watch them—they’re brilliant colors.  They flash by.  Try to find the center.  Can you hear anything?  The chiming of the hours?"
Yes, the mesmeric words are based on Dr. Julia Hoffman's hypnotic technique in Dark Shadows.  We're looking the other way so as not to hypnotize ourselves.
The pendulum, with its reflective sphere in the middle, is from a haunted grandfather clock we are restoring.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#prof. oddfellow #pendulum #hypnotist #hypnosis #sun face #mop hair
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
It's been said that "Jesus is always with us."  As a test, see if you can find Jesus in this random photo.  From Swarthmore's 1973 yearbook.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #jesus #vintage men
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"April 28."  From The Film Daily, 1939. 
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#april #vintage hollywood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Grotesque in Church Art by T. Tindall Wildridge, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #grotesque #church art
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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 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #mysticism #human magnetism #new age #spiritual energy
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Dead End, by Joan Lock:

***

He had a high-domed forehead and a long nose that sat like an exclamation mark atop a particularly luxuriant walrus moustache.

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Do you live in crowded loneliness?"  From Awake magazine, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #loneliness #vintage headline #isolation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An identity crisis from Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #horror #face #faceoff #From Twilight Zone magazine #1981 (courtesy of Archive.org). #identity crisis
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Catching wisdom between two kites, from atop a mountain of books.  From Henderson's 1910 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #books #vintage yearbook #kite
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a fire in The Sewanee Purple newspaper, 1982.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#fire #burning
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #devil #satan #satyr
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1896.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #candy machine #chocolate dispenser
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's 1905 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #bear #smart animal #intelligent animal #clever animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #mannequin
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
As if petrified, our Uncanny Detector app froze twice while scanning this foggy scene for ghosts.  From Mars Hill's 1953 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #fog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #men's fashion #dandies
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A retroactive lifetime goal*: we were consulted by a professor of popular culture on using the windows of college yearbooks over the decades as learning opportunities.
*phrase used courtesy of literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
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April 27, 2020

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Ducks don't eat sticks" is, to this very day, a Googlewhack.  Hence all the futile attempts to feed ducks sticks through the decades.  From Swarthmore's 1973 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #duck
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Poets not writing poetry?" -- turns out that poets never have written poetry.  It's all been a big scam.  From The Gateway, 1982.
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#poet #poetry #vintage headline
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Only Funny If ... (permalink)
Of course, in cultures like Japan the color pink is masculine.  Plus, there's actually nothing funny about an apron, unless it's one of those novelty items showing space cats on pizzas or rude innuendo.  From Good Times Tomorrow by Gates and Peardon.
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#vintage illustration #apron
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We, too, often find theatrical seating to be uncomfortable.  From The Film Daily, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #mayhem #chair
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Your whole outlook on life changes—the whole structure is undermined because of one incident."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1988.
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#worldview
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Spirits from Pluto's realms appear."  From The Fables of Aesop, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #witch #spirits #spooky #haunted forest #aesop
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Unknown, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #skull #bats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Blue Planet Project: Alien Technical Research - 25 (undated).
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#vintage illustration #alien #reptilians
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
It's simultaneously 5:35 and 10:50 in this temporal anomaly in Daytona Beach, Florida, documented by Paulbr75.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of this timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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#clock tower #temporal anomaly #daytona beach
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The Tarzan of Tarzans.  From Moving Picture World, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #crocodile #lion #tarzan
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We initially misread this to say, "Books often give way more to important pastimes."  From Canton Community College's 1967 yearbook.

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

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#books #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #sleeping #college #student
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #haunted #spooky #horror #living painting
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
You've heard of "distance learning," but how are course materials actually transmitted?  From Valdosta's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#spooky #occult #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Trier for Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #piano #pianist #legless
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1844.
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#vintage illustration #devil #devil's tail
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Chicago's 1912 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #pharmacist #chemist
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Mutual feeling.  From Centaur or the Turn Out by Edward W. Gough, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #horse #equestrian #mutual
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington College's 1958 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #pegasus #vintage yearbook #flying horse
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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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April 26, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"New drink helps drown loss."  From Gateway, 1982.  See Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
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#alcohol #cocktail #vintage headline #sorrow #loss
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Our every wall is festooned with "rest points" because everything we do involves close application.  From Popular Mechanics, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #triangle #eyesight #eye strain #eye fatigue
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Yeah ... but how about the other guy?"  From The Film Daily, 1936.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #champagne #popping cork #alcohol
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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)
A detail from a larger illustration in The Man in the Moon by Margaret G. Otto and illustrated by Paul Galdone.
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#vintage illustration #owl
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #mask #vintage poster #three masks #henry krauss
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Two ways to find a cosmic flying horse.  From Star Lore of All Ages by William Tyler Olcott, 1911.
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#vintage illustration #constellation #pegasus #flying horse #winged horse
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A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
"Wishing will make it so.  Until the final moment, it's hard to tell the difference between a trick and a treat." 
It's true: there's a fine line between a trick and a treat.
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
A printed collection of A Fine Line Between... is now available from Amazon.com.
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#wishing #vintage headline #trick or treat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Marion's 1933 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #angel of death #war and peace #peace angel #peacekeeper
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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 Kladderadatsch, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #giant #giant fork #small world #eat the world
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a ghost haunting SUNY Plattsburgh's 1972 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #spirit photo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.
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#vintage illustration #cat #rooftop #rifle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Chicago's 1912 yearbook.  See If a Chessman Were a Word: A Chess-Calvino Dictionary.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #knight #horses #vintage yearbook #chess #jousting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lion #king of the jungle #lion king
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Mary Washington's 1914 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #disease #medicine
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
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#vintage illustration #ghost #shadow #spirit double
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April 25, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Nowadays there are apps to remind you to water your effigy.  From York Junior's 1965 yearbook.

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

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#effigy #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #watering can
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This brings back nightmares from that time we were trapped within a shattered hall of mirrors
From Jane Segerstrom's Look Like Yourself and Love It!
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #profile
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Sometimes rolling a seven ends a game.  From The Film Daily, 1936.  For an interesting way to interpret 21 discrete dice throws, see Astragalomancy.
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#dice #vintage photo #lucky seven
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Dame Wiggins of Lee and Her Seven Wonderful Cats, Written Principally By a Lady of Ninety, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #cats
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Bebe Daniels and feline friend, from Cine-Mundial, 1921.
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#cat #vintage film #vintage hollywood #red eyes #movie star #bebe daniels
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
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#vintage illustration #japanese #reflection #samurai #yokai
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia's 1932 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mustache #fake mustache #false mustache
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Trier.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #spooky #october #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"And when a wind-up monkey's on my arm, it's like I've got rockets in my ass."  From The Sewanee Purple newspaper, 1982.
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#vintage illustration #weird news #that feeling
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From William and Mary's 1908 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #horror #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1873.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1912 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret societies
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This isn't about whether lobster won't make you gain weight.  From Nebelspalter, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #cherub #hand of god #scales #lobster
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Asheville's 1976 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #horse #knight #vintage yearbook #swords
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1844.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animal headed #confessional
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Central's 1966 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #architecture #vintage yearbook #college
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Dinner table boasting -- how he killed the dragon.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dragon slayer
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: "What was that woo woo woo in the night" (Aug. 18)
A: "Janitor causes woo woo woo" (Aug. 19)
From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1982.
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#vintage headline #woo woo woo
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April 24, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"'To be sure,' said the crow."  From Stories of Mother Goose Village by Madge Bigham, 1903.
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#vintage illustration #talking bird #crow
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Illustration by J. Clinton Shepherd, for the film Wild Cargo.  From The Film Daily, 1934.
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#vintage illustration #serpent #snake #animal attack #constrictor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From George Fox's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"Lights in the sky baffling."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1983.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #vintage headline
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
We encountered and possibly determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Alma, Georgia.  The town clock was 40 minutes in error.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the probable source of the problem in the location itself.  The letters of "ALMA GEORGIA" reorganize into "A LARGE IMAGO" (referring to an idealized mental image) as well as "A MIRAGE GOAL."  In other words, it may very well be that Alma, Georgia is an illusion, and if it doesn't exist in space then it makes sense not to exist in time, either.
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#clock #temporal anomaly
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Perfect Body, by Frankie Bow:

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The handwriting was like the man himself, small and spidery.

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"It's not like Gunderson can just take the money and go spend it all at Ye Olde Elbow Patch Shoppe or wherever he buys his clothes."

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[This time the monocle-in-motion is a hypothetical/nonexistent one!]

Gunderson turned to stare at Emma. If he had been wearing a monocole, it would have dropped into his lap.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Stern's 1964 yearbook.

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

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#outer space #night sky #vintage yearbook #cosmos #starry night #where are we going
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #horror #severed head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Acolyte, 1945.
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#vintage illustration #monster #vintage magazine #tentacles
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #bell #giant bell
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Nobody wants to be in the middle.  From Middle Tennessee's 1992 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #middle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #lion
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
So many old yearbooks harbor cemeteries within themselves.  From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1973 yearbook.
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#cemetery #graveyard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tombstones
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1844.
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#vintage illustration #devil #power of prayer #horned man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Was it worth the candle?  From the University of Chicago's 1912 yearbook.  This is worth the candle: The Pencil Witch.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #midnight oil #candle #studying
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1885.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #bug #insects
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photo is unexplained in the yearbook.  You may not wish to enlarge the photo to see his ghostly eyes.  We tried to narrow down the model of typewriter he's holding … presumably an Underwood, though the lip on the back seems too pronounced.  From Swarthmore's 1912 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Cloudland.  From Centaur or the Turn Out by Edward W. Gough, 1878.
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#vintage illustration #flying horse #cloudland
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April 23, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Unthinkable to discard good times tomorrow.  From Good Times Tomorrow by Gates and Peardon.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cowboy #good times
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Precursors (permalink)
Hmm, what does this remind me of?  An unelected expert on a pedestal, proclaiming that there are germs in the air, from Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich and illustrated by William Steig.
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#vintage illustration #germs #big science
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Yes, even Uncle Sam uses a ghost writer.  Here's an "as told to" autobiography (when it comes to Uncle Sam, of course, history is autobiography): The Unpopular History of the United States by Uncle Sam Himself As Recorded in Uncle Sam's Own Words by Harris Dickson, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #uncle sam #old book
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We, too, mean no harm when we take away balloons.  From Blacky Daw by Adelaide Palmer and illustrated by Dorothy Saunders, 1930.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #crow #balloon
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 1922.
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#capital m #vintage hollywood #horned woman
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1927.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #heaven #clouds #teddy bear #vacuum #bear angel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1921.
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We retained the caption to this one.  From Duke's 1915 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #skull and crossbones #vintage yearbook #shrouded #hooded figures
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #demon #horror #From Twilight Zone magazine #1981 (courtesy of Archive.org).
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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 #demon #monster
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #nature spirit #green man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1907 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #witch #crystal ball #comet
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Exactly like our own higher education experience -- a professor uses an alchemical elixir to shape-shift.  From William and Mary's 1975 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #shape shifting
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #candle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Exactly 70 years before Men Without Hats sang "The Safety Dance" ...  From Swarthmore's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #safety pin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #lion #tiger #lion's den
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Cap and Gown yearbook of the University of Chicago, 1917.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #preacher #vintage yearbook #divinity #fear of 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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April 22, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"If the little book please you, kindly refrain from reading it a second time.  Run and buy another copy!"  From Humpty-Dumpty William and Co. by George Macruder Battey, Jr. and illustrated by C. J. Holleran, 1916.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #jester
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Some of her favorite squash.  (Other favorites not pictured, possibly due to camera-shyness or scheduling conflicts.)  From Weird Trips, 1974.
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#vintage photo #squash #vintage woman
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard that the moon is made of cheese, but that's ridiculous -- it's "a cocoanut palace against a mountain of vanilla ice cream."  From Drowsy by John Ames Mitchell, 1917.
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#vintage illustration #moon
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Exhausted by laughter.  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 #laughter #exhausted #typewriter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
May this be a promise of peace.  "Coming—the white dove."  From Wid's Daily, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #dove #peace #bird #vintage hollywood
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"I came to the conclusion that I couldn't make conclusions."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1993.
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#vintage headline #oxymoron #inconclusive
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A spirit photograph from State Teacher's College, Farmville, Va.'s 1934 yearbook.
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#ghosts #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Shadow Witch by Gertrude Crownfield, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairies #fairy tale #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Spectral Tales #01 (1988).
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#vintage illustration #ghost #spectre #vintage magazine
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
Times takes a shellacking.  From Barnard's 1955 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #clock #temporal anomaly #melting watch
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Venango Bulletin, 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 #horror #frankenstein #roommate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Volshebnyi Fonar', 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell mouth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1929.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #devil #art
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Semicolon's Dream Journal (permalink)
I dreamed of star-gazing.

"Punctstellations" by Gary Barwin.  See full size.
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#punctuation #constellation #gary barwin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog to formally call for a revival of this beachwear.  From Nebelspalter, 1897.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #beachwear #walking the dog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A diploma as a gun to murder the world.  From the University of Chicago's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #world #anthropomorphism #gun #vintage yearbook #diploma
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #animal headed
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #human headed #cerberus #three headed
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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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April 21, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Peanuts, peanuts everywhere!  The night the peanut machine broke."  From The Old Line, 1948.
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#vintage illustration #vintage headline #peanut
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Roz Chast cartoons.  "Dash in there, Percival, and demoralize Ohio."  From Siren, 1930.
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#vintage illustration #football
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From Innis Herald, 1990.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #nightmare #rude awakening #wake up
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Book of Whispers (permalink)
Today's serpents whispering to a skull are from La Lámpara Maravillosa, Ejercicios Espiritualis by Ramón Valle-Inclán, 1916.
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#vintage illustration #skull #serpent #occult #snake
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
"Cold snap!"  From The Film Daily, 1934.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #snowman #winter #old man winter #snap
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Northeastern's 1925 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bunk
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Tag yourself if you, too, are "On the road to God knows where."  From Wid's Daily, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#madame x #vintage hollywood #vintage woman #god knows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From McGill Daily, Oct. 30, 1980.
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#vintage illustration #bat #halloween #skull #candle #hallowe'en #vampire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The worm of conscience."  From The Grotesque in Church Art by T. Tindall Wildridge, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #grotesque #conscience #church art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We have an easy mnemonic for whether or not to touch exotic foliage.  "If the flower has a face, step back a pace."  From Unknown, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #flower #don't touch
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From And Death Came Too, by Richard Hull:

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"Now you're being both ponderous and arch at the same time, which definitely is unwise."

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Lansley was one of those people who was capable of extracting the maximum of noise from a piece of paper.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Though the 1970s were dubbed the "Me Decade," there was yet an awareness of the "Inner We" that future generations would lose touch with.  From Rockingham's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #inner we
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
It didn't always mean "Live long and prosper."  From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
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#vintage illustration #live long and prosper #vulcan salute #hand gesture
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Duke's 1984 yearbook.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
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#sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From the Venango Bulletin, 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 #cat #talk about it
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bears #bear costume
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to pull away the semi-transparent page with a cut-out circle.
From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1973 yearbook.

From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1973 yearbook
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#vintage yearbook #seagull #blue sky #gif
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairies #bell #tiny horse
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April 20, 2020

A Fine Line Between... (permalink)
There's a fine line between two points of failure and a fail-safe.  See A Fine Line Between....
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#fine line
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Precursors (permalink)
Before the laptop computer, there was the laptop typewriter.  From Emerson's 1977 yearbook.
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#beard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #writer #typewriter #1970s #vintage man #smiling man
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Welcome to hell, comrade."  From the Innis Herald, 1985.
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#hell #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An angelic cowboy makes a killing at the box office.  From The Film Daily, 1947.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run 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 #angel #cowboy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Extra surrealism courtesy of the scanner.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#ufo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"They slid down the moonbeams."  From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairies #moonbeam
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
Photographed at 4:22, the clock faces display 6:16 and 8:15.  Brian Rawson-Ketchum noticed and documented this temporal anomaly in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Though we weren't on location to discover the exact cause of the timely weirdness, we offer this photo to help hone the insights of would-be investigators of temporal anomalies.  The more clocks one sees that are "on the fritz" (Fritz being the German clockmaker who first went "cuckoo"), the better attuned one will be to time warps in the wild.
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#clock tower #temporal anomaly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Cine-Mundial, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #money #deity #six arms #money god #many armed #handouts
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook #ruins #cliff #ex libris #bookplate
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This is the most accurate depiction of campus life we've encountered.  From St. Patrick's 1950 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #college #balloon #campus life
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This remains the easiest solution for when your reflection stinks.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mirror #reflection #perfume
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Tag yourself.  I thought I was the one holding up a black hole, but in truth I'm the one bending over backwards that only one guy has noticed.
From Barnard's 1931 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)
One of the many tools we use in our work.  (Thanks, Teresa!)  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 #artist #modern art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The palm feels, thinks, talks, as the mouth can never speak.  It speaks truths that words could never express from lips.  It is the communicating medium of our most thrilling and lasting soul unions and spirit yearnings." —Joseph Bryant Hargett
The second and first plates of order.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 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 #vintage diagram #hand #palmistry
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If the door is locked, does he have a skeleton key?  From Swarthmore's 1912 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1876.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #balancing act #elephant #circus #animal trick #handstand
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
A scientific snooze.  (Did you know that insomniacs can study the theory of relaxation through distance learning?)  From Barnard's 1955 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #sleeping #relaxation
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #hell
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1921.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #stranded at sea #art
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April 19, 2020

The Right Word (permalink)
A headline of all-consonant words!  We had to consult Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words.  (Just because we wrote it doesn't mean we memorized it!)  From Innis Herald, 1984.
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#vintage headline #all-consonant word
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
"This is your death."  From George Fox's 1975 yearbook.