CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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May 31, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Yeah, Rick had better be watching closely, because Gilligan always manages to screw things up.  (See our bizarre 19-minute documentary entitled Marooned Gray Areas of Identity on Gilligan's Island.)
From Mount Olive's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #barber #gilligan's island #sideburns #1968
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You've heard about avian migratory flight patterns, but apparently it was all a big misunderstanding, perhaps because some bird calls sound like "Mi-am-i."  From The Gateway, 1979.
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#bird #vintage headline
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the artist formerly known as Prince, complete with ambiguous symbol.  From Woroni, 1968.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #prince #androgyny #gender fluid #pointed shoes
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Rhubarb Vaselino enters the arena of the ridiculous.  From The Film Daily, 1922.
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#vintage ad #humor #vintage hollywood #stan laurel
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The colors of a palette hat can easily be coordinated with one's outfit.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #artist #palette #hat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Oh when darkness comes."  From Judson's 1970 yearbook.

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

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#spooky #darkness #vintage yearbook #hooded figure
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Here's something nice about tomorrow.  From The Link, 1974.
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From Ohio College of Dental Surgery's 1903 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #dandy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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 #forest #tree spirit #faces in things #trees #tree face
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #tank #paranoia #dating #feeling attacked #forbidden romance
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cow #bull #goat headed #smart animal #literate animal #clever animal
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #pumpkin
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Smile.  From American University's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #smile #1970s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #1920s #party
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #angel #vintage automobile #chauffeur
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Riding an "iron horse" like a bronco -- it's surprisingly rarely depicted.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1917 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #locomotive #vintage yearbook #iron horse
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
You can do this at home, too -- pull out a few books on criticism and stick your head in, facing the wall.  Or, um, so I've heard.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1976 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #criticism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Astrology by Ronald C. Davison.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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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May 30, 2020

Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Clever: you can fill in all the rude words that occur to you, and you'll still complete the crossword correctly.  From Woroni, 1969.
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#crossword puzzle
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Hypnotism.  Its menace, its mystery, its potential malignance stripped of all illusion and shown for just what it is--a monster of the human will."  From Wid's Daily, 1920.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Moon goddess Hera.  From Wesleyan College's 1934 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #goddess #vintage yearbook #moon goddess #greek mythology #hera
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lebanon Valley's 1970 yearbook.
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#skull #silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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The Right Word (permalink)
"In the wilds of fiery climes he made himself a home, and his soul drank their sunbeams."  From Manual and Diagrams to Accompany Metcalf's Grammars, 1901.
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#sentence diagram
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"I am progress through experience."  From Amazing Stories, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #progress #spirit of progress
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Today's sword-wielding skeleton riding on an untamed goat past winged Death is from (where else?) the Ohio College of Dental Surgery's 1903 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #skeleton #grim reaper #goat #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #circle dance #matchbox
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Elon's 1978 yearbook.
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#mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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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 #hybrid #insect people #insect women #From Le Charivari #1880.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"It's only the beginning."  From Santa Clara's 1970 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #it begins
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #harp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #sheet ghost
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the Clarke College Scrapbook of the 60s, 70, and 80s.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #king #castle #fish #melting building #fish king
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From William and Mary's 1951 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#mask #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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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)
It's so true -- there's nothing like cotton candy.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1976 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cotton candy
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You might have assumed the 1980s breezed in like a neon-lit flock of seagulls on a koosh ball with shoulder pads and parachute pants, but it wasn't as smooth as all that.  No, not at all.  "Crunch, clank, clank — here comes the eighties!"  From The Gateway, 1977.
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#vintage headline #1980s
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May 29, 2020

Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1980 yearbook.
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#christmas tree #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume #christmas tree costume
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Caught you!  Looking for clues again."  From The Gateway, 1978.
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#vintage headline #making sense
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Unknown, 1942.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #owl #occult #rooster
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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 Mr. Pinkerton Finds a Body, by David Frome:

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He twisted an imaginary hat round and round in his hands.

***

[Precursing the Pleasure Dial "Candied"/"Candid" Business dept.]

"There's a tea shop called The Candied Friend."

***

Mr. Pinkerton watched his beaming countenance undergo a gradual change that reminded him of the Cheshire Cat, except that with Mr. Kewly-Smith the smile faded and left a face.

***

It had got him out of breath just to listen to her.

***

"That's the way Lucy meets all problems--by having them to dinner."

***

[I fear I may have been neglecting an "Anthropomorphized Bells" department that was asking to be acknowledged.* Oh well, better late than never!]

[*Anthropomorphized Departments department]

A distant bell sounded, then another. In a moment the night was filled with them, hurrying high in the pelting rain. A deep sombre note [the largest bell in the area] dropped in among them, and sent them scattering like sparrows at a pool.

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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"May 29."  From the University of Illinois' 1911 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #death #coffin #may 29
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
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#vintage postcard #vintage woman
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Underneath, the feeling that it will soon be over."  From Presbyterian College's 1969 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #book #over soon #endings #almost over
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This Terrible Problem That Is the Sea (permalink)
The scan is rough, but he's falling through a nightmarish sea of mathematical monsters.  Zoom in to see the horrific symbols.  From Startling Stories, 1948.
   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(   ,(
`-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `-' `
"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 #falling #math
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Precursors (permalink)
Though it looks for all the world like early computer graphics, this dates back to 1936.  From Peace Junior College's 1936 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #ex libris #bookplate #sampler #cross-stitch
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #scythe
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The Right Word (permalink)
"I wish something that rhymes with boat would strike me."  From Otterbein's 1911 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #poet #goat #vintage yearbook
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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 #bird #queen of hearts #playing card
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
What was homecoming like where you went to school?  From Rockford College's 1962 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#human sacrifice #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #burned at the stake
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #giant #measuring #strong man #muscle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A real upset stomach, apparently.  From Rockingham Community College's 1976 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #illness #bandages #upset stomach #wounded
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Great news!  "There's still time to withdraw."  From Woroni, 1975.
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#vintage headline #social withdrawl
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The Right Word (permalink)
We use measuring tape as a bookmark so that we're always ready for big words.  From The Film Daily, 1937.  See Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lion #dictionary #smart animal #big word
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Well, in all fairness, somebody probably ought to pay, and it turns out it's those pesky meditators, always with their eyes either closed or open.  From The Martlet, 1976.
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#meditation #vintage headline
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May 28, 2020

Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Rain always looks like this to those with slow metabolisms.  Also note that he has a cat's eye.  Cats can slow time, which is how they're able to catch mice at seeming lightning speed from the observer's perspective.  From American's 1985 yearbook.
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#rainy day #umbrella #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Rainbows do strike those wide stances obviously meant to look impressive.  It's a pretty big problem.  From The Gateway, 1979.
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#rainbow #vintage headline
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Two quick things. 
1. Proof that advertising works?  The figure from American's 1985 yearbook (pictured top) seems to be emulating the newspaper ad (pictured bottom).  However, he didn't get the brand with "tips," perhaps worried that, contrary to the promises, even putting just "the tip" into your mouth may trigger questions about one's sexual orientation.
2. Note the bizarre ad copy: "Paused.  Reflected.  Then paused again.  And reflected again.  Then paused.  Then reflected.  Paused once more."  For people who need to inhale expensive smoke in order for their consciousness to blink in and out?  (Sad.)  The story of the ad (spoiler) is that it took him that long to look at his test scores and see that he passed.  We'd say he had already scored when he put the tip in his mouth.  But that's between him and his psychiatrist and is technically none of our business. 
[By the way, Mr. Copy Writer, we noticed the "Graham Watt" wordplay.  How many grams of nicotine are lit up like units of watt power?  Not bad.]
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#vintage ad #smoking #vintage yearbook #mustache #cigarette #vintage man
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
One encounters so few haunted bookstores anymore (at least ones that advertise their hauntedness).  Our favorite haunted bookstore, in Louisiana (a derelict building now, shown here), allowed patrons to take any haunted book away for every two haunted books they brought in.  Just imagine — books so accursed, so jinxed, that the proprietor was willing to receive two haunted books of unknown provenance just to rid himself of one.  Perhaps his unnaturally possessed stock, by the fine print of some diabolical bargain, could only be voluntarily taken and not sold.  Perhaps that's why that haunted bookstore allowed trades.  From The Martlet, 1976.
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#vintage ad #haunted #bookstore
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Film Daily, 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 #ghost #spooky #lion #boo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
He nearly bumped me off my private cloud!"  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 #cloud #airplane
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Double trinity."  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.]
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#religion #vintage illustration #grotesque #trinity #church art #six faces
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #faces in things #vegetables #vegetable people
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to "Say Cheese." From Concordia's 1977 yearbook.

From Concordia's 1977 yearbook
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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #1970s #vintage men #football #gif
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
The sign says, "Flight insurance for this elevator on sale in the lobby."  With insurance costs what they are nowadays, if the elevator just keeps on going, one has no recourse.  From Presbyterian College's 1969 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #elevator
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Insect decor to get dancers' feet hopping.  From Le Charivari, 1880.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #spider #dancing #insect
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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 #demon #hell
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A dead joke got honored with an entire page in Rockford's 1917 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #epitaph #dead joke
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Beauty and the Beast.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #beauty and the beast
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if mannequins oversee your studies and/or you dress up to read.  From Eastern Kentucky's 1971 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #mannequin #vintage man #studying #manikin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #money #pied piper
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Lasell's 1960 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dancing #blurred
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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 #silhouette #anthropomorphism #hybrid #vulture man #vulture headed
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"The worst is yet to come."  From Woroni, 1987.
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#pessimism #worst is yet to come
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May 27, 2020

The Right Word (permalink)
You noticed that words don't seem to mean anything anymore, and you've wondered whether some things might be better in Canada ... but these headlines from 1970s Canada offer no comfort: shooters use blades, the moon's a balloon, purse-snatchers want wallets, and funkly fiddlers are jazzy.  We give up.
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#vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Love is an awful thing."  From The Film Daily, 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 ad #love #vintage hollywood #knitting #vintage man
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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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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
Arman's "L’Heure de Tous" sculpture at the Saint Lazare train station has created temporal anomalies not only in Paris but all across Europe and even parts of Turkey.  Though we are proponents of art in general, we must formally denounce this particular sculpture for its recklessness with the fabric of spacetime.  Photos by Juanedc and Vincent Aguerre.  
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#modern art #temporal anomaly #clock sculpture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #oz #living toy #patchwork girl
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if this is your first greeting by an acorn person.  From Millikin's 1913 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #acorn #tiny woman #acorn people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Game of Life by Timothy Leary, 1993 (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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#tarot
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Time-bending -- can you believe this photo begins a 1976 yearbook?  It's true, and it's beautiful evidence of how yearbooks are compact time travel devices.  From Lakeview College of Nursing's 1976 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #monster #cherub #horse #many headed
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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 #zodiac #goat #faun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #dead animals #meat #vegetarian nightmare
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Our custom Uncanny Detector app noticed that the mirror's reflection shows a skull face, with eye sockets and a hollow nose.  It's most likely that no one but the photographer was physically in the room when this photo was taken.  Also weird: notice how the round makeup mirror looks like the planet Jupiter.  
From Mansfield's 1969 yearbook.

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

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#ghost #mirror #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Singin' in the Rain.  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 #rainy day #umbrella #singin' in the rain
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1935 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, 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 #faces in things
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Fashions have changed so much since the 1950s.  From West Georgia's 1957 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #men's fashion
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #bear
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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 #anthropomorphism #elep
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Not only did these folks get your money this year, but one of them bought a cupcake with it.  From Woroni, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #money #vintage headline
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May 26, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
These are the simplest instructions we've encountered for instantly becoming your own walking gallery of art.  From Woroni, 1973.
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#art #art object
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Blonds beware: the brighter the hair, the darker the shadow that looms menacingly behind it.  From Homespun Stories by Clara Denton, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #shadow #long hair #blond
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Because ecomonics wins against ergonomics every time, we take a pillow like these theatre-goers.  From The Film Daily, 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 #pillow #personal protection #ergonomics
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
The short answer is yes, Florida is a UFO mecca.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1992.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #florida #vintage headline #alien
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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 Der Bärenspiegel, 1941.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #robot #apple
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From To Bed at Noon, by Val Gielgud:

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The loudspeaker reminded intended passengers on Flight No. Whatever-it-was that the moment had come....

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"But time and typewriters are inexorable."

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[I love how the force of the assertion is undercut by the admission that he never wears the hat anyway!]

If they hadn't cross-checked what they had written or dictated they weren't human, and I would eat the bowler-hat I never wore.

***

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
postcard from our personal archives.
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#vintage illustration #edinburgh #vintage postcard
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Lighthouse jestings" is a Googlewhack.  From Fort Wayne Bible College's 1957 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lighthouse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #monster #two headed #eaten alive
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elon's 1978 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #pandora's box #Pandora
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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 #moon #reflection
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
I don't even know anyone at St. Joseph's, yet they all wish me (and you!) great success in all we undertake, and they envision a future for us filled with bright achievements.  You know what?  I wish the same back to everyone at St. Joseph's, whoever they are.  From the St. Joseph's College yearbook of 1988.

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

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#outer space #vintage yearbook #stars #starry night
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #skeleton #disease #cholera
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Speaks from the grave?"  From Armstrong's 1995 yearbook.

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

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#necromancy #occult #vintage yearbook #hand of glory
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #silhouette #shakespeare #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #theatre #A Midsummer Night's Dream #puck #outdoor theatre #theatre in the woods #perspective #window #hallway #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 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 #flowers
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."  From Northeastern's 1960 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #rainbow
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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 #horror #hybrid #human headed #insect woman
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May 25, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"It's doubtful even to know where to start.  The end."  From Woroni, 1963.
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#the end #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"When the devil drives."  From The Film Daily, 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 #devil #vintage hollywood
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Is your future in a crystal ball?"  From Awake magazine, 1950.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #crystal ball #seance #vintage headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Anderson College's 1969 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #no #sign
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The haunted teakettle."  From The Link, 1953.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted #shadow #tea kettle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Weaver's 1927 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From Duke's 1975 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #blurred
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #wizard #occult #magician #camel #cloud shapes
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Staring at the Sun (permalink)
We, too, have wished yesterday a good morning, but in all honesty it was because we were disoriented.  From Clarke's 1978 yearbook.
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#sun #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Rend Lake's 1979 yearbook.

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

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#mask #vintage photo #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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#vintage illustration #mythology #carried away #ganymede #giant eagle #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
I wonder if she liked her yearbook portrait.  From Mary Washington's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#witch #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1869.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #harpy #human headed #bird man #hearts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #death #skeleton #grim reaper
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
An Ex Libris from Central Washington's 1938 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hands #ex libris #bookplate
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lune Rousse, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #blue cat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The pleasant books, that silently among our household treasures take familiar places, and are to us as if a living tongue spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces."
From East Carolina's 1930 yearbook.

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

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#calligraphy #books #hand lettering
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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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#religion #vintage illustration #statuette #chinese figure
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May 24, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Yes, Mystic Magazine officially claimed to have gnomes as subscribers.  From 1954.
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#vintage illustration #gnome
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Clipping via UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #sea serpent #sea monster #vintage headline #loch ness monster #nessie #loch ness
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A mirage of a pyramid.  From Flapdoodle by Alvin Schwartz.
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#vintage illustration #sphinx #pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Woroni, 1967.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #hermit
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"You never know women."  From The Film Daily, 1926.
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#vintage headline #women
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
From From Nowhere to the North Pole by Tom Hood, 1875.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
> read more from Strange Dreams . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #dreaming #lion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you feel this way at parties.
Memories of college.  From William and Mary's 1981 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume #hooded figure
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Chastity is practical."  From The Link, 1945.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 headline #chastity
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Catawba's 1933 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #butterfly #vintage yearbook #painter #moth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #cello #musician
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"The cluttered hallways, battered and splattered and cursed, are dry with silence."  From Elon's 1978 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#silence #vintage yearbook #the end
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It's disconcerting when headlines tell you to go to hell but then immediately ask you a question about a hearse.  From The Text newspaper, 1972.
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#vintage headline #go to hell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 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 . . .
#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper
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The Right Word (permalink)
We, too, use three straws when we h-ss-c-c-s-l-r-r-p.  For more all-consonant words (essential for word gamers!) see Webster's Dictionary of Improbable Words: All-Consonant and All-Vowel Words.
From Colorado College's 1940 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #straws
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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 #rabbits #bunnies #musical animal #toys #toy bunny #toy rabbit
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Sometimes kittens are looking directly at you through the gauze of time.  From Salem College's 1977 yearbook.
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#cat #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tabby #kitten
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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 #anthropomorphism
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Can-can dancers at the guillotine.  From Lustige Blätter, 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 #dancing #guillotine
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May 23, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We, too, use glowing binoculars for our lesser-believed witnessings.  The phrase "lesser-believed witnessings" is a Googlewhack, which just goes to show you how unbelievable our days are.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
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#ufo #binoculars
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Woroni, 1977.
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#vintage illustration #hermit #in hiding #recluse
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #angel #cowboy
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
The clock at the library in downtown Salem, Virginia evinces a temporal anomaly.  It stands between the big library building and a Little Free Library installation along the sidewalk.  You'll have noted the macrocosm/microcosm at play, as we did.  There is a vacuum between macrocosm and microcosm, "a void of apparent godlessness" (Franklyn Wepner).  You'll recall Isaac Newton and René Descartes' watchmaker analogy that argued for the existence of an intelligent designer of a mechanical universe.  In a void of such a watchmaker ... well, QED.
> read more from Temporal Anomalies . . .
#temporal anomaly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Mayans, 1953.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #deity #god
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From The Link, 1970.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#scarecrow #vintage photo #straw man
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #hand #alcohol #bottle #hand head #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's true that there are actually only two times -- "enough time" and "too late."  When clocks are adjusted for daylight savings, "too late" springs forward.  From Boston College's 1983 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#procrastination #vintage yearbook #clock #out of time #too late
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #donkey head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 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 #rat #giant rat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #window
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
We analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app, and this gentleman is indeed conversing with the immaterial realm.  From Salem's 1946 yearbook.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#ghost #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night
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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 #hybrid #human headed #insect man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From North Carolina Wesleyan's 1974 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#black cat #cat #evil #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #political cartoon #mask #animal mask #donkey mask
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This secret wine bibbers club was founded by Noah in 2348 B.C.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1897 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #imp #vintage yearbook #wine #pandora's box
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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 #alligator
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Gateway, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #jesus #nails
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From the very surprisingly rare and expensive Winning with Witchcraft by Jean Williams.
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#witchcraft
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May 22, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It's quite obviously either a helpcopter or a weather balloon.  Granted, it might also be a lightning bolt or a meteor.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1990.
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#ufo
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"You don't have to live in Quebec."  From The Gateway, 1970.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage headline #quebec
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is from the 1980s, but of course today's phones do surveil us visually as well as auditorily.  From Woroni, 1981.
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #eye #telephone #surveillance society #wiretap
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Precursors (permalink)
We're not sure, but looked at one way, this could be a more exotic precursor to Eraserhead.  It's from an ad for Oil for the Lamps of China.  From Film Daily, 1935.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage hollywood #eraserhead
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Neither beast nor man."  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 . . .
#monster #bigfoot #vintage headline #ape man #wildman #man beast
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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 Max Smart and the Perilous Pellets, by William Johnston:

***

"Well, you know how we brilliant doctors are...a little absent-minded sometimes."

"Indeed I do," Dr. Medulla replied. "In fact, I practice absent-mindedness every morning for a half-hour. I hope to be a brilliant doctor myself someday."

***

"I can prove I'm the doctor," the man said. "Look--here is my little black bag!"

"But he has a little black bag, too," Dr. Medulla said, indicating Max.

"My little black bag is blacker than his little black bag!" the man raged.

[...]

"Yes," Max pointed out, "but my little black bag is littler than his little black bag."

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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to the giant dog Clifford.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #dog #giant dog #big dog #clifford #huge dog
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A genie manifests a wish for one toy lion and one toy elephant.  It may seem like a trivial wish, but [teddy] bear in mind that the wisher managed to get two plushies in a single wish.  From Lasell's 1958 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #genie #magic lamp #elephant #vintage yearbook #lion #toy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The horrible essence oozed forth, and assumed the body of a monstrous THING."  From Amazing Stories, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #monster #horror
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Medical College of Virginia's 1930 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #mayan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if your faculty wielded skulls.  From Washington and Lee's 2004 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#skull #vintage yearbook
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #duck #quack quack
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #vintage fashion #paper dress
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A bullet-catching cat.  From The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #rooftop #rifle #nine lives
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1875.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #jester #lantern #quill #chair
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Wondering whether the figure in this photo might be a ghost or entity not of this earth, we enlarged its face and ran it through our custom Uncanny Detector app.  See if you don't agree that our instinct might have paid off.
From American University's 1963 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #fog
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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 #spirits #ghosts
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May 21, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Plugging into things you can't explain."  Well, it's a living.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1985.
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#vintage headline #unexplained
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Presumptive Conundrums (permalink)
To make this current, change "million" to "trillion."  From The Gateway, 1981.
* Learn more about Presumptive Conundrums at Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #big pharma #pills #pharmacy #prescription drugs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you like flowers just fine but can't say you especially know them.  Also reblog if you use grave accent marks for apostrophes and capitalize words according to whim.  From Woroni, 1981.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #flower #vintage headline
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
It's not an expression -- a pin really did drop, and here's the guy who could hear it.  From Film Daily, 1935.  We previously extrapolated from Newtonianism that a hush falls at the same speed a pin drops, as proven here.
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#vintage illustration #pin drops #pin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The evil eye."  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 #death #skull #eye #vintage hollywood #evil eye
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"An unkind fare."  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.]
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#vintage illustration #church art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Unknown, 1942.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #demon #hell
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Green Pipes by Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks, 1929.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #haunted
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From C.H. McCann's 1977 yearbook.

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

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#on fire #effigy #vintage yearbook
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Puzzles and Games (permalink)
Rebus stockings, for those versed in French symbol writing.  From Le Charivari, 1887.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #rebus #stockings
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are worried about emerging.  From Kansas State's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #wildcat #coming out #worried
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Mistake inside."  From Startling Stories, 1948.
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#vintage headline #mistake
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The phrase "country bumpkin" is believed to derive from a Middle Dutch word meaning "small barrel."  But here are some country pumpkins.  From Susquehanna's 1900 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bumpkin #pumpkins #pumpkin head #vegetable people #pumpkin people
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Best known as a grapevine pest, Phylloxera Vastatrix also enjoys the limelight.  From Nebelspalter, 1900.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #insect #bug #pest #phylloxera
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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 #silhouette #anthropomorphism #hybrid #bird people #crow man #crow people #plague doctor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We beg to present here the customary excuse for living."  From Swarthmore's 1895 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #excuse me for living
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1848.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #lion
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Hallowe'en."  From Davenport's 1907 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #halloween #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1878.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #locomotive #faces in things
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May 20, 2020

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

So there might be a song in this somewhere.  Only we, the listeners, are outside of the club, so the sound is all filtered and echoed and mostly vibration … AND the club is probably what we call the “Welcome to Canada” bar from David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me, where Laura takes Donna to show her what the nights are like … AND it happens to be located on a spacecraft … AND the spacecraft is nearing the event horizon of a black hole.  So … it’s not exactly music, but not exactly noise … more the experience of waiting in line to enter the “Welcome to Canada” club while simultaneously on a spaceship entering a black hole.  Had the band consulted with us, we’d have advised they employ the two secrets of the Escher-Staircase eternally rising chords.  But maybe they wanted some ups and downs to the sound of the event horizon.  (It’s been long enough since we last approached a black hole that we can’t recall if it’s an eternally-upward or up-and-down vibe.)  Of course, what first caught our attention and led us to click on this track was its title from the first line of Gibson’s Neuromancer:
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#music
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Non-Circulating Books (permalink)
"Not to leave library."  From Park College's 1964 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #library #non-circulating #vintage woman
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Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're honored by this review of Nostradamus Predicted Your Next Diet:
5 STARS.  If there's anything more wearying than listening to people prattle on about their diets it's listening to them do so while in the thrall of whoever the most famous nutritional guru of the moment happens to be. Such individuals (and there are legions of them) tend to rhapsodize endlessly about the salubrious effects of his or her prescribed culinary regimen as though every last detail were sacred prophesy guaranteed to insure a state of physiological utopia to all unswerving adherents. Or maybe that's just me being a crank. I'm worn out by trying to evaluate 'expert' advice on every area of life and struggling to ascertain how many, *if any*, of the often conflicting recommendations I should follow.  One might as well consult Nostradamus as to immerse oneself in the current iteration of The Received Wisdom  vis-à-vis proper nutrition ... which is precisely what Craig Conley has done.
Although Nostradamus was a trained and licensed physician, I don't believe this book is intended to promote dietary advice from the 1500s. Instead, what it suggests to me is that universally applicable menu plans are more fanciful than factual because they tend to break down in practice. Thinking adults are better off combining their own common sense with some general research and then adding a secret ingredient: whimsy. Dining should be pleasurable. Even when health and weight concerns are a priority, meals need to provide more than calibrated sustenance.  Planning and preparing them can actually be fun if we decide to take a Michel de Nostradamus/Craig Conley approach. 'Think outside the kitchen' and allow your inner chef to be inspired by history or mythology or perhaps a work of art.
A final comment regarding the illustration of Nostradamus Predicted Your Next Diet. Once again, Mr. Conley has outdone himself in providing a plethora of remarkable images to amplify and support his text. They alone are worth the price of the book, in my opinion. My favorite of them appears on the final page and it depicts a Charles Dana Gibson style lady, seemingly thrown into a swoon by the conundrum of how best to prepare her next meal. I can relate; can't we all? —Natasha K.
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#prophecy #nutrition #dieting #nostradamus
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Student dislikes adverbs."  From The Gateway, 1976.
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#vintage headline #adverb
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