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Today — 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#religion #vintage illustration #statuette #chinese figure
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Yesterday — 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!
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#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.]
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#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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#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.
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#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.
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#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 #alcohol #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.]
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#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.
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#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.]
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.]
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#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.

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#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.]
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#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.

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#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.]
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#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.

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#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.]
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#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.]
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#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.]
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#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.]
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#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.]
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#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#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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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Rudolf Nureyev says, "If sometimes you are being very much like me, always on the going-round, so what to that, do as I tell you and altogether celebrate this."  From Woroni, 1974.
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#misquotation #nureyev
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
You're right — someone translated "Humpty Dumpty" into Latin.  From Ethos, 1963.
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#humpty dumpty #Latin
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if there's terror in your heart but invitation in your eyes.  The text reads, "Terror in her heart, invitation in her eyes."  From The Film Daily, 1933.
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#vintage ad #terror #vintage woman
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
You may be surprised to learn that "your ancestors first sighted those UFOs."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
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#vintage illustration #ufo #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Wave, 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 #imp
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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)
We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Lake Wales, Florida.  Two faces of the town clock are a few minutes in disagreement.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the source of the problem at a glance.  Directly below the clock faces in question is a sign with the word "Slow," just disruptive enough to sedate time by two to three minutes.
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#clock #temporal anomaly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"A doctor looks at temptation."  From The Link, 1963.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #temptation #doctor #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
We bemoan how culturally illiterate folks are today, but even back in 1900 a cartoonist had to identify this obvious ship of animals as Noah's Ark.  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 #noah's ark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Eclipse, 1868.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cow #frog #hybrid #duel #human headed #frog men
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Perplexing -- is he on our world, looking down at an alternate reality, or is he on a parallel earth looking down at ours?  From William and Mary's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #world #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 #shoes #ghost shoes #these boots #made for walking #disembodied
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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 #vintage ad #angel #cherub #depression #faces in things #dark cloud #medicine bottle #art
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.  See Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #cheers #alcohol #cocktails
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #monster #human faced #wild animal #mauled #red sky
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May 19, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Woroni, 1980.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #flower people #flower head
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Heroic Deeds of Beowulf, illustrated by Walter Ferro.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #beowulf #grendel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This cat eating its tail (our restoration) is from La Lámpara Maravillosa, Ejercicios Espiritualis by Ramón Valle-Inclán, 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 #occult #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A lion with rose-colored glasses.  From The Film Daily, 1948.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #lion #eyeglasses #sunglasses #rose-colored #rose colored glasses
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From St. Joseph's 1937 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #alice in wonderland #vintage yearbook
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From "A Question of Timing," by Phyllis Bentley (1946):

***

Some seagulls were flying about, screeching, and I stopped to watch. I always wish Walt Disney would do a film about a seagull, and as I stood there I began to imagine how such a film would begin. That delayed me quite a bit, you see.

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#seagull
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Lasell's 1927 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #clubs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #flat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #demon #devil #hell #open grave
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"It's always a real learning experience to practice 'tooting one's own horn' without seeming too contrived" (Donna Brooks).  From Recueil d'Antiquités by Antoine Mongez, 1804.
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#vintage illustration #musician
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
It took the light of peace this long to get here from 1977.  From Appalachian's 1977 yearbook.
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#sun #peace #snow #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The [voodoo] doll's face is a coconut, and there's a pin in its stomach."  From Voodoo Island by Michael Duckworth, 1989.
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#magick #occult #voodoo doll
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Here's a yearbook that decided to make its section of ads an artful addition.  Lasell's 1960 yearbook easily has the most interesting looking ads of any yearbook we've encountered.  Click any image to enlarge.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 1994.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
So sad to see old headlines that history proved false.  From The Gateway, 1978.
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#canada #vintage headline
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Birmingham-Southern's 1978 yearbook.

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#skull face #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #misanthrope
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We need a refresher on this.  The Life Power and How to Use It by Elizabeth Towne, 1906.
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#vital force #life force #life power
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May 18, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Old things should be used for their intended purpose."  From Good or Bad Design? by Odd Brochmann.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #antique
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The Right Word (permalink)
The headline reads, "When the whichness of the what is really only a well-drained drip" (The Gateway, 1970).  While reminding ourselves of the origin of "the whichness of the what," we encountered these variations:
The whichness of the what and abstract ain'tness of the not, and the correctness of the is.
(Norris Clarion Sprigg, Sprigs of Poetry, 1907)
The Whichness of the What, as compared to the Thatness of the Thus.
(G. E. Farrow, The Wallypug of Why, 1895)
The whichness of the what and the whitherness of the wherefore.
(Elsie Lincoln Benedict & Ralph Paine Benedict, How to Analyze People on Sight, 1921)
The whichness of the what and whereforeness of the why.
(The Evening Statesman, 1903)
The whichness of the what—the howness of the when—the whereness of the whatever.
(The Gateway, 1930)
The whichness of the what of which nothing is any whicher.
(Eben Leavitt, 1938)
The Whyness of the Wherefore and the Whichness of the What.
(Georgetown Daily, 1909)
The whichness of the what and all that sort of thing.
(Buffalo Morning Express, 1919)
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#vintage headline #whichness
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)

That Most Notorious Number, 666:

Taking a Metaphor Literally

A mischievous friend in Las Vegas asked for our take on the Number of the Beast, 666.  Our first sentence is a beast in itself, but bear with us:, for we'll address the perverse, diabolical importance of taking metaphors literally:
We’re reminded by Prof. Thomas Peterson that a religious symbol can be a medium for transcendence, framing as it does the cosmological boundaries of a spiritual threshold, when it operates as a riddle (an interrogative metaphor) that actively engages one in a life-long quest for meaning.
Solutions to religious enigmas are never simple, Peterson notes, for they must bridge domains of ever-changing human experiences.  The best puzzles take one beyond purely literal meanings and into ever-deeper metaphorical unities; momentarily solved, they become more profoundly mysterious as they embrace greater ranges of everyday life.  There is always some aspect that continues to haunt the religious seeker, especially during periods of crisis.  These riddles destroy simplistic and literal interpretations of the sacred (“Initiation Rite as Riddle,” Journal of Ritual Studies, Jan. 1987, p. 73).
In light of Prof. Peterson’s insights into the riddles of sacred initiation, we see the great enigma of the Number of the Beast as another invitation to discover profoundly deeper meaning.  The riddle concerning the number “six hundred threescore and six” has a devastatingly simple solution that Wikipedia, once again, manages to overlook.  It involves absolutely no mathematics but rather the spelling of the Hebrew numbers—in a bit of wordplay, the syllables express a person’s name as well as numbers.  Be that as it may, ancient riddles take on a special mystique over the centuries, and that’s a marvelous thing.  The number of the beast in the Book of Revelation is a metaphor, but to solve it is to dissolve it.  If, instead, we take that metaphor literally, we preserve the riddle as a possible tool for transcendence.
Granted, the party line is that taking metaphors literally is “absurd,” a “fallacy,” “nonsensical,” “stupid,” “dangerous,” even “a cardinal sin.”
Yet, there’s a word in poetry for taking metaphors literally—“reification,” bringing something abstract into realization.
If they hadn’t taken metaphors literally, we’d have none of Kafka’s timeless visions, nor Lewis Carroll’s or Edward Lear's, nor any of the world’s great legends.  What if we don't say, “the beast of Revelation symbolizes this” or “the number 666 decodes as that.”  What if we say, as in the scripture, a beast is a number of a man?  Remember, the verse begins, “Here is wisdom.”  Where might the wisdom of 666 take us?
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's enchanted darning needle and bodkin dancing the polka are from Homespun Stories by Clara Denton, 1924.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #dancing #faces in things #sewing #needle
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
So the farther one is away from Pittsburgh, the wider one's smile?  Surely that's not what they meant.  From The Film Daily, 1940.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Wonderful Fairies of the Sun by Ernest Vincent Wright and illustrated by Cora M. Norman, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #anthropomorphism #rabbit
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This doesn't actually say "People not to be," because the message crosses to the opposite page.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal the complete message.  From Montreat-Anderson's 1974 yearbook.

From Montreat-Anderson's 1974 yearbook
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#halloween #scarecrow #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #1970s #gif
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Student loans are no longer necessary for learning how to be your own cat: see How to Be Your Own Cat.  However, special tutoring is still essential for learning how to be your own kangaroo.  From William and Mary's 1981 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1963.
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#vintage illustration #mouse #talking animal #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1880.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #swimming
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washington State's 1967 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#monster #spooky #horror #vintage yearbook #warning sign #it is coming
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From A Book of Fairy-Tale Bears by Clifton Johnson and illustrated by Frank A. Nankivell, 1913.
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #dwarf #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Annancy Stories, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, 1899.
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#vintage illustration #fairy #nest #folk tale #Pamela Colman Smith
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wake Forest's 1927 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #full moon #wolf #vintage yearbook #howling at the moon
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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)
Memories of college.  From the Ole Miss yearbook of 1982.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vampire #dracula #crucifix #vampire hunter
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 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 #anthropomorphism #dog #faces in things #giant bell #dog walker
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Precursors (permalink)
Here's a precursor to Chicago's "Cloud Gate" reflective sculpture, in Kankakee, Illinois.  From Olivet Nazarene's 1977 yearbook.
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#reflection #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Grace before works."  From Woroni, 1984.
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#vintage illustration #specimen bottle #bottled up
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May 17, 2020

Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
We're honored by this review from a reader who as "powerfully affected" by our Strange Prayers for Strange Times:
5 stars
"And so I urge you: carry on an ongoing conversation
with God about the daily stuff of life, a little like Tevye
in Fiddler on the Roof. For now, do not worry about
'proper' praying, just talk to God." —Richard J. Foster

I think most of us would concede that Earth is a strange place and human beings are strange creatures. It stands to reason then that our times here should be likewise. But how do we go about dealing with such pervasive peculiarity and the consequent sense of unfixedness it engenders? Each person must confront that problem in their own way, but solving it is essential if we're to reach any level of peace either within ourselves or as residents of our terrestrial home. For innumerable humans throughout history, the solution has been spiritual.

Strange Prayers for Strange Times is a compendium of unique approaches to one of those solutions: appealing to a Higher Power by means of personal prayers. Mr. Conley does not define the Entity on the receiving end, nor would it be appropriate for him to do so since each of the petitioners whose entreaties are featured no doubt had their own unique understanding of who or what they had turned to for assistance. The particulars are left to a reader's sacred intuition.

I was powerfully affected by this book. In my 'mind's ear', I heard the urgently whispered pleas of kindred souls, grappling for spiritual purchase in a chaotic and often barbarous world. The intense feelings of unity with and empathy for my fellow 'strangelings' that I experienced as I turned the pages will remain in my heart for a long time to come. —Natasha K.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Hold that lion!"  From The Film Daily, 1926.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #silhouette #animal attack #lion
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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)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #anthropomorphism #tree spirit #cradle
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Henderson-Brown's 1923 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #long legs #tall
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He wondered why he had chosen, instinctively, automatically, to commit the act in front of as mirror."  From The Link, 1949.
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#vintage illustration #mirror
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Western Carolina's 1948 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #giant cat #cougar #catamount
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1900.
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#vintage illustration #japanese #singing #many legged #geisha
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Another cheery message from an old yearbook:
"For many the agony is now over and they couldn't be happier; but for others it leaves a certain sense of pain, depression, and fear."
From Elon's 1978 yearbook.

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#fear #depression #vintage yearbook #agony
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Live sumptuously.  From Moving Picture World, 1920.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #imp #jester #tiny man #little devil #sumptuous
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #demon #horned man
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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.
33240 29584
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1932.
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#vintage illustration #atlas #mythology #war
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University High School (Normal, Illinois) yearbook of 1957.

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#mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The magic purse.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916. 
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#vintage illustration #witch #money #fairy tale #coins #magic purse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance, we thought that was a bird on her head.  From Swarthmore's 1895 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #conductor
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"It won't be long now."  From Wake Forest's 1927 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #death #skeleton #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #vulture
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1875.
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #tiny man
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
A truthful headline!  From Woroni, 1978.
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#lies #vintage headline
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May 16, 2020

Go Out in a Blaze of Glory (permalink)
We're delighted by this review of our book on Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts:
"This is a very good handbook for the care of sheet ghosts. About a 94% accuracy, with the mistakes being trivial at best. 9/10 would recommend." —Clinical-Manners
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#sheet ghost
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
One wonders just how many dairy products have been figments of our imagination.  "The Myth of Milk," from Woroni, 1981.
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#milk #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Too busy to see you today!"  From The Film Daily, 1933.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #too busy
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Today's very tiny donut is from Ontario College of Art's Sketch magazine, 1949.
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#vintage illustration #microscope #donut #tiny food
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Colotte, 1908.
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#vintage illustration #prayer #candle #nun #arrow
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Yesterday's Weather (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1887.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #umbrella #water management
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's never too late!  Mother Earth herself didn't graduate until 1915.  From Rockford's 1915 yearbook.

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#vintage illustration #world #vintage yearbook #faces in things #mother earth
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Close the door!"  From The Link, 1955.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #vintage headline #door
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The apocalypse.  From Northeastern Illinois' 1978 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #reading #apocalypse #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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #skeleton #graveyard #grim reaper #scythe
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Why did he go to this door one hour before dawn?  Was he asleep or awake?  Was he his own master or under another's will?"  These are questions we ask ourselves every morning.  From Moving Picture World, 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 #sleepwalking #clock #movie poster #vintage movie
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
Today, instead of using a ladder to reach high C, vocalists use "auto-tune" software.  From the Peace Institute yearbook of 1914.
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#vintage illustration #music #vintage yearbook #ladder #high c
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #train #faces in things #mountain spirit #high elevation #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From West Georgia's 1937 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #devil #vintage yearbook
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angels #heaven #strife #family tree #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Wesleyan College (Macon)'s 1986 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#ghost #vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook #night photography #window
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#cherub #cupid #missile #love and war
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Swarthmore's 1895 yearbook.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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#vintage illustration #elves #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Skomorokh, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #beard #serpent #snake #boa constrictor
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May 15, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Mindblowing insights from the afterword to Philip K. Dick's epic Exegesis:
On the reality-distortion induced by reading PKD's works: "PKD's fiction taps into shamanic powers to shape and bend consciouness and the realities that project from it."
For whom was PKD writing his posthumously-published 9,000-page Exegesis?  For those born to read it.  [We were, and we did!]
PKD wrote his Exegesis in a state of ecstasy, literally "beside himself," and the Exegesis embodies the Philip K. Dick who was beside the other one.
Is the Exegesis a massive artifact from an unwritten novel that is trapping a character who lives on Mars?  The afterword suggests that, like a 9,000-page shamanic song of the Upper Amazon, the Exegesis needs to be performed.  "Singing it at about three minutes per page would take over four hundred hours, about ten weeks of a full-time job of the sort that a Philip K. Dick character might be trapped within, working at home from his Martian hovel, reading it aloud while the surveillance tapes whirred."
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#philip k. dick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
This is us, digging up your favorite posts on the internet.  From Woroni, 1982.
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #books #scholar #studying
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We, too, were once trapped by the imprint of our own teeth in a half-eaten apple, but only in the orchard of imagination.  From Film Daily, 1935.
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#vintage illustration #apple
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Around her swirled the current of a life of terror in the shadowy byways of the underworld."  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 . . .
#fear #terror #horror #vintage hollywood #vintage woman
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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 Irish UFO News, 1976.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #ufo #sacred geometry
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Disguised as a Christmas Tree (permalink)
From Der Bärenspiegel, 1931.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #teddy bear
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Mr. Pinkerton Has the Clue, by David Frome:

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Mr. Pinkerton...settled his brown bowler on his head with a sort of tentative firmness.

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"He's so awfully smooth. Like cold cream after the jar's been near the fire."

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An expression heard in the cinema popped into Mr. Pinkerton's head, but he could not allow himself to use it, not having quite made out just what a sour puss was.

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Many of the things that Major Peyton had called the Chief Constable Mr. Pinkerton had never even heard of.

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The green buses to Wells, Devises and Frome were lined up against the kerb.

[As you may know, there really is a placed called Frome in England--I looked it up--but I still think we can assume that the author made a point of sneaking in her pen surname.]

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He had a head the shape and colour and texture of a large white cheese, punctuated, of course, with eyes, a nose and a smile.

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He held up a small, rather surprised looking toupée. [See attached.]

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If he were somebody in a story....she would just be getting off a bus in Duncannon Street, or coming out of the National Gallery, or be waiting for the green light with "Cross" written on it to show, or she would pop out of the mouth of one of the lions.

[For those keeping score, this is at least the third whimsical reference to the Trafalgar Square lions in the Pinkerton oeuvre. (But they don't appear in every book, so it's not quite a "Hitchcock cameo" thing.)]

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Mr. Pinkerton shook his head gently. This was completely out of his field. He had never been quite sure of just what his field was, but surely this was not it.

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"Made pots of money taking alcohol out of beer or caffeine out of coffee--something out of something--and they can take the fun out of a party the same way."

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"I told him...that I'd not be caught dead drinking water of any sort--hot, cold, mineral or...or animal." [Note: That last ellipsis is part of the text, not my own.]

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[Who Needs Context? dept.]

She was at the very heart of the wig and mustache business.

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[Bonus/Spoiler]toupee copy

I recently mentioned the second-hand information that Picadilly Jim involves the protagonist impersonating himself. Well, it turns out in this Mr. P. novel that someone has impersonated himself--doing it just unconvincingly enough so as to make people decide someone *else* was impersonating him, and thus diverting suspicion. And I realize I've encountered this clever device in some other mystery novel as well.


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#vintage illustration
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see another expression. From Elmhurst's 1937 yearbook.

From Elmhurst's 1937 yearbook
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#vintage yearbook #smiling #1930s #happy and sad #vintage man #gif
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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 #vintage fashion
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Peace College's 1984 yearbook.
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#witch #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Shoot if God will let you!"  From Moving Picture World, 1920.