CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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June 30, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
Gordon Meyer reveals why butterflies should be tracked and not caught.
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)
For those of us who add songs to beloved movie soundtracks as they grace our airwaves, the greater Meet the Hollowheads soundtrack should include Chaka Khan’s “My Love is Alive.”  You’re welcome!
Speaking of Chaka Khan, as you revisit her music video for “I Feel For You” (a blessed music video, obviously created by angels), note how the (superb!) dancers all get to connect with the camera.  This is incredibly rare and a beautiful thing.
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#chaka khan #meet the hollowheads
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 1938.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #moon #man in the moon #faces in things
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)

The city of An Oghmagh, Northern Ireland seems to exist within a rift in the fabric of time/space.  Temporal anomalies documentarian Kenneth Allen offers three proofs.  The first occurs at the troubling intersection of two streets with the same name (that's always playing with fire), and the clock (four hours early) is situated below a word missing its apostrophe.  (Grammatical anomalies may, for reasons still foggy, trigger temporal anomalies all on their own.)  Two "Campsie" streets, two (or more?) "Charlies" ... it's all a lot for the time to keep up with.  The second proof is of a clock that proclaims "3:17" at 11:00 a.m.  The third proof is of a clock displaying "6:15" at 11:30 a.m.  For any would-be time travelers, An Oghmagh offers a city-wide portal.




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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Mr. Pinkerton at the Old Angel, by David Frome:

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"Pamela Gwendoylyn Watkins, dau. of Sir Wathen Watkins Watkins."

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[I didn't know (though Hilary did) that Rye's crooked chimney, as replicated in Tilling, really exists! However, you'll note that the claim below runs directly contrary to Benson's premise. The present book was published in 1939, whereas Benson, I see, was giving his version ("The expert artist would draw it rather more crooked than it really was...") at least as early as 1922.]

The little man stopped short by the house with the crooked chimney that everybody who paints comes to Rye to paint, they say because it is impossible to get the chimney any crookeder than it already is.

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[Pathetic Fallacy dept., Seat-of-Trousers div.]

He shot out into the room on the surprised seat of his trousers with something of a crash.

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["Throat" Is Too Vague dept.]

He stood there in the dark, his heart precisely where his epiglottis normally was.

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[I never realized that a devil's advocate has to look right!]

He realized that as Devil's Advocate he cut a rather sorry figure, sitting up against the cold head of his bed, the covers drawn up to his chin.

***
Catching the image of himself in the mirror over the mantelpiece, he felt sure for the first time of the precise appearance of a whited sepulchre.

***
Mr. Pinkerton took an enormous breath of relief, or rather a breath of enormous relief.
***

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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lumières Dans la Nuit, 1969.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ufo #strange light
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The human question mark, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Jugend, 1908.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #the people could fly #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
If this is a gameboard, may you not land on any of the squares.  From Southeastern Massachusetts'a 1994 yearbook.

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

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#vintage yearbook #difficulties
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Rire, 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 #decapitation #execution #guillotine #vintage magazine #laugh it off #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Thus far our fortune keeps an upward course" (Henry VI, Part 3).  From Salem's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #shakespeare #vintage yearbook #bear
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #heaven #the people could fly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Barnard's 1942 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #two headed #two faced #four arms
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The first fly of spring."  From In Defence of Pink by Robert Lynd, 1937.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #insect #fly
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
I wonder if she liked her yearbook portrait.  From Atlantic Christian's 1974 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #goddess #worship #sea goddess #ocean goddess #bow down before the one you serve
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
Here's the real (surprising) reason why heavy cream should go in coffee but liquid butter shouldn't.  From a great Top Ten list with only eight items, in Monsters News, 2012.
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#coffee #butter #heavy cream
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June 29, 2020

Colorful Allusions (permalink)
Though Wikipedia won't tell you this, "Lavender's Blue," the old English folk song, was the original "[You Say Tomato, I Say To-mah-to,] Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."  "Lavender's blue, dilly dilly, lavender's green."  Only in the folk song, they don't call the whole thing off just because they can't agree about the color of lavender.  Interestingly, the lyrics in the 1670s version began with the colors the other way around: "Lavender's green, diddle, diddle, lavender's blue," so the first rhyme used to be about "you" and not a once or future "queen."
Our illustration is from Mother Goose Secrets by Barbara Webb Bourjaily, 1925.
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#vintage illustration #lyrics #lavender blue #lavender green
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"There's still another combination."  From The Film Daily, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #musicians #bear #cape #brass band
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #long hair #robot monster #mechanical monster #robot dragon
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Southeastern Massachusetts'a 1994 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#skeleton #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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
In the 80s, people actually dressed up for Hallowe'en.  From Olivet Nazarene's 1980 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #vampire
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Washburn's 1916 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #dog #vintage yearbook #rabbit #chase
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Arthur Hughes for Speaking Likenesses (1874).
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #spirits #ghosts
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you're the person on the other side of the wall (not pictured), waiting for whomever that is to go away.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gate #wall
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1911.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #mask #human faced
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Puss in Boots, illustrated by Richard Heighway, 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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #cat #puss in boots #boot #cat shoes #cat boots
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From College of the Albemarle's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#grim reaper #skull face #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume #hooded figure
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The Right Word (permalink)
"What do you say when silent?"  From The Link, 1959.
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#silence #vintage headline #unspoken
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #silhouette #cupid
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From Woroni, 1975.
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#vintage headline #moron
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A sort of opposite of a mop wig -- a crate of squeeze sponge mops worn everywhere but on the head.  [You may recall that our very own mop wig has been ranked in the top 5 of mop wig looks through history, but we're too modest to quote that; no one dons a mop wig to put on airs].  From Lees-McRae's 1969 yearbook.  

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We always hear of musicians selling their souls, but it's also conductors, recording engineers, even album cover artists.  From Witchcraft and Sorcery, 1973.
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#vintage illustration #devil #conductor #musician
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June 28, 2020

This May Surprise You (permalink)
The phrase "glorified pamphlet" delivers 89 Google results, but "glorified epic novel" delivers zero results.  WTF?
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#glorified
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
At first glance, we thought he was painting a mustache on the mermaid.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #mermaid #artist
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Rising from the eye socket of the skull, a spirit, but also a reaching hand to pull it back down.  From Susquehanna's 1926 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #skull #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A foxtrot from Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #fox #dancing #foxtrot #lol
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From the University of the South's 1993 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #trees #fog
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Little Miss Peggy by Mrs. Molesworth and illustrated by Walter Crane, 1887.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #umbrella
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Elizabethtown's 1923 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1964.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #robot
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Medical College of Virginia's 1930 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #jester #vintage yearbook #winking #mayan
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #magick #witchcraft #exterminator #insect
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1920 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #cemetery #angel #graveyard #spirit #prayer #tomb #vintage yearbook #memorial
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Grelot, 1874.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #wolf #lamb #war and peace #animals hugging
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Severed heads from Salem's 1929 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #faces #heads #cartooning
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
You knew there had to be a saint of pickles.  From Nebelspalter, 1897.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #saint #pickle #cucumber
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Great band name for a spooky ensemble: "The Dead Beats."  From Olivet Nazarene's 1959 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #masks #musicians #pianist #band #1950s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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 #poison
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's been said that teachers help us to see a brighter future, and that's never truer than for our wizard mentors.  From Atlantic Christian's 1985 yearbook.

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

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#wizard #vintage photo #crystal ball #vintage yearbook #1980s
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
How true those words are, even today.  "There have been events area residents can't explain."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1989.
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#vintage headline
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June 27, 2020

Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

Our Superior Wizard of Oz Version of a Rolling Stones Song

What's with The Rolling Stones song "Play with Fire"?  People outside of London are supposed to relate to what "Stepney" and "Knightsbridge" are?  No — those are terrible lyrics.  A highly superior context for the song is The Wizard of Oz, which we can prove by offering side-by-side lyrics.  You're welcome.  (Note: we didn't bother trying to rhyme our wizardly remake of the song.  Why give a damn trying to replicate the style of such a poor original?  Our version shines brilliantly without any forced rhymes.)
The Wizard of Oz Version (Superior) Original Rolling Stones Version (Stupid)
Well, you've got your rubies and you've got your little dog Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And tornadoes drop you off And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know You let everybody know
But don't play with me, or you're flying with monkeys But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
Your auntie she's a farmer, raising goats near witchy-ta Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your uncle’s under her spell And your father'd be there with her
Enchanted in toto If he only could
But don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys But don't play with me, because you're playing with fire
Your wizard asks for broomsticks; his promises hot air Your old man took her diamond's and tiaras by the score
Now you click your heels on brick roads Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Kansas anymore Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys So don't play with me, because you're playing with fire
Now you walk on rubies and your future’s looking emerald Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or there’ll be no place like home
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, or you’re flying with monkeys
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
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#wizard of oz #rolling stones #lyrics
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"People want to feel a sense of what’s normal again" said the ad agency responsible for the band Ratt appearing in a new Geico commercial.  If this is the new normal, we've finally slipped into a better parallel universe.
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#ratt
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The Right Word (permalink)
We suggest "Onions over Vidalia!" to replace "I'll be a monkey's uncle!"
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#ufo #onion #vintage headline
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
If the first thing you noticed was the bunny in the window, a rabbit may be your spirit animal.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #windows
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Martlet, 1973.
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#vintage illustration #triangle #sacred geometry #geometry
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He'll jauntily haunt you and you'll love it."  From The Film Daily, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #ghost
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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 #cat #cat ghost #ghost cat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Today's floating skull is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook #floating skull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1891.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #bunnies #rabbit
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1924.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #hell #underworld #damned #styx
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by Wellner.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #goddess
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Dissecting material was for a time supplied by bodies unearthed" from paupers' graves.  From Medical College of Virginia's 1938 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #cemetery #graveyard #mad scientist #open grave #night #grave robber
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Pittypat and Tippytoe by Eugene Field, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #chicken #egg #chick
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"New hope from brain change."  From Cavalcade, 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 #doctor #brain #brain surgery #mental health #change of mind
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Olivet Nazarene's 1980 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#haunted house #vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook #night photography #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Exotic dainties.  From Nebelspalter, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #meat #exotic meat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl #bird #oz
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #locomotive
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June 26, 2020

The Right Word (permalink)
You've spotted the problem with the affirmation: everything may or may not be okay ... but everything will be OK as in Oklahoma.  (Yes, we did a Google search for "Everything will be Oklahoma.")  (For 6thSensical.)
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#oklahoma #okay
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
This happens to us, too -- the mask's eye holes don't line up with our eyes.  But our rule is to just roll with it, as long as we're not operating heavy machinery.  From Lenoir-Rhyne's 1980 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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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
You've heard of "flipping someone the bird" as an "f-you."  Here's the bird in question, under the care of Cupid.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #cherub #cupid #birdcage #bird
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"In his dream, he saw the spirits from the graveyard." From Voodoo Island by Michael Duckworth, 1989.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#nightmare #haunted #spirits #occult #ghosts #voodoo
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Never assume anything about a Christian college.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#magick #wizard #occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krokodil, 1952.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #pitchfork #crocodile #hybrid #lobster man #red crocodile #claws for hands
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From The Cursed Canoe, by Frankie Bow:

***

[Turnabout Is Fair Play dept.]
"Ma, the Blarney Stone would kiss Molly if it could!" [I.e., Molly is such a liar that she could teach the Blarney Stone a thing or two.]

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#blarney stone
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Vodovorot, 1906.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #death #skull #grim reaper
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's been said that, in the long run, not confronting one's shadow is even riskier.  From Kansas State's 1994 yearbook.

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

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#beard #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #shadow self #bigfoot #vintage man #cousin itt #hairy man
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
There are those who call for news photography to return to impressionism.  From The Gateway, 1977.
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#vintage photo #dancing #blurred
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We find this to be true: "science fiction becomes fact after five."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1979.
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#science fiction #vintage headline
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
Some of the most amazing things happen around 9:73 in the morning.  Many of us call it "the better part of the day."  Photo courtesy of temporal anomaly investigator Dipurinku.

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#timepiece #temporal anomaly #digital clock #weird time
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Don't leave it to chance ... Vote Divine Right."  From The Martlet, 1969.
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#voting #sign #divine right
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Stars are a reliable way to add sparkle to your vibe, even if they're merely chalked onto a blackboard.  From Guilford's 1966 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #asterisk #1960s #vintage woman
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The problem with this book title, of course, is that "Thinking about it won’t make it so" (Marsha Stopa).
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#thinking
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
This photo may be used to open the "perpendicular path" to enlightement/salvation, as explained in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
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#ufo #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Film Daily, 1938.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #eyesight #audience
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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)
An autumnal costume from Nebelspalter, 1893.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #autumn #costume
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June 25, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It's been said that "The author should be invisible every step of the way" (Angela Ackerman).  And that includes the title page, apparently.  This page is exactly as scanned by Google Books: "The Works of."
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#vintage book #invisible man #no author #authorless
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Someone Should Write a Book on ... (permalink)
It's been said that the only book to have is Every Thing About Every Thing by Every Body.  We've read it, and while the beginning was quite compelling, about midway through we lost our bookmark and decided not to try to find our place again. From The Martlet, 1977.
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#vintage illustration #book #hammock #everything
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Unfashionable views are yet valid, and in most cases fashionable views are invalid.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1970.
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#ufo #vintage headline
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Four-and-Forty Fairies by Nathaniel Moore Banta, 1923.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #toadstool #fairies #elves
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.
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#wales #vintage postcard #borth-y-gest #portmadoc
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's Monsieur X, and for the meaning of X see One-Letter Words: A Dictionary.  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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #faces in things #vegetable people #gourd
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From UCLA's 1974 yearbook.

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

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#mask #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
An illustration by L. Ehrenberger.  From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #spirits #pandora's box
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Your Ship Will Come In (permalink)
"Some ships go East and others West, / While the selfsame breezes blow; / It's the set of the sails and not the gales / That bids them where to go. / Like the winds of the seas / Are the ways of the Fates, / As we journey on through life; / It's the set of the soul / That determines the goal, / And not the storms and strife."  From Salem's 1929 yearbook.
* Our printed collection of vintage nautical postcards is entitled Your Ship Will Come In and is available from Amazon.com.
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#vintage illustration #ship #vintage yearbook #sailboat
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Judge, 1917.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #eagle #war and peace #peace dove
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of Cincinnati's 1921 yearbook.

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

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #king #vintage yearbook
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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.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #winter #rabbit #hybrid #rabbit man #human faced
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From the University of the South's 1993 yearbook.
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#church #dog #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Strange Stories, 1942.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #science fiction #monster #man in the moon #mad scientist #horror #human spider
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #tree #red sky
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett, 1860.  Are nine lives only for cats?  See How to Be Your Own Cat.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #old book #nine lives
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
We double checked, and it's true -- the easiest way to catch mysterious orbs in the air is to reach out toward another person.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
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#vintage yearbook #vintage photo #hands #orbs
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The Right Word (permalink)
"Love (a beautiful four letter word)."  (We noticed several less-beautiful four-letter words hidden within those letters, too.  How many can you spot?  Also, did you notice that this alphanet has two e's and two v's?)  From Bay Area Reporter, 1971.
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#vintage illustration #alphabet #love
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
This old Dutch safety poster reminded us of our encounter with a horrific deformity in the glass of an antique mirror.  
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#eye
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June 24, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Our not-so-secret ambition: to don the crown of "Visiting Artist."  There's such power and freedom in "just visiting" and then going on your merry way.  But do you get to keep the crown as a memento?  Also, is there a scepter, and do you get to keep that as well?  From Cleveland Technical's 1984 yearbook.

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

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#king #vintage photo #crown #vintage yearbook #artist #1980s
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
It's an enduring question: "It's only a movie (isn't it?)"  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1996.
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#vintage headline #simulation #only a movie
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A miniature spirit double from State Teacher's College, Farmville, Va.'s 1934 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #spirit double #mini me
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From From Nowhere to the North Pole by Tom Hood, 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 #nest #bird #tiny person
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1919.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #piano #dancing #pianist
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
At first glance, we thought she was catching a will-o'-the wisp.  From Otterbein's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #blowing bubbles #soap bubble
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
In the late 1800s, children were taught early that people look like dogs.  From Pittypat and Tippytoe by Eugene Field, 1896.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #hybrid #dog headed #dog man #people who look like dogs
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
There's no shame in one's literary path leading toward romances.  From the University of Chicago's 1900 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #books #vintage yearbook #romance novel
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #owl #satyr #winged horse
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"There was an ominous darkness on the horizon. Regardless of the ugliness and horrific events that eventually put my sanity over the precipice, I do cherish the memory of this innocent morning" (Thomas Maul, Manila Demon, 2012).  This dark sun is from Fort Wayne Bible College's 1956 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #darkness #vintage yearbook #horizon #black sun #dark sun
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #king #rat #giant rat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
It's been said that "whether or not you remember how to solve for x, diagram a sentence or dissect a worm, you never forget your best teachers."
From Lasell's 1961 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #fish people #fish headed
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Separated at Birth? (permalink)
Our custom widget that checks for duplicated images suggested this unlikely pairing.  Click each image for its source.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #rabbit #rabbit army
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Shoes offered to spirit or light bodies.  From Nebelspalter, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #light body #shoes #spirit body
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Watching the television brush its teeth.  From St. Patrick's 1957 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #faces in things #surreal #bizarre #toothpaste #television
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916.  
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #cat #cat in bed
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kansas State's 1994 yearbook.

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

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#death #halloween #skull face #horror #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"He sees phoniness in nearly everything."  Irving Layton, in The Martlet, 1965.
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#vintage illustration #poet #eyes #phony
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Satan and a soul."  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 #satan #grotesque #eaten alive #church art
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June 23, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
To this day, the phrase "All our heads will shine this time in ultraviolet blue" is a Googlewhack.  From an ad in Bay Area Reporter, 1978.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #egyptian #pyramid
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"What you do on June 23 could affect the rest of your life."  From Woroni, 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 #june 23
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The Right Word (permalink)
The Big U says, quoting the Howie interlude from Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way":
"You are (you are, you are, you are)."
Note that the Big U may have misheard the lyrics as two one-letter words: "U, R."
The Big U is from Wid's Daily, 1919.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #letter u #wink
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Temporal Anomalies (permalink)
We encountered and determined the cause of a temporal anomaly in Troy, Alabama.  The clock tower of the public library displays the wrong time.  As constant investigators of such phenomena, we diagnosed the source of the distortion at a glance.  The front window of the library reflects a warping of space, and that warping has shifted the hands of the clock.  Though the cause is simple enough, great mysteries yet abound, for precisely why is Troy, Alabama so buckled?  Is the fabric of space-time being prodded by the phallic monument in the town square?
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#temporal anomaly
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Der Guckkasten, 1909.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #giant #tiny man #pet walker
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The caption to this says that the ghost medics make the refreshments (dill pickles, peanut butter sandwiches, and black coco) seem even worse.  From Olivet Nazarene's 1959 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you recognize yourself anywhere in this picture.  From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #idol #tiger skin rug
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"We are verdant, we are shy, we will get there by and by."  From Henderson's 1910 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #faces in things #vegetable people #cabbage patch baby
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
The mystery of the ghost cow.  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 #ghost #spirit animal #cow #ghost cow
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Double jesters, bells hooked.  From Elizabethtown's 1924 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #king #jester #vintage yearbook
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From The Link, 1974.
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#vintage illustration #cauldron #witches #vintage headline
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Miscellanies of Mr. Jonathan (permalink)

Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

unearths some literary gems.

From Swiss Family Manhattan, by Christopher Morley:

***
Although so young, Otto was a persistent arguer; he rarely assented without reservation to anything his brother said, and so often began his sentences with "Yes, but"--which he pronounced Yebbut--that the word had become his nickname.

***
"Dictate to me!" she cried at last. "I don't mind dying if I can take dictation."

***
[Mannequin dept.]
Like birds of paradise rich millinery idols perched in caves of glass, looked out in a bright fixity of simper.

***
I was no longer just the perplexed father of a castaway family and the conscientious breadwinner. I was a thoughtwinner.

***
[Things pick up when we meet a Jeremy Edwards female protagonist type called Gazelle(!). (I thought there might be a Giselle in Swiss Family Robinson, which this would be meant as a play on, but I found no evidence of that, so I think "Gazelle" is just pure whimsical aptness.)]

"I am usually the most conventional of men, but circumstances very extraordinary--"
"That's the kind of circumstances I like."

***
[Instead of messages in bottles...]

"So I considered," she said, "that in such an emergency it was more than ever desirable for us to get in touch with the more thoughtful class of the inhabitants. I could think of no more certain way of doing so than by throwing out some of your index-cards."

***
"O noble hyperbole, said I (addressing the Empire State Building), I will be worthy of thee!
[N.B. The parenthetical there is Morley's, not mine.]

***
It boasted "the largest Little Theatre in the world."

***
"Voltaire at Ferney, like an electric refrigerator secreting his crystalline cubes of clear reason!"

***
Congenially squeezed into Gazelle's yellow car, the Scrambled Egg, we three drove downtown to the address given us.

***
[Living Punctuation dept.]
The rising fragrance of Gretchen's admirable grilled kidneys or veal cutlets broiled in Gruyère put a period to my application. [I.e., his work came to a full stop.]

***
That is what a philosopher should be, a windshield wiper for humanity.
***

[Bonus: The nickname "Moonlight Saving," borne by a minor character who comes to life after dark.]

[Incidentally, I could find no literary evidence of those two dedicatees whom Morley calls "Practitioners of Laughter." Maybe he meant it literally, and they were professional first-night claquers!]

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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Reblog if you take the light with you.  From Guilford's 1960 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light #1960s
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy tale #cat #boots #faces in things #puss in boots
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
One of the most Dali-esque yearbook portraits we've encountered.  From Washington College's 1972 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 photo #vintage yearbook #1970s #dali #daliesque
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
The sit-in was given its walking papers, apparently.  From The Martlet, 1968.
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#vintage headline #protest #sit-in
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
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#cat #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"A ufo lands in every life."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1980.
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#ufo #vintage headline
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June 22, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"The black cat."  From The Film Daily, 1934.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #black cat
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Neither Saint- Nor Sophist-Led (permalink)
From La Colotte, 1908.
Who is your favorite imaginary saint?  Do share!
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#vintage illustration #devil #saint
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Here's an account of a library ghost, from Middlebury College Magazine, 1992.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#library ghost
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Two ways to find a cosmic dove.  From Star Lore of All Ages by William Tyler Olcott, 1911.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #constellation #dove #columba
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia's 1932 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #mythology #vintage yearbook #Apollo
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1897.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #dancing #faces in things #stein
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
"Stop the World—I Want to Get Off."  From Mary Washington's 1975 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #world #vintage yearbook #stop the world
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1847.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #map #crop pattern
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #clothesline #camper
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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 #devil #demons
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Colorado College's 1922 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #occult #skull and crossbones #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #hooded figure #locked book
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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 #ornate capital #serpent #capital t #letter t #art
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if you've ever had a freaky Friday on Monday.  From Cleveland County Technical's 1978 yearbook.

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

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#mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume #monday #freaky friday
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"You may well ask what all this has to do with a soap-bubble."  From Soap Bubbles And The Forces Which Mould Them by C. V. Boys, 1959.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #shadow #candle #penumbra
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
Memories of college.  From College of the Albemarle's 1981 yearbook.
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#halloween #vintage photo #wolfman #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Link, 1960.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #gem #trapped #tiny people #crystal
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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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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
A messiah complex is also known as a Christ complex or savior complex.  Be that as it may, this is Mr. Burkholder's official yearbook portrait, from Washington College's 1972 yearbook. 

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #jesus #1970s #messiah complex #jesus complex #christ complex
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Rhetorical Questions, Answered! (permalink)
Q: Are you a wrong number?
A: No, I merely can't be completed as dialed.
From The Martlet, 1969.
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#wrong number
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June 21, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We, too, extract dreams from skulls, a technique we learned from Haruki Murakami's Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.  From Elizabethtown's 1998 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
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#skeleton #occult #vintage yearbook
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Do-Re-Midi (permalink)

One Weird Trick For Telling If the Second Stanza Got Moved Up

It almost seems impossible, doesn’t it?  To know if a song’s second stanza got moved to first place?  (Even if there’s linear storytelling in the song, it’s still hard to tell, because the second stanza could swap with the first as a foreshadowing teaser.)  But there is one weird trick for knowing with certainty.  And I’m now prepared to reveal all (for one can keep important secrets like this only so long before the yearning to share simply becomes unsupportable).  The first stanza of a song surely tends to contain the first lines written by the songwriter — the germ, the heart of the song — and that first stanza tends to be the best written, strongest section.  The second stanza tends to be filler, compelled by the laws of structure to mirror the first stanza while being slightly different.  The second stanza is extraneous at worst, artificial surely, and oh-so-rarely brilliant.  The issue is that the listener, not necessarily quite hooked into the song yet, tends to gloss over the first stanza.  Horror — for one’s best stanza to go unappreciated!  (And damn those catchy choruses for being the only thing most anyone recalls at a moment’s notice!  Those gaudy choruses with their feather boas and their flashy sequins.  All glitz and glamor, but where’s the substance?)  The only hope is to swap stanzas 1 and 2.  (If there’s a third stanza, the laws of ultimogeniture dictate that it stay behind and take care of the parents.)  Let the weaker second stanza get glossed over, and as listeners find themselves hooked, hit them with the strong first stanza and really blow them away.  Unnecessary proof of practice: Ratt’s “Round and Round.”  
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"He awaits their return."  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1984.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #ufo #vintage headline #aliens #spacemen
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Sundials (permalink)
From Ye Sundial Booke by T. Geoffrey Henslow, 1914.

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#vintage illustration #sundial #motto
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1920 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #violin #musician
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
People used to dress so modestly when they visited tar beach.  By Martin Lewis, 1935, via Ephemeral New York.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to 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 #rooftop #1930s #new york
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Susquehanna's 1950 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
The summer fairy.  From Montreat's 1947 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #fairy #vintage yearbook #summer
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Fliegende Blätter, 1944.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #serpent #musician
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Reblog if your own family reunion includes animals.  From Woman's College of Baltimore's 1900 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #animals #vintage yearbook #family reunion
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No News Is Good News (permalink)
From Le Charivari, 1845.
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#vintage illustration #newspaper #big news
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Rutherford's 1930 yearbook.  Is it spelled "teepee" or "tepee"?  See our surprising proof here.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #teepee #ex libris
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A rabbit partially hidden in the forest.  From Among the Forest People by Clara Dillingham Pierson, 1898
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #forest #rabbit
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Everybody's Doing This Now (permalink)
From the University of Cincinnati's 1921 yearbook.
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#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #1920s #procession
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
Recalling the poem "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud," who better than someone named Fred Cloud to offer advice on loneliness?  From The Link, 1962.
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#cloud #vintage headline #wordsworth
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
We, too, wear a bag over our head as we search out your favorite posts on the internet.  From Greensboro's 1986 yearbook.
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#mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #paper bag head
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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 #harp
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Martlet, 1970.
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#vintage illustration #bull #no bull
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Astounding, 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.]
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#vintage illustration #bat #bat man
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June 20, 2020

I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
"Terrible pamphlets" don't arise in Dark Shadows until episode 725.
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#occult #voodoo #dark shadows
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
We checked, and it's actually true!  "Life begins at eight thirty."  From The Film Daily, 1942.
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#vintage illustration #vintage ad #clock
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Reblog if you, too, are roughly drawn.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1931.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #scarecrow #drawing #pencil sketch
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"A world removed."  From West Virginia Wesleyan's 1964 yearbook.
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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #glowing tree
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
Rabbits in fur coats.  From Sandman Twilight Stories by Abbie Phillips Walker and illustrated by Rhoda C. Chase, 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 #winter #rabbit #fur coat
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Atlantic Christian's 1981 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #harpy #vintage yearbook #hybrid #bird man #bird people
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
In the late 1800s, children were taught very young the horror of a wolf selling a goat gloves made from the skins of baby goats.  From Pittypat and Tippytoe by Eugene Field, 1896.
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#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #wolf #goat #kid gloves
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Hampden-Sydney's 1922 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #clubs
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
"Those twin devils Pride and Prejudice."  From The Link, 1946.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #pride and prejudice #devil #silhouette
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Strange Dreams (permalink)
"'A Dream' (After Boning on Dante.)"  From the University of Chicago's 1900 yearbook.
If you have a strange dream to share, send it along!
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#vintage illustration #dream #vintage yearbook
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
A locust's tears over not being able to ride the carousel in the sky.  From Nebelspalter, 1899.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #insect #carousel #merry-go-round #bug #locust #crying insect
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Catawba's 1968 yearbook.

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

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#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hooded figure #whipping
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill, 1918.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #fairy #oz #tin man
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Trying to eat the ten-legged "evolution of expression."  From Emerson's 1914 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #spider #vintage yearbook #chicken
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 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 #starry night #night #bridge #lamp post #streetlight #pet walker
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
From Tulane's 1939 yearbook.

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

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#vintage illustration #dreaming #vintage yearbook #question mark
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1927.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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#vintage illustration #political cartoon #faces in things
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Sometimes, I’m like a cracked mirror reflecting her own image back at Alice. Usually, this is on her fifth or sixth drink. There is a crack in everything, I realize fleetingly" (Michael Dickel).  Photo from Washington College's 1972 yearbook.
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#mirror #vintage yearbook #1970s #broken mirror #cracked mirror
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From The Martlet, 1966.
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#1960s #vintage headline #sixties
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June 19, 2020

Strange Prayers for Strange Times (permalink)
That is a cat respectable,
Connectable
With selectable
Felines respectable,
Whose names would make you quiver.
That is a cat of piety,
Not satiety,
But sobriety.
Its very purr is of piety
And thanks to its Feline Giver.
—Sinclair Lewis
Photo from Northeastern's 1972 yearbook.
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#cat #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #rosary
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This May Surprise You (permalink)
"People will dance for you in banana costume."  From something called How to Make Mony [sic] from Fiverr.  I guess that's mony as in "Mony Mony" (as sung by Tommy James and the Shondells as well as by Billy Idol).
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#banana