Jokes

One of Rembrandt’s finest works is strangely mirrored/mocked in this odd encounter of two unlikely hugging animals. I can totally see a Disney adaptation of the gospel parable.

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There is a term retro-future. Well, this is retro-past. Although the actual prehistoric people in this 1894 cartoon from Punch look very much like the Flintstones or any later depictions of our cave ancestors, the fauna of the planet Earth is very different from what our kids see in the “dinosaur” books. I am also pretty sure that the axe is not from the correct time period…

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“How strongly it beats!”

June 12, 2012

A CAUTION TO FAIR SAMARITANS Sitting pensive on a rustic bench, young Smith sees those pretty girls from the Hall coming his way, and, on the chance of their belonging to an “Ambulance Class” (which they do), he suffers himself to be overcome by the heat (58° in the Sun) and falls prostrate just as [...]

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Printer-bicycle

March 30, 2012

“Your ad could be here!” This curious bicycle was designed as a means of printing advertising messages on the streets of Paris. I suppose that if the ink can be washed away, this should pause no problem. Or maybe use chalk instead?

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Eiffel tower-inspired bicycle

March 30, 2012

It is a well-known fact that the Eiffel tower having been built only as a temporary structure became so beloved that it remains in place until now. This 1894 picture is a proof of the tower’s popularity at the time. A bicycle crealy inspired by the greatest landmark on the left bank!

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Half-an’-’Arf man

March 1, 2012

The above photographs show front and side views of a fancy dress representing ‘Half-an’-’Arf’. The costume was prepared in three evenings during spare time, and the dress suit was in no way altered or damaged, all the tramp-side garments being superstructed. There is a nine days’ beard on one side of the face, the hair [...]

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Looking for the odds

February 27, 2012

“Looking for the odds.” I just have to assume that tigers generally present a danger for elephants. But I could be wrong.

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Victorian humor at its weirdest

February 24, 2012

The particularly humorous feature about our next photograph is the grinning caricature of a face worn by the man standing in a stooping position the second from the right. The explanation lies in the fact that being baldheaded he has had another face painted on the top of his scalp, and in the photograph he [...]

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The advancement of woman

February 15, 2012

The idea is pretty obvious. Does anybody care to continue the progression?

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Small talk at the zoo (1897). Carson from Downton Abbey?

February 13, 2012

He: We always go somewhere in the woods during the summer. She: We always go near the water. It agrees so much better with our family. Is it me or does the elephant resemble Carson, the butler from Downton Abbey?

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