danskjavlarna
danskjavlarna
Dansk Jävlarna
I am an Attendant of the Borgesian Circulating Depository. Duties: 1. honoring visionary ancients who were centuries or millennia before their time; 2. tilting the game board so as to cast everything in a new light; 3. celebrating allegory and metaphor as scenic shortcuts to wisdom; 4. discovering the macrocosm in the microcosm; 5. measuring non-material forces which nonetheless carry weight (Umberto Eco); 6. tracking extraordinary tempests in mundane teacups; 7. finding mystical analogues to scientific breakthroughs—putting the super into the natural, the other into the worldly, the meta into the physical, the para into the normal, the magical into realism; 8. puzzling over hidden, deeper meaning; 9. carrying the key, even when the lock has been lost; 10. identifying archetypes at play; 11. studying the legend, even when the map is blank; 12. searching through the deepest shadows for the bright light that cast them; 13. delving into the unfathomable in wordless awe of the inexplicable; 14. photographing background images for the insides of mystery boxes; 15. offering the inscrutable its due scrutiny; 16. endowing branches of Borgesian catacombs; 17. diagramming the sacred syllables in the mumbo jumbo; 18. believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast; 19. building 3D models of M.C. Escher's visual illusions; 20. crafting something out of nothing; 21. designing floor plans for memory palaces; 15. plundering cultural detritus; 16. bringing warmth to fuzzy logic; 17. looking through trompe l'oeil windows; 18. freeing radicals; 19. centering on marginalia; 20. navigating the ocean that roars within the seashell; 21. making the past perfect and the future less tense; 22. seeking a grand unification of hard science, soft science, and ethereal science; 23. resisting the belligerence of ignorance; 24. erecting signs on dotted lines; 25. taking a stand for poetic justice; 26. tracing constellations in the starry-eyed; 27. fighting to cure anhedonia; 28. getting in stitches over how many angels can dance on the point of a needle; 29. exploring intangible powers, from those celebrated by the world's great religions to square roots to the literary tradition (Umberto Eco); 30. directing good brain power to fanciful ends. "It is the custom here that we go just a little beyond, that we consider each direction with the possibilities of madness and its grand, all-inclusive theatrics, where even minor dreams are worth their weight in gold, when balanced against the darkness out of which they have gestated and taken their cues from the fiercest and loveliest of all the animals." —J. Karl Bogartte
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danskjavlarna · 17 minutes ago
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From Rockford College’s 1937 yearbook.
My modest collection of vintage autumn and falling leaves imagery.
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danskjavlarna · 37 minutes ago
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From Toike Oike, 1945.
My collection of drunken imagery is often hallucinatory.
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danskjavlarna · 55 minutes ago
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From Jugend, 1898.
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danskjavlarna · an hour ago
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From The Daily Tar Heel, 1965.
It all connects: vintage skeleton imagery.
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danskjavlarna · an hour ago
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A doppelgänger from Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn, The Third Scenario handbook.
This will soon double: my collection of vintage twins imagery.
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danskjavlarna · an hour ago
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From Die Muskete, 1925.
It’s easy to get lost in these forests of old.
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danskjavlarna · 2 hours ago
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From the Fables of Aesop, told anew by Joseph Jacobs, 1894.
I have some rather fun vintage bear imagery collected here.
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danskjavlarna · 2 hours ago
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From George Washington University's 1929 yearbook.
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danskjavlarna · 2 hours ago
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From Scribner’s 1877.
A shadow looms over this collection of vintage sundials.
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danskjavlarna · 3 hours ago
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From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1910.
Shooting stars, falling stars, and comets are collected here as I encounter them.
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danskjavlarna · 3 hours ago
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From The Book of Knight and Barbara by David Starr Jordan, 1899. 
Here's my collection of vintage Medusas.
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danskjavlarna · 3 hours ago
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From The Stars in Our Heaven, Myths and Fables by Peter Lum. 
Connecting the dots: constellations in the skies of old.
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danskjavlarna · 3 hours ago
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From Le Rire, 1913.
Out of hibernation: some rather fun vintage bear imagery.
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danskjavlarna · 4 hours ago
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From the Fables of Aesop, told anew by Joseph Jacobs, 1894.
Here are the vintage crows, ravens, and blackbirds we've spoken with.
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danskjavlarna · 4 hours ago
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In 1977, George Burns played God in the film Oh, God!  Here he is, apparently, five years later, though strangely smaller and transparent.  From The Lighted Pathway, 1982.
It’s been said that we still have only the crudest understanding of ghosts. Here are a thousand vintage ghosts I’ve invited over.
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danskjavlarna · 4 hours ago
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A hyena watches a jackal eating a cloud.  From The Alo Man, Stories of the Congo by Mara Pratt-Chadwick and illustrated by Rollin Crampton, 1921.
For a laugh: vintage hyena imagery.
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danskjavlarna · 4 hours ago
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From Der Orchideengarten, 1919.
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danskjavlarna · 5 hours ago
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From Jugend, 1896.
Triumphal: a collection of vintage chariots is wheeling along.
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danskjavlarna · 5 hours ago
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From Krokodil, 1935.
Here are the vintage “under the sea” imagery we’re trying to fathom.
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danskjavlarna · 5 hours ago
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By Arthur Rackham.  From St. Nicholas, 1913.
Here are the vintage crows, ravens, and blackbirds we’ve spoken with.
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