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 · 4 hours ago
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From Krasnyi Smekh, 1906.
Red sky at night, viewer delight.
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danskjavlarna · 5 hours ago
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Separated at Birth?
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danskjavlarna · 5 hours ago
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From Shadowland, 1923.
You might flip: vintage magazine covers.
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danskjavlarna · 6 hours ago
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Automata theatre.  From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
Strange robots and automata are collected here.
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danskjavlarna · 6 hours ago
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Magpie versus dog: which would you wager to win?  From Chatterbox, 1898.
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danskjavlarna · 6 hours ago
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“I continuously brooded on the problems of existence—free-will and determinism, the whence and why and whither of man, the origin of evil, the immortality of the soul, the futility of life, etc., and made myself very miserable over such questions.”  From Peter Ibbetson, illustrated by George Du Maurier, 1891.
From winged pianos to rocking pianos, killer pianos to piano beds, I’ve collected the most remarkable piano imagery here.
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danskjavlarna · 7 hours ago
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From Krokodil, 1926.
My modest collection of vintage horror imagery is screaming along.
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danskjavlarna · 7 hours ago
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danskjavlarna · 7 hours ago
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From Boston College's 1930 yearbook.
Here's my gallery of unusual imagery from vintage college yearbooks.
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danskjavlarna · 8 hours ago
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From St. Nicholas, 1912.
Whether or not you believe, here's my collection of weird vintage Santa imagery.
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danskjavlarna · 8 hours ago
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The clown is holding the wrong end of his dowsing rod, but it still found a little monkey.  From The Wizard, 1923.
Unless clowns give you nightmares, decide for yourself whether my collection of vintage clowns is charming or terrifying.
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danskjavlarna · 8 hours ago
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From The Great Pyramid Jeezeh by Louis Philippe McCarty, 1907.
Connecting the dots: constellations in the skies of old.
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danskjavlarna · 9 hours ago
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From Western State Normal School’s 1926 yearbook.
I’ve collected some rather interesting castle imagery, including several floating in the air.
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danskjavlarna · 9 hours ago
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From Le Régiment, 1913.
Big teeth, wind-up teeth, false teeth, dragon teeth: vintage teeth imagery.
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danskjavlarna · 9 hours ago
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You know about live television and radio broadcasts, but in the early 1900s even magazine fiction was presented live and "vitalized."  From Live Stories, 1919.
You might flip: vintage magazines.
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danskjavlarna · 10 hours ago
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From A Round-the-World Jingle by Charlotte C. Davenport, 1918.
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danskjavlarna · 10 hours ago
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From Mr. Crow and the Whitewash by Albert Bigelow Paine and illustrated by J. M. Condé, 1915.
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