These vintage cards and old placards display optical illusions, visual witticisms, hidden images, rebuses, and artistic paradoxes from yesteryear. They were the equivalent of Gifs back then — eye candy worth sharing. Here they are gathered in a oversized paperback for your entertainment and amazement.
The Playful Eye: An Album of Visual Delight
by Julian Rothenstein, Mel Gooding
2000, 112 pages, 9.9 x 0.5 x 12.7 inches, Paperback
$9 Buy on Amazon
See sample pages from this book at Wink.
The sun lights things from above, so our brains are used to seeing shadows appear below convex things and above concave things. It’s easy to trick your brain by rotating a map or photo upside down.
Perspective. pic.twitter.com/k53zRHbg9Y— IM🍑HIM (@ziyatong) May 6, 2017 Ziya Tong, producer and host of The Daily Planet on Discovery Canada, tweeted a gif that clearly shows how the same two colors can look either black and blue or yellow and white.
Spinning things with contrasting stripes are evidently mesmerising.
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