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, 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
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January 13, 2017 (permalink)

Some scanning anomalies within You Have Heard of Them by Charles G. Rosenberg, 1854, courtesy of Google Books.
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January 5, 2017 (permalink)

From Bulletins de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, 1863.
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December 27, 2016 (permalink)

Thanks to Donna in Kentucky for sending us her Prof. Oddfellow caricature!
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December 16, 2016 (permalink)

Gordon spotted our Hexopedia in the "Outer Limits" section of Quimby's Bookstore, between the Krampus Sticker Book and the This Way Madness Lies.
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December 10, 2016 (permalink)

"Electric candles for a light pattern," from Hunter College's Wistarion yearbook, 1955.
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From 1912.
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December 6, 2016 (permalink)

We're delighted that our photo of Descanso Gardens was chosen for this year's "Enchanted Forest of Light" event.
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December 4, 2016 (permalink)

Thanks to Brenda ConnelRoss for a 5-star review of our Magic Words: A Dictionary:
I absolutely LOVE this book. It's great if you're interested in magic, but it's really for people who love the sound of WORDS. The evening I received it, I sat on the porch swing to look through it. A half hour later, I discovered that I had been sitting for 30 minutes reading and laughing out loud. There are words and phrases from Ancient Greece to spells from the tv show Bewitched! (The yaga zoozie spell was my all-time favorite; it's in the book.) I keep it in my fifth grade class, and use magic phrases as a signal to get to work! I need another copy for home. I also ADORE the literary references. This is a brilliant book for magicians and logophiles!
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November 13, 2016 (permalink)

We're honored that tech guru Gordon Meyer (author of Smart Home Hacks fame) called our Seance Parlor Feng Shui project "One of the loveliest, and most lovingly created, books in my collection."

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November 9, 2016 (permalink)

Jim Hester performing a night flight over Ocean Park, 1920.
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October 24, 2016 (permalink)

This is from an article about aligning reflectors in geometric forms to send signals to life on other planets.  From Cassell's, 1893.
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October 18, 2016 (permalink)

"Scene from the last act of the ballet 'Electra, or the Last Pleaid,'" from Illustrated London News, 1849.
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September 28, 2016 (permalink)

The Library Shenanigans blog got the scoop on our latest collage project about “non-circulating” library books.  Most all of our pieces are set to appear in the future, but you can time travel with us and see them all here:

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September 19, 2016 (permalink)

We're often asked how and where we find the unusual imagery we post.  This photo reveals all.

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September 17, 2016 (permalink)

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September 10, 2016 (permalink)

From Rübezahl Erzählungen by K. A. Müller, 1800.
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September 3, 2016 (permalink)

"Riding a live wire" is daredevil D. H. McDonnell a.k.a. Professor Arion, from his obituary in The Street Railway Review, 1897.
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August 20, 2016 (permalink)

"Let us forget about the past life in darkness and look forward to walking through light." —Andrew Pappachen
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