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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Today — July 17, 2019 (permalink)

Those who follow our strange peregrinations though old yearbooks will recognize this as an encounter with the shdow self.  From Memphis State's 1972 yearbook.
#vintage photo #shadow #vintage yearbook #shadow self #1970s #vintage man
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Viola Dana, from Cine-Mundial, 1922.
#fortune teller #vintage photo #crystal ball #1920s #viola dana
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The mirror world's den of antiquities.  From St. Joseph's 1968 yearbook.  Recall our video in which we're trapped within a shattered hall of mirrors.
#vintage yearbook #mirror world #backwards #in reverse #mirror image #vintage image
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Yesterday — July 16, 2019 (permalink)

The foreshortened perspective suggests that the silhouetted figure is walking toward a portal. From West Chester's 1980 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the Evansville yearbook of 1978.
#rain #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #streetlight
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July 15, 2019 (permalink)

The grand tradition of glowing trees in old yearbooks.  From Swarthmore's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #glowing tree
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Wake Forest yearbook of 1968.
#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #fog #streetlight
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the Lycoming yearbook of 1974.
#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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Reblog if you ever pretended to read a Spanish-English dictionary, just to shield yourself for a few moments.  From Susquehanna's 1979 yearbook.
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Boston State College yearbook of 1971.
#vintage photo #boston #perspective #street
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July 11, 2019 (permalink)

Dolores Moran's contract stipulated that she would never display 3:45 or 9:15.  As Paris Hilton discovered, there's no turning back times one later regrets.  From Cine-Mundial, 1944.
#vintage photo #clock #midnight #1940s #dolores moran
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A giant orb of light by a snowy tree.  To demystify it, as Scott Neustadter has said, would merely disappoint those of us who love not knowing.  From West Virginia Wesleyan's yearbook of 1965.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to restore time. From Nebelspalter, 1885.

Broken and restored clock From Nebelspalter, 1885.
#vintage illustration #art #time #clock #gif
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July 8, 2019 (permalink)

Kitchen implements as accessories.  From Cine-Mundial, 1939.
#vintage photo #vintage fashion #hat #kitchen utensil #vintage women
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This phograph may be used to facilitate either time travel or astral travel.  From Ridley College's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #perspective #street
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July 4, 2019 (permalink)

A photo from Baron Von Schrenck-Notzing's The Materialization of Phenomena, in which a nun's veiled face emerges from the right side of a spirit medium's head.  From Current Opinion, 1922.
#vintage illustration #ghost #art #seance #spirit medium #ectoplasm
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From Cine-Mundial, 1941.
#vintage photo #barber #robot
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This photo may be used to facilitate astral travel.  However, it should not be used for near-death experiences.  From Wesminster's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #darkness #night photography #light and dark #streetlight #glowing tree
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July 2, 2019 (permalink)

"He sells the Balloon of Not Yet and the Balloon of Sometimes" (Donald Barthelme).
From Centenary's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #mustache #1970s #vintage men #balloon #seventies #men's slacks #men's pants
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to shave off his beard. From The Judge, 1917.

From The Judge, 1917.
#vintage illustration #beard #art #animated gif #facial hair #small chin
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