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 OneLetterWords.com.
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Today — December 19, 2018 (permalink)

Reblog if playbills should be carved in stone once again.  From The American University's 1990 yearbook.
#shakespeare #vintage yearbook #midsummer's night dream #carving
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Yesterday — December 18, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal what's in her purse. From Krokodil, 1956.

From Krokodil, 1956
#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #head in the clouds #ten feet off the ground #jumping for joy
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Here's one of the easiest ways to illuminate streetlights with the moon. From American University's 1973 yearbook.
#moon #vintage photo #illumination #vintage yearbook #night photography #streetlight
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December 16, 2018 (permalink)

The caption questions whether or not this is a snowman, but we have solved this quarter-century mystery.  It is a snowman!  From the Medium II newspaper (Mississauga), 1993.
#snowman #vintage photo #winter
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Likely our favorite image from the thousands of old yearbooks we've studied. This photograph by Ray Wolfe, from the Toronto yearbook of 1949, may be used to facilitate time travel.
#darkness #night photography #night #streetlight #light and shadow
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December 15, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to undevelop the land. From Krokodil, 1954.

From Krokodil, 1954.
#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #development #undeveloped #back to nature
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December 14, 2018 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
#vintage illustration #art #vintage photo #giant bug #trick photography #black and white photography #flea #giant flea
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December 13, 2018 (permalink)

The secret of why this photograph can facilitate time travel lies in what the Japanese call "komorebi" (木漏れ日) — the sunlight filtering through tree leaves.  From the Toronto yearbook of 1949.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light and shadow #komorebi #????
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December 12, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to finish inflating.
From Kladderadatsch, 1920.

From Kladderadatsch, 1920
#vintage illustration #art #clown #pig #inflatable #gif #pig balloon
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This old photograph may be used as a tool to initiate time travel.  From the University Rhode Island yearbook of 1975.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage man #dreamy
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December 9, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to redress the scene.
From Á Coups de Baïonnette, 1916.

From Á Coups de Baïonnette, 1916.
#vintage illustration #twins #art #animated gif #swimsuit #underclothes #vintage swimwear
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December 6, 2018 (permalink)

From Satirikon, 1908.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
#gnome #elf #vintage photo #black and white photography
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see if the politician is "all wet." From Kladderadatsch, 1924.

From Kladderadatsch, 1924
#vintage illustration #practical joke #art #politician #animated gif #politics #all wet
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December 4, 2018 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to facilitate astral travel to the land of night-blooming flowers.  From Taylor University's 1978 Ilium yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #night photography #flowers #night-blooming
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Posing with her spirit double.  From Borderland Quarterly, 1896.
#vintage photo #spiritualism #spirit photgraphy #spirit double
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November 30, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see how the knife act went wrong. From Judge's Library, 1896.

From Judge's Library, 1896
#vintage illustration #magician #art #stage show #knives #knife thrower #gif #knife act
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November 27, 2018 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to complete the sneeze. From Judge's Library, 1894.

From Judge's Library, 1894
#vintage illustration #art #gif #women's hat #sneeze
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November 25, 2018 (permalink)

Through focusing on the light being at the end of the pathway, you may use this photograph to facilitate astral travel. From the Wartburg yearbook of 1945.
#vintage photo #perspective #pathway
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November 24, 2018 (permalink)

This photograph may be used as a tool to initiate astral travel.  From the University of Rhode Island's 1966 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #perspective #rhode island
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click for a more theatrical look. From Judge's Library, 1894.

From Judge's Library, 1894
#vintage illustration #art #poet #changing portrait #big hair #gif #different look #change of style #styling
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