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 — June 27, 2019 (permalink)

You've heard that some musical pieces are labeled "con brio," meaning that they are to be played "brightly." Here's what it looks like. From the University of Southern Mississippi's 1985 yearbook.
#vintage photo #piano #vintage yearbook #bright
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June 20, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Ridley College yearbook, 1938.
#vintage photo #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography
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June 19, 2019 (permalink)

It's time to bring back the bubble pipe as a standard prop.  Corinne Griffith, from Cine-Mundial, 1922.
#vintage photo #bubbles #bubble pipe #soap bubbles #redhead #1920s #vintage woman #corinne griffith
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June 18, 2019 (permalink)

"Ectoplasm, an established marvel or a flimsy myth?"  A photo from Baron Von Schrenck-Notzing's The Materialization of Phenomena, in which a spirit medium summons a ghost through a strong, painful effort of will.  From Current Opinion, 1922.
#vintage illustration #ghost #art #spiritualism #seance #spirit medium #ectoplasm
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June 16, 2019 (permalink)

In case you ever need it, here's Chicago in a bottle. From the Loyola yearbook of 1977.
#vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #chicago #bottle #loyola
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This photograph may be used as a tool to trigger an altered state of consciousness. From the William and Mary yearbook of 1978.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night
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If our own hall of mirrors were this wonderful, we'd never be photographed anywhere else.  From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
#mirror #vintage photo #hall of mirrors #gracie allen
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From Elmhurst's 1960 yearbook.
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This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From Taylor University's Ilium yearbook of 1994.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night #tower #glowing
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June 13, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to facilitate astral travel to the land of the red sky.  From Southwestern's 1941 yearbook.
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Every hall tree has one or more guardians, whether or not they're easily seen.  From Duke's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bust #hall tree
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June 12, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph of accursed orbs was inverted and entitled "Lent" in the Ridley College's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #snow #winter #night photography #orbs
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"Was that a rat?"  From The Pedagogue at Play by G. M. A. Hewett, 1903.
#dog #canoe #old photo #water rat
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June 11, 2019 (permalink)

A fairy caught on camera.  From The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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June 9, 2019 (permalink)

The Merry Widow hat from 1908.
#vintage illustration #giant #art #vintage fashion #tiny man #big hat #vintage postcard
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June 8, 2019 (permalink)

Their two favorite albums [links go to Youtube] are the very wacky Romesville by Googie René, and Ahmad Jamal Trio at the Pershing: But Not for Me.
From Lasell's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #music lovers #jazz #vintage women
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June 7, 2019 (permalink)

This cabin in the woods may be used for facilitate time travel.  From Lakehead University's 1966 yearbook.
#vintage photo #winter #night photography #cabin in the woods
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Zarathustra said that this moment will occur infinite times in the future.  From Elmhurst's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Reblog if, due to budget cuts, your art and language classes were combined.  From Washington College's 1959 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage men #1950s #blackboard #spanish class
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June 6, 2019 (permalink)

Today, people will play Space Invaders wearing just anything.  So much has changed since the 1980s.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1981 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage fashion #video game #vintage yearbook #space invaders #hat #1980s
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