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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We want all the lights in all our photos to look like this.  Please send instructions.  From Elmhurst's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #light and darkness #vintage photography
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"It's almost impossible to imagine a clock's accuracy being off by such an incredibly tiny figure" (Josepha Sherman, How Do We Know the Nature of Time, 2004).  From Cine-Mundial, 1933.
#vintage photo #clock #1930s #vintage woman
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June 3, 2019 (permalink)

One weird trick gives Hollywood stars flattering reflections.  It's all in how you hold it.  From Cine-Mundial, 1922.
#mirror #vintage photo #1920s #vintage woman
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May 29, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to pick up the pace. From Le Journal Amusant, 1899.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1899
#vintage illustration #art #gif #horseless carriage
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May 26, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if flying buttresses deserve credit for your own stability.  From American University's 1976 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #cathedral #vintage yearbook #flying buttresses
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May 22, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to chage moments. From Le Journal Amusant, 1896.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1896
#vintage illustration #art #gif #crosseyed
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May 16, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see the cow's reaction. From Le Journal Amusant, 1904.

From Le Journal Amusant, 1904
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May 12, 2019 (permalink)

"The sceptical and distrustful hands."  What we like about this, of course, is that the caption doesn't say, "A sceptical and distrustful person's hands" but rather ascribes the doubting to the hands themselves.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.
See also our guide to the palmistry of the "Don't Walk" hand at intersections: Crossroads Chiromancy: The Secrets of the Glowing Red Hands.
#hand #palmistry
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May 9, 2019 (permalink)

A leaping fairy caught on film.  From The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1922.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
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May 5, 2019 (permalink)

Life before Tumblr.  From Tri-State College's 1964 yearbook.
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May 2, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rotate the faces. From Vampir, 1906.

From Vampir, 1906
#vintage illustration #art #two faced #snake hair
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April 29, 2019 (permalink)

From Duke's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #cathedral #vintage yearbook #duke university
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April 27, 2019 (permalink)

Nice Mona Lisa smile!  From Greensboro's 1966 yearbook.  See our previous proof that the craters of the moon line up exactly with the Mona Lisa's facial features.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #mona lisa smile
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Long distance.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1967 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #phone call
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Memories of college.  From Memphis State's 1991 yearbook.
#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #fog
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April 26, 2019 (permalink)

From Taylor University's Gem yearbook, 1941.
#reading #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #black and white photo #light and shadow
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to turn the ripped page. From Shut, 1907.

From Shut, 1907
#vintage illustration #art #vintage magazine #ripped page
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April 23, 2019 (permalink)

You can guess what car he drives, just by looking at him.  From Montclair's 1978 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #blurred
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April 21, 2019 (permalink)

"Smile because you are uprooting what undermines you and replacing it with what uplifts you" (Shoshana Bennett, 2014).  From Queens College's 1969 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #balloon #uplifting
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April 17, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to make the money disappear. From Nebelspalter, 1880.

From Nebelspalter, 1880
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