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, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, 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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August 21, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rattle him. From Lustige Blätter, 1918.

From Lustige Blätter, 1918
#vintage illustration #art #gif
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This photograph may be used to orient the etheric body toward the akashic library.  However, it should not be used during near-death experiences.  From the Cape Cod yearbook, 1964.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #light and darkness #illuminated
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August 20, 2019 (permalink)

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

A doodle on the title page of God's Smile by Julius Magnussen, 1920.
#vintage illustration #halo #faces #smile #god #doodle
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This haunted photo appears in the University of Rhode Island's yearbook of 1997.  Why are glowing lights so ghostly?  We explored the answer in the context of this other ghostly photo.
#winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #light in the window
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"The non-conformist scientific hand."  The caption doesn't identify this as the hand of a non-conforming, scientific person but rather suggests that the hand itself is a non-conforming scientist.  From New Discoveries in Palmistry by Joseph Bryant Hargett, 1901.
#vintage illustration #art #hand #palmistry
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August 18, 2019 (permalink)

Memories of college.  From Lambuth's 1972 yearbook.
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This photograph may be used to facilitate either astral journeys or time travel.  From Illinois Benedictine College's 1980 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #trees #perspective #pathway
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August 17, 2019 (permalink)

From Eastern Kentucky State College's 1965 yearbook.
#reading #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #stuffed animal #plush
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The importance of a pentagram in conversations, from a magazine for military chaplains.  From The Link, 1962.
#occult #vintage diagram #pentagram #discussions
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August 16, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to show all four sides of the coin. From Nebelspalter, 1886.

Four-sided coin from Nebelspalter, 1886
#vintage illustration #blindfold #money #art #hear no evil #see no evil #coin #gif #gag #speak no evil
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"And thinking back about times gone by … the beginning and the end seem only small projections in time."  This photograph may be used to faciliate time travel.  From Taylor's 1973 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #night photography #black and white photography #glowing tree
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August 14, 2019 (permalink)

Twenty of their faces are more than partially obscured.  Our guess is that it took so long to set up the shot that nobody even cared at that point.  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1920s #vintage women #group portrait
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August 13, 2019 (permalink)

Always dress like you're going somewhere better later (a tip we learned from our dearly departed magic teacher, Eugene Burger).  From Salem's 1989 yearbook.
#devil #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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August 12, 2019 (permalink)

"The better land.  Is it where the flower of the orange blows, or the fire-flies dance through the myrtle boughs?  Not there, not there, my child!"
[I must say, however, that where the flower of the orange blows is most certainly good.]
An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
#vintage postcard #better land
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"The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter... the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever." —Fritz Leiber (via 1five1two)
More glowing trees, part of the eerie forest that spreads through all vintage yearbooks.  From Berea's 1958 yearbook.
#forest #vintage yearbook #night photography #fog #glowing tree
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August 9, 2019 (permalink)

Not sure how pleased they are with it, but "They built a volcano."  From Pembroke's 1962 yearbook.
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Do not be drawn into the belfry if you use this photograph to facilitate astral travel.  From Salve Regina's 1981 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night #tower
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August 7, 2019 (permalink)

"A view from within."  William Blake, in "Jerusalem," said that in our bosoms we bear our Heaven and Earth, and though all we behold appears "without," it is "within."  
This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the Delta State yearbook of 1995.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night #tower #within and without
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August 6, 2019 (permalink)

Here's the human aura captured on film, presumably without a special camera.  From the Euclid yearbook of 1972.
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #aura photography
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