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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May 6, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to suburbanites whose irrigation systems water their lawns in the rain.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #watering can
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May 2, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the movie theatre gimmicks like Smell-O-Vision and Odorama.  From Le Charivari, 1879.
#vintage illustration #fish #painter #odorama #smell-o-vision #stink
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May 1, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to those downsizing TV shows in which the host forces someone to choose one of two old toys to throw away.  From Flora Macdonald's 1925 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #downsizing
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April 26, 2019 (permalink)

VHS tape glitch art isn't merely nostalgic -- it was a thing even back in the ealry 70s.  From Duke's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #vhs #glitch #video tape art
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April 19, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to David Lynch's "Six Men Getting Sick" installation (1966).  From Indiana University's 1905 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#horror #severed head #vintage yearbook #decapitated #gruesome
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April 16, 2019 (permalink)

This precursor to Mr. Potato Head is more of a pear.  From La Caricature, 1833.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
#vintage illustration #imp #elves #pear #tiny people
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April 15, 2019 (permalink)

Audience automation — a precursor to canned laughter.  From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
#vintage illustration #art #audience #automation
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April 8, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Lars von Trier's Melancholia.  From the State Teachers College (Farmville, Virginia) yearbook of 1935.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #planet #melancholia #lars von trier
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Here's a precursor to 1958's hula hoop, from Le Journal Amusant, 1914.
#vintage illustration #art #vintage fashion #dandy #hula hoop
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April 7, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and the many DJs who wear masks in concert.  "The masked marvels of the keyboard," from Anderson's 1948 yearbook.
#mask #vintage yearbook #keyboardist
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March 30, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a 1972 precursor to the "Bob" poster from Twin Peaks.  From Butler's 1972 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #Twin Peaks #beware of bob
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Fifty years before the Summer of Love, we find these flower people in Greenboro's 1916 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #flower people #vintage yearbook #flower power #orchid #hyrbid #flower children
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March 29, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to 1998's dancing flower toy.  From Mansfield's 1932 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #dancing flower
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Here's a precursor to Breathe Right nasal strips.  From Earlham's 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bandage
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March 26, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the old joke about burning one ear when mistaking an iron for the telephone, and burning the other ear when the person calls back.  From Le Charivari, 1843.
#vintage illustration #ironing
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Here's a precursor to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.  From The Judge, 1918.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #rabbit #hunter #tables turned #bugs bunny #elmer fudd
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March 24, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor (by three decades) to the Doomsay Clock:
"Soon the world's clock will strike twelve; the number on its dial is red, is dipped in blood, and by that you will recognise it.  And a stormwind shall precede the new first hour." —Gustav Meyrink, The Green Face (1916)
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Here's a precursor to Catcher in the Rye, from 1876.
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March 21, 2019 (permalink)

The blind driver labeled "begger man" is a precursor to the extremely nearsighted cartoon driver Mr. Magoo (who debuted 32 years later).  From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #mr. magoo #rich man poor man
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March 17, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the superior horror/sci-fi film Slither.  From Le Charivari, 1849.
#vintage illustration #horror #slug #slither
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