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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July 15, 2019 (permalink)

"It is hard to say how one gets through the day, but one does" (Diary of Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett, 1894).
Plus, this is a precursor to the astonishing Danish band Heilung.
From Memphis State's 1972 yearbook.
#occult #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #heilung
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Somewhere in vintage Twin Peaks or the Lumberton of David Lynch's Blue Velvet?  Of course, the exterior scenes of Lumberton were filmed in Wilmington, and this is from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's 1978 yearbook.

#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #Twin Peaks #lumberton #blue velvet
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July 7, 2019 (permalink)

What, me worry?  A precursor to Aldred E. Neuman of Mad Magazine.
"Caricatura de Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro (1846-1905)," via Biblioteca de Arte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #alfred e. neuman
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July 5, 2019 (permalink)

In these two images, four steps span an entire lifetime.  This is a precursor to Philip K. Dick's Ubik.  From Henderson-Brown's 1913 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #time #vintage yearbook #grandfather clock #lifespan
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June 28, 2019 (permalink)

No one thought leetspeak was just an internet phenomenon, right?
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1917.
#poem #leetspeak
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June 23, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Big Gulp and other super-sized beverages.
The caption, "Love laughs at icebergs," is a Googlewhack.  From Life, 1900. 
#vintage illustration #ice #iceberg #beverage #big drink
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June 21, 2019 (permalink)

Nearly a century before activity tracking gadgets, walkers were counting their miles.  From Rockford's 1915 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #shoes #walking #fitbit #activity tracking
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Apparently, polar bears have been used for advertising for as long as there has been advertising.  Here is revealed how they're lured into the work.  From Lustige Blätter, 1916.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #art #polar bear #eskimo
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Before "gay and tired," there was "queerest and restless."  From The See and Say Series, Book Two by Sarah Louise Arnold, 1914.
#vintage illustration #art #queen #rat #queer #gay and tired
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June 16, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to our photo of Morro Rock, from The Link, 1956.
#photography #tree #nature photography #photographers on tumblr #morro rock #rock
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June 15, 2019 (permalink)

You've seen the photos of pets that look like loaves of bread.  Here's a precursor, "the Bread-Panther," by Carolyn Wells in St. Nicholas magazine, 1901.  Since then, of course, the bread-panther has been bred [pun unavoidable] down into house cat size.
#vintage illustration #cat #art #hybrid #panther #bread
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June 13, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a Bewitched (Season 4, Ep. 6) precursor to How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.  The captions read, "You should see what she wrote in the class yearbook: 'Roses are red, violets are blue; it may take a while, but I'll get you."  How and why this works is explained in the book.
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June 11, 2019 (permalink)

"Shoegaze" was identified as a genre in the late 1980s, but here's a precursor from Swarthmore's 1961 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1960s #vintage man #shoegaze #shoegazing
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Top, from Cosmographiæ Introductio by Peter Apian, 1535. 
Bottom, from Cine-Mundial, 1940.
#vintage illustration #globe #earth #hand #longitude #temperate zone #frigid zone #torrid zone
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June 10, 2019 (permalink)

Eighteen years before "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" was invented, there was this unbelievable mystery food (that was prayed to!)  From Swarthmore's 1961 yearbook.  Speaking of which, there's a collection of fake Buddha quotations called I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #mystery food #i can't believe it's not
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June 8, 2019 (permalink)

This question mark got its own portrait in the National-Louis's 1930 yearbook.  This predates the invention of the interrobang in 1962 -- hence, there's an exclamation point in the question mark's name.
#vintage yearbook #question mark
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Here's a precursor to the David Bowie lyric about "putting out fire with gasoline" ("Cat People," 1982).  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
#vintage illustration #fire #art #gasoline #putting out fire with gasoline #flammable
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June 6, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to that unforgettable scene in Cabin in the Woods in which a college woman makes out with a trophy on the wall.  From Colorado College's 1977 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #cabin in the woods #deer #trophy
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June 5, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965).  From Peace Institute's 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #mouse
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June 3, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the They Might Be Giants lyric, "Make a little birdhouse in your soul."  From Lustige Blätter, 1917.
#vintage illustration #cherub #art #cupid #heart #they might be giants #birdhouse in your soul
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