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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March 4, 2019 (permalink)

Today's sheet ghost menacing a precursor to Marilyn Monroe appears in Northern Illinois' 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #marilyn monroe
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March 2, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to electronic music pioneer Michael Iceberg, whose "Iceberg Machine" was once a fixture at Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland.  From Nebelspalter, 1958.
#vintage illustration #musician #electronic music #michael iceberg
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March 1, 2019 (permalink)

We spotted the band Ghost's frontman Cardinal Copia in St. Joseph's 1973 yearbook.
#halloween #skull face #vintage yearbook #cardinal copia
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February 26, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to British explorer Bear Grylls flying over Everest.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
#vintage illustration #skiing #propeller #bear grylls
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February 24, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to selecting emojis.  From Park College's 1931 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #emoji
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February 22, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Laura Palmer being wrapped in plastic in Twin Peaks.  From Presbyterian College's 1983 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #Twin Peaks #wrapped in plastic #laura palmer
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February 20, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a "spaghetti western," 40 years before the phrase was coined.  The caption says, "Effect of a spaghetti dinner on members of a wild west show."  From Life, 1923.
#vintage illustration #cowboy #wild west #lasso #spaghetti western
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February 19, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Addams Family's mustachioed baby Pubert.  The caption reads, "Young Mother (examining baby with magnifying glass): Harry, I'm simply tickled to death!  I believe that when Baby grows up he's going to have a dark mustache."  From Life, 1923.
#vintage illustration #addams family #pubert
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February 16, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the rappers Kris Kross wearing their clothes backwards.  From Duke's 1914 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #backwards
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February 15, 2019 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #art #long nose #never eat anything bigger than your head #supersize #bigger than your stomach #heaping
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February 7, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Eric Andre's "Ranch Dude" character that harasses innocent bystanders.
From Butler's 1982 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #street musician #street performer #eric andre #ranch dude #1980s
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February 2, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Bride of Frankenstein.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
#vintage illustration #bride of frankenstein
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January 31, 2019 (permalink)

A car accident gets them hot -- a precursor to the Ballard novel and film of Crash.  From Le Régiment, 1913.
#vintage illustration #art #car crash #car accident #j. g. ballard
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January 28, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to How to Be Your Own Cat.  From Le Régiment, 1913.
You may already know this dieting innovation: on the How to Be Your Own Cat diet, you get to eat anything you want, whenever you want, but only until you're perfectly satisfied.  Thing is, most people eat more than they're actually hungry for.  The tips in How to Be Your Own Cat teach you the mindfulness required for this uncompromising diet.
#vintage illustration #art #cat lady #cat costume #cat woman
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January 24, 2019 (permalink)

A precursor to the Eraserhead baby!  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
#vintage illustration #david lynch #eraserhead
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Here's a precursor to Pierre et Gilles.  From Fliegende Blätter, 1924.
#vintage illustration #money #photographer #pierre et gilles
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January 14, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to looking at crazy pictures on a smartphone.  From L'Impartial de l'Est, 1905.
#vintage illustration #precursor #smartphone
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January 9, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1932.
#vintage illustration #art #birds #the birds #alfred hitchcock
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January 5, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Cousin It from The Addams Family.  From Kladderadatsch, 1920.
#vintage illustration #art #long beard #addams family #cousin it
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January 3, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal this precursor to the "cone of silence" from Get Smart. From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905.

Preursor to the cone of silence from L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1905
#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #cone of silence
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