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 OneLetterWords.com.
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A Turkish Delight of musings on languages, deflations of metaphysics, vauntings of arcana, and great visual humor.
Today — August 20, 2019 (permalink)

In addition to the standard seven years' bad luck, she has endured bad luck for:
From Salem's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #broken mirror #bad luck
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From Hampden-Sydney's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #snow #winter #vintage yearbook
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From the University of North Carolina at Asheville yearbook of 1975.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human headed #two headed
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You've heard Edith Wharton's advice to "be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."  Here's what it looks like to be the candle.  From Chicago Normal College's 1928 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #candle #candle costume
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Yesterday — August 19, 2019 (permalink)

Either this is the end of Hamlet, when everyone is dead, or it's true that "Performing Shakespeare is exhausting -- only royalty ever get to sit" (Henry Alford, Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top).  From the University of Nebraska's 1974 yearbook.
#shakespeare #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Mood.  From Cleveland Technical's 1985 yearbook.
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From Colorado College's 1934 yearbook.
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August 18, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if, at this very moment, you might be reclining under a castle with the whole world in your lap.  From West Tennessee State Normal School's 1923 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #castle #vintage yearbook
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From the Michiganensian yearbook, 1911.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #blindfold #art #fraternity #yearbook #secret society
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The octopus is king of the zoo.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook. 
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #octopus #zoo #smiling animal #badger #animal cage #cardinal
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August 17, 2019 (permalink)

From Johns Hopkins University's Hullabaloo yearbook of 1892.
#vintage illustration #devil #art #drummer #vintage yearbook
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From Centenary's 1924 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #knight #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.  For macabre cocktail recipes, see Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.
#vintage illustration #death #skeleton key #skull #cocktail
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August 16, 2019 (permalink)

A reminder from 1934's surveillance society.  From Duke's yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #telephone pole #surveillance society #privacy #wire tapping #they are listening
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From Colorado College's 1912 yearbook.
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This crystal ball is seemingly predicting several possible ethnic identites for this graduate.  From Centenary's 1924 yearbook.
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Two spirit doubles but no body.  It's his official yearbook portrait, from Emerson's 1985 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #multiple exposure #spirit double #out of body #spirit body
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She's apparently recycling her empty Stroh's beer cans into her library's book return slot.  And it's her official yearbook portrait.  From Queens College's 1973 yearbook.

Are books actually the same as beer?  Consider: "Pouring knowledge into yourself from the books like beer into a big mug until you were saturated, brimming" (Engineering and Science magazine, 1950), and "Books, like beer, have gone up in price but down in quality" (The American Oxonian, 1968).

#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #beer can #book return
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August 15, 2019 (permalink)

Is that a precursor to Spongebob?  From Wesleyan College's 1967 yearbook.
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"There are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.  Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers that there is in it after all, a place for the genuine." —Marianne Moore
From Salem's 1974 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #marianne moore #beyond all this fiddle
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