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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April 17, 2019 (permalink)

From North Central's 1937 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #death #vintage yearbook #fear of death #vintage man
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From Emerson's 1915 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #cat #vintage yearbook
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Reblog if you're drinking from the keg of relative values.  From Wake Forest's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #keg #vintage yearbook #relative values
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From Clarion's 1951 yearbook.
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Isn't it weird when you're talking to a new acquaintance and the monkey on the wall is making a move while the fighter pilot in the poster only has eyes for you.  From Salem's 1974 yearbook.
Jonathan notes: "I also love the illusion that Lucy is hovering over the protagonist's right shoulder like an alternative to an angel or demon. (She looks like the spirit of holding forth, or something.)"
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s
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It's never too late to go to college in a castle.  We found this article ranking the top ten colleges with high towers, parapets, battlements, opulent rooms.
Our illustration is from Bryson's 1927 yearbook.
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April 16, 2019 (permalink)

It's rarely discussed, but it's true that the Earth itself must feed on what constitutes a fruit cobbler (apples, peaches, flour, shortening, and butter).  From the North Texas yearbook of 1917.
#vintage illustration #earth #vintage yearbook #cobbler
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The history of furries.  From Emerson's 1928 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #bears #bear costume #furries #three bears
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Reblog if you, too, keep tabs on what the fairies do and what the servants say.  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.
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Our restoration of Claude Fayette Bragdon, "Snake Charmer," from The Chap-Book, 1895.
#vintage illustration #serpent #cobra #snakes #snake charmer
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Within a goblet, a crystal ball reader.  From Bethany's 1956 yearbook.  See our own crystal ball in our video about how to get a major book deal without connections.
#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #crystal ball #vintage yearbook
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April 15, 2019 (permalink)

"Unaware of the realities."  On a hunch, we analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app.  Sure enough, this is a ghost.  From Catawba's 1969 yearbook.
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"Draw your own conclusions here."  From Salem's 1938 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #drawing #octopus #draw your own conclusions
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"Preachers League."  From Millsaps College's Bobashela yearbook (1907).
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"Benumbed and stupefied by the intolerance of the mob, He wanders in utter loneliness of mind and heart."  From North Central's 1937 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #loneliness #mob mentality #feeling numb #stupefied
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April 14, 2019 (permalink)

Hey!  From Catawba's 1969 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage fashion #vintage yearbook #1960s #hey
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Apparently less controversial in 1956 -- wearing furs, smoking pipes, waving flags, and riding broomsticks.  From Bethany's 1956 yearbook.
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"Refusal to sell His art thrusts Him beyond the pale."  From North Central's 1937 yearbook.
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Reblog if passenger blimps should be brought back, tomorrow latest.  From Lambuth's 1932 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #zeppelin #blimp #city
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April 13, 2019 (permalink)

"[Kasimir] Malevich described the material world as a reflected world, a finite form of reality, an image" (Evgenii︠a︡ Andreevna Petrova, Malevich: Artist and Theoretician).  From Greensboro's 1972 yearbook.
#vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #photographer #spirit double
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