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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One is prompted to envision an eye in the pyramid when an empty triangle is coupled with "Beauty is in the eye / of the beholder."  The triangle, not so subliminally, becomes an eye holder.  From Clarion's 1993 yearbook.
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Reblog if you, too, are an Edgar Allan Poe.  From Eastern Carolina's 1927 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #cat #poe #vintage yearbook #edgar allan poe
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September 17, 2019 (permalink)

Memories of college.  From the State Teacher's College, Farmville, Virginia's 1940 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #costume #1940s
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"Autumn days are prologue to pleasures and problems."  From the College of William and Mary's 1966 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #autumn #vintage headline
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September 16, 2019 (permalink)

No matter how empty the room, no matter how desolate one's life, a balloon bouquet can make all the difference.  From the State Teacher's College, Farmville, Virginia's 1940 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1940s #balloon #vintage woman
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From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 1909 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skull #vintage yearbook #memento mori
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"I swear it's not too late."  From the Evansville yearbook of 1970.
#sunrise #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #lake #not too late
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September 15, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if you are all-too familiar with the imperatives of 'is and seems.'  From Emerson's 1946 yearbook.
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From West Virginia's 1933 yearbook.
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From Erskine College's Erskiniana yearbook of 1910.
#vintage illustration #horse #art #vintage yearbook #literary society
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September 14, 2019 (permalink)

From East Carolina's 1934 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #vintage map #pirate #pirate map
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A strange interlude from Tulane's 1931 yearbook.  Whether for revenge or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #devil #angel #good and evil #vintage yearbook
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This starscape may be used to facilitate astral travel.  From Southwestern's 1980 yearbook.
#cosmos #stars #orion
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September 13, 2019 (permalink)

This image may be highly mysterious to you.  Prof. Camille Paglia said that not one of her college students this year had ever heard of Moses.  (Deeply disturbing!)  From Florida Southern's 1933 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #ten commandments #vintage yearbook #moses #biblical
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Rare -- a goat butting a skeleton while skull-faced angels look on.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #goat #vintage yearbook #secret society
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This philosophy student's official yearbook portrait is that of a wizard alchemist. From Davidson's 1979 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #wizard #art #vintage yearbook #alchemist
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September 12, 2019 (permalink)

From Tulane's 1972 yearbook.
#mirror #vintage photo #horror #vintage yearbook #eye
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Making it through the day.  From West Chester's 1992 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #survival #making it #getting through #one day at a time
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September 11, 2019 (permalink)

Here's today's grim reaper offering pain medicine to a stork with a toothache.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #grim reaper #vintage yearbook #bird #rooftop #medicine
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From Susquehanna's 2007 yearbook.
#grotesque #mask #vintage yearbook
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