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 OneLetterWords.com.
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Found 14 posts tagged ‘memory’


November 29, 2020 (permalink)

From Nebelspalter, 1958.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #giant #memory
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November 27, 2020 (permalink)

"Perhaps, hereafter, it will be a delight to remember these things. —Virgil."  From William and Mary's 1940 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #memory #vintage yearbook #remembrance #virgil
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January 1, 2020 (permalink)

"The year is only a memory."  From Montreat-Anderson's 1966 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#memory #vintage yearbook #flowers #toilet
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April 20, 2019 (permalink)

We don't know if they meant "memory's ship" (possessive) or if it's a ship full of memories (plural).  Either way, the phrase is a Googlewhack.  From Tri-State's 1924 yearbook.  See Your Ship Will Come In.
> read more from Your Ship Will Come In . . .
#vintage illustration #memory #ship #vintage yearbook #ex libris #bookplate #sail away
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October 14, 2018 (permalink)

"Memory—painter of the past, let us invoke thee!"  From Episodes of Insect Life by Acheta Domestica (a.k.a. L. M. Budgen), 1851.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #memory #art #insect man #antennae
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April 13, 2018 (permalink)

"Down in my inner self, there passes before me, in slow and sinister review, the memories of days done with, of things for ever over, of the faces of the dead."  From A Phantom from the East by Pierre Loti, 1892.
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#memory #faces of the dead
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April 12, 2018 (permalink)

The road to ruin is marked by memory, ghosts, moonlight, and weeds (not pictured).  From Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945 (1999).
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#memory #ghosts #moonlight #road to ruin
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January 9, 2018 (permalink)

"The man who could not forget" — an illustration by Alec Ball for London Magazine, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #memory #spirit #art
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November 7, 2016 (permalink)

From Die Muskete, 1912.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #spirits #memory #ghosts #art #fireplace #hearth
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April 17, 2016 (permalink)

From Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping: "There is so little to remember of anyone—an anecdote, a conversation at table.  But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh, and that the wanderers will find a way home, and the perished, whose lack we always feel, will step through the door finally and stroke our hair with dreaming, habitual fondness, not having meant to keep us waiting long."
> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#memory #marilynne robinson
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December 20, 2015 (permalink)

If we are to "remember not past years," we are left to remember the future.  We find this good advice in Lead, Kindly Light by John Henry Newman and illustrated by Frank Dadd, 1887.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #memory #art #remember the future #don't dwell
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November 28, 2015 (permalink)

"But Memory came and took the glass of Time," from Seen in Three Days, written and illustrated by Edwin John Ellis, 1893.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #angel #memory #art #time #mnemosyne
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June 17, 2015 (permalink)

"Lucy gave way for a short time to the memory pictures which floated before her mental vision," from Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #memory #art #imagery #mental picture #mental vision #inner eye
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April 15, 2015 (permalink)

We like this as-is scan from the British Library as a visual poem.  The text reads, "were unable to discover to whose memory it."  From An Aide-de-Camp's Recollections of Service in China by Arthur Augustus Thurlow Cunynghame, 1844.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#pagoda #vintage china #visual poetry #sentence fragment #unfinished sentence #memory #lost in time
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