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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November 20, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click for an unexpected finale to the chess game. From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.

From Fliegende Blätter, 1925.
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November 15, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rotate and reveal the other face.  From Nebelspalter, 1891.

From Nebelspalter, 1891.
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Our custom Uncanny Detector app positively identified the shadowy figure as a ghost.  From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
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November 14, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel.  From the 1972 State College at Boston yearbook.
#vintage photo #lens flare #perspective #train tracks
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From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #light and shadow
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This photograph may be used to facillitate time travel.  From the Western Ontario yearbook of 1961.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to reveal another moment. From Washington College's 1976 yearbook..

From Washington College's 1976 yearbook.
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This image may be used to trigger an altered state of consciousness. From the Niles West yearbook of 1980.
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November 5, 2019 (permalink)

In our photo of chronologician Michael, he is not actually looking at his invisible watch but rather consulting the living map that he's wearing.  (A living map never gets outdated but rather, remaining mysterious to its core, is a provocation to experience, casting as it does the luminosity of presence.  A living map is full of latencies, providing criteria by which a competent discoverer may test his projected conjectures.)
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From Washington & Lee's 1970 yearbook.
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This photograph may be used to faciliate time travel.  From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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November 1, 2019 (permalink)

"Already stratified as dummies in school, condemned as unfit for the worlds of learning art, imagination, invention" (Tillie Olsen, Yonnondio).
From Clarion's 1993 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #dummies #crash test dummies
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Our custom Uncanny Detector app positively identified the shadowy figure as a ghost.  From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
#ghost #silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #fog
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October 30, 2019 (permalink)

You'll have already guessed why we posted this photo -- it's because the photographer seems to have placed the classic X-Ray Spex over his lens.
From Charleston Southern's 1968 yearbook.
#vintage photo #aura #vintage yearbook #vintage woman #beauty queen
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Note the ironwork at the bottom of the first photo.  The second shot is framed exactly as we would have done it.  From Wake Forest's 1960 yearbook.
#photography #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #framing #ironwork #wake forest
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October 28, 2019 (permalink)

News we can believe in.  From City Light newsletter, 1959.  Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.
#jack-o'-lantern #vintage photo #hallowe'en #carved pumpkin #pumpkin lamp
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Reblog if you'll be right back.  From West Chester's "Serpentine" yearbook of 1980.
#vintage illustration #halloween #cat #october #art #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #be right back
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October 25, 2019 (permalink)

From Washington College's 1969 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #library #student #studying
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The caption of this photograph reveals its occult purpose of facilitating astral travel.  From the North Adams State College yearbook, 1966.
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October 20, 2019 (permalink)

From Cine-Mundial, 1935.
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