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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Yesterday — April 4, 2020 (permalink)

To say that the 1960s were spent lounging atop giant paisley eggs would be a terrible stereotype.  From Calumet's 1969 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #paisley #egg #1960s #easter egg
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April 3, 2020 (permalink)

Great news from Rita Hayworth -- "You were never lovelier."  From The Film Daily, 1942.
#vintage photo #vintage hollywood #vintage woman #rita hayworth #lovely
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March 31, 2020 (permalink)

From St. Procopius' 1965 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1960s #vintage man #stress #coping
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March 30, 2020 (permalink)

From Pfeiffer's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #pacifism #dove of peace #non-violence
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March 29, 2020 (permalink)

"Ghost party."  From Susquehanna's 1914 yearbook.  See Of Feeding & Caring For Sheet Ghosts.
#ghosts #vintage photo #sheet ghost #vintage yearbook #ghost party
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March 26, 2020 (permalink)

From Lebanon Valley's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #trash can #garbage
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March 25, 2020 (permalink)

A library held together by strings, from Lehigh's 1973 yearbook.
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INSTRUCTIONS: Here's how to ensure that a loaned book will return to you. An "Ex Libris" must convert to "Ye Inn."
The front and back endpapers are from Saint Mary's 1931 yearbook.

The front and back endpapers are from Saint Mary's 1931 yearbook
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #endpapers #ex libris #gif
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March 24, 2020 (permalink)

"Slander, innuendo, unsubstantiated rumours."  From The Varsity, Sept. 12, 1975.
#vintage photo #chalkboard #slander #no face
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March 21, 2020 (permalink)

How true those words are even today: a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.  From the University of Nebraska at Omaha's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s #vintage woman #parking
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Digging potatoes in Washington, from 1907.  Via UpNorth Memories.
#vintage illustration #potato #vintage postcard #giant potato
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March 16, 2020 (permalink)

From Colorado College's 1972 yearbook.
#vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook #alcohol #drinking and driving
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March 15, 2020 (permalink)

From Colorado College's 1972 yearbook.
#vintage photo #shadow #vintage yearbook #fire escape
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March 13, 2020 (permalink)

It's a silly pastime of ours to wonder about the books people are reading in old photos.  This student is reading Allen Drury's A Senate Journal, 1943-1945, which came out just before this yearbook was published.  From Colorado College's 1964 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #allen drury #woman reading
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March 12, 2020 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to rotate from "yesterday" to "today." From Le Grelot, 1875.

From Le Grelot, 1875
#vintage illustration #gif #yesterday and today
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March 11, 2020 (permalink)

Yes, you can ask a crystal ball whether or not you'll get a manicure, but you probably already know the answer to that yourself.  From Cine-Mundial, 1940.
#vintage ad #vintage photo #crystal ball #fingernails #manicure
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March 10, 2020 (permalink)

Walking the tightrope in Culver City.  From Cine-Mundial, 1925.
#cat #vintage photo #tightrope #cat tricks
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March 9, 2020 (permalink)

From The Varsity, Sept. 12, 1975.
#vintage photo #vintage fashion #pyramid
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An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
#wales #vintage fashion #vintage postcard #hat #vintage woman
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March 8, 2020 (permalink)

The secret is out -- magicians have long known the forbidden alchemy of transforming powdered milk into liquid.  From Cine-Mundial, 1940.
#vintage ad #magician #milk
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