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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Today — July 13, 2020 (permalink)

An old postcard gifted to me by friends in Wales.  Undated.
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Yesterday — July 12, 2020 (permalink)

You've heard of trying to get a square peg in a round hole, and here's an achievement of the opposite challenge.  From the Locust Valley Friends Academy yearbook of 1968.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #manhole
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Memories of college.  From Kansas State's 1988 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #autumn #costumes #ape suit #ape costume #falling leaves #monkey costume #monkey suit #raking leaves
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July 8, 2020 (permalink)

Memories of college.  Our custom Uncanny Detector app verified that the figure in the foreground is a ghost.  From Ole Miss's 1971 yearbook.
#ghost #spooky #full moon #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #night
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INSTRUCTIONS: Click to remove the sunglasses. From Duke's 1984 yearbook.

From Duke's 1984 yearbook
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July 7, 2020 (permalink)

When a lens flare is the best part of your photo, you're doing well.  From Swarthmore's 1974 yearbook.
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The tree in the background appears to have a spirit double to its right, and because of that weirdness only epopts should consider using this photograph to initiate astral or time travel.  From Colorado State's 1969 yearbook.
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July 6, 2020 (permalink)

Computers have changed so much since the 70s.  This modern dance performance of "Computers in Love" requires imagination to be understood, according to the caption in Lambuth 's 1971 yearbook.
#anthropomorphism #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #faces in things #costumes #modern dance #computer costume
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It's a simple practice -- if the outside windows don't offer a distorting mirror, do not enter.  From Swarthmore's 1974 yearbook.
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July 5, 2020 (permalink)

Is this some sort of Before & After pairing of photos?  Is the piano teacher searching for his pupil when in fact she's sitting right there in the grass, covering her ears in anticipation of her own sour notes?  And does she finally give in and attend her lesson with a dimly lit room?
From Rockford's 1971 yearbook.
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There is a forest of glowing trees that can be navigated only via old yearbooks.  From Colorado State's 1969 yearbook.
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We've been place like this, where every window looks out on a different reality.  From Swarthmore's 1974 yearbook.
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July 4, 2020 (permalink)

A tin-foil hat worn proudly, from the University of the South's 2002 yearbook.
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July 3, 2020 (permalink)

“You resist / strangers until a stranger makes the old hungers / brutally wake.” —Frank Bidart, "Like," Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965–2016 
Photo from Swarthmore's 1974 yearbook.
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July 1, 2020 (permalink)

You've heard that cats are aware of God's existence and know that humans are middlemen between them and the divine realm.  This kitten, even through closed eyes and the mists of time, is aware of you as an intermediary.  From Northeastern Illinois' 1974 yearbook.
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This cursed image appears in Gaston's 1975 yearbook.
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June 28, 2020 (permalink)

From the University of the South's 1993 yearbook.
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June 27, 2020 (permalink)

If the first thing you noticed was the bunny in the window, a rabbit may be your spirit animal.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
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June 26, 2020 (permalink)

There are those who call for news photography to return to impressionism.  From The Gateway, 1977.
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This photo may be used to open the "perpendicular path" to enlightement/salvation, as explained in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  From the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's 1971 yearbook.
#ufo #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography
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