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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June 1, 2020 (permalink)

"Enough to make a cat laugh."  From The Film Daily, 1924.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #cat #smiling cat #laughing cat #laughing animal
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May 3, 2020 (permalink)

It's only funny if thou wouldst laff.  From Indiana University's 1909 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #humor #vintage yearbook
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April 27, 2020 (permalink)

Of course, in cultures like Japan the color pink is masculine.  Plus, there's actually nothing funny about an apron, unless it's one of those novelty items showing space cats on pizzas or rude innuendo.  From Good Times Tomorrow by Gates and Peardon.
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January 17, 2020 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #happiness #laughter #laughing
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January 8, 2020 (permalink)

Here's what it looks like to share a laugh.  From Lustige Blätter, 1908.
#vintage illustration #beard #sense of humor #laughter #men holding hands #sharing a laugh
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November 27, 2019 (permalink)

In the golden age, the presentation of a skerered banana could trigger tears of laughter.  From the 1929 Ole Miss yearbook.
#vintage illustration #humor #vintage yearbook #laughter #banana
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July 14, 2019 (permalink)

"Laughed till he couldn't laugh no more."  From Cosmopolitan (1898).
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May 13, 2019 (permalink)

We kept this old yearbook page only for the questions it raises.  Is this seemingly unremarkable photo of a modest fountain in the mid-distance indeed humorous in a way that has been lost to time?  Do we tend to take old photos too seriously?  From Susquehanna's 1929 yearbook.
#humor #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #old photo
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March 24, 2019 (permalink)

"Smile stimulator."  From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.
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March 17, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1922.
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February 21, 2019 (permalink)

He laughed so hard he ripped the magazine page.  From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
#vintage illustration #grotesque #vintage photo #horror #laughter #black and white photography #torn page #ripped page
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July 4, 2018 (permalink)

"Fireworks in broad daylight are decidedly funny."  From The Idler, 1894.
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February 21, 2018 (permalink)

Just for a laugh, from The Girl's Own Book by Lydia Maria Child, 1833.
#ha ha #laughter
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February 19, 2018 (permalink)

"Is that what you call a joke?"  From Half-Hours With Jimmieboy by John Kendrick Bangs, 1893.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #talking book
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February 8, 2018 (permalink)

"When ether waves run wild and humor fills the ozone."  From The Wireless Age, 1922.
#vintage illustration #humor #laughter #vintage radio #radio waves
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February 4, 2018 (permalink)

Here's the crucial difference between a humorist and a magician.  From the sublime novel The Demi-gods by James Stephens, 1921.
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December 25, 2017 (permalink)

It's only funny if the room convulses with laughter, too.  From Jugend, 1907.
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December 13, 2017 (permalink)

From Le Rire, 1896.
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November 25, 2017 (permalink)

From Le Rire, 1896.
#vintage illustration #spit take
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October 8, 2017 (permalink)

It's only funny if you can't do horses.  (See caption.)  From Pick Me Up, 1892.
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