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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January 20, 2022 (permalink)

This is more interesting that Tron's light cycles, in that they're based upon mundane motorcycles.  From Amazing Stories, 1931.
#vintage illustration #science fiction
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November 27, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to all the people you know with a knack for staying out of touch.  From Mystery of the Silent Friends by Robin Gottlieb.
#vintage illustration #vintage book
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November 7, 2021 (permalink)

Eleven years before Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall."  From Assumption College's 1968 yearbook.
#vintage photo #shadow #vintage yearbook #brick wall #another brick in the wall #pink floyd
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October 17, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the brick wall that substitutes for "Shell Beach" in the superior film Dark City.  From College of the Albemarle's 1980 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #lighthouse #brick wall #mural #dark city #shell beach #painted wall
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September 26, 2021 (permalink)

This figure from Susquehanna's 1953 yearbook (right) reminded us of the cartoonist Winter Leaping Frog
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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September 15, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to our 2020 photo in which we're scouting for fireballs in the night sky.  From UFO Newsclipping Service, 1995.
#ufo #aliens
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September 6, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  From the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's 1972 yearbook.
#ufo #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #close encounters
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August 27, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).  From Kladderadatsch, 1925.
#vintage illustration #dr. strangelove #bomb
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August 23, 2021 (permalink)

A precursor to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  From Middle Tennessee's 1969 yearbook.
#ufo #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #light and darkness
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August 19, 2021 (permalink)

Technology has devolved since thw 1930s.  The 3-D televisions of today can't do this.  From For Men Only, 1938.
#vintage illustration #technology #bathtub #television #3d tv
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July 20, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the song "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" (1952).
From L'Oeil de la Police, 1908.
#vintage illustration #stars #starry night
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July 8, 2021 (permalink)

Five years before the debut of the floor game Twister, people were playing chess that way.  From Gannon's 1961 yearbook.  See If a Chessman Were a Word: A Chess-Calvino Dictionary.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1960s #chess #vintage woman
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Today's 3-D technology doesn't hold a candle to the 1930s.  From For Men Only, 1938.
#vintage illustration #technology #television #3d tv
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June 21, 2021 (permalink)

Nearly three decades before the story of "The Fly" was first published, there was the flea.  From Nebelspalter, 1928.
#vintage illustration #hybrid #human headed #insect man #flea #insect people
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June 9, 2021 (permalink)

Here's another precursor to the film A Cry in the Dark (1988).  A dingo took her baby in this image from Ukrainian Folk Tales, illustrated by J. Hnizdovsky.
#vintage illustration #wolf #folk tale
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May 25, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Tetris.  From Barnard's 1957 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #modern art #cubism #tetris
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April 29, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to "garbage photography."  From Nebelspalter, 1932.
#vintage illustration #vintage camera #photography #camera #garbage #trash
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April 21, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the theory that the earth is shrinking.  From Der Bärenspiegel, 1946.
#vintage illustration #world #diet #belt tightening #slimming
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March 31, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots toy.  From Nebelspalter, 1934.
#vintage illustration #robot #boxing monkey #boxing robot #monkey robot #robot monkey
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March 24, 2021 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to that coloring book that requires only white crayons, The Minimalist Coloring Book.  From Earlham's 1919 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #headless #decapitated #invisible man #no head
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