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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August 26, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the book Golfing With God.  "He Combines Christianity and Golf."  From The Link, 1967.
#christianity #golf #vintage headline
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August 20, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Laura Palmer's "meanwhile" pose in Twin Peaks.  From Salem's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #Twin Peaks #laura palmer
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August 16, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to The Fly.  From Hamilton's 1896 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #hybrid #human insect #bug man
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August 15, 2019 (permalink)

The so-called "news" that technology changes us was actually fresh back in 1889.  In this panel, the length of a man's legs adapts to the height of his pennyfarthing, and another man's ears have grown bigger due to his use of the telephone.  From Le Charivari, 1889.
#vintage illustration #big ears #technology #pennyfarthing
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August 13, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the song "Mind is a Mountain" by The Get Ahead.
Meanwhile, "The freight train in my head morphed into the clanging of alarm bells" (Bernard Beitman, Connecting with Coincidence).
Illustration from Nebelspalter, 1914.
#vintage illustration #locomotive #mind is a mountain #mountain brain #mountain head
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August 11, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Cloud City from Star Wars.  From the High Point College yearbook of 1934.
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #futuristic #cloud city #city in the sky
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August 10, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to trendy "craft beers" -- it's "art wine."  From Nebelspalter, 1911.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #keg #wine #art wine
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Here's a precursor to Jonathan Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table (1997), from The Owl in The Attic and Other Perplexities by James Thurber, 1931.  (Via YesterdaysPrint.)
#vintage illustration #as she climbed across the table
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August 7, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to photographer Jill Greenberg's technique of making subjects cry by taking away their lollipops.  From Nebelspalter, 1909.
#vintage illustration #earth #faces in things #happy and sad
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August 6, 2019 (permalink)

At first we mistook this book cover for a vintage LP.  But the songs in question are printed poems, not lyrics.  Last Songs from Vagabondia by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey, 1900.
#vintage illustration #Beatles
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Here's a precursor to the Jackson family of musical fame.  Janet, One of Many (1962).
#old book #janet jackson
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August 5, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Alex Grey's psychic energy paintings.  From The Mayans, 1939.
#vintage illustration #occult #aura #alex grey #mystical #psychic energy
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August 3, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to texting while driving.  From Le Charivari, 1885.
#vintage illustration #carriage
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August 1, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Laura Palmer's high school friends being questioned in David Lynch's Twin Peaks series.  From Bay Area Reporter, 1983.
#vintage headline #Twin Peaks
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July 31, 2019 (permalink)

A precursor to Maria leading the Von Trapp family through the Austrian alps, and "the hills [very literally] are alive."  From Nebelspalter, 1909.
#vintage illustration #mountain spirit #the sound of music #maria von trapp #the hills are alive
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July 28, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Richard Nixon on thin ice, from Nebelspalter, 1905.
#vintage illustration #thin ice #richard nixon
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July 27, 2019 (permalink)

A precursor to the singing ghosts atop their tombstones in the finale of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion?  From Le Chariviari, 1884.
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #knight #dancing
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July 26, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Mario facing a falling slab monster Whomp as flowers with mouths menace and strange blobs are underfoot.
From Nebelspalter, 1905.
#vintage illustration #video game #super mario #nintendo #mario
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July 24, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to image-sharing sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, and Pintrest.  Too bad we can't find such a site that's any good!  Tumblr thinks even an ink drawing of a flower (not even a pansy!) is pornography, Instagram doesn't let one repost something of interest, and have you ever tried to manage your photos on Flickr?  They're all either the products of utter hack programmers or (not as far-fetched as it might sound) beings who have never been to earth.  From Nebelspalter, 1903.
#vintage illustration #umbrella #image sharing
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July 23, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the film Naked Lunch, in which Judy Davis injects herself with enough insecticide that her very breath kills bugs.  From Life, 1900.
#vintage illustration #exterminator #bug killer #insecticide #dead bugs
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