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 9, 2020 (permalink)

From La Lámpara Maravillosa, Ejercicios Espiritualis by Ramón Valle-Inclán, 1916.
#vintage illustration #sun #occult #esoteric
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June 5, 2020 (permalink)

"Or shall truer songs stir us and this time pass away?"  From West Georgia's 1973 yearbook.
#sun #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tree #glowing tree
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May 25, 2020 (permalink)

We, too, have wished yesterday a good morning, but in all honesty it was because we were disoriented.  From Clarke's 1978 yearbook.
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May 12, 2020 (permalink)

You say it's hot, but imagine how the sun feels.  From Nebelspalter, 1884.
#vintage illustration #sun #solar deity #anthropomorphism #prayer #faces in things #sun god #heatwave
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May 9, 2020 (permalink)

"Oh!  Call back yesterday, bid time return. —Shakespeare."  From Wake Forest's 1953 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #sun #shakespeare #vintage yearbook #yesterday #turn back time
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April 12, 2020 (permalink)

The rising sun says to enjoy your sweet Eastern bunny before it melts.  From Nebelspalter, 1933.
#vintage illustration #sun #melting #easter bunny #chocolate #chocolate bunny
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April 4, 2020 (permalink)

Ever since we spent the night in that haunted clock tower in Solvang, we haven't been able to properly time our seasonal posts.  Whenever you happen to be, this one is from Salem's 1983 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #sun #vintage yearbook #summer
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March 27, 2020 (permalink)

"The medieval world saw a mystic parallel between light through stained glass and the body and soul of man" (Roy Rehrens, 1973).  From Gardner-Webb's 1981 yearbook.
#stained glass #vintage yearbook #sunlight #church windows #colored light
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March 13, 2020 (permalink)

If the stars aren't out, you can wish upon any mysterious light in a tower.  From Lambuth's 1977 yearbook.
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March 9, 2020 (permalink)

From GWU's The Hatchet newspaper, 1975.
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February 11, 2020 (permalink)

From Richmond Technical Institute's 1980 yearbook.
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January 27, 2020 (permalink)

If you ever wondered whether eclipses were caused by folds in space, you were right.  From The Story Of Eclipses by George F. Chambers, 1903.
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January 18, 2020 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1906.
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December 30, 2019 (permalink)

A sun not of this world, from Pembroke's 1977 yearbook.
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December 29, 2019 (permalink)

You must put your slippers on
To walk toward the dawn.
—the song of the sibyl, in Philip K. Dick's Exegesis
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December 28, 2019 (permalink)

"The sun was high and hot."  From Muhlenberg's 1962 yearbook.
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December 21, 2019 (permalink)

From West Virginia University's 1930 yearbook.
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November 11, 2019 (permalink)

From Union College's 1979 yearbook.
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Focusing on the snowflake-like sun behind the tower may facilitate time travel.  From Lehigh's 1974 yearbook.
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November 10, 2019 (permalink)

From Taylor University's Gem yearbrook, 1919.
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