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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May 31, 2020 (permalink)

Riding an "iron horse" like a bronco -- it's surprisingly rarely depicted.  From Hampden-Sydney's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #locomotive #vintage yearbook #iron horse
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May 30, 2020 (permalink)

Moon goddess Hera.  From Wesleyan College's 1934 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #goddess #vintage yearbook #moon goddess #greek mythology #hera
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Today's sword-wielding skeleton riding on an untamed goat past winged Death is from (where else?) the Ohio College of Dental Surgery's 1903 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #grim reaper #goat #vintage yearbook #fraternities #secret society
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"It's only the beginning."  From Santa Clara's 1970 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #it begins
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From the Clarke College Scrapbook of the 60s, 70, and 80s.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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Memories of college.  From William and Mary's 1951 yearbook.
#mask #vintage yearbook #hallowe'en #costume
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It's so true -- there's nothing like cotton candy.  From Eastern Nazarene's 1976 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cotton candy
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May 29, 2020 (permalink)

"May 29."  From the University of Illinois' 1911 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #death #coffin #may 29
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What was homecoming like where you went to school?  From Rockford College's 1962 yearbook.
#human sacrifice #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #night photography #burned at the stake
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A real upset stomach, apparently.  From Rockingham Community College's 1976 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #illness #bandages #upset stomach #wounded
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May 28, 2020 (permalink)

A dead joke got honored with an entire page in Rockford's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #epitaph #dead joke
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Reblog if mannequins oversee your studies and/or you dress up to read.  From Eastern Kentucky's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #mannequin #vintage man #studying #manikin
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May 27, 2020 (permalink)

Reblog if this is your first greeting by an acorn person.  From Millikin's 1913 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #acorn #tiny woman #acorn people
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Our custom Uncanny Detector app noticed that the mirror's reflection shows a skull face, with eye sockets and a hollow nose.  It's most likely that no one but the photographer was physically in the room when this photo was taken.  Also weird: notice how the round makeup mirror looks like the planet Jupiter.  
From Mansfield's 1969 yearbook.
#ghost #mirror #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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From Tulane's 1935 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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May 26, 2020 (permalink)

"Lighthouse jestings" is a Googlewhack.  From Fort Wayne Bible College's 1957 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #lighthouse
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From Elon's 1978 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #pandora's box #Pandora
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I don't even know anyone at St. Joseph's, yet they all wish me (and you!) great success in all we undertake, and they envision a future for us filled with bright achievements.  You know what?  I wish the same back to everyone at St. Joseph's, whoever they are.  From the St. Joseph's College yearbook of 1988.
#outer space #vintage yearbook #stars #starry night
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"Speaks from the grave?"  From Armstrong's 1995 yearbook.
#necromancy #occult #vintage yearbook #hand of glory
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"My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."  From Northeastern's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #rainbow
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