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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Today — February 19, 2020 (permalink)

From Medical College of Virginia's 1934 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #atlas #giant #moon #cosmic man #vintage yearbook
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He's praying that an effigy named Cato will burn forever.  From Susquehanna's 1901 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #effigy #vintage yearbook
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We would have blogged this for Septober 31, but the computer doesn't recognize that as a valid date.  If it's not real, why does every Septober 31 play out like this cartoon?
From Tulane's 1921 yearbook. 
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #artist #septober
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From Salem's 1907 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #occult #vintage yearbook #secret society
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From North Texas State's 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #earth #moon #man in the moon #vintage yearbook
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Yesterday — February 18, 2020 (permalink)

We sensed something disquieting about this photo, and sure enough, a zoom onto the figure's face reveals an otherwordly entity.  We chose not to investigate what, exactly, the figure might be cradling.
From Medical College of Virginia's 1977 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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From Northeastern's 1966 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #siberian husky
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From Clarion's yearbook of 1919.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
#vintage illustration #elves #vintage yearbook #ink
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"As we like to appear" contrasted with "as we sometimes appear."  It's true -- we sometimes appear as Bibendum or a monkey trapped in a cobweb.
From Mary Washington'a 1919 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #monkey #bibendum
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From Purdue's 1903 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #living dead #vintage yearbook
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February 17, 2020 (permalink)

"Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded." —Gertude Stein
"Colors seen by candle-light will not look the same by day." —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Never think she loves him wholly, never believe her love is blind, all his faults are locked securely in a closet of her mind." —Sara Teasdale

From West Virginia Wesleyan's 1958 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #poetry #vintage women #protest
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If basketball were still like this, perhaps spectatorship would rise.  Bring back the old ways!  From Saint Mary's 1900 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #eagle #vintage yearbook #giant bird #basketball
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It's been said that our most powerful teachers may reveal a darkness within our psyches.  From Francis Marion's 1973 yearbook.
#wizard #shakespeare #vintage yearbook #the tempest
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"Odd, though, how easy it is to recall the terrible loneliness."  From Washington & Lee's 1955 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #loneliness #night photography #solitude
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"Up the arduous height.  And ever as they go, the sun climbs higher.  At zenith, almost, now --."  From the Carthage yearbook of 1916.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #teacher #mountain #mentor
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From Wake Forest's 1928 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society #snake charmer
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February 16, 2020 (permalink)

From the University of Montana's 1947 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tiny man #vault #gear
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The endpapers from Barnard's 1929 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #map #massachusetts #endpapers #ex libris
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From Anderson's 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #magnifying glass #tiny man
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"As we look back in time."  From Hinds Community College's 1993 yearbook.
#time travel #darkness #blackness #through time #the past
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