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 — July 16, 2020 (permalink)

"Wild kittens."  From Kansas State's 1920 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #kittens
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From Duke's 1950 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #devil #vintage yearbook
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Here's a trick invitation to avoid as if your life depends upon it.  "Come to the fields with me, just this once more;".  It's an invitation from the grim reaper.  Note the semicolon at the end -- that's a trick, to make you assume there's more to the statement, that it's not a death sentence.  From North Adams' 1987 yearbook.
#death #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #red sky #field
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From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skull face #genie #occult #spirit #fraternity #vintage yearbook #secret society
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Fish are being poured into a cat's head through a funnel.  From Western Carolina Teachers College's 1951 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #conveyor belt
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This bird may seem to have a sunny disposition, but in truth darkness falls from its wings of night (as we learn in the caption).  From Armstrong's 1984 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #bird #wings #seagull
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Death by final exam.  From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #finis #vintage yearbook #test anxiety #final exam
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That's exactly our own tactic when we encounter a moose or other mascot -- act casual and make no sudden movements.  From Pfeiffer's 1973 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #costume #mascot #moose #1970s
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From Otterbein's 1908 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #soothsayer #vintage yearbook #oracle #1908 #prophetess #sibyl
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From the 1906 yearbook of UNC Chapel Hill.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #skull and crossbones #living dead #vintage yearbook
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We tend to think of Little Red Riding Hood as a story at least as old as the Brothers Grimm, but the story merely depicts archetypes that have carried on through the ages.  A big bad wolf and a red riding hood graduated from Santa Clara in 1992.
#vintage photo #wolf #vintage yearbook #big bad wolf #little red riding hood
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July 13, 2020 (permalink)

If you don't have easy access to a banana costume (as per this important life hack we featured previously), you can compliment random strangers while wearing a giant carboard box.  Photo from Summit Christian's 1989 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #personal protection #cardboard box
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From a mermaid's library, in Millikin's 1928 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #mermaid #vintage yearbook #ex libris
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This reminds us of the last time we were saddled with attending a sporting event.  From Santa Clara's 1992 yearbook.
#horse #vintage yearbook #costume #horse costume
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From Baylor's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #world #earth #vintage yearbook
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The endpapers from Yeshiva's 1956 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #animals #vintage yearbook #biblical #endpapers
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"Get away from me, boys.  I'm bad—get me—bad!"  From Akron's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #humpty dumpty #egg #egghead #bad egg #egg man
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From Anderson's 1929 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #fox #vintage yearbook #rabbit
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The obelisk isn't pictured, but that's its mascot.  From Washington University's 1909 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bird
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"Students are puppets because they want to be puppets--they don't have the guts to be anything else" (From The Stoutonia, May 17, 1968).  Photo from Park College's 1952 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #puppet
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