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 — April 6, 2020 (permalink)

From Monmouth's 1913 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #keg #vintage yearbook
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An illustration by D. Beck for Ohio Wesleyan's 1923 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #book #gem #radiant
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From Duke's 1984 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #tree #mushroom cloud
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The faculty as demonic entities: a shadow with devil horns, an offering of a forbidden apple to an innocent Eve, a presumably poisonous beaker, and a final handshake as if she's sold her soul for a degree.  From American University's 1940 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #devil #vintage yearbook
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The final curtain from Lasell's 1942 yearbook.
#vintage yearbook #the end #curtain
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Yesterday — April 5, 2020 (permalink)

Memories of college.  From West Virginia Wesleyan's 1993 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #circus #jumping through hoops #fire leaping #fiery hoop #fire leaper #flaming hoop
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From Yeshiva's 1983 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #mask #vintage yearbook
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A throne atop a giant book.  Yet he didn't remove his shoes.  From Monmouth's 1913 yearbook.
What is this theme of shoes on books?  Also pictured is one from Bennett's 1966 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #king #vintage yearbook #giant book #throne
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April 4, 2020 (permalink)

"Order of the Old Bean Birds."  From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's yearbook of 1964.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #bean bird
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From Swarthmore's 1923 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #occult #fire #vintage yearbook
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From Duke's 1914 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #egypt #vintage yearbook #stone carving #picture writing
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April 3, 2020 (permalink)

From Barnard's 1924 yearbook.  See How to Believe in Your Elf.
#vintage illustration #elves #vintage yearbook #handstand #leprechaun
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"FREUD would have something to say about that."  From Swarthmore's 1949 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #freud
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From William and Mary's 1916 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skull #mask #occult #vintage yearbook
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From the Memphis yearbook of 1930.
#vintage illustration #silhouette #vintage yearbook #ex libris #bookplate
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The light and dark divisions in knowledge.  From Rockingham's 1970 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #light and dark #divisions of knowledge
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April 2, 2020 (permalink)

"There were times when we worried--seriously ... then not so seriously."  From Western Carolina's 1964 yearbook.
#worry #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #vintage men #men sleeping
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"The main danger of wearing a mask is that one comes to identify with it, and may even forget that it was only a tool used to accomplish a specific purpose" (Arnold Nerenberg, 1992).  From Belmont Abbey's 1985 yearbook.
#mask #vintage photo #vintage yearbook
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From Duke's 1984 yearbook.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#sheet ghost #vintage yearbook
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From Colorado College's yearbook of 1903.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #april #vintage yearbook
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