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 — October 21, 2019 (permalink)

From the 1959 Ole Miss yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #typewriter #vintage men #1950s
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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 #vintage yearbook #spring
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From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #woodsman #silhouette #axe #vintage yearbook #tree cutter #lumberjack
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"And there is more to be and no longer time to play."  From Washington College's 1969 yearbook.
#silhouette #vintage photo #vintage yearbook #tree
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Yesterday — October 20, 2019 (permalink)

From Colorado College's 1907 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #vintage yearbook #duck #pig
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The soul carries a paddle, apparently.  From Saint Leo's 1972 yearbook.  Whether for payback or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#vintage illustration #skeleton #vintage yearbook #fraternities #paddle
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October 19, 2019 (permalink)

We analyzed this photo with our custom Uncanny Detector app, and though the figure in the mirror is not a ghost, she is eerily not a reflection, either.  In other words, she wasn't in the room opposite the looking glass.  From Peace College's 1970 yearbook.
#mirror #vintage photo #reflection #vintage yearbook
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From Lehigh's 1917 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook
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From Barnard's yearbook of 1917.
#vintage illustration #art #vintage yearbook #mysteries
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From Swarthmore's 1932 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #jester #fool #vintage yearbook #lightning #tarot #tarot fool
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Here'a a library ghost from the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1976.  Whether for payback or peace of mind, see How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.
#ghost #spooky #vintage photo #shadow #vintage yearbook #spirit photography #library ghost #haunted library
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There are two very different depictions of the golden fleece in this yearbook, one light and one dark.  From the UNC yearbook of 1940.
#vintage illustration #vintage yearbook #golden fleece
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October 17, 2019 (permalink)

From Salem's 1995 yearbook.
#halloween #october #jack-o'-lantern #vintage yearbook #salem #carved pumpkin
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From Saint Mary's 1937 yearbook.
Sea nymphs figure into the previous panel.
Andromeda figures into the next panel.
#vintage illustration #sea serpent #sea monster #cetus
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This cursed image haunts Salem's 1960 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #cursed
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May your left hand catch a will-o'-the-wisp, may the bubble you've blown remain floating when you rest your pipe, and if you're ever surrounded then may it be by tulips.  From the University of Wisconsin's 1921 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #bubbles #vintage yearbook #bubble pipe #will-o'-the-wisp #tulips
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From the UNC yearbook of 1940.
#vintage illustration #skull #coffin #vintage yearbook #secret society #thirteen #13
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October 16, 2019 (permalink)

From Tulane's 1935 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #horse #vintage yearbook
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Not everyone knows that Raggedies Ann are marsupial and carry their young in a pouch.  From Memphis State's 1975 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #1970s #raggedy ann
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Here's why the earth wobbles.  From William and Mary's 1901 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #earth #horse #vintage yearbook #jousting
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