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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"Violet was on the eve of making a confession, but checked herself."  From The Wonder of Kingswood Chace by Pierce Egan the Younger, 1890.

#vintage illustration #art #confession #keeping mum #remain silent #sealed lips
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"'Is there any news?' she queried, eagerly.  '....Tell me,' she said, hoarsely."  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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June 27, 2015 (permalink)

"You've had no bad news, I hope?"  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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June 10, 2015 (permalink)

"News doesn't exist" —a line from "Old Man Harper Remembers" by Gary Barwin

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"The news!  Have you heard the news?"  From Thrilling Life Stories for the Masses, 1892.
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May 13, 2015 (permalink)

"What is going to happen!"  From The Purchase of the North Pole by Jules Verne, 1891.
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April 11, 2015 (permalink)

A wood engraving of a fortune teller from The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, 1845.
#vintage illustration #divination #fortune teller #cartomancy #card reading #five of diamonds #art #wise woman #card reader #seer
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March 9, 2015 (permalink)

"Sir Anthony looked despairingly at the telephone."  From Tom Chester's Sweetheart by Joseph Hatton, 1895.
#vintage illustration #art #telephone
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January 8, 2015 (permalink)

"Nothing unusual," from Across Country by Wanderer and illustrated by Georgina Bowers, 1882.
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December 31, 2014 (permalink)

"The unfinished entries in the diary."  From Nasby in Exile by David Ross Locke, 1882.
#vintage illustration #death #art #end of days #unfinished
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December 16, 2014 (permalink)

"I became once more the silent tomb."  From Baboo Jabberjee, B.A. by J. Bernard Partridge, 1897.
#vintage illustration #silence #art #shyness #silent tomb #when the words get in the way
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November 29, 2014 (permalink)

"Evil tidings," from The White Cat by Ernest Warren and illustrated by H. Ludlow, 1882.

#vintage illustration #art #evil tidings #bad news
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November 19, 2014 (permalink)

"No humbugge," from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.
#vintage illustration #art #humbug
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November 10, 2014 (permalink)

"'Nuth'n', says Smith."  From Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, 1883.
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November 3, 2014 (permalink)

"I can't a tale unfold," from Thirty-eight Years in India: From Juganath to the Himalaya Mountains by William Tayler, 1881.
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October 9, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Springhaven by R. D. Blackmore (1888).  The caption reads: "After that, there is nothing more to be said."
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September 15, 2014 (permalink)

"She could not utter a sound," from The Devil's Shilling by Campbell Rae Brown, 1897.
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September 8, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Home Theatricals made Easy, or, Busy, Happy, and Merry by Frances Elizabeth Callow (1891).  The caption reads: "Have you not a tongue, madam?"
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An illustration from The Crisis of the Revolution by William Abbatt (1899).
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July 31, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from The Letters of Charles Dickens (1893).  The caption reads: "I am the bearer of evil tidings."

#vintage illustration #charles dickens #evil
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