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, 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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February 25, 2018 (permalink)

The sun will be there, with bells on.  From Jugend, 1910.
#vintage illustration #sun #anthropomorphism #art
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February 11, 2018 (permalink)

"The sun was shining on a noble city of pinnacles and minarets."  From Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa, 1921.
#vintage illustration #sun #fairy tale #art #jewish literature
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January 30, 2018 (permalink)

"Three sunsets seen in hour."  From Popular Mechanics, 1932.
#vintage illustration #art #sunset #vintage headline #many suns
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December 30, 2017 (permalink)

From Grammar as Science by Benjamin Franklin Sisk, 1903.
#sentence diagram #midnight sun
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October 12, 2017 (permalink)

"There is nothing new under the sun," for all zero of us waiting for Popular Science Monthly (1920) to confirm Ecclesiastes.
#proverb #nothing new under the sun #ecclesiastes
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September 14, 2017 (permalink)

"Trying to prevent the sun from rising," from Grip, 1890.
#vintage illustration #art #night person #stopping the sun
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September 10, 2017 (permalink)

This is one of the dangers of painting a realistic sun.  From Le Rire, 1903.
#vintage illustration #sun #art #painting #painter #realism
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September 1, 2017 (permalink)

"Half-inch piece of sun will guide night flyers."  From Popular Mechanics, 1930.
Please do join (if only as a spectator) my psychic battle against vintage Popular Mechanics magazine.  The phrase "printed matter can be demonic" delivers zero Google results, but that simply testifies to a massive coverup.  Vintage Popular Mechanics is the dragon to my St. George.  Root for me, even if my anachronistic quest to vanquish this beast perplexes you.  Merely recall that linear time is an illusion, and have faith that it's never "too late" to stop the toxic waste of vintage Popular Mechanics from contaminating our world.
#sun #weird headline #vintage headline
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August 14, 2017 (permalink)

"Pull down the blinds!  The sunset is assuming a shape I stongly object to!"  From Pick Me Up, 1894.
#vintage illustration #art #sunset #objectionable
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August 6, 2017 (permalink)

You've heard the place "where the sun don't shine," but it's not true, as we see in this image from Le Rire, 1907.
#vintage illustration #art #where the sun don't shine
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July 5, 2017 (permalink)

If we told you what we saw in our portable crystal ball, you wouldn't believe us.
#vintage illustration #divination #art #crystal ball #prof. oddfellow #st. augustine #fortune telling #gpoy #armillary sphere
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June 30, 2017 (permalink)

Though known as the "land of the rising sun," "it's always night in Japan," as we learn from Electro Spectre's song "Night in Japan."  It seems unlikely, yet Electro Spectre is correct.  Sunrise implies darkness.  Photographers know only too well that even as the sun begins to rise, "the sky is bright and the earth is still dark" (Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing, 1997).  Pictured, a Japanese sunrise by Boris Iu.
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May 6, 2017 (permalink)

"Total eclipse of the Sun, May 6, 1883," from Star-Land by Robert Stawell Ball, 1892.
#vintage illustration #art #solar eclipse #total eclipse
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April 28, 2017 (permalink)

"The old fellow winked at me," from The Sketch, 1901.
#vintage illustration #sun #anthropomorphism #art #winking
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February 26, 2017 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #sun #art
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February 1, 2017 (permalink)

Here's the obsolescence of the sunset over Sarasota Bay.
#sunset #vintage postcard #florida #sarasota #obsolete #red sky
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January 17, 2017 (permalink)

"Watercolor representing the state of putrefaction in alchemy, after Salomon Trismosin's sixteenth-century alchemical manuscript, Splendor Solis."
#vintage illustration #art #alchemy #black sun #putrefaction
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January 14, 2017 (permalink)

Artist: Alphonse Maria Mucha.
#sun #lphonse Maria Mucha
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December 26, 2016 (permalink)

From Kinder und Hausmarchen by the Grimm Brothers, 1912.
#vintage illustration #sun #fairy tale #art #faces in things #grimm brothers #sunburn
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December 19, 2016 (permalink)

"A total eclipse to the girl and a partial eclipse to the boy," from Star-Land by Robert Stawell Ball, 1892.
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