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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A sausage dreams of the races.  An illustration by Trier for Lustige Blätter, 1919.
#vintage illustration #art #dreaming #meat #sausage #horse race
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September 14, 2019 (permalink)

"Do you believe in dreams?"  From The Strand (1892).

#vintage illustration #dreams #vintage men
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September 13, 2019 (permalink)

From Nebelspalter, 1886.
#vintage illustration #art #goat #dreaming
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September 11, 2019 (permalink)

From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #faces in things #pipe smoker #smoking dog #dog smoking
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September 1, 2019 (permalink)

From The Thinkograph, 1916.
#vintage illustration #boots #serpents #snakes
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August 28, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1938.
#vintage illustration #art #guillotine #decapitated
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August 27, 2019 (permalink)

From Jugend, 1915.
#vintage illustration #death #grim reaper #art #coffin #funeral #hearse
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August 26, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #giant #art #uncle sam #cannibalism #drunk #hallucination #eaten alive
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August 21, 2019 (permalink)

We figure he's either deep in debt or his name is Bill and a lot of limos are expecting him at the airport.  From The Judge, 1921.
#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #debt collector #bills
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Absinthe from a gorgon.  From Nebelspalter, 1908.
#vintage illustration #nightmare #medusa #alcohol #gorgon #snake hair #absinthe
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August 19, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if you have ever "slept for two" (or would benefit from twice the amount of rest you've been getting).  From The Judge, 1901.
#vintage illustration #art #sleeping #asleep
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August 18, 2019 (permalink)

Probably the best dream giraffe we've encountered all week.  From Karl's Journey to the Moon by Maja Lindberg, 1920.
#vintage illustration #dream #giraffe
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August 14, 2019 (permalink)

From The Judge, 1901.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #faces in things #tables turned
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August 11, 2019 (permalink)

Often the victim of terrible nightmares.  From Cine-Mundial, 1934.
#vintage illustration #nightmare #vintage ad #death #skeleton #horror
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August 4, 2019 (permalink)

"One morning she visited him in a dream." By Frank C. Papé.

#vintage illustration #ghost #dream
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A bug in the face.  From Nebelspalter, 1883.
#vintage illustration #nightmare #art #insect #bug
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August 1, 2019 (permalink)

A student's dream of his faculty in hell.  From Purdue's 1916 yearbook.
#vintage illustration #devil #cauldron #hell #vintage yearbook
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July 29, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog if you wish your own childhood textbooks had featured the pony named Dark that takes us into the unconscious.  From the Elson-Runkel Primer, 1914.
#vintage illustration #horse #sleep #art #dreaming #dark horse #unconscious #dark pony
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July 25, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Régiment, 1914.
#vintage illustration #serpent #art #snake #weightless
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July 18, 2019 (permalink)

Finally, a headline we can relate to: "Look into your magic mirror — through dreams."  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.  Speaking of dreams and mirrors, see our very own haunted mirror in action in our video about a lucid waking experiment gone wrong.
#dreaming #vintage headline #magic mirror
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