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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April 26, 2020 (permalink)

"Wishing will make it so.  Until the final moment, it's hard to tell the difference between a trick and a treat." 
It's true: there's a fine line between a trick and a treat.
From Twilight Zone magazine, 1981 (courtesy of
#wishing #vintage headline #trick or treat
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April 20, 2020 (permalink)

There's a fine line between two points of failure and a fail-safe.  See A Fine Line Between....
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April 1, 2020 (permalink)

There's a fine line between the window at the white cat and the white cat at the window.  From The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1911.  Photo courtesy of Sonicsonia.
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December 14, 2019 (permalink)

From Jugend, 1897.
#vintage illustration #castle #ruins #light and dark #bridge
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October 17, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to see the fine line between a veterinary clinic and a military hospital. From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906.

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1906
#vintage illustration #animated gif #veterinarian #military hospital
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September 26, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1933.
#vintage illustration #demon #angel #good and evil
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September 12, 2019 (permalink)

There's a fine line between painted pianos and Piano Paintings (neither of which is a painting of a piano).  From Le Charivari, 1891.
#vintage illustration #piano #pianist #musician #painted #painted piano
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February 21, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1901.
#vintage illustration #chair #broken mirror #entropy
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February 9, 2019 (permalink)

From Jugend, 1897.
#vintage illustration #yes and no #loves me loves me not #art
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November 25, 2018 (permalink)

A fine line between a king and a dictator, plus a two-headed baby in a jar — on postage stamps.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1924.
#vintage illustration #king #postage stamp #two-headed baby #specimen jar
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September 29, 2018 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1908.
#vintage illustration #artist #desk job #types of work #humorist
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July 26, 2018 (permalink)

From Boloto, 1905.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #faces #before and after #blemishes #compelxion #spots #acne #here's looking at you
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July 8, 2018 (permalink)

The Other World and This by Augusta W. Fletcher, 1893.
#vintage font #other world
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June 28, 2018 (permalink)

From Ulk, 1925.
#vintage illustration #two-faced #passive aggressive
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May 1, 2018 (permalink)

There's a fine line between reality and make-believe, especially in the very birthplace of make-believe.  (The birthplace of make-believe isn't along the German Fairy Tale Route, as you might have presumed, but rather in Hollywood, at least according to Her Red-Carpet Romance by Marie Ferrarella, 2015.)
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April 16, 2018 (permalink)

"There's a fine line in the shades of gray."
—Jeff Harris, The Forgotten Papers
#vintage illustration #twilight #shades of gray #half light #half dark
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April 15, 2018 (permalink)

"Between sleeping and waking."  From Stories in Precious Stones by Helen Zimmern, 1873.
#vintage illustration #between two worlds #half asleep #half awake
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March 24, 2018 (permalink)

There's a fine line between ceremonious and unceremonious.  From The King of Topsy-turvy by Arthur Lillie, 1870.
#vintage illustration #ceremonious #unceremonious
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January 9, 2018 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #temperature #hot and cold #variable weather #vintage car
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November 24, 2017 (permalink)

"The ideal and the actual."  Source uncertain.
#vintage illustration #ideal #mustache #actuality
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