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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October 7, 2019 (permalink)

From Die Muskete, 1914.
#vintage illustration #ghost #spirit #art
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September 1, 2019 (permalink)

INSTRUCTIONS: Click to check his reaction to the news. From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909.

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909
#vintage illustration #art #animated gif #newspaper #no news is good news #bad news
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June 27, 2019 (permalink)

"Nothing exciting," yet "We may have excitement."  From The Leatherneck, 1932.
#vintage illustration #art #no news is good news
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April 16, 2019 (permalink)

Reblog for the good news goose to deliver good news.  From Zritel', 1905.
#vintage illustration #art #goose #newspaper #news
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March 15, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1920.
#vintage illustration #art #radio #no news is good news #fear of technology
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January 1, 2019 (permalink)

No chapter 13 and no more curse.  "This is the year of the happy ending."  From Reversing the Curse: Inside the 2004 Boston Red Sox by Dan Shaughnessy, 2005.
#uncursed #curse removal #not cursed
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December 28, 2018 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1927.
#vintage illustration #cat #art #no news is good news
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October 24, 2018 (permalink)

Wow -- this student newspaper admitted its biases, contempt for its readers, slanted stories and altered facts, hunger for power, and pseudo-intellect.  If only current-day fake news could do similar soul-searching.  From The Rotunda newspaper of Longwood College, 1965.  
#fake news
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October 17, 2018 (permalink)

It's difficult to imagine today's corrupt, fake news media apologizing for any confusion.  From The Crusader, 1993.
#apology #confusion #fake news
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September 24, 2018 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1912.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #art #pig #crying animal #no news is good news #bad news
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May 25, 2018 (permalink)

The happiness of telephonic silence.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1921.
#vintage illustration #silence #art #telephone #no one there #dead line
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May 23, 2018 (permalink)

News From the Invisible World by John Tregortha, 1800.
#ghosts #spiritualism #seance #invisible world
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December 28, 2017 (permalink)

From The Phi Gamma Delta, 1918.
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July 21, 2017 (permalink)

"He returned to his pavilion without saying one word of what had happened."  From The Arabian Nights Entertainments, 1899.
#vintage illustration #art #arabian nights
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June 16, 2017 (permalink)

From Gate to English, Book I by Will David Howe, 1915.
#vintage illustration #art #sentence diagram #danger #warning
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April 5, 2017 (permalink)

From Wayside Tales, 1922.
#vintage illustration #art #no news is good news
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March 7, 2017 (permalink)

From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879.
#vintage illustration #art #no news is good news
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January 16, 2017 (permalink)

"With a self-control that afterwards surprised myself, I said nothing."  From "The Merchant Prince" by J. Berwick Harwood, in Cassell's, 1890.
#vintage illustration #silence #art #self control #hold your tongue #not speaking #the unsaid
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November 11, 2016 (permalink)

From Die Muskete, 1913.
#vintage illustration #egypt #crocodile #art
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January 10, 2016 (permalink)

"We'll have no words among ourselves to-night," from Under which Lord? by Elizabeth Lynn and illustrated by Arthur Hopkins, 1879.

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