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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September 17, 2019 (permalink)

Rare -- a haloed coin, the patron saint of "a penny saved."  From The Kingdom of Coins by Bradley Gilman, 1894.
#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #halo #penny
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July 26, 2019 (permalink)

Here's the patron saint of fish tails.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1895.
#vintage illustration #merman #art #saint #fish costume #fish tail
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July 15, 2019 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1902.
#vintage illustration #cow #art #halo #painter #mushrooms #red paint
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July 11, 2019 (permalink)

Here's the patron saint of juiced lemons, from York's 1992 yearbook.  In the figure's right hand is a lemon juicer, and the left hand holds a lemon (not visible).
#vintage yearbook #statue #lemon juicer
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April 27, 2019 (permalink)

The patron saint of pigtails.  From Queens College's 1971 yearbook.
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #patron saint #pigtails
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February 26, 2019 (permalink)

Prohibition as the patron saint of bootleggers.  From The Judge, 1922.
#vintage illustration #art #patron saint #halo #prohibition #bootlegger
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January 1, 2019 (permalink)

From The Judge, 1890.
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #self worship #president cleveland
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December 22, 2018 (permalink)

"A superfluous saint."  From Judge's Library, 1908.
#vintage illustration #vintage christmas #art #santa
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November 22, 2018 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #money #dragon #horse #art #dollar sign #dragon slayer #teddy roosevelt
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October 23, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1907.
#vintage illustration #anti-religious #art #birds #tree cutter #chopping wood #up a tree #felling a tree
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October 9, 2018 (permalink)

From La Charrette Charrie, 1922.
#vintage illustration #beard #art #saint #halo #collage
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September 16, 2018 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1907.
#vintage illustration #art #saint #severed head #decapitated
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September 13, 2018 (permalink)

"When the parson came out of the church, the lad asked him what it all meant."  From Fairy Tales from the Far North by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, 1897.
#vintage illustration #fairy tale #art #parson
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August 3, 2018 (permalink)

The patron saint of sugar loafs.  From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1905.
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July 30, 2018 (permalink)

The patron saint of indigestion.  From Le Journal Amusant, 1893.
#vintage illustration #art #saint #indigestion #throwing up #upset stomach #vomiting
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June 1, 2018 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to Post-It Notes, plus the patron saint of bureaucracy.  From Zwanzigste Jahrhundert, 1921.
#vintage illustration #art #patron saint #bureaucracy #post-it notes
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May 23, 2018 (permalink)

Here are the patron saints of hot chocolate.  (We think it's the saint of cocoa in the front, with the saints of marshmallows, cream, and sugar in the back.)  From Le Journal Amusant, 1898.
#vintage illustration #angel #art #patron saint #hot chocolate #hot cocoa #holy chocolate
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May 11, 2018 (permalink)

"We did no more than others would have done under the same circumstances."  From Judge's Library, 1903.
#vintage illustration #art #ordinary hero #statues
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February 27, 2018 (permalink)

Hidden in the corner of an illustration, the patron saint of polka dot socks.  From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1904.
#vintage illustration #art #patron saint #socks #polka dots
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February 9, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1901.
#vintage illustration #art #saints #monkey saint #primate saint #ape saint
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