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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Inspired by Jeff Hawkins.  Parchment textures by pareeerica.

April 24, 2018 (permalink)

From Round the Yule Log, Norwegian Folk and Fairy Tales by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, 1881.
#vintage illustration #devil #satan #fairy tale
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October 5, 2017 (permalink)

"Pennies for wings" (though it looks more like wings for pennies, to our eyes).  From Popular Mechanics, 1931.
#vintage illustration #vintage ad #vintage headline #pennies from heaven #winged coin #art
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August 20, 2017 (permalink)

We're deilghted that the cover of our book Two Sides of the Same Coin is used to illustrate the English expression, "two sides of the same coin" over at the Quirks of English blog.
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May 10, 2017 (permalink)

The case from the petitioner's and the respondent's points of view.  From Once a Week, 1860.
#vintage illustration #two sides of the same coin #differing perspectives
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April 25, 2017 (permalink)

"Don't look at my back."  From English Illustrated, 1895.
#vintage illustration #sandwich board #sign holder #street advertising #sandwich man
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March 22, 2017 (permalink)

Two sides of the same coin in The Old Fashioned Fairy Book by Mrs. Burton Harrison and illustrated by Rosina Emmet, 1887.
#vintage illustration #fairy #angel #two sides of the same coin
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February 5, 2017 (permalink)

"How the other half lives — the sandwich man."  From English Illustrated, 1895.
#vintage illustration #sandwich board #sandwich man #how the other half lives
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January 2, 2017 (permalink)

"Superiority and inferiority, inevitable victory and inevitable defeat, higher faculties or the lack of them; each are two sides of the same coin" (James Belich, The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict).
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December 20, 2016 (permalink)

Light in Darkness, 1864.
#yin and yang #light and dark
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December 11, 2016 (permalink)

#satan #good and evil #light and dark #heaven and hell #heir of hell #heir of heaven
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December 1, 2016 (permalink)

"Profanation and re-consecration are two sides of the same coin" (Francesco Casetti, The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come).
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November 1, 2016 (permalink)

"Nature and nurture are two sides of the same coin and are coded into memory" (John B. Arden, Brain2Brain).
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October 1, 2016 (permalink)

Good King Richard and Bad King John are "two sides of the same, flawed, coin: weak, stupid and selfish" (says their mother Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter).
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August 22, 2016 (permalink)

Glimpsing "the truth that lies on the other side of common sense."  A still from the insightful and funny series Ie Uru Onna (家売るオンナ).
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April 24, 2016 (permalink)

#vintage illustration #anthropomorphism #heads or tails
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April 17, 2016 (permalink)

Eddie Loos once said that "there are two sides to golf" (The Best Advice Ever for Golfers), but "to look forward from the other side is terrifying" (Glenn Smith, Aesthetic Wilderness).  This photo of the other side of golf, by Leslie Jones, appears exactly as it was scanned by the Boston Public Library.
#vintage photo #golf
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November 22, 2015 (permalink)

You've heard of "turning over a new leaf," but here's what it looks like, courtesy of the person who scanned Massachusetts in the Rebellion by P. C. Headley, 1866.  It's been said (by Arjan Plaisier) that "Autumn has two faces."  In that spirit, both sides of every leaf preserved in this volume are represented.
#autumn #leaves #autumn leaves #scanned leaves #book scanning #turning over a new leaf
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September 5, 2015 (permalink)

The phrase "the moon is a penny" is a Googlewhack.  From Ladies' Home Journal, 1947.
#money #moon #penny
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May 5, 2015 (permalink)

The phrase "magician is the rabbit" delivers just one Google result.

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May 3, 2015 (permalink)

Heads he stays, tails he goes, from The Spin of the Coin by Lettice Galbraith, 1893.
#vintage illustration #coin flip #heads or tails
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