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Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

Sherlock Holmes, Life Magazine and a Token

“‘What ineffable twaddle!’ I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; ‘I never read such rubbish in my life.'”

– A Study In Scarlet (STUD)

Periodically, Time, Inc. publishes special editions of Life magazine, and this January published a Sherlock Holmes volume for the title. The title will be on display and available for purchase until April 21st. The list price is $13.99. The 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, was the first to bring this to our attention – his granddaughter gave him his copy. The magazine is quite well done and is a good read.

In 1936, Time’s publisher, Henry Luce, purchased Life for $92,000 and relaunched the magazine as a magazine where the pictures told the story, rather than assisting to illustrate text. Within four weeks of the relaunch on November 26, over a million copies were being sold weekly at ten cents each.

The 33mm brass token, pictured above, was issued to promote sales of the magazine while the United States was still struggling to recover from the Great Depression. The same design was used on both sides of the token.

A 1959 Sherlockian Cartoon from Punch

A 1959 Sherlockian Cartoon from Punch

“If it’s on the market I’ll buy it …” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) Your editor was recently able to do some research at the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library. One of the many items I came across was this delightful cartoon from the May 20, 1959 issue of… Continue Reading

Baker Street Meals And Menus: The Three Garridebs (1976)

Baker Street Meals And Menus: The Three Garridebs (1976)

“We had a pleasant little meal together …” – The Adventure of The Cardboard Box (CARD) Editor’s Note: In 1976, Bramhall Hall published The SHERLOCK HOLMES COOKBOOK; Or Mrs. Hudson’s Stoveside Companion Formed Upon Principles of Economy and Adapted to the Use of Private Families by Two Gentlemen and Which Contains in One Volume ‘Holmes Cooking’… Continue Reading

June HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlock’s of Somis California Token

June HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlock’s of Somis California Token

“But these glasses do puzzle me, I confess.” – The Adventure of The Abbey Grange (ABBE) Our HolmeWork assignment for this month may not even be related to Sherlock Holmes. We recently came across a somewhat crude looking 1.5 inch brass token weighing 31.54 grams for Sherlock’s of Somis, California. The obverse features a pair… Continue Reading

Sherlockian / Coin Themed Items Available on Redbubble

Sherlockian / Coin Themed Items Available on Redbubble

“I did a good deal of shopping. “ – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) The website Redbubble is an online marketplace for print on demand products based on user submitted artwork. At the time of this posting, there are two artists offering products that combine Sherlockian and coin themes. The first artist we will… Continue Reading

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

Heritage Auctions’ October 8, 2014 Auction Lot Descriptions of Two Irregular Plates

“Well, really, this is a very pretty little mystery!” – The Sign of The Four (SIGN) LOT 45316 – Original Brass Plate Mounted to a Dinner Tray Celebrating Sherlock Holmes and the … – Heritage Auctions October 8, 2014 Rare Book Sale, Beverly Hills We recently reprinted Jon Lellenberg’s 2014 article on The Mystery of The… Continue Reading