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Postal Stamp Issued for the Bank of France’s Bicentennial in 2000

Postal Stamp Issued for the Bank of France’s Bicentennial in 2000

“We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources, and borrowed, for that purpose, thirty thousand Napoleons from the Bank of France.”

– The Red-Headed League (REDH)

In this month’s story of The Red-Headed League, the City & Suburban Bank had increased their reserves by borrowing 30,000 gold Napoleons from the Bank of France. In 2000, the La Poste issued a 3 Franc stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Bank of France.

Postal service was nationalized and became a public service during the French Revolution. In 1879, the French government created what would become the PTT – Postal, Telegraph & Telephones – to adminster these services. During the socialist party control of the French government, the PTT was split into two separate companies – La Poste and France Telecom – on January 1, 1991. La Poste has their stamps printed by the Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste et Valeurs Fiduciaires or ITVF for short.

Unused examples of this stamp can be found for around $1 with a little searching.

 

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

“I grudge Altamont nothing.” – His Last Bow (LAST)       On October 23, 1978, the group Altamont’s Agents was formed in Albany, New York, meeting at a pub that was named Holmes and Watson, Ltd. This group would go on to be recognized as a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars. In 1989,… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

HolmeWork Assignment: Sherlockian Chocolate Coins

“… I emerged with a little chocolate …” – The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION) Many of our readers may have sampled chocolate coins when they were younger. Generally these candies were made of a waxy chocolate and were wrapped in gold foil and sold in a group, packaged in a fish-net packaging. Usually, these… Continue Reading

From the John Bennett Shaw Collection: Sherlock Holmes and the IRS

From the John Bennett Shaw Collection: Sherlock Holmes and the IRS

“… another penny on the income tax.” – The Adventure of the Second Stain (SECO) With the April 15th deadline fast approaching to file one’s tax returns, here in the States, this cartoon seemed appropriate. The above cartoon was published in the January 1973 issue of Weight Watchers and was in the scrapbook of noted Sherlockian, John… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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