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The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

The Master Bird Watcher Badge from Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers

“You are an early bird …”

– The Valley of Fear (VALL)

In 1982, two professors at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania — Fred Saules and Frank Vacante — organized a group of 18 Sherlockians to form a new BSI scion, Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers. The group takes its name from the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear.

In the story, Holmes learns of the Scrowers, a secret society in the Vermissa Valley region of the United States. Boss McGinty, the leader of the Scrowers, is arrested while waiting to ambush Birdie Edwards, a detective from Pinkerton’s investigating the case. Doyle wrote this story after learning the real-life story of the Molly Maguires and their clashes with mine owners and authorities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Care to guess where Wilkes-Barre is located?

So the group was named Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers as the members are watching out for Birdie Edwards….

The group met twice a year and seems to have become inactive around 2014 or 2015. According to John Pforr, BSI, the group made these badges to present to members who gave presentations or provided other outstanding services to the group.

OBVERSE: • Boss McGinty’s Bird Watchers • / (right facing profile of Sherlock Holmes, with pipe & wearing deerstalker cap) / Master Bird Watcher

REVERSE: (blank)

Brass, Round, 42 mm, suspended from a red, white & blue ribbon

 

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

The Member’s Badge of Denver’s Doctor Watson’s Neglected Patients

“‘I was going to say that my practice could get along very well for a day or two, since it is the slackest time in the year.” – The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA) Photo by Larry Feldman, Staff Surgeon of DWNP As a result of our recent Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

The Numismatic Sigmund Freud

“… this purely mental analysis …” – The Adventure of the Three Gables (3GAB) Alan Arkin, as Sigmund Freud, attempting to hypnotize Nicol Williamson’s Sherlock Holmes character in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Nicholas Meyer’s 1974 novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and the subsequent film in 1976 helped spark a Sherlock Holmes “renaissance” in the mid 1970s. For your editor, if flipping through television… Continue Reading