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HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

“We were to go to the theatre.”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was somewhat common to see advertisements on what seemed at first glance to be an old Confederate States of America banknote. Our next HolmeWork assignment is one of those examples and was brought to our attention by the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, in the February 2017 issue of Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press.

Jennie Paton has found an interesting example of Sherlockian publicity: a facsimile five-dollar bill promoting “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes” at the Imperial Theatre. We’d be delighted to hear from anyone who can identify when and where and why it was used.

It’s very possible that there are other examples of these notes for other versions of plays and productions of Sherlock Holmes. We have discussed before other scrip notes for other movies with a Sherlockian theme.

For those interested in researching this further, the website Cinema Treasures has a database of 91 theatres that are or were named the Imperial Theatre.

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

“… while he has £220 standing to his credit in the Capital and Counties Bank.” – The Adventure of The Five Orange Pips (FIVE)          The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to… Continue Reading

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

Video: Sherlock Holmes & Numismatics – 1991 ANA Convention Presentation

“… and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class.” – The Adventure of The Creeping Man (CREE) During the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 100th Anniversary Convention (aka The World’s Fair of Money, the first ANA convention to use this marketing theme) in August, 1991, the then Vice President of the ANA, Edward C. Rochette,… Continue Reading

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

Monetary & Numismatic Mentions: The Dancing Men

“Your cheque-book is locked in my drawer …” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) In this post, we peruse The Adventure of The Dancing Men looking for mention of monetary transactions and numismatic items. As always, the page numbers [seen here in brackets] refer to the relevant pages in The Complete Sherlock Holmes published by… Continue Reading