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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Retired Colourman

From Watson’s Tin Box: The Retired Colourman

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, MD, Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.”

The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Holmes took a rather soiled card from the table. ‘Josiah Amberley.’ ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few select items from their tin evidence box for The Retired Colourman, with us here at The Fourth Garrideb. These evidence boxes were originally created by the late Paul Churchill, BSI, one of the founders of Watson’s Tin Box and contains both genuine artifacts and genuine faux reproductions that he (and others) created. These items create a great deal of discussion at their monthly meetings and we hope it will do the same here. Enjoy!

“Holmes glanced over some notes which he had scribbled upon the back of an envelope.” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
“Early in 1897 he married a woman twenty years younger than himself – a good-looking woman, too, if the photograph does not flatter.” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
“It would appear that Amberley has one hobby in life, and it is chess.” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
” ‘A tall, dark, heavilymoustached man, you say, with grey-tinted sunglasses?'” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
“‘I’ve had a telegram, Mr Holmes. I can make nothing of it.’ He handed it over, and Holmes read it aloud. Come at once without fail. Can give you information as to your recent loss. – ELMAN. The Vicarage.” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
“There was a telephone, however, at the little ‘Railway Arms’, and by it I got into touch with Holmes, who shared in our amazement at the result of our journey.” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box
“‘That’s how I read it. If you find an indelible pencil on the body-‘” ~ WTB RETI Evidence Box

Thanks to Beth Austin for the photographs in this post. Thanks to the 42nd Garrideb, Denny Dobry, for his assistance with this post. Thanks also to Debbie Clark, the 58th Garrideb, the current keeper of the evidence boxes.

Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion in Columbia, MD, is one of the most active Sherlockian groups in the Middle Atlantic region, Generally meeting on the last Monday of each month, the meetings feature canonical toasts, good conversations and dining, as well as a discussion of the month’s featured story and an educational presentation. For more information about Watson’s Tin Box, please visit their website HERE.

Data! Data! Data! – The Retired Colourman

Data! Data! Data! – The Retired Colourman

“‘Data! Data! Data!‘ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay.’” – The Adventures of The Copper Beeches (COPP) This column is composed of material (Data!) developed for a short course called Appreciating Sherlock Holmes that I teach twice a year in the Community Education Life Enrichment Program for a local community college.  It… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Retired Colourman

The 17 Steps: The Retired Colourman

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Retired Colourman (RETI) AND NOW, THE END IS NEAR . . . Sherlock Holmes begins this last tale with a sad soliloquy: “But is not all life pathetic and futile? Is not his story a microcosm of the whole? We reach. We grasp.… Continue Reading

1925 Newspaper Advertisements for The Three Garridebs

1925 Newspaper Advertisements for The Three Garridebs

“… an interesting story to tell …” – The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (VEIL) In 1925, Arthur Conan Doyle published the stories that would make up the Case-Book and arrangements were made to syndicate these stories to U. S. newspapers. Above we have an adverstisement from the March 1, 1925 issue of The Shreveport Times of… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2017 ANA National Money Show Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) Souvenir Card issued for the 2017 Orlando Dinner Six Sherlockians and numismatists gathered at Maggiano’s Pointe Orlando on Friday, March 10th for the Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner. The 2017 National Money Show in Orlando by the American Numismatic… Continue Reading

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

A Second Broadcast of Louis Hector’s Three Garridebs On Television

“… on the second occasion …” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) It was nearly two years ago when we posted about the first television broadcast of a Sherlock Holmes story. On November 27, 1937 the National Broadcast Company broadcasted The Three Garridebs over its airwaves. Louis Hector portrayed Sherlock Holmes and William Podmore portrayed… Continue Reading