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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.

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

“… aid us in our search.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) Our next HolmeWork assignment is once again the result of a brief paragraph in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the December 1998 edition: A new flier from Carolyn and Joel Senter (Classic Specialties, Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219) <www.sherlock-holmes.com> offers souvenirs (the… Continue Reading

Update on the Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company Medal

Update on the Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company Medal

“I only saw it because I was looking for it.” – The Adventure of Silver Blaze (SILV) Last week, we posted our most recent HolmeWork assignment and asked for your help in determining if the Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company had produced a medal. Roger Johnson, the 48th Garrideb, reached out to us with comments about a… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Memorabilia Company Medal

“I have a small pawnbroker’s business …” – The Adventure of the Red-Headed League (REDH) This month’s HolmeWork assignment might turn out to be a wild goose chase. In the two years since our group was formed, I have heard whispers from other Sherlockians about a possible medal that was issued by the Sherlock Holmes… 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

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

HolmeWork Assignment: The BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal

“… I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) In the Spring 2012 issue of For the Sake of the Trust – The Baker Street Irregulars Trust Newsletter was the following announcement:  BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal Awarded to Glen Miranker At the BSI Dinner on Friday,… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment – September 2015: A Sherlock Holmes Silver Medal from the 1890’s?

HolmeWork Assignment – September 2015: A Sherlock Holmes Silver Medal from the 1890’s?

“She had flung into the lake a bag containing some curious contents.” – The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual (MUSG) This month’s HolmeWork assignment comes via a letter published in the July 7, 2002 issue of The E-Sylum: Christopher Eimer writes: “The ongoing correspondence in The E-Sylum relating to Sherlock Holmes, and in particular Alan Luedeking’s request for… Continue Reading

The Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection: An Update – 4 Medals!

The Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection: An Update – 4 Medals!

“I have just made a discovery of the highest importance …” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Back in January, we published a HolmeWork assignment asking for more information about the Sherlock Holmes Centennial Art Medal Collection that was advertised back in 1986-87. You can read that post here and a follow up post showing the… Continue Reading