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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 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

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Mention the name of Leonard Nimoy to most people and they will immediately associate him with his character of Spock on Star Trek. I’ll admit that I do as well, although I also recall his appearance as The Great Paris on two seasons of Mission: Impossible.… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Anaheim, CA – August 11, 2016 ~ Left to Right: (Standing) Bill Fritsch, Bob Fritsch; Darren Burgess, Larry Gaye, Suzanne Gaye, Greg Ruby, Sean M. Wright, BSI, DeForeest Wright Eight Sherlockians and numismatists… Continue Reading

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

“You don’t happen to have a Raphael or a first folio Shakespeare without knowing it?” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) The British Royal Mint has announced that they will issue a set of three £2 coins honoring William Shakespeare in 2016. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work. All three coins have… Continue Reading

Charlie Chaplin Honored as Knight of the British Empire

Charlie Chaplin Honored as Knight of the British Empire

“… Holmes refused a knighthood …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) As we learned in Peter Jacoby’s recent post, Charlie Chaplin role as Billy the Page in William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes laid the foundation for his future career in the theater and movies. Chaplin would go on to great fame and receive many… Continue Reading

The Legion of Honour Awarded To Charlie Chaplin

The Legion of Honour Awarded To Charlie Chaplin

“… an exploit which won for Holmes an autograph letter of thanks from the French President and the Order of the Legion of Honour.” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince (GOLD) As we learned in Peter Jacoby’s recent post, Charlie Chaplin role as Billy the Page in William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes laid the foundation for his future… Continue Reading

Select Numismatic Remembrances of Charlie Chaplin

Select Numismatic Remembrances of Charlie Chaplin

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of The Second Stain (SECO) For 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been appearing on various tokens, medals and coins to promote his movies and to honor his legacy. Unfortunately, none honor his role as Billy the page from Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes play. In this post, we’ll take a… Continue Reading

The Tramp And The ‘Tec:  Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes

The Tramp And The ‘Tec: Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes

“‘Beg pardon, sir,’ said our page-boy …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) Many Sherlockians are familiar with the play Sherlock Holmes, or The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner (“Sherlock Holmes”) by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette. A substantial number are also aware that the play’s performance in Britain in 1903 marked… Continue Reading