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The Des Moines Register Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 22, 1925

The Des Moines Register Publishes The Three Garridebs on March 22, 1925

“The story has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers …”

– The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (ENGR)

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had his stories published that would make up the Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, the stories were first printed in the United States in Colliers Weekly and in the Strand Magazine for the United Kingdom. The North American Newspaper Alliance would offer the stories to its member newspapers a few months later for publication.

Three years ago, we shared images of when the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin published The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. Two years, we shared the Baltimore Sun version of the story and the Los Angeles Times version last year. We have recently been able to obtain scans of some of the additional newpapers that also published The Three Garridebs as well and will be sharing them in several upcoming posts.

Today, we are sharing scans of The Des Moines Register of Sunday, March 22, 1925.  You can view a scan of each entire page by clicking on the picture of each of the two pages. Like most of the newspaper versions of this story, they used only one of Frederic Dorr Steele’s drawings.

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

Vasily Livanov Featured on 2019 Fantasy Russian 100 Ruble Banknotes

“… a man might as well live in Russia …” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) A series of fantasy Russian 100 Ruble banknotes have recently been produced featuring Russian cinematic themes and actors. One of these banknotes feature Vasily Livanov, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the 11 episodes of the 1979 – 1986 Soviet… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sherlock Holmes $2 Coin

“…in these islands.“ – The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk (STOC) In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and… Continue Reading

Data! Data! Data! – The Naval Treaty

Data! Data! Data! – The Naval Treaty

“‘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 is… Continue Reading

The 17 Steps: The Naval Treaty

The 17 Steps: The Naval Treaty

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Naval Treaty (NAVA) WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONA … ER, STUDENT? Of Percy Phelps, Watson writes: “He was a very brilliant boy and carried away every prize which the school had to offer, finishing his exploits by winning a scholarship which sent him… Continue Reading

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

Conan-Doyle Ancient Coins Set For Sale (8/21/1968)

“My publishers give me a most discouraging account of its sale.” – The Adventure of the Resident Patient (RESI) The ancient coin collection of the late Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, celebrated author and creator of the Sherlock Holmes mystery thriller series, has been acquired by the firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York,… Continue Reading

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the $100,000 Deficit (February 3, 1911)

Sherlocko the Monk: The Mystery of the $100,000 Deficit (February 3, 1911)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) We’ve shared a few installments of Sherlocko The Monk, a comic strip drawn by Gus Mager from 1910 to 1913 in the Hearst newspapers of the era. We are pleased to share another of these comic strips, The Mystery of the $100,000 Deficit,… Continue Reading