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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

Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

Buster Keaton Finds A Silver Certificate in Sherlock Jr.

“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it” – The Adventure of the Dying Detective (DYIN) In the opening minutes of the film Sherlock, Jr., the actor Buster Keaton is sweeping trash in a movie theater. At approximately the 4:00 minute mark, a gentleman walks out and is counting money in his wallet. Keaton… Continue Reading

Some Links About the Bank of England

Some Links About the Bank of England

“No living man could tell a Prescott from a Bank of England …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) A circa 1890 photograph of the Bank of England by George Washington Wilson. There are only two mentions of the Bank of England thoughout the 60 stories of the Canon – in The Dancing Men… Continue Reading

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

MATCA Honored Holmes With 1984 Token

“…  a twinkle of amusement …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The Maryland Amusement Token Collectors Association was founded in 1979 by Robert A. Johnson. Over the course of the next four to five years, they would issue over 100 plastic tokens or wooden nickels commemorating various themes. They would be available to interested collectors… Continue Reading

From Watson’s Tin Box – The Sign of Four

From Watson’s Tin Box – The Sign of Four

“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) Watson’s Tin Box, a BSI scion that meets in Columbia, Maryland, shares a few… Continue Reading