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Help Erect The Frederic Dorr Steele Memorial

Help Erect The Frederic Dorr Steele Memorial

“… like all great artists …”

– The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC)

Frederic Dorr Steele came to New York City in 1889, studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy, and became an in-demand illustrator for America’s leading publishers. When the 13 stories of The Return of Sherlock Holmes were to appear in Collier’s in 1903, his idealized portrait of Sherlock Holmes became an enduring, permanent contribution to the character and an inspiration for other artists. After Steele died in 1944 his ashes were interred in the Steele/King family plot at the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, NY.  No stone marks his resting place. With the approval of his descendants we are raising $5,000 for a monument, perpetual care and refurbishment, consistent with the historic cemetery’s standards.

Steele illustrated all but four of the 33 Holmes cases published after 1903 and many other works.  He was the first living illustrator to have representation in the Cabinet of American Illustration of the Library of Congress. His work has delighted millions of readers for more than a century. Please help us create a fitting memorial to this great artist, illustrator and Sherlockian.

The 20-member Frederic Dorr Steele Memorial Committee is headed up by Burt Wolder, the 47th Garrideb and 6 other Garridebs are on the committee.

We strongly urge that you consider supporting this cause by donating at their GoFundMe page.

Just a quick mention that the challenge coin issued by the Diogenes Club of Washington, DC features one of Steele’s drawings.

Sherlockian Themed Geocoins – Part 2

Sherlockian Themed Geocoins – Part 2

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Back in August 2018, we first posted about Sherlockian themed Pathtag Geocoins. We now have learned of two more pathtag geocoins along with three other totally different geocoins. First, let’s update you on the two… Continue Reading

Louis Hector in NBC Radio’s Great Plays Series

Louis Hector in NBC Radio’s Great Plays Series

“… the actor in some strange drama …” – The Adventure of the Yellow Face (YELL) Actor Louis Hector first portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the radio beginning in 1934 and would later become television’s first Sherlock Holmes when the National Broadcasting Company did two experimental broadcasts of The Adventure of the Three Garridebs. Those two television… Continue Reading

Hey Buddy – Want to Buy a Watch?

Hey Buddy – Want to Buy a Watch?

“Holmes had taken out his watch …” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Since the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50 pence coins was released we have reported examples being altered with decals, placed in special holders, made into keychains and bells. Now, you can buy a watch with the coin as the design. Currently being offered in… Continue Reading

TFG Member Hosting Open House on May 17

TFG Member Hosting Open House on May 17

“A Single Large Airy Sitting-Room, Cheerfully Furnished” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Mark your calendar for May 17, 2020, and plan to attend a Book Fair and Open House at Denny Dobry’s 221b Baker Street sitting room recreation in Reading, Pennsylvania.  The re-creation has been described as the most detailed and accurate of all the… Continue Reading

Chocolate Sherlock Holmes Medallions

Chocolate Sherlock Holmes Medallions

“… I emerged with a little chocolate …” – The Adventure of the Lions Mane (LION) The Chocolate Vault has been in business making chocolates and candies for over 48 years in Horton, Michigan. They have recently introduced 2.5″ Chocolate Sherlock Holmes medallions which are available for purchase. Three varieties of chocolates are offered –… Continue Reading

The Numismatic Edgar Allan Poe Published by TFG

The Numismatic Edgar Allan Poe Published by TFG

“You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Arthur Conan Doyle acknowledged on several occasions that the detective fiction was created by Edgar Allan Poe. Doyle managed a reference to Poe in his first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet. One of the very earliest of posts on this website… Continue Reading

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using… Continue Reading