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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 existing re-creations.  Thousands of books will be available for purchase at rock-bottom prices. These books have been donated to support the Baker Street Irregulars Trust Historical Archives.  The selection includes many editions of the Canon, rare Sherlockian Scholarship titles, hundreds of pastiches & parodies, a variety of non-Sherlockian Doyle’s works, titles from other mystery writers (Sayers, Christie, Queen, Starrett, etc.), an extensive Christopher Morley & P. G. Wodehouse selection and crime & British reference works.  In addition, many items such as statues, glassware, mugs, games, jigsaw puzzles and posters will also be available.  This sale likely provides the widest selection of Sherlockian items available anywhere.

The hours of the Open House/Book Fair will be from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at 5003 Stony Run Drive, Reading, PA.  Lunch will be available.   Reading is 100 miles from Manhattan, 80 miles from Baltimore and 40 miles from Philadelphia.  Start planning your carpools.

Denny is the 42nd Garrideb and fittingly, his investiture with us is “A Single Large Airy Sitting-Room, Cheerfully Furnished.” Your editor has been to Denny’s recreation several times, most recently in October when I was able to bring two fellow Garridebs along for the visit. They left flabbergasted and enjoyed themselves immensely. If you can make this open house, I heartily recommend you make the visit.

You may contact Denny at dendobry@ptd.net.

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

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

A Sherlockian “Coin” From a 1973 Forbes Magazine Advertisement

 “‘Capital!’ cried the inspector. ‘Capital!’” – The Adventure of the Dancing Men (DANC) In 1971, Chicago’s Harris Trust and Savings Bank launched an advertising campaign for their capital planning services. One advertisement featured a color illustration of a coin depicting Sherlock Holmes. The advertisement pictured above appeared in the May 1971 issue of Fortune. Thanks to Morgan… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.” – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (BLUE) Happy Holidays! For those of our readers, who get the email blasts alerting them to new posts being published on the site, we will… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading