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A Second (or Third) Trade Token Featuring Actor Clive Brook

A Second (or Third) Trade Token Featuring Actor Clive Brook

“When an actor …”

The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS)

Back in October 2018, we first wrote about the Clive Brook token, that was one of a series issued by Popsicle. By the way, you should go back and reread that article as we have updated it with a second token that has a different reverse die.

This is now a third trade token featuring Clive Brook. This brass token was intended to be kept as a good luck piece that advertised the 1933 film Cavalcade. Swastikas were considered as a good luck emblem and were featured on many tokens prior to the mid 1930s, when the logo became hijacked by the Nazi Germany regime.

Cavalcade was the first film for Fox Film Corporation to win a Best Picture Oscar. It also won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Director.

If interested in a timeline, Brooks’s Sherlock Holmes was followed by Cavalcade and then Midnight Club (for which the second token, in the other post, was issued for).

So that’s three tokens featuring Clive Brooks, while none were ever issued fror Basil Rathbone. At least Rathbone would be honored later with items that feature his likeness.

 

Faces of Holmes: Charlie McCarthy, Detective

Faces of Holmes: Charlie McCarthy, Detective

“… all were equally puppets in his hands.” – The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (SOLI) Comedian and actor Edgar Berggren was born in Chicago in 1903. Begining at the age of 11, Edgar began to self-learn ventriliquism and during his late teenage years would be given daily lessons by the famed ventriloquist Harry Lester for… Continue Reading

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

“… a very gregarious creature.” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) August 6, 2019 is the day that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu becomes available for purchase or rental to the general public. This is as good a time to review a couple of numismatic related items to the furry little detective.The movie was a derivative from… Continue Reading

3D Printed “Coin” Features Sherlock Holmes & Irene Adler

3D Printed “Coin” Features Sherlock Holmes & Irene Adler

“… it was a perfect facsimile.” – The Adventure of the Empty House (EMPT) With the advent of modern 3D printers becoming affordable to individuals, we are beginning to see a few items being produced that might be of interest to our members and readers. Danna Mancini, a noted Sherlockian based in the New England… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

Faces of Holmes: Buddy Ebsen

“… an incomparable actor.” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) When I hear the name of Buddy Ebsen, I recall his nine seasons as Jed Clampett on the CBS television series The Beverly Hillbilliies. Others recall his role as Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett”s sidekick on the Disney mini-series of Davy Crockett. Ebsen would portray detective Barnaby Jones… 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

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

A Sherlockian Spinner Token from Cutco

“… I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend.” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) Spinner tokens are a fascinating avenue of collecting exonumia. These tokens are made to be spun upon a flat service, with an arrow or pointing device. These advertising tokens were, more often than not, used to help determine who would buy… Continue Reading