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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, that was published on February 3, 1911 in The Washington DC Evening Star. Enjoy!

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

Data! Data! Data! – The Man with the Twisted Lip

Data! Data! Data! – The Man with the Twisted Lip

“‘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 Man With the Twisted Lip

The 17 Steps: The Man With the Twisted Lip

Seventeen thoughts for further ponderance of the case at hand – The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS) WATSON’S LONDON GOSSIP COLUMN “Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D. D., Principal of the Theological College of St. George’s, was much addicted to opium,” this tale begins. While the Hounds have often discussed Watson’s protecting… 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

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

The 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Medal

” I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) The attendees of the 2018 140 Varieties of Tobacco Ash Dinner Violin players. Bicycling enthusiasts. Coin collectors. There are numerous Sherlockian groups out… Continue Reading

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

Bob Fritsch Issued His Second Sherlockian Wooden Nickel

“… I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain …” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) Robert F. Fritsch, the 7th Garrideb aka The Coiner (by the zinc and copper filings in the seam of his cuff), issued a Sherlockian wooden nickel during last summer’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is Bob’s second Sherlockian wooden… Continue Reading