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That’s Basil Rathbone On That Coin!

That’s Basil Rathbone On That Coin!

“You would have made an actor, and a rare one.”

– The Sign of The Four (SIGN)

To many folks, Basil Rathbone is the personification of Sherlock Holmes, including your editor here.

Take a look at the publicity photograph above, and then take a closer look at the 2017 Ghana 2 Cedis coin below.

You cannot tell me that this design is not based on the publicity photograph of Rathbone. What do you think?

We might have another example using Rathbone’s image as well! Check out this picture of a Chicago Police Detective Division challenge coin.

I think this one might also be based on that same publicity photograph of Rathbone as Holmes.

What are your thoughts?

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

The Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) Last week, we published our Holmework Assignment for February asking for assistance with the Personality Dollar Bills of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that were issued in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Peter E. Blau, the 13th… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

HolmeWork Assignment: Rathbone & Bruce Personality Dollar Bills

“… for his bills were all paid in ready money …” – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pipsi (FIVE) This month’s HolmeWork assignment is once again due to a brief nugget that appeared in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the November 1995: From This Old House (Box 468, Almont, MI 48003) offers… Continue Reading

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Seventy years ago, June 7, 1946 to be precise, the movie Dressed to Kill premiered. This was the last of the 14 films that starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. The last 3 minutes of the film does have a… Continue Reading

Sherlock Holmes and Frank Sinatra

Sherlock Holmes and Frank Sinatra

“… not only a very capable performer …” – The Adventure of The Red-Headed League (REDH) The 105th Congress (1997-98) of the United States, on May 14, 1998, authorized a Congressional Gold Medal be awarded to Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra for “outstanding and enduring contributions through his entertainment career and humanitarian activities.” Unfortunately, Sinatra passed away on… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

HolmeWork Assignment: The Sherlock Holmes Credit Card

“… while he has £220 standing to his credit in the Capital and Counties Bank.” – The Adventure of The Five Orange Pips (FIVE)          The Universal Sherlock Holmes by Ronald Burt De Waal and 14th Garrideb, George A. Vanderburgh has been a tremendous reference tool to your Mycroft as we first attempted to… Continue Reading

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

Partial NBC Radio 12/25/1939 Broadcast of The Three Garridebs with Rathbone & Bruce

“No doubt you see the significance of this discovery of mine?” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Radio versions of The Three Garridebs was one of the very first items we posted about back in September 2014. In that post, we referred that one of the first radio programs that Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce did as… Continue Reading

Military Decorations of Lt. Basil Rathbone

Military Decorations of Lt. Basil Rathbone

“This fortress – built by nature for herself; This blessed plot, this Earth, this realm, this England!” – Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Weapon Phillip St. John Basil Rathbone was born on this date in 1892.  To many Sherlockians, including your author, he is the personification of Sherlock Holmes. In this post, we will discuss… Continue Reading