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Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

Christopher Morley Numismatica (And More) at Haverford College

“… for which he is remarkable …”

-The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (NAVA)

Magill Library of Haverford College

On Saturday, October 24, 2014, Mycroft’s League of Philadelphia and the Grillparzer Club of the Hoboken Free State held a joint meeting to tour Haverford College’s collection of items relating to Christopher Morley, the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars. Given our recent posting on the medals of Haverford College, this would be a good time to share some of these items.

We met up to start the day in the Christopher Morley Alcove of the Magill Library. Rumor has it that one of our fellow Garridebs spent many hours on one of the couches in this nook while a Haverford student.

Pictures of Morley and his brothers are prominent in the alcove.  I’ve been fond of this particular pose of Morley for a while and enjoy the whimisical inscribition by him.

This “5% Gold Bond” for the National Treasury of Christophalia caught my eye as we were allowed to examine some of Morley’s papers. Morley would have been 17 years old when this was prepared. I’m wondering if he created the first 229 bond certificates since this is number 230.

The other “numismatic” item that caught my eye in the Morley papers was this $75.60 check that Morley issued to the Elliott Ticket Company. Unfortunately, none of the other paperwork offered up a clue as to what Morley was paying for.

If you examine the check closely, you will notice it was drawn on the Terminal Branch of the Corn Exchange Bank (what a great name for a financial institution), located at Dey and Church Streets. That would be the Hudson Terminal Building, pictured above.

The library has a framed copy of Dusk in the North Wing of a College Library that was penned by Morley and published in the December 26, 1953 issue of the Saturday Review of Literature.

The Library also has the original draft of that poem, with changes in his handwriting It’s interesting to note the changes.

The Magill Library was closed in the Fall of 2017 for renovations and expansion. When it reopens after construction is completed, the library will have a new name but still refer to the original building as the Magill Wing.

An Update about the Fantasy 10 Pound Kingdom of Great Britain Banknotes

An Update about the Fantasy 10 Pound Kingdom of Great Britain Banknotes

“You see, but you do not observe.” – A Scandal in Bohemia (SCAN) The original 2015 issue Back in 2015, we first reported about a fantasy £10 banknote of the Kingdom of Great Britain that features Sherlock Holmes and various images from the stories of the Canon. Since that time, we have seen hundreds of listings on… Continue Reading

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

Doyle Featured on Fantasy 2017 Scottish Ten Pound Note

“… one who had been a whaler.” – The Adventure of Black Peteri (BLAC) Earlier this month, listings for a fantasy 10 pound Scottish banknote featuring Arthur Conan Doyle began appearing on some of the major online auction services. The front of the note features a left-facing portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the background, appears… Continue Reading

The Pontine Press Sherlock Holmes One Hound Banknote

The Pontine Press Sherlock Holmes One Hound Banknote

“A printing press – a counterfeiter’s outfit …” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) The above pictured fantasy banknote was created during the 1970’s by Luther Norris’s Pontine Press and was based on the actual Bank of England 1 pound notes circulating at the time, pictured below. The note is a faithful recreation of… Continue Reading

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

The 2016 Silver Blaze (Southern Division) 2 Guinea Banknote

“‘Then he paid up his two guineas…“ – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) In 1952, Thomas L. Stix, Sr. started the New York Silver Blaze at the Jamaica Raceway in honor of the story of the same title by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The race was an annual (well, almost) race at various tracks around… 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