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Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…”

– The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI)

Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make your call. Perhaps you would use a calling card if you were making a long distance call. In the mid 1990’s, there started to appeared prepaid calling cards by some enterprising companies, such as AmeriVox. These prepaid calling cards would generally have 50 call units that would be redeemed at a fixed ratio as the call progressed, until the card would have no remaining call units.

In Asia, prepaid calling cards are quite prevalent and frequently used to promote products or services. Public phones are equipped with card readers. A user would insert the prepaid card into the reader, make the phone call and when finished remove the card. The card reader would punch a small hole into the card, prior to its removal, showing approximately how many call units remain, if any.

This particular phone card shows us Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke outside of 221B Baker Street on one of the episodes of the Granada television series of Sherlock Holmes that began in 1984. I’m sure one of the afficionados of this series might be able to tell us what episode this came from.

Jeremy Brett would portray Holmes in all 41 episodes of the series. Hardwicke replaced David Burke after the first 13 episodes were filmed. These two also appeared together in a stage play, The Secrets of Sherlock Holmes, during 1988 and 1989.

Below, we have the Sherlock Holmes mini-episode of The Four Oaks Mystery. Brett and Hardwicke’s performance was one of a four-part sequence of stories featuring the stars of four ITV (Granad’s parent network) detective shows currently airing with all separately working to solve the same mystery, with two segments airing nightly over one weekend as part of charity telethon sponsored by ITV.

Your editor would be very grateful to be contacted by any Japanese Sherlockians, who could translate these and other Japanese phone cards.

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Suffolk County (NY) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“You wouldn’t squeal on a fellow?” – The Valley of Fear (VALL) In 2018, the Detective Bureaus of the Suffolk County Police Department issued a challenge coin prominently featuring Sherlock Holmes. Suffolk County is located in the middle of Long Island, New York. OBVERSE: (5 stars) THE ART OF THE SQUEAL (5 stars) / (right facing Sherlock… Continue Reading

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

A 1937 Sherlockian Hobo Nickel by Gediminas Palsis

“I gazed with interest and some surprise upon the portrait.” – The Hound of The Baskervilles (HOUN) Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

Largo (FL) Police Issue Sherlockian Challenge Coin

“… gentlemen of the police force …” – The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (LION)       In 2017, the Police Department of Largo, Florida issued a series of challenge coins for its various departments and divisions. The challenge coin issued for the Investigative Services Division features the likeness of Sherlock Holmes. OBVERSE: (star) LARGO… 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

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

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) This editorial cartoon by Sam Rawls first appeared in the February 27, 1985 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. It’s interesting to see how Holmes and Watson have been worked into editorial cartoons over the years – I have two in… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

Sherlockian Starbucks Rewards Gold Cards

“… I shall order you a cup of hot coffee …” – The Adventure of  the Speckled Band (SPEC) In today’s modern age, it is becoming more common for folks to not carry any cash with them. We’ve done numerous posts on this site about prepaid phone cards. With marketing efforts, such as gift or reward cards,… Continue Reading