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A card with a picturesque view of a mountain surrounded by desolate isolated terrain in an array of colors, and the caption “Autumn in Dartmoor.” Again I hurried around the display to find the corresponding card’s message. It was a Tuck’s Post Card with a one penny Edwardian postage stamp dated 20 Aug 20 . The card was addressed to:
Malcomb Conan Doyle
Although the handwriting is somewhat faint, it reads:
This is where the
Hound used to run
about in the story.
The D. stands for Daddy and is addressed to his son Adrian (Dimples). This was confirmed when speaking with Catherine Cooke, Reference Librarian, at the Westminster Library, and again at the home of Roger Johnson and Jean Upton. The post card is part of the Conan Doyle Estate.
Catherine Cooke, Roger Johnston, and Jean Upton are listed as contributing members to this collection, so it was a special honor to be asked by Catherine to sign my book† housed in a Sherlock Holmes special collection of the Westminster Library. Roger Johnson and Jean Upton invited Vicki and me to their home in Chelmsford. Both Roger and Jean are members of ourNashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem scion. They are also members of the BSI, ASH, and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. We spent a delightful day that included viewing their Sherlock Holmes collection that is very extensive and most interesting, then to a tasty lunch at Admiral J. Mc Hardy Pub, and a walk to the Essex Police Museum for a private tour by Roger. Upon returning to their home, and before departing for London, Jean surprised us both with a beautiful certificate and the honor of invested membership to The Occupants of the Full House, a BSI scion.
The Sherlock Holmes Exhibit, the Westminster Library experience, Roger and Jean's hospitality, coupled with my visit to the British Library to examine A. Conan Doyle's manuscripts, letters, and speeches culminated a most enjoyable and rewarding Sherlockian experience.
If you plan visiting the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit - a treat awaits. I recommend reading Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die, a series of articles compiled by Alex Werner, Head of History Collection at the Museum of London.
† Marino C. Alvarez, A Professor Reflects on Sherlock Holmes (London: MX Publishing, 2012).
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A Visit to the Museum of London Sherlock Holmes Exhibit / Filed 6 April, 2015 /
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Cipher / Filed February, 2015 /
Footprints Along the Paths / Filed August, 2011 /
Scholar Posts: Holmes as Knight-Errant / Filed September, 2011 /
Pursuing Sherlock Holmes / Filed October, 2011 /
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