Well, this is it. The end of our Winter Break. Tomorrow, the kids go back to school–that is, if the weather permits, which is by no means a sure thing.
And of course, after about two weeks of being occasionally confined to the house, the younger natives are restless. They want to go out and “do something,” even when the temps are negative, they just had Christmas, went to the movies, and will, God willing, be in New York City in about a week. Since they are teens, they couple this desire to “do something” with also wanting to sleep in until noon (or after). Sorry, guys. I have no desire to go out when it’s dark and snowy and cold. I like just staying in, mingling household chores, reading, and writing. Now that I have a real workspace that’s not the kitchen or the bedroom, it’s wonderful.
Still, as much as I love my little corner of the living room, it’s not a patch on the parlor of 221 B. There’s no fireplace, for one thing. The cat permits no one else on “his” settee. I’m the one who has to clean it. And my husband plays the saxophone, and not the violin. He’s not bad, but boy, is it loud.
Let’s have a look at 221B’s through history, shall we?
We’ll just go for a larger view of this, possibly the most famous television 221B
The most famous recreation, however, is probably this one, at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London:
Before this, however, came the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, part of the Festival of Britain. Opening on May 21, 1951, and continuing through August, the Exhibition was hosted by Abbey House (which had the actual address 221 Baker Street), and funded by the Borough of Marylebone. It featured a recreation of Holmes and Watson’s sitting room (accompanied by sound effects such as an organ grinder’s tune), and displays devoted to Holmes in cinema, the Baker Street Irregulars, and Sidney Paget’s illustrations. Both Jean and Denis Conan Doyle gave speeches at the opening ceremony, and the Times declared that the presentation was: “rich enough in detail for the keenest disciple and–here one can only hope–expertly arranged for the most critical.” Sherlockians being who we are, however, within days the Telegraph was printing letters debating whether or not the exhibit should have given Watson a monaural or binaural stethoscope.
Today’s winner will receive two magazines from that time: a Life magazine which features a double-paged spread photograph, and a New Yorker which, in New Yorker fashion, doesn’t really have photos, but has pages and pages of erudite description and commentary. Both issues are in decent shape, with all pages intact, so you get to see some interesting ads and 1950’s-style New Yorker cartoons. In my opinion, they are lovely examples of Sherlockian ephemera.
To enter the drawing, just tell me where in the Canon you can find the following quote:
Finally, in my aimless perambulation, I came to the mantelpiece. A little of pipes, tobacco pouches, syringes, penknives, revolver-cartridges, and other debris was scattered over it. In the midst of these was a small black and white ivory box with a sliding lid. It was a neat little thing, and I had stretched out my hand to examine it more closely when….
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Day 10 Winner!!!!!!!
Congratulations to T. Rick Jones, winner of his own personal (3-month) book club! Everyone knew that the Day 10 quote came from “The Adventure of the Empty House”-the one where the doctor/war hero faints, and the housekeeper braves a bullet to save her resurrected lodger.