It just isn't possible for me to explain to you how much research I do for this little project of mine. It is something I do every chance I get. If I could figure out how to make a living from it, I'd never stop smiling. There are newspapers to be read, films to be watched, journals to be perused, and lots of other places to look to attempt to find a small nugget of info I can use here. It's a lot like mining, I suppose. I get a small amout of the good stuff while discarding large amounts of unusable product. And sometimes it can take a while for an answer to something I've been chasing to arrive.
I tried all of the oness I could (re)think of, but nothing seemed to work. So, I started looking into publications about advertising. I found numerous references to rolling ads and wheeled billboards, but was never completely certain they were talking about what I was seeking. And then it happened. Page 24 of a book I found on Google Books gave me what I was looking for.
After much thought the following day, I finally realized that there was no way I could tie this to Holmes. Sure, I could say that maybe one of the published cases was being promoted on one of them, or that the latest screen version of The Master was appearing in a play, or something like that, but that was cheating. Basically, this has nothing to do with Holmes. These items aren't mentioned in The Canon, and they have seem to have no place in the Sherlockian world at all.
I'll do more posts like this because I have so many things I chase just to see if they will have any bearing on my ultimate goal. Here's a partial list:
Police Uniform Changes
Remember that these may or may not turn out to have anything to do with Holmes, but they (and all the others I'm chasing) have to do with his world, and what he would have experienced in his daily life. This post is just such a thing. It's something Holmes and/or Watson had to have seen. Shoot, maybe they even saw one advertising William Gillette paying homage to Holmes on stage. Who knows. Anything and everything is possible.
I'll see you next month with something new, but not necessarily one of the items mentioned above. And, as always, thanks for reading.