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This Week in My Sherlockian History
There are good weeks and then there are banner weeks in my personal Sherlockian history. This past week falls into the latter category. I was in northern Washington State during the first of the week before driving The Dalles, Oregon to finish the week. On my drive south, I passed Longview, Washington. This is the home of budding Sherlockian author Lindsey Faye and also Washington State Highway 4. This was an excellent photo-op although I was sans my digital camera but my trusty cell phone did an adequate job in capturing the Kodak moment.
On Friday night, I visited Jerry Margolin's house in Portland, Oregon. Jerry has the world's best collections of original Sherlockian artwork. This was not my first visit to Jerry and Judy's but the first since he sold his book collection. Jerry now concentrates on just collecting artwork.. This is the place to visit if one wishes to see the original paintings used for the covers of Canonical and pastiches alike. One example is a set of painting used for the Berkley paperback editions. Not only are there painting used for the book cover but also others that were not used. This is just facet of Jerry's collection.
Over the years Jerry has corresponded with most of the cartoonists of our times. They, in turn, sent original drawings of their creations in Sherlockian attire. Drawing of B.C. by Johnny Hart, Dennis the Menace by Hank Ketchum, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz are but a few of the hundreds of neatly framed pieces that adorn Jerry and Judy's walls.
Anyone traveling to the Portland area must visit this impressive collection. I cannot possibly describe all there is to see but it is safe to say one can never see such a vast collection of Sherlockian artwork in a single location unless they visit Jerry's collection. It is truly amazing. It gives an entirely new meaning to .....
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