In 1945, the BSI began to grow in size. Forty nine people attended the Dinner, including bookman Ben Abramson, New York Sun editorial writer Rolfe Boswell, novelist Charles Fulton Oursler, and horror and fantasy author Manly Wade Wellman. Theodore Spencer (with Philip Rhinelander at the piano) sang songs from his cantata “The Arrest of Wilson, the Notorious Canary Trainer.” Manly Wade Wellman spoke on “The Great Man’s Great Son.” Rolfe Boswell read a paper on “A Connecticut Yankee in Defense of Sir Arthur.” Edgar W. Smith spoke on “The Adventure of the Veiled Author.” Richard Clarke presented “A Message to the B.S.I. from the Five Orange Pips.” No BSI Dinner Photo was taken, as far as we know.
Dinner Details: January 5, 1945
Murray Hill Hotel, 112 Park Avenue at East 40th Street, NY, NY
Dinner Photo InformationClick on the above photo to see a larger version of it, and maximize your browser window to see the most detail.
As far as we know, no photo was taken of the January 5, 1945 BSI Dinner.
The photo on this page is the first page of Edgar Smith’s BSI Dinner Minutes that he distributed for every dinner between 1940 and 1960. This image from the 1945 BSI Dinner Minutes is from the digitized BSI Trust collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University.
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
H. W. Bell as The Valley of Fear*
Roland Hammond as Silver Blaze
James Keddie Jr. as The Crooked Man*
Belden Wigglesworth as The Man with the Twisted Lip*
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?
Not awarded until 1962.
What is a Two-Shilling Award?
Not identified; possibly none.
What is The Woman honour?
"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
None this year.
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”
Not awarded until 1959.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?
Reports on the Dinner1945 BSI Dinner Minutes (digitized images at Harvard)
List of 1945 BSI Dinner Attendees (digitized image at Harvard)
The Baker Street Irregulars, Irregular Proceedings of the Mid ‘Forties, ed. Jon L. Lellenberg, (New York: Fordham University Press, 1995)
RecordingsNone available online at this time.
Related MaterialsThe Trust does not have a 1945 Dinner Menu. If you have a copy, or even a scan of one, please contact us.
Hall, W. S., “Famous Last Lines of Sherlock Holmes” (digitized images at Harvard)
Quiz given at dinner. 4 pages. Sequence 95-98.
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Next dinner: the 1946 BSI Dinner
For an index to all BSI Dinners and photos, see our BSI Dinner Summary list.
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This page last updated 3/21/15 by Andy Solberg.