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The 1947 BSI Dinner group photo

Seventy members and guests, including delegations from Boston, Providence, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Westchester, attended the 1947 Dinner. Adrian and Denis P.S. Conan Doyle were unable to attend the Dinner, and they sent cablegrams. The latter’s read, “Dear me, Mr. Morley, dear me!” Several attendees delivered scholarly remarks, including Prof. Theo. B. Hunt, Rolfe Boswell, Elmer Davis, and Rex Stout, who expounded upon “The Love-Life of Mr. Moriarty,” in which the evening’s host, the Murray Hill Hotel, as well as 100 maidens, were prominently featured.

Richard W. Clarke, for the Five Orange Pips of Westchester County, presented the Quiz-of-the-Year. It ended in a tie, with Rolfe Boswell and R. G. Harris as victors. C. B. H. Vaill came in second place. Fred Dannay presented those present with copies of the February issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. At the evening’s conclusion, a fifth, uncanonical toast was proposed: “To the Murray Hill Hotel!”

Dinner Details: January 3, 1947
Murray Hill Hotel, 112 Park Avenue at East 40th Street, New York, NY

Dinner Photo Information

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Key to People in the 1947 BSI Dinner photo (digitized image at Harvard)

BSI Honours List

None recorded.
What is an Investiture?

Two-Shilling Award:
Not awarded until 1962.
What is a Two-Shilling Award?

The Woman:
Mrs. Morris L. Kaplan (Carolyn A. Davis, daughter of Elmer Davis)
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?”

Morley-Montgomery Award:
Not awarded until 1959.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?

Reports on the Dinner

1947 BSI Dinner Minutes (digitized images at Harvard)

List of 1947 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)


None available online at this time.

Related Materials

1947 BSI Dinner Menu Cover (digitized images at Harvard)
Cover, interior, and back.  Sequence 20-22.

Five Orange Pips Quiz (digitized images at Harvard)
Quiz given at dinner.  2 pages.  Sequence 23-24.

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