Edgar W. Smith, in his capacity as Buttons-cum-Commisionaire, presented a paper on “Dr. Watson and the Great Censorship,” positing that the good doctor published his stories only when he believed Holmes was dead or had unequivocally retired. Mr. Green, a representative of the Parker Game Corporation, presented each attendee with a set of “Clue: the Great New Sherlock Holmes Game.” Play commenced, under the Acting-Gasogene’s oversight.
Eight members were honored for achieving their Investiture. After Scion Society reports were proffered, Owen P. Frisbie, of the Five Orange Pips of Westchester County, presented the annual quiz, “Twenty Knights with Sir Arthur.” Robert G. Harris of the Amateur Mendicants of Detroit was the victor.
The festivities concluded on the “reminding note that 1954 will see the celebration of the Master’s own centennial.”
Dinner Details: January 11, 1952
Cavanaugh’s Restaurant, New York, 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.
Key to People in the 1952 BSI Dinner photo (not available at this time)
BSI Honours ListInvestitures:
William S. Baring-Gould as The Gloria Scott
Edward Bartlett as The Man with the Twisted Lip
Lloyd H. Denton as The Noble Bachelor
Robert G. Harris as The Creeping Man
Richard H. Hoffman as The Beryl Coronet
James C. Iraldi as The Blanched Soldier
James Nelson as Lady Frances Carfax
Morris Rosenblum as Petrus Atri (Black Peter), changed to The Greek Interpreter
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 Dinner1952 BSI Dinner Minutes (digitized images at Harvard)
Note: the minutes repeat Anthony Boucher's investiture from 1949.
The Baker Street Journal v2 n2 (April 1952) pp. 108-110. (available in the eBSJ)
List of 1952 BSI Dinner Attendees (digitized image at Harvard)
RecordingsNone available online at this time.
Related Material1952 Dinner Announcement Memorandum (digitized image at Harvard)
1 page. 2 copies. Sequence 85-86.
1952 Dinner Menu (digitized image at Harvard)
Cover, interior, and back. Sequence 41-43.
Frisbie, Owen F., "Twenty Knights with Sir Arthur" (digitized images at Harvard)
Quiz given at dinner. 1 page plus answer key. Sequence 151-152.
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