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Dec 12, 2018

“he slipped down upon the floor” [PRIO] 

It's not often that we have our eyes cast downward at 221B Baker Street. There are so many interesting things to see at eye-level: the Persian slipper, the chemistry set, the patriotic 'VR' on the wall. But there were floor coverings in the famous flat. 


In this, the final...

Dec 5, 2018

“In the morning you will send for a hansom” [FINA] 

The Sherlock Holmes canon is a wonderful snapshot of the times. In particular, we get a good sense of the kinds of transportation that conveyed citizens around London and its environs.


The hansom cab is probably the most well-known, but there are a number of...

Nov 28, 2018

“Did you tell him of our telephone appointment?” [3GAR] 

From the Gramophone to the telephone, November seems to be quite the month of technology here on Trifles.


Yes, even though Holmes did most of his work in the late 19th century, there were opportunities to use the newfangled voice-to-voice communications...

Nov 21, 2018

“I am retained in this case of the Ferrers Documents” [PRIO] 


The arrival of Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable on the doorstep (and hearth rug!) of 221B Baker Street was dramatic. He collapsed like a beached whale, and Sherlock Holmes was able to infer a great deal about the reason for his visit.


And yet, Holmes gave an...

Nov 14, 2018

“modern gramophones are a remarkable invention” [MAZA] 










When you glance across the Sherlock Holmes stories, there really aren't that many instances of children. Some of the tales are just not suitable for little ears, after all.


But there were key instances in which children played a vital role...