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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2013 at 12:17
The Alice connection seems to crop up twice. I'm wondering (pun intended) if Alice's Adventures Underground may reference a link to the London tube system. I am not too familiar with this.
Or does the Looking Glass postmark transform this to Overground - street level.
Are there any Alice references on the stamps?

Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

I cannot identify the chap illustrated, but he looks as though he might well tend towards a somewhat dissolute lifestyle.
Could it be Oscar Wilde?

I hope I get mine tomorrow and its not solved by then
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Daniel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2013 at 15:03
In 1810 Theodore Hook perpetrated the Berners Street Hoax having made a bet with a friend, Samuel Beazley, that he could transform any house in London into the most talked about address within a week. He did this by sending out thousands of letters in the name of Mrs Tottenham, a wealthy lady, of 54 Berners St. to various dignitaries, shops and tradesmen requesting that they attend the address or ordering goods and services. On Monday, 26th November the address was inundated with people responding to these letters beginning with chimney sweeps and including barbers, grocers, artists and The Lord Mayor of London.
So many people arrived that at one point it was almost impossible to move in the street. The police eventually took charge but the crowds were not dispersed until night-time. The papers were full of the story and it was soon realised that it was a gigantic hoax but it was never proved by the authorities that Hook was the perpetrator.
 
Our 'invites' are in the style of the hoax letters and seem to make specific references to our professions with the stamp bearing our individual initials.
 
It is Hook who is depicted on the stamp. 54 Berners Street ultimately became incorporated into what is now the Sanderson Hotel, a luxury spa resort. H.L. and S. may just stand for Healthy Living and Spa.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Joolz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2013 at 18:48
Well done, Daniel. That's brilliant research.

Based on it, I'd guess that "H. L. & S." is "hook, line and sinker".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Zzzzz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2013 at 21:40
Fantastic!  I am referring to the stamp idea and the sleuthery!
 
I hope someone is saving these articles up for the day when they can be published. I am sure a magazine such as Stamp & Coin Mart would be interested...   Wink
I'm not very good at advice, might I offer you some sarcasm instead?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2013 at 23:45
Could someone post up a picture please now that the explanation is known?
 
Sounds like Steve's work to me  Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2013 at 01:36
Mine has arrived, with a nice personalised orangish gold stamp.
What is that at the top middle? I don't want to influence anybody, but has it got bells on?
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