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Topic: Mrs Sanderson Requests
Posted By: Keith
Subject: Mrs Sanderson Requests
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 05:47
Am I the only one invited to call on the 4th of next month? Or just the first to ask?

Keith

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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 08:22
I too have an invitation. The stamp bore the initials H. L&S. at either side at the top, and mine had the initials C and B in the lower left and right corners. I cannot identify the chap illustrated, but he looks as though he might well tend towards a somewhat dissolute  lifestyle. The flowers upper left and lower right might be Ipomea Violacea, aka Heavenly Blue, or Morning Glory. These plants, if I've identified them correctly, have psychoactive properties. 
Then there's the name Sanderson. Some Sanderson fabric designs were associated with artists within the group. 
So, We have Bloomsbury... Perhaps the Bloomsbury Group. It has been said that some members of the group indulged in experiments with drugs. We have the Morning Glory flowers. The beautifully gold edged card inside contains an invitation to an appointment with Mrs Sanderson to discuss arrangements for her security... 
(Quite cheered me up for a moment, as I'm looking for a good job in the security industry! I thought I'd had a reply to one of my CV's for a minute.)

So apart from the usual mystery of who's produced this lovely stamp and sent this unusual invitation, we have the implied mystery of just who was this Mrs Sanderson, and what could have been her address at the time... Not to mention the other details of the stamp, some of which I can't quite make out like whatever the thing at the top center is... my bad.
Finally the postmarks. The realworld one was Warrington, and the ficton Bloomsbury London with something I can't make out in the crossbar.

Very nice, and it's had me looking some stuff up today, so educational as well as an attractive puzzle!



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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 08:37
If and when I ever move house it will be to somewhere where the post does not arrive a day or two later than other people. I am, of course, hoping to receive one of these.

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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 08:40
Move to Norwich Steve...  LOL

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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 08:43
btw - I am sure it is not connected but on the radio today I heard a reputed Oscar Wilde quote, recycled for a Fawlty Towers episode - 'This wallpaper is dreadful. One of us has simply got to go...'

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Posted By: Joolz
Date Posted: 09 January 2013 at 11:59
I also received one of these interesting letters from Mrs Sanderson.
 
Thank you very much to the mysterious sender.
 
Much the same as received by others, invitation in my case "to discuss representation of her media business interests", cinderella stamp as described with a Bloomsbury, London cinderella frank and JF in the lower left and right corners, Royal Mail Christmas 2012 1st Class stamp franked 08-01-2013 at Royal Mail Warrington Mail Centre.
 
Here is what I have gleaned from a little research.
 
The writing across the centre of the cinderella frank is a London postcode in mirror writing, "through the looking glass" indeed.
 
The postcode is W1T 3NG.
 
This is the postcode of http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?ftid=0x48761b2b085e2411:0xed9758568fbd0af7&q=London+W1T+3NG - the Sanderson Hotel in Berners Street, Bloomsbury.
 
The Sanderson's signature English tea ceremony is its http://www.sandersonlondon.com/en-us/#/explore/?id=/sanderson-london-mad-hatters-tea/ - Mad Hatter's Tea .
 
(The Sanderson achieved most recent notoriety in 2007 as the scene of an Amy Winehouse blow-out session - fourth paragraph in http://blog.easytobook.com/cool-stuff/notorious-events-in-london-hotels/ - this article - oddly enough immediately below a reference to the Cadogan Hotel of late Victorian notoriety in the case of Oscar Wilde as immortalised in http://rinabeana.com/poemoftheday/index.php/2008/03/18/the-arrest-of-oscar-wilde-at-the-cadogan-hotel-by-john-betjeman/ - the poem by John Betjeman )
 
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party is an episode in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
 
According to http://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/pages/aboutcharlesdodgson/works/alice.html - the Lewis Carroll Society , the manuscript text of what was then titled Alice's Adventures under Ground was completed on 10 February 1863, 150 years ago next month.
 
Not sure if any of the above tells some part of the tale regarding these letters and I've got no leads as yet on the portrait or the initials "H. L. & S." but perhaps some others can take up the scent.


Posted By: Steve
Date 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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Posted By: Daniel
Date 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.


Posted By: Joolz
Date 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".


Posted By: Guests
Date 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


Posted By: Guests
Date 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


Posted By: Steve
Date 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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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 10 January 2013 at 01:41
Could it be a jester's hat?

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 10 January 2013 at 01:44
Originally posted by watermane watermane wrote:

Could someone post up a picture please now that the explanation is known?


 

Sounds like Steve's work to me  Wink


Here you are ....



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Posted By: Joolz
Date Posted: 10 January 2013 at 05:35
I can read the signature on the invitation card more clearly on that scan, Steve, than I can on the invitation card I received myself.
 
It's another clue to Theodore Hook of course, him being T. Hook and the signatory of our invitations being H. Took.
 
Although, if I had been able to decipher it, it might have taken me down an erroneous Hobbit hole of inquiry rather than to the correct answer that Daniel found.


Posted By: Jonty
Date Posted: 10 January 2013 at 06:02
The one I received today has the usual invitation then adds " She wishes to discuss some private investigations of rather a delicate nature with you"
It is then signed as above in Steve's post. The lower left and right corners contains "J" and "H" 

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Posted By: Keegan
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 03:13
Hi All,
I was lucky enough to receive an intriguing invitation myself yesterday. The envelope and finely gilded invitation contains most of the same details as already reported but my letter was posted in the Bath/Bristol area, the bottom corner letters on my stamp are 'NK' (what an uncanny coincidence!) and Mrs Sanderson wishes to discuss island holidays in the Bristol Channel with me, I'm on it!
 
Some very clever work has gone into this and I am astonished by the high standard of detective work employed. Didn't bother with any of that stuff myself because my plan was to jump in any black cab as the driver would surely know Mrs Sanderson and her residence.
 
However I'll have to disuade her from her original plan as I would much prefer to take her up the Orkneys.
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 03:27
Originally posted by Keegan Keegan wrote:

... the bottom corner letters on my stamp are 'NK' (what an uncanny coincidence!)


No coincidence I think. The stamps seem to be personalised.

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Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 05:44
I have been invited to discuss the archiving of her family documents.  I'm sure they will be fascinating.

Another extraordinarily clever artefact and stamp, from the department of extraordinarily clever artefacts and stamps.  (We know who you are - no use being coy!) 

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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 05:53
Originally posted by Joolz Joolz wrote:

Well done, Daniel. That's brilliant research.

Based on it, I'd guess that "H. L. & S." is "hook, line and sinker".


Thank you on both counts Big smile

The date of the hoax varies from one source to another but I dismissed the date given in Wikipedia in favour of a much more detailed account from The Museum of Hoaxes:

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_berners_street_hoax/ - http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_berners_street_hoax/

At the bottom of this excellent article is a link to a contemporary account, The Annual Register for the Year 1810 (published in 1812) which gives, one assumes, the correct date.

I doubt that even if the entire forum descended on The Sanderson Hotel we could replicate the chaos of the original event!

Hook sounds like a very interesting man but he clearly had too much time on his hands. He went on to found the John Bull newspaper and the biography 'The Man Who Was John Bull ' is currently still in print.


Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 06:48
Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:

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I doubt that even if the entire forum descended on The Sanderson Hotel we could replicate the chaos of the original event!



But it would be one helluva tea party!


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 06:49
Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:


Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:


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I doubt that even if the entire forum descended on The Sanderson Hotel we could replicate the chaos of the original event!



But it would be one helluva tea party!


Mad!

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 06:54
Originally posted by watermane watermane wrote:

Sounds like Steve's work to me Wink


Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:


Another extraordinarily clever artefact and stamp, from the department of extraordinarily clever artefacts and stamps. (We know who you are - no use being coy!)



I know fingers are pointing at me, I can only draw your attention to negative evidence. I have not been to neither Warrington nor Bristol/Bath area for many months.And would I need to post one to myself?

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Posted By: Jonty
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 08:15
Originally posted by Keegan Keegan wrote:

 
However I'll have to disuade her from her original plan as I would much prefer to take her up the Orkneys.
 
 
 
Besides Mrs Sanderson objecting to this, this is a family forum. Wink


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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 08:23
Originally posted by Steve Steve wrote:

Originally posted by watermane watermane wrote:

Sounds like Steve's work to me Wink


Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:


Another extraordinarily clever artefact and stamp, from the department of extraordinarily clever artefacts and stamps. (We know who you are - no use being coy!)



I know fingers are pointing at me, I can only draw your attention to negative evidence. I have not been to neither Warrington nor Bristol/Bath area for many months.And would I need to post one to myself?


Double negatives and yes you would post one to yourself Wink


Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 09:29
Colin's being very quiet... 
As it turns out most, (make that all), of my theories were wrong... But we had to start somewhere!


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 11 January 2013 at 12:47
Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:



Originally posted by Steve Steve wrote:



I know fingers are pointing at me, I can only draw your attention to negative evidence. I have not been to neither Warrington nor Bristol/Bath area for many months.And would I need to post one to myself?


Double negatives and yes you would post one to yourself Wink



Actually its a triple negative.

And I wouldn't go to Somerset to post to myself. There's an envelope on my desk from another stamp producer postmarked Bath.
And who has done initialed stamps before?



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Posted By: phalarope
Date Posted: 12 January 2013 at 06:15
The one I received yesterday has the usual invitation then adds " She wishes to discuss the care and culture of her pet oysters with you."  It is then signed as above in Steve's post. The lower left and right corners contains "C" and "M".Postmarked January 8 from Warrington Mail Centre with a bilingual Welsh/English airmail sticker. 

My sleuthing is centered around the limited number of people that know my twin interests of oysters and modern Welsh philately, have my address (CA Forum folks and one or two here whose cinderellas I have subscribed to), and who have my name very slightly mis-spelled in their database.  Tongue

I originally suspected Steve, though others are possible...


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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 13 January 2013 at 07:42
Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

As it turns out most, (make that all), of my theories were wrong...
 
Actually, me too!
 
So, assuming Steve wasn't double bluffing in his denial, let's formally accuse Colin. At the very least we need to know who to thank Big smile


Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 13 January 2013 at 08:49
I have reason to believe that Steve was at least double bluffing.  Probably quadruple bluffing.  If not more.

Steve - j'accuse!

PS - thank you!


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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 13 January 2013 at 22:19
Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

So, assuming Steve wasn't double bluffing in his denial, let's formally accuse Colin. At the very least we need to know who to thank Big smile
 
Don't thank me. 
 
A scan of my stamp is attached and it indicates (to me at least) based on the evidence so far available, that each recipient's stamp might be a different colour as well as carrying our different initials. I just don't have the attention span or the patience for such things...  but I know a man who does  Wink

 


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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 04:50
Firstly, thank you for attributing my wrong assumption to Murgatroyd, I'm always more than happy to pass the blame onto someone else Big smile

Secondly. regarding us getting different colours, I think we all got the same colour and Steve sent the golden variation to himself!


Posted By: Jonty
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 07:24
Nope! Mine is Green

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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 10:20
I'd have to describe my stamp as ocher.

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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 10:23
[QUOTE=Daniel]Firstly, thank you for attributing my wrong assumption to Murgatroyd, I'm always more than happy to pass the blame onto someone else Big smile

Sorry Peter  WinkLOL

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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 10:47
In fact mine is blue, so, different again Embarrassed
I'm not giving up on the possibility that Steve's may well be a curl diablo.


Posted By: IslandPost
Date Posted: 16 January 2013 at 00:21
My stamp is brown (ochre?). I was invited to discuss taxation matters?! Great stuff.

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Posted By: Susanne
Date Posted: 19 January 2013 at 08:03
I have been invited to discuss the parenting and schooling of young ladies. Smile My stamp is green with an SV on the left, and I'm sure there was a B on the right, but it was lost in the post, which actually adds to the character of the stamp. Big smile


Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 19 January 2013 at 08:07
Will the real Mrs Sanderson please stand up and receive the just accolades that are her due? 

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 19 January 2013 at 13:03
It looks like everybody has a personalised stamp; initilas and possibly colour too. So have we all got a stamp that is utterly unique? Or has the perpetrator got an extra copy of each for his/her own collection. Either way these must be quite quite rare.

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Posted By: Keith
Date Posted: 19 January 2013 at 23:36
Come on Hilary - admit it was you. It just has to be. Nobody else is both intelligent enough and cunning enough to construct such a complex story - other than Daniel (who claimed to have decoded it all). In fact, when I think about it..... Come on Daniel - admit it was you!

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 21 January 2013 at 01:00
It needn't be any of the usual suspects...
 
The story itself is not so complex, simply meticulously researched and incredibly well presented.
 
And with a little help from someone with a list of addresses and a couple of facts about the intended targets' interests the rest would be relatively easy.
 
 


Posted By: OlFella
Date Posted: 21 January 2013 at 11:32
Well a Bloomsbury letter arrived downunder yesterday LOLLOLLOL
And yes my initials are in the lower corners B E... Colour of stamp slateish blue green..
And here is the invitation Big smile

http://thegomc.com/DPInew/share-8BF5_50FDCF09.html">

I have four suspects in mind  Star

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Posted By: Keegan
Date Posted: 23 January 2013 at 04:50
'Discuss Australian culture' !!!
That won't take long............... after all, we have history - they have previous !!


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Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 23 January 2013 at 06:42
Originally posted by Keith Keith wrote:

Come on Hilary - admit it was you. It just has to be. Nobody else is both intelligent enough and cunning enough to construct such a complex story - other than Daniel (who claimed to have decoded it all). In fact, when I think about it..... Come on Daniel - admit it was you!


Not me.  I wouldn't have the Patience.  I wonder if it's a Daniel/Steve co-production?


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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 23 January 2013 at 07:09
Originally posted by Keegan Keegan wrote:

'Discuss Australian culture' !!!
That won't take long............... after all, we have history - they have previous !!

You're a bit out of touch! Better book yourself in for a refresher course : A week with Sir Les Patterson!


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 23 January 2013 at 12:03
Just think about how Berners St Hoax was perpetrated. The bet specified that Hook had to make a house the most talked about in London within a week. This was in the days before the universal penny post. There was a postal service within London, and this had to be officially sanctioned. But in those days the cost was bourne by the addressee who could refuse the letter, and there were no targets to be reached in regard to delivery time.
And they had no recourse to Facebook or Twitter.

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Posted By: OlFella
Date Posted: 24 January 2013 at 23:07
Steve that is a very good point you raise there...
It would have been a massive excercise to bring it all together....
 
As for Australian culcha Big smileBig smile
Football Meatpies Kangaroos and Holden Cars just about somes it up for me...LOLLOL
 
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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 28 January 2013 at 21:23
Surely it's time whoever produced these little gems not only fessed up but also took a bow...
 
To produce individually customised stamps is a sure sign of dedication/madness in itself - but to add to this individual invitations and such an intricate back story, takes our little bits of fun to a new level.
 
If I had done it then at least one of the invites or personalised stamps would have ended up going to the wrong destination - so it's not me, honest.  I just don't have the patience.
 
But there is something about the cancellation on the cover - the style, fonts and, most of all, the execution when compared to previous covers - that immmediately pointed the finger in a particular direction.
 
So please take a bow... you know who you are Wink
 


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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 01:50
If it wasn't Colin then it has to be ............... Who is the only other person who has my London address!
Busted!


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Posted By: Keith
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 02:38
It might be a double-bluff by Colin.  He's nearly as cunning as Hilary and Steve.
 
Keith


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Posted By: Joolz
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 06:24
Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

Who is the only other person who has my London address!
Busted!
Nah, it wasn't me. But maybe someone else is the particular 'only other person who has my London address' you had in mind. Or perhaps you have moved and, having been South Seas Braham and South Woodford Braham, are now masquerading as South Ealing Braham!


Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 06:46
Originally posted by Keith Keith wrote:

It might be a double-bluff by Colin.  He's nearly as cunning as Hilary and Steve.
 

Keith


Even though he is nearly as cunning, I don't think he is double bluffing. It did sound like he is saying it wasn't him.

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Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 06:50
Originally posted by Joolz Joolz wrote:

Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

Who is the only other person who has my London address!
Busted!
Nah, it wasn't me. But maybe someone else is the particular 'only other person who has my London address' you had in mind. Or perhaps you have moved and, having been South Seas Braham and South Woodford Braham, are now masquerading as South Ealing Braham!


South Ealing?  Isn't that Brentford?  Home of the Triangle?

Come on Steve.  'Fess up.  And, as Colin says, take a bow.

And Keith, some of us want to know what Mrs Sanderson invited you to do for her.....


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Posted By: Joolz
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 09:19
Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:

South Ealing? Isn't that Brentford?
Near enough and presumably for a similar estate agent-y sort of reason as applies to West Hampstead and Kilburn. LOL


Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 12:02
No... I remain South Woodford Braham... I guess my recent stamp trades slipped my mind. Embarrassed

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 12:25
and I live in South-westernmost Cheshire which put a few £K on my house value

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 29 January 2013 at 23:31
I CONFESS! IT WAS ME!
 
I did it, its all my work, with a bit of help from one of the regulars here. I am delighted to have fooled so many people for so long.
 
And anyone else who says it was them is an enormous fibber  LOL


Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 01:15
I don't think you are fooling anyone, beardy boy  LOL

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Posted By: Hilary
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 04:33
Originally posted by stampbeard stampbeard wrote:

I CONFESS! IT WAS ME!
 
I did it, its all my work, with a bit of help from one of the regulars here. I am delighted to have fooled so many people for so long.
 
And anyone else who says it was them is an enormous fibber  LOL


No!  I'm  Spartacus!


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 04:44
Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:


Originally posted by stampbeard stampbeard wrote:

I CONFESS! IT WAS ME!
 

I did it, its all my work, with a bit of help from one of the regulars here. I am delighted to have fooled so many people for so long.

 

And anyone else who says it was them is an enormous fibber  LOL


No!  I'm  Spartacus!


And me !!




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Posted By: Ralph
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 05:05
NO. I'm Spartacus.
 
 
And so is my wife... Big smile


Posted By: Keith
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 09:49
No. I'm Spartacus!

I'm sorry it's so boring Hilary but she wants to discuss " organising activities for the pensioners of the parish".   The cheek of it!

Come on now Hilary, admit it.

Keith



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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 22:07
My invitation card asks that I might discuss care and maintenance of central heating with Mrs Sanderson...
 
Make of that what you want, but I am sure I would remember if I had been discussing my plumbing with Hilary  Wink
 


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 22:12
The big day is next Tuesday. How many will turn up I wonder.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30 January 2013 at 22:41
See you next Tuesday?


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 05:35
Originally posted by Hilary Hilary wrote:

Come on Steve.  'Fess up.  And, as Colin says, take a bow.
 
If Steve (or whoever Wink) is the shy, retiring, type and doesn't want to take credit for their work then we really shouldn't bully him (or her, though that is unlikely Wink) into declaring it. This is (sorry, could be Wink) the same person who designed both of the winning Anniversary stamps and didn't want to make a fuss about that either.
 
Why shouldn't this card and its creator be allowed to always remain a mystery?  Shocked
 
 


Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 08:28
But I'd like to display it correctly in my albums, alongside other work by the same author... I'm sure other members feel the same way. 
On the other hand, if I'd produced this wonderful cover I'd want to wait and see...

Is anyone actually going to go to Simpsons next Monday 4th Feb? ... I've got a time of 14.15.

Will the Author be there for a late lunch? 




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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 10:17
Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

Is anyone actually going to go to Simpsons next Monday 4th Feb? ... I've got a time of 14.15.

Will the Author be there for a late lunch? 



I doubt it. Don't forget that the original was a hoax.

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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 11:11
I have to say I rather doubt it too. Never mind.

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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 11:17
The original was a hoax but that didn't stop people turning up on the day...
 
I think you should go Charles, make a racket, get arrested, and when you are hauled up in court blame the mystery perpetrator here, who might then be so wracked with guilt we could get a full confession, and you might possibly achieve celebrity status  LOL


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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 11:25
The perpetrator could, like Hook, be at a window in the building across the street on the appointed day. Nowadays this appears to be an Italian restaurant. The GNOCCHI DI PATATE CON RAGÚ DI VITELLO sounds interesting.

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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 31 January 2013 at 11:32
I think they would claim that I was at the wrong address... 
And I'm far too old and fat to go getting arrested... that's a young mans game. 
A spot of lasagna isn't out of the question though... much more my style. 


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01 February 2013 at 02:48
Originally posted by Murgatroyd Murgatroyd wrote:

And I'm far too old and fat to go getting arrested... that's a young mans game. 
A spot of lasagna isn't out of the question though... much more my style. 
You're not secretly Garfield are you? 
 
No-one is ever too old to get arrested  LOL
 


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01 February 2013 at 23:07
That's not far from my studio. If I have time I'll take a picture and perhaps Mr Hook might be in it  Wink


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 01 February 2013 at 23:08
Hang on. Mr Hook? This wouldn't be a pirate related scam would it?  


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12 February 2013 at 03:38
So just WHO was making these postal cards?  Confused


Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 14 February 2013 at 10:57
Originally posted by Elphin Elphin wrote:

So just WHO was making these postal cards?  Confused


WHO indeed. It was The Doctor!

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Posted By: Colin
Date Posted: 14 February 2013 at 20:56
I knew if we waited long enough all would be revealed  Wink
 
So, Doctor Who - made in Wales I believe  LOL


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Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 15 February 2013 at 00:43
My congratulations to the good Doctor!

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08 March 2013 at 00:03
So almost a month on and responsibility for the creation of this issue is still a mystery.
 
One can only wonder why?  LOL


Posted By: Murgatroyd
Date Posted: 08 March 2013 at 00:04
And I think it's going to stay that way... 

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 09 March 2013 at 12:28
Originally posted by stampbeard stampbeard wrote:

So almost a month on and responsibility for the creation of this issue is still a mystery.
 

One can only wonder why?  LOL


It was 2 years before a suspect, namely Theodore Hook, was proposed for the original hoax. Even then he did not admit to the hoax, though there were hints of his responsibility for it in some of his later writing.

Did anyone from the Forum turn up to witness what might happen? There remains a possibility that the forum members who received invites were but a small proportion of those who actually did. Those others may not have benefitted from the collective wisdom, detective skills, and openness of the Forum; and turned up.

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Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 10 January 2018 at 00:15
On the 5th anniversary I thought I would revive this thread to show how interesting it can be when more forum members take part Smile


Posted By: Admin
Date Posted: 10 January 2018 at 02:26
Originally posted by Daniel Daniel wrote:

On the 5th anniversary I thought I would revive this thread to show how interesting it can be when more forum members take part Smile

Don't hold your breath.  

Twice this week I have had collectors who are not members here get in contact via Fecbook, and another who IS a member here get in touch by phone - both to discuss points recently made on threads posted here.

I am not sure everyone understands the purpose of an online forum.


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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 10 January 2018 at 15:10
Given that the early illustrations on this thread have vanished, could any posters re-do their images on here?  Thanks! Wink


Posted By: Daniel
Date Posted: 12 January 2018 at 04:01
Originally posted by Panterra Panterra wrote:

Given that the early illustrations on this thread have vanished, could any posters re-do their images on here?  Thanks! Wink

I'll try to find my letter but, in the meantime, Colin shows his stamp on page 6 and Olfella shows his invitation on page 8 of this thread.



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