Sherlock Holmes Sees Faces in the Smoke
Lift-the-Flap postcard for the 1904/5 season
An especially inventive souvenir, this postcard has a full-color illustration of Holmes seated crossed-legged, puffing on his pipe, with the faces of eight fellow characters hovering above him in the smoke. His figure conceals a flap that, when lifted, opens a diminutive, pop-out accordion with photographs of Gillette and Conan Doyle and scenes from the play. On the verso is a tally of performances up to June 25, 1904: 4,457, with Gillette playing the lead in 880 of those.
5⅜ × 3½ in