Can You Crack The Code In Sherlock Holmes “Curious Case Of The Alderney Bull”?

The Curious Case Of Alderney Bull - Sherlock Holmes Story on Stamps

Find The Hidden Word! - Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack


Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack - Lenses

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack - Lenses

For all “budding super-sleuth” and topical stamp collectors,

I have quite a treat today:

a mystery story

and a philatelic premiere with..


The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack!

Alderney Postage Stamps - Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack - Curious Case of the Alderney Bull

This superb presentation pack was issued in 2009 by the Guernsey Post Office in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth.

Guernsey Alderney Jersey Channel Islands Map

Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey - Channel Islands Map

“Where in the world is Guernsey?”

Guernsey is a group of islands in the English Channel, dependent of the British Crown.

Part of the Guernsey bailiwick and situated at the northernmost of the Channel Islands, is the Alderney Island, who started issuing their own postage stamps in 1983.

Beautifully illustrated, the Alderney set of six stamps are housed inside  the “Mystery Pack” – a philatelic first – which tells the story of Sherlock Holmes and the curious Case of the Alderney Bull.

Alderney Postage Stamps - Sherlock Holmes Curious case of The Alderney Bull

Alderney Postage Stamps - 2009 - Sherlock Holmes Curious Case of The Alderney Bull

“These postage stamps were designed by Keith Robinson in the style of Sidney Paget who illustrated Conan Doyle’s original works.”

Now let’s see how this works…

sherlock holmes alderney postage stamps mystery pack

“By reading the story, studying the pictures and scouring the stamps for clues, can you crack the secret code and beat Holmes to work out “whodunnit”? ”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 150th Ann Birth

Alderney - Sherlock Holmes Mystery pack


Unlike reconstructions of classic literature, the new Holmes story provided material for the carefully drawn stamps.

A Holmes enthusiast, it was Robinson’s idea to enrich the commemorative issues with a new Holmes plot.  The story starts with the theft of an Alderney bull, a breed of livestock much valued in the 19th century for the quantity and richness of milk produced by the cows.

The drawings incorporate buildings and landscapes from Alderney, an island within the Guernsey boundaries.  By writing his own version of the great detective, Robinson was able to make connections between Holmes and Alderney, links that do not exist in the original stories.



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150th Ann Birth Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Pack - Curious Case of Alderney Bull


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 150th Ann Birth

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Let me know how you make out…because as I write these lines…I haven’t found the clue! Hum…

Talk soon,


Janice Dugas

Topical Stamp Collecting Queen
ATA and APS Member

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Which Country Issued The First Robert Burns Postage Stamp?

Great Britain, Russia or Romania?  Watch this short video for the answer….  :-)


Source: Scotland’s National Poet & Bard, Robert Burns (1759-1796) on Postage Stamps

Happy collecting!

Talk soon,


Your Topical Stamp Collecting Queen

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Peter Pan Characters Inside The Magical Realm of Neverland are JM Barrie’s Most Famous Creation

Wendy: Where do you live?
Peter: Second to the right, and then straight on till morning.
Wendy: They put that on the letters?
Peter: Don’t get any letters.
Wendy: But your mother gets letters.
Peter: Don’t have a mother.
Wendy: No wonder you were crying.
Peter: I wasn’t crying about mothers. I was crying because I can’t get this shadow to stick. And I wasn’t crying.

Peter Pan Wendy flying to Neverland J.M.Barrie by Chas Buchel 1904

The magic of JM Barrie's 'Peter Pan' is captured in this delightful illustration by Chas Buchel, 1904

Wendy: I think you have, Peter. And I daresay you’ve felt it yourself. For something… or… someone?
Peter: Never. Even the sound of it offends me.
[Wendy tries to touch his face, and he jumps away]
Peter: Why do you have to spoil everything? We have fun, don’t we? I taught you to fly and to fight. What more could there be?
Wendy: There is so much more.
Peter: What? What else is there?
Wendy: I don’t know. I guess it becomes clearer when you grow up.
Peter: Well, I will not grow up. You cannot make me!

This day celebrates the 150th anniversary of James Matthew Barrie’s birth at Lilybank, Kirriemuir in the region of Angus, Scotland.      Read more »