'Who Ya Gonna Call?': District Messengers in the Sherlock Holmes Adventures

20 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2016 Last revised: 1 Dec 2020

Date Written: November 30, 2020

Abstract

This paper discusses the London District Messenger Service that flourished during Holmes's time and which service he used. It follows from his use of it that certain equipment not previously identified was installed at 221b Baker Street. The paper also discusses the Post Office's Express Messenger Service, which service it seems Holmes also used.

Keywords: Sherlock Holmes, District Messenger Service, Express Messenger Service, Victorian Telegraphic and Telephonic Services

Suggested Citation

Katz, Leslie, 'Who Ya Gonna Call?': District Messengers in the Sherlock Holmes Adventures (November 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2854406 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2854406

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