Going Postal. A Quiz.

17 Feb

The fellows in these fine photos were reported to have endorsed a letter together in the Forties which gained a great deal of national attention.

What was the content, purpose, and possible postal controversy of that letter?

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. timerider

    February 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I love that photo of Errol and friends….always keep one eye open!

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  2. Gentleman Tim

    February 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Me, too, timerider. Errol almost always kept one eye open. Indeed, that may be why he has the lowest number of the four fellows on the letter in question! Here are all four of those numbers, in the same order as the photos above:





    And here are the first letters of their first names:






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  3. Gentleman Tim

    February 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    16, 173 women were also involved or potentially involved.

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  4. Gentleman Tim

    February 18, 2018 at 1:57 am

    T is for Tommy


    A is for Artie

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  5. Gentleman Tim

    February 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

  6. Gentleman Tim

    February 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    So, on this quizzical mystery letter, we have:

    “Tommy Manville”, the Hyper-Amorous Asbestos Heir (13 marriages)

    “Errol Flynn”, the Swinging Swashbuckler (3 marriages)

    “Artie Shaw”, Casanova on Clarinet (8 marriages)


    “Charlie Chaplin”, the Lady Charmer (4 marriages, counting Paulette)

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  7. Gentleman Tim

    February 18, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Of all places, the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum should shine light on the correct answer:


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  8. Gentleman Tim

    February 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Copy cat versions of this letter were reported five years later (in 1953) with the added names of the two characters pictured below, plus sometimes Bob Topping, Yankee Dan’s brother:



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  9. Gentleman Tim

    February 19, 2018 at 8:54 pm