"do you know anything of the commissionaire?" [NAVA]
If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read up on the history of the Baker Street Irregulars, you're missing out. It's a fascinating series of reads - you're not only treated to larger-than-life personalities, but a glimpse into the history of Sherlock Holmes societies around the country, New York of the 1930s and 1940s, and the challenges in keeping such an interest alive in times that were economically and martially uncertain.
You can pick up a copy of the Nos. 4 and 5 in the BSI Archival Series at the BSJ website. Previous volumes are out of print, but you can occasionally pick them up on eBay or from rare book dealers on Amazon.
The BSI Archival series continues, and there's always need for information, should you come across it. In fact, we noticed a request that was posted on the HOUNDS-L listserv by Leslie Klinger, BSI ("The Abbey Grange"):
WANTED FOR A HISTORY OF THE BSI: Letters, writing, or biographical information of any variety on Julian Wolff, Commissionaire of the Baker Street Irregulars from 1960 to 1986 and publisher of The Baker Street Journal until 1977. Copies of letters and anecdotes are especially welcome. Please contact Susan Rice at susan221bee AT gmail DOT com.If you knew Julian, or had some correspondence with him, or knew someone who did, please get in touch with Susan Rice, BSI, 2s ("Beeswing"). As stated in NAVA: "It is of the utmost importance that you should notice this point."