A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 1, 1949

As every Sherlock Holmes fan knows, 221 B Baker Street is the great detective's London address. When a Press story in TIME'S June 20 issue disclosed that anybody could now get in touch with him there, mystery fans all over the world began to write.

The man who is receiving their mail is Editor Michael Hall of the London Mystery Magazine, a new, highbrow whodunit monthly. As our story said, Hall, an ex-reporter on the Manchester Guardian and a British Army veteran, got the British post office to recognize the mythical 221 B* as a real address and assign it to his...

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