So where is Sam Spade when you need him anyway?
- by Bruce E. McKinney
Heavy. What is it? The Stuff that dreams are made of.
A postcard with chess moves signed by Humphrey Bogart while he was playing the chess game filmed in Casablanca;A description of this material has been posted to the ABAA Stolen and Missing Archives. The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America created, in 2003, an online database of this type of material so that dealers, collectors and libraries could efficiently disseminate information about their losses and concerned potential buyers could determine if an item has been reported missing. This is a free service. Anyone interested in looking at the current listings in this archive can go to www.abaa.org/index.html where, midway down the page is The ABAA Stolen and Missing Books Database. To report stolen material contact Ken Sanders who chairs the ABAA Security Committee. Reach him at email@example.com.
The Academy Award [Oscar] for best art decoration awarded for My Fair Lady ; [gold plated and about 12" high]
A small portfolio case with multiple photos and autographs relating to Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, Moonfleet, Northwest Passage, Citizen Kane and others.
A 1961 letter from Ingrid Bergmann to Michael Custiz discussing Casablanca;
Fake studio-made passports for Ingrid Bergman and Michael Cortiz similar to the French passports used in Casablanca;
A hard cover photo album of cast photos of Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.
A 10" x 10" masonite board with thin metal serial No. tags "FNP" and "FNR" attached with tape. This has sentimental value.
4th edition of Shakespeare Folio bound in polished full calf, many pages remargined. Title page may be missing.
Anyone with specific knowledge of the whereabouts of this missing material is encouraged to contact this email firstname.lastname@example.org As Peter Lorre said in the Maltese Falcon, "I am prepared to pay five thousand dollars for the figure's return. Do you have it?"
And as Woody Allan has reminded us, "It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones sleep better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more." Dr. Milan won't sleep well until his treasures come home. He's waiting for an email.