The Bootmakers of Toronto
Aficionados of Sherlock Holmes are prone to forming groups where they discuss theories and minutiae about the most famous detective who never lived. Indeed, some even "Play the Grand Game" by contending that Holmes and Dr. John Watson actually did exist and that the stories about them are largely factual accounts of their doings in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The Bootmakers of Toronto are one such group.
Established in 1972, the society at one point boasted some 350 members but more recently has about 50. At their high point in the 1990s, the society was the largest active Sherlockian society in North America with five to seven meetings a year.
As is tradition with Sherlockian societies, The Bootmakers of Toronto take their name from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles. In the story a boot belonging to Sir Henry Baskerville is retrieved from a bog and inside the boot is a label inscribed "Meyers, Toronto".
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