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Right you miserable …....s, I would normally post a few more pictures each weekend but I am going to continue what I started despite the abject lack of audience participation. So, there were 4 guesses. Who was right?

Cover number 4 is addressed to Thomas Etty of Girsby Grange. He is a descendent of the famous artist William Etty. My great aunts and twins, The Alderson Sisters, locally famous artists, are also descended from William Etty. It's worth googling the Alderson sisters to see examples of their work. They were born in 1900 and painted until very late in life. Some of their later work is not great, but in their prime they were talented equine artists.

But cover 4 is not the right answer. This one is, number 2

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So, what makes this humble looking cover so special to me? It bear a 16 dot 1d lilac. It has a Liverpool squared circle postmark for 24 July 1887. Why did I pay big money for it? You have to guess.

You can ask me questions and I can answer only yes/no. Your target is to get the answer in no more than 20 questions (like the radio show of the same name).

So, get on with it!

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Is it to do with the stamp ?

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1. No

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Its to do with whats inside the envelope then is it ?

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2. Yes

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Is the addressee famous for something?
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3. No, AFAIK

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i'm not going to be very good at this, i even had to google what AFAIK was :lol:

Whoever write this letter are you connected to them in some way ?

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4. No, AFAIK !!

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Is there something in that envelope other then a letter ?

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5. No.

New rule. Nobody can ask consecutive questions.

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Does the letter reference an important historic event we would recognize?
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6. No

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We seem to have reached stalemate. Somebody ask the obvious question.

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Did it contain money ?
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7. No

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are the contents special only to you, but not for me?

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Is the person writing the letter famous?
... Such as William Stubbs, historian, arriving back in Liverpool (from America) around then.

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8. No Goof, well not necessarily.

9. ViccyVFU, Yes.....but

10. No, your guess was wrong

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Charles Darwin ?
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LOL I guessed 2 and got it right but what appears for the totally wrong reason.

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11. No, not Charles Darwin

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amfhf1 wrote:LOL I guessed 2 and got it right but what appears for the totally wrong reason.
Indeed, so no prize :lol:

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Queen Victoria ?
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The addressee was The Reverend George Townsend Oldham graduated M.A. from Oxford Oriel college in 1874.

Associated with the Elstree and St Christopher's schools.

Born 1894, died 18 Jan 1901.

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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:Queen Victoria ?
12. No. I wish it was!

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satsuma wrote:The addressee was The Reverend George Townsend Oldham graduated M.A. from Oxford Oriel college in 1874.

Associated with the Elstree and St Christopher's schools.

Born 1894, died 18 Jan 1901.
Thanks for this. He achieved a lot by the age of 7. :lol: :lol:

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The prime minister at the time ?
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:The prime minister at the time ?
13. No

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wilko wrote:
satsuma wrote:The addressee was The Reverend George Townsend Oldham graduated M.A. from Oxford Oriel college in 1874.

Associated with the Elstree and St Christopher's schools.

Born 1894, died 18 Jan 1901.
Thanks for this. He achieved a lot by the age of 7. :lol: :lol:
Typo. 1854

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Edward Stanley Gibbons ?

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ebay wrote:Edward Stanley Gibbons ?
14. No

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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Is it from Emiline Goulden, announcing her upcoming nuptuals in the spring of 1888 (to become Emmiline Parkhurst)?

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satsuma wrote:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
15. No, but no less famous IMO

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ViccyVFU wrote:Is it from Emiline Goulden, announcing her upcoming nuptuals in the spring of 1888 (to become Emmiline Parkhurst)?
16. No

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Jules Verne

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satsuma wrote:Jules Verne
17. Who was just passing through Liverpool ??? No.

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Doyle's friend Watson ?
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:Doyle's friend Watson ?
18. No.

I think you need to ask some more generalised questions. Once you know what he/she did by way of profession you should get it easily.

However, this person had more than one occupation!

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By the way, if you don't get the answer in the next 2 questions, I win. So think carefully.

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Edward John Smith, the guy that went on to Captain the Titanic.

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ViccyVFU wrote:Edward John Smith, the guy that went on to Captain the Titanic.
19. No. In fact the Liverpool postmark is a red herring. He/she was just visiting in the course of his/her occupation.

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I'm saying from the handwriting

Male early to mid 50's, confident but sometimes indecisive, not art based probably scientist, engineer or politician. so that narrows it down a bit.

But I'm still lost :shock: and this might all be totally wrong :lol: :lol:

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goof wrote:I'm saying from the handwriting

Male early to mid 50's, confident but sometimes indecisive, not art based probably scientist, engineer or politician. so that narrows it down a bit.

But I'm still lost :shock: and this might all be totally wrong :lol: :lol:
20. Not male early to mid 50's

21. Yes, confident, indecisive I don't know.

22. Yes, not art based.

23. No, not a scientist.

24. No, not an engineer.

25. No, not a politician

You haven't left much to choose from :lol: :lol:

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How about an explorer?

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satsuma wrote:How about an explorer?
26. No, not an explorer, though this person did travel overseas on several occasions.

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John Ruskin?
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nigelc wrote:John Ruskin?
27. Not Ruskin, Nigel. Far more famous.

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Claude Jeremiah Greengrass.
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