Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Package for Indiana Jones

I'm coming to this late and some of you may have already seen this...

Someone sent a package to the University of Chicago addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr. The label is typed and of a vintage style (rectangular, with trimmed edges, limned in black), and the stamps and postmarks are from Egypt. The handwritten zip code doesn't appear to be vintage handwriting (and zip codes wouldn't have existed at the time this package would have been sent to Indy--1917 or so)

Henry Walton Jones, Jr. is of course Indiana Jones, and now the U of C is trying to figure out who sent the package, full of goodies like Abner Ravenwood's dusty diary with narratives like discovery of the Staff of Ra and what the Holy Grail might be made of, and photographs of Marion Ravenwood.

Here's the university's announcement of the wonderful, strange package. The school asks, "If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome?"

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1 comment:

Erika M said...

Looking at the original post a little more carefully, I see that the U of C has solved the mystery. An Ebay vendor has been selling "replicas" of the diary. He lives in Guam and was mailing one to Italy--in Hawaii, it fell out of its exterior packaging and the post office went on the basis of the inside artwork envelope to deliver to the U of C. Here's their explanation: http://uchicagoadmissions.tumblr.com/post/38161122385/mischief-managed-for-those-of-you-who-have