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Monday 30 August 2021

Out of The Village!


    “What’s the matter mister?”
    “I’ve just been to the livery stable.”
    “They’ll take good care of your horse.”
    “Someone has stolen it!”
    “Tell it to the Judge mister!”
    “Will he get me another horse?”
    “I don’t think so.”
    “Well if he doesn’t the same thing’s gonna happen here that happened back in Dodge City.”
     “What was that mister?”
     “Yeah tell us mister" said a voice from the back.
     “Tell us what happened back in Dodge City?” 
     “I had to walk home!”

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Friday 27 August 2021

Le Prisonnier




     Top left is the image of Napoleon Bonaparte as seen stuck to the cavern wall in

‘Le Prisonnier – The Girl Who Was Death,’ the origin of which is unknown. True, the picture is depicted at an angle which does give it a slightly odd appearance which makes it difficult for an exact comparison. Top right, another picture of Napoleon, is a French vintage engraving attributed to the “French school,” although not exactly the same as the one appearing in Le Prisonnier episode there is a similarity. Having carried out research as I could into this picture I attempted to find another copy of the engraving, and the original painting from which this engraving had been taken in order to identify the artist but without success. However I did manage to find this corresponding portrait.

 Albeit the image is a modern day representation of the original engraving, there can be no doubt that it is identical to the one top left. Having trawled through a large number of pictures and paintings of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte this is the only picture I could find identical to the one used in ‘The Girl Who Was Death.’      Although I was able to locate pictures of Empress Josephine playing a harp, and lounging in a chair, I was unable to find any corresponding pictures of Empress Josephine as seen selotaped to the cavern wall with Napoleon! However the search will go one.
    There is also a “Photogravure”{an image produced from a photographic negative transferred to a metal plate and etched in} of Napoleon Bonaparte standing on the deck of a ship. 

Napoleon Bonaparte on board the British ship Bellerophon

          Photogravure from a painting by Orchardson. An end to conflict: Napoleon’s surrender to HMS Bellerophon   
    On 10 July 1815, HMS Bellerophon was guarding the French port of Rochefort when a French vessel bearing a flag of truce approached. On board were General Anne Jean Marie Rene Savary and the Comte de Las (Count of) Cases, with the first announcement of Napoleon’s consideration to surrender to the British.

    Saturday 15 July 2017 marks 202 years since the Napoleonic Wars finally came to an end. Former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland of HMS Bellerophon on 15 July 1815.

    Six weeks after his disastrous defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon faced an uncertain future. After his abdication, he was unwelcome in France, with his capture sought by Prussian and Austrian forces.

    On 10 July 1815, HMS Bellerophon was guarding the French port of Rochefort when a French vessel bearing a flag of truce approached. On board were General Anne Jean Marie Rene Savary and the Comte de Las (Count of) Cases, with the first announcement of Napoleon’s consideration to surrender to the British.

    There was further contact between the French party and the Bellerophon over the following days.

  At 07:00 on 14 July a vessel approached the Bellerophon. The Comte de Las Cases was again on board, this time accompanied by General L’Allarand. They had a letter from Napoleon, wishing to discuss the terms of General Bonaparte’s surrender.
    After leaving Bellerophon, Comte de Las Cases returned at 19:00 the same day with a letter from Napoleon’s General, Count Bertrand revealing that Napoleon was currently on Isle D’Aix and fully prepared to surrender.

     Napoleon’s arrival on the Bellerophon is recorded in the log for the ship dated 15 July 1815.

    While in custody Napoleon and his entourage were treated like guests, with the former emperor given access to the Great cabin of the ship. Napoleon wanted to travel to North America, where he hoped to gain asylum; upon refusal of this by the British, he hoped to be allowed to live out his life in England.
    Escorted by HMS Myrmidon, upon arrival in England the Bellerophon anchored at Brixham. It then took    Napoleon to Plymouth, where he was held aboard the moored Bellerophon and not allowed to set foot on 
British soil, much to his annoyance. Over the following weeks, the British government considered the fate of the ship’s famous prisoner.

    Despite the British authority’s attempts to keep Napoleon’s presence in Plymouth a secret, word began to spread about his residency on the Bellerophon, causing a vast number of small vessels to swarm around the ship in the hopes of catching sight of him. HMS Liffey and HMS Eurotas were anchored as guard ships in the hopes of dissuading these smaller ships.

    Eventually a decision was made to designate Napoleon and his entourage as ‘Prisoners of War’, with the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic chosen as their place of exile. This was a fate far removed from the ‘small estate’ where Napoleon wished to live out his days at in Britain.

    While many of the loyal officers in his entourage chose to follow him, the surgeon in Napoleon’s company did not wish to journey to Saint Helena. Barry C O’Meara, the surgeon of the Bellerophon, offered to make the voyage with Napoleon instead. For the voyage to Saint Helena, Napoleon was transferred to HMS Northumberland.

    In his statement, Maitland revealed that General Bertrand had told him that in thanks for his kindness and hospitality, Napoleon wished to give the Captain a box containing a diamond encrusted portrait. Due to his position, Maitland felt that he was unable to accept such a gift, and he notes his actions to inform Napoleon and his party of this without causing offence.

    Before leaving the Bellerophon, Napoleon had not been granted his desired audience with the Prince Regent. He revealed to Captain Maitland that part of his wish to meet the Prince was in the hope that he could recommend Maitland for promotion to Rear Admiral, as an appreciation of the hospitality that the Captain had shown him (Maitland would eventually rise to the position of Rear Admiral by the time of his death in 1839). Napoleon told Maitland that he considered him ‘a man of honour’.

            Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon  by Sir William Quiller Orchardson   exhibited 1880  


      Orchardson was trained in Edinburgh, and moved to London in 1862 where he made his name as a painter of historical genre scenes. His admirers included Whistler, Sickert and Degas. He is now best known for his modern moral subjects such as The First Cloud, in the Tate Collection. This painting shows Napoleon on board HMS Bellerophon bound for St Helena, where he remained in exile until his death in 1821. The deposed Emperor stands on the deck, isolated from the group of ['naval' out] officers on the left, who watch him with curiosity as he looks out to sea, contemplating his fate.        {Information source Wikipedia}                     

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Tuesday 24 August 2021

Further Tales From The Village


    A black global chair rose up through the hole in the floor, and No.2, middle aged man with greying hair was seated in it. He was of medium height, well set, wearing a single breasted pain blazer, grey flannel trousers, and the old college scarf about his neck and shoulders.

    “What’s on for today Number 8?” No.2 asked.

    No.8 a young man with dark brown hair, wearing steel rimmed spectacles, a light grey blazer with dark blue piping stood at the desk.

    “There is this sir.”

    “What’s that?”

    No.8 took the cardboard file from under his arm and handed it to No.2 across the desk.

    “It’s marked information.”

    “That’s right sir, the primary objective of the village is for the protection or extraction of information.”

    No.2 opened the file “It’s empty.”

    “Yes sir.”

    “And why is it empty Number 8?”

    “Because we are waiting for you to provide the information!”

    “Me, are you mad, you know who I am?”

    “Yes Karl Kopeck, the former head of Czechoslovakian Military Intelligence.”

    “I was recruited for the position as Number 2 in this God forsaken village!”

    “God forsaken?”

    “There is no church, no place for people to practice their religion.”

    “Perhaps the people here do not need to practice, perhaps they are perfect at it already.”

    N.2 rose up out of the black global chair “The people, yes the people, do you know what they do to people here?”

    “I’m sure it’s the same on the other side of the Iron Curtain.”

    “No Number 8 or whatever your name is it’s not the same because we do not have a place like the village

    “No, but I bet you’d like one!” No.8 said with a smile.

    “Your people brought me here under false pretences.”


    “And you expect me to do what?”

    The pair of steel doors slid open and a man entered, the doors closing behind him he walked slowly down the ramp and across the floor.

    “Who is this man, what is his number?”

    “He doesn’t have a number, but he does have a code name, ZEDEF14.”

    “What is his business here, why does he stare at me, now he’s looking me up and down.”

    “He has been observing you ever since your arrival here Number 2.”


    “Because he is going to become you, he knows all about you, your wife and children, as well as your mistress Kettia.”

    “This man is going to become me, he doesn’t even look like me!”

    “Believe me Karl, by the time we’re through he will be the spitting mage of you. But how you will feel after the process well that’s a different matter.

    “Process, what process are you talking about?”

    The pair of steel doors opened again a wheeled stretched rolled down the ramp and stopped, two burly looking medical orderlies entered the dome office.

    “No just a minute” No.2 protested “You can’t do this to me.”

    The two orderlies approached the desk and grabbed hold of No.2 as he was about to make a dash for the doors. One produced a hypodermic syringe, while the other rolled up No.2’s sleeve and administered the sedative.

    No.2 woke up on the operating table amid a steel framework, he turned his head to see another man lying on another operating table within the steel frame. A number of doctors and nurses busied themselves with the two patients.

    The interim No.2 approached one of the patients “How do you feel?”

    “Fine if a little groggy” the patient said.”

    “That will pass, we shall let you rest before you leave” the interim No.2 said.

    “And him?”

    “We shall give him time to adjust before we extract every piece of information inside his head” No.2 said.

    “I only hope I can impersonate him well enough,”

    “At least now you look the part, we computed his whole life, you have studied the man, you have proved you know him as well as the man knows himself.”

    “One slight mistake and they’ll interrogate me and scramble my mind before putting me up against a wall and shoot me!”

    On the lawn by the sea wall the pilot was making pre-flight checks of the sliver grey Alouette helicopter when a village taxi pulled up. The figure of No.2 and the Kopek impersonator carrying a brown suitcase, alighted and walked towards the helicopter. The pilot saw them, opened the door and taking the suitcase he placed it inside the glass cabin of the helicopter.

    No.2 shook Kopek’s hand “Good luck, I’m sure you will be able to pull it off.”

    “If I don’t you’ll never hear from me again” Kopek said turning and climbing into the helicopter.

    The pilot started the helicopter’s engine, the rotor blades began to turn.

    No.8 arrived to see the helicopter take off “He’s a brave man.”

    “Yes, and if he pulls it off we shall have a man high up in Czech Intelligence.”

    The helicopter rose up off the lawn and took to the air.

    “And you will be showered with congratulations” No.8 told him “either that or….”

    “That’s enough Number 8, you had best get back to work!”

    “Yes sir.”

    No.2 stood watching as the helicopter flew out across the estuary towards the hills and landing stage beyond.

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Saturday 21 August 2021

The Day – Date Calendar – Continental Style!


     As you know I have prided myself on trying to bring something new to readers of my blog. And until quite recently I had resigned myself to thinking my days of making observations regarding the Prisoner were well and truly at an end. So imagine my surprise, while watching the 1954 film ‘The Colditz Story’{a film I have watched umpteen times by the way} when I spotted something Prisoner related which suddenly grabbed my attention, making me sit up, grab the remote and roll back the film. It was this, a continental day date calendar sat on a desk in a German guard’s office, as seen in the black and white insert image on the right! Such a calendar can also be seen in the 25 minute ‘Danger Man’ Episode ‘Under The Lake’ as I saw the other evening. On the wall behind the hotel reception desk. Such a calendar is seen hanging on the wall in the barbers shop in the episode ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ over the Colonel’s shoulder, except it is incomplete. Both the cards for the days and months of the year are missing, and it is this deficiency which, over the years and decades, has caused fans of the Prisoner series to call this device into question, whatever is it? But if no-one knew before, we do now, as the mystery is solved.

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Wednesday 18 August 2021

60 Second Interview With A New Interim No.2!


    No.113: “Oh look, the helicopter's coming back!”

    New No.2: “I can see that for myself.”

    No.113b “Smile” {click goes the camera}

    “I wonder why?”

    “So do I..... I mean well of course, obviously the pilot has been contacted by radio and ordered to return to The Village.”


    “How should I know?”

    “You don’t look very happy about it, or sound it!”

    “What do you want?”

    “I am Number One One Three, and this is my photographic colleague Number One One Three b, we contribute to The Tally Ho. And what we want is just a few words from the new Number Two for our readers.”

    No.113b “Smile” {click goes the camera}

    “Look I don't have time just now..... I've got a helicopter to meet.”

    “What will you do with him?”


    “The retired Number 2. I mean he is being brought back to The Village, you can't assassinate/execute him now...... can you?”

    “He'll be retired into the Old People's Home.”

    “Just as well that bomb wasn't detonated. But I suppose it still could be, he’s still got the detonator!”

    “How did you know about that?”

    “I thought something was about to go off when I saw Number Six dashing about.”

    “Oh him!”

    “The blast of the bomb might not have killed everyone who was standing on this balcony, but they would have been badly injured. And think of the mess, your broken and smashed bone, torn flesh and sinew everywhere. And the blood..........”

    “Alright you don’t have to paint a picture. What do you want?”

    “Like I said Number Two, just a few words for our readers.”

    “Well I can tell you this. Number Six is not going to get away with this. He’ll pay for his interference in this affair, be assured of that.”

    “Who is going to see he pays?”

    “I am!”

    “Are you sure your term of office will run long enough for that?”

   {It was at this point that the new Number 2 suddenly rushed off. I believe he had a helicopter to meet.}

Reporter No.113

Photographer No.113b

Sunday 15 August 2021

Prismatic Reflection


    I imagined that I had long made my final observations into ‘the Prisoner,’ but no, for I find I have been able to squeeze a little more out of that series documented within this article. I don’t know if you are in anyway familiar with the ITV television series from 1968, called ‘Virgin of the Secret Service’? If not I would hardly be surprised, because it only ran for one series, it was a tongue-in-cheek adventure series set in the early 1900s, and followed the adventures of Captain Robert Virgin, a gentleman officer working for the British Secret Service. Each episode would see him dispatched to different parts of the world by Colonel Shaw-Camberley to do battle with enemies of the British Empire. Virgin's principal adversary was always Karl Von Braunner, a German spy who would always be dreaming up “a plan of the utmost simplicity” with which to take down the Empire and the Secret Service. In the episode ‘The Professor Goes West,’ Von Braunner kidnaps a scientist, Professor Whitestone {who has invented a machine for detecting oil in the ground} to a ranch just outside the Texas frontier town of Gravestone. The land belongs to a trigger happy ranch boss called Big Jack played by David Bauer, who has a nearby frontier town under his heel. Virgin is sent to Gravestone in order to find the Professor.
   So what has all this to do with the Prisoner? Well it’s more to do with Living In Harmony,’ Not just because of the Professor’s abduction to an American Frontier town, which is a trivial point I freely admit. Also the portrait of Lillie Langtry appears on a wall in Big Jack’s ranch house, similar to the one in the Silver Dollar saloon in ‘Living In Harmony.’

While on a wall in a room in the saloon, hangs the poster of Annie Oakley, the same as the framed Portrait hanging on a wall in the Silver dollar Saloon. Trivial points I agree, but the similarity cannot be denied. But wait…there is more.

    Now we come to the most remarkable thing regarding ‘The Professor Goes West.’

    Pictured left is David Bauer as the Judge in ‘Living In Harmony,’ who has the town of harmony under his heel. In the episode of ‘Virgin of The Secret Service - The Professor Goes West,’ David Bauer’s character Big Jack, in the same way, has the town of Gravestone under his boot. During the scenes when Big Jack is in his ranch house, he is seen wearing a plain costume of shirt, trousers, and a waistcoat with studs making the shape of two horseshoes on it. However my eyes lit up when Big Jack, pictured below, goes to Gravestone, because when he’s in the saloon David Bauer has had a dramatic change in costume, so much so that instead of Big Jake, I saw the Judge from ‘Living In harmony,’ except he’s grown two sideburns! 
   David Bauer {pictured below} is wearing the exact same costume in ‘The Professor Goes West’ as he does in ‘Living In Harmony,’ the only difference is the watch chain on his waistcoat!

   As the Prisoner episode ‘Living In Harmony’ was produced long before ‘The Professor Goes West’ of ‘Virgin of The Secret Service,’ I can only imagine actor David Bauer, for reasons of his own, decided to keep the Judge’ costume for himself. Otherwise it would be far too much of a coincidence for the same actor, to wear the exact same costume, in two separate episodes of two totally different television series, which were produced months apart!
    More than that, why should David Bauer, whilst wearing a perfectly good costume for a character in the American Wild West, suddenly change that costume for a scene in the saloon which makes him look like he’s reprising his role of a former character, the Judge from ‘Living In Harmony.’
   Whether or not it was David Bauer’s choice to change his costume in ‘The Professor Goes West’ we shall never know. I see no reason why he should change his costume like this, after all his character was one of a rancher, and he wore a rancher’s costume. Perhaps because Big Jack was dealing with Virgin and his sidekick in the saloon, that David Bauer thought it would help him in the scene to reprise his character of the Judge in that scene, or at least to wear the costume. But that’s merely a guess you understand, otherwise why the need for the change in costume?

    Don’t you find that curious? Well I find it curious!

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Life In The Village!


    Supervisor “Can I ask you a question?”
    “Question, oh go on then.”
    “Are you going to turn out to be more permanent?

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Thursday 12 August 2021

The Tally Ho


What Are Facts Behind Town Council?

                             by our own reporter

    Any No.2 can count him or herself fortunate not to be co-opted onto the town council, a town council which is made up of 12 sub-divided former interim No.2’s. No.6 who once stood for election as a new interim No.2, was himself brought before the town council in order to witness its disillusionment. Although described as “brainwashed imbeciles” by No.6, there is no evidence that this is in fact the case despite the blank, expressionless expressions on each of the councillor’s faces. Although The Tally Ho would not put anything passed the village administration system! There does seem little or no point to a local town council, because the 12 members standing on the council appear not to have a say in any proceedings. That No.2 Chairman of the town council always has the final word, but the only word on anything. In fact there is a close similarity between the local town council and that of the welfare committee to which disharmonious citizens are brought before in order to be brought to book. As with the welfare committee the members the administrational uniform is the same as those of the town council, they are equally silent, with their blank expressionless features. Only the Chairman of the welfare committee has the power to speak, unless he relies on the tape recorder to speak for him!

    So how does one become co-opted onto the town council, and why would anyone wish to be? A spokesperson for the council told your own reporter that it’s usual for a No.2 to be automatically co-opted onto the town council once their term in office has run its course. Either that or when an interim No.2 should fail in the task assigned to them. Perhaps that is why a certain No.2 was so eager to leave the village, by piloting the helicopter himself. He was so keen to leave he hadn’t even the time to show No.2 the ropes, telling the new interim No.2 that anything he needs to know, anything, just press a button! It makes this reporter wonder if any interim No.2 is fully briefed on the administrative workings of the village. It seems unlikely judging by the quick turn around of No.2’s that take up office in the village, No.6 wasn’t in office for more than 5 minutes, if that, which would represent the shortest time in office of any interim No.2. But he is far too important to the administration so wasn’t co-opted onto the town council.

   The local election gives the impression that No.2 is actually elected once a year, which is ridiculous because there is too much of a turnover of interim No.2’s, and besides No.6 was replaced as No.2 almost instantly by the former No.58 as the new interim No.2, which in itself makes a mockery of the whole election procedure. Sometimes No.2 is brought in from outside the village, and in those cases they are allowed to leave and return to their existence beyond the village. While other interim No.2’s are appointed from within the village administration, and after their term in office are absorbed back within the system, as with two such interim No.2’s who were filmed as part of Plan Division Q. This reporter learned that one of those two interim 2’s is in fact an Observer, he can be seen being sent from the control room as all subsidiary personnel were released early from duty that time. nd there is something strange about that council chamber, yes the walls are of a dark orange colour, but that metal work behind the two election posters, isn’t that the door to No.2’s office? No.6 once accused No.2 of being clever when they were in the Therapy Zone together getting drunk. No.2 agreed that they are, damned clever. Well not clever enough in this reporter’s notebook. Because had they really been that clever, they would have covered up that doorway far better than they did so to blend in with the rest of the wall. As it is it sticks out like a sore thumb! What then are we to understand about your local town council? That the village is indeed a pocket democracy, with the day to day running under the control of one man, the Chairman of the village, and Chief administrator No.2. His administrative manipulation of the citizens of this community is absolute, and local elections are nothing but a farce. As a former No.2 would have it, the village is nothing more than a 20th century Bastille!

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Monday 9 August 2021

The Harmony Posters!


                                          1882 vigilante Poster

   As readers of my Prisoner based blog will know, I had brought my series of ‘Harmony Posters’ to a conclusion. However quite by chance I have been able to extend that series by one more poster. I could find nothing more about this 1882 vigilante Poster which appears on the wall in the Sheriff’s office.
   Now only one final poster remains unidentified, one which is pasted on the mirror behind the bar in the Silver Dollar saloon, the only thing I can say about that, the text being illegible, is that there’s a man sat on a horse, although it might be an advertisement for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West how.

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Friday 6 August 2021

Life In The Village!



    “Yes sir, what can I do for you?”
    “Just a quick word.”
    “Yes sir?”
    “You know what you are don’t you?”
    “I’m the new shopkeeper.”
    “You’re a quisling!”
    “I’m sorry sir I’m not quite with you.”
    “When you went to see, no, when you went running off to see Number 2.”
    “I didn’t run sir.”
    “You were jamming!”
    “Jamming, what’s that?”
    “The broadsheet you showed Number 2, it wasn’t the one bought by Number 6!”
    “Really sir?!”
    “The one Number 6 bought was folded widthways; the one you handed to Number 2 was folded squarely.”
    “What have you to say about that?”
    “What’s it got to do with you?”
    “I’m an Observer!”
    “I’ll report you to Number 2!”
    “Yes I expect you will…once my back is turned!”


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Tuesday 3 August 2021

Living In Harmony


    I wonder what the citizens of the village thought when they were forced to move out of their cottages in that annex to the village which they used for the American frontier town called Harmony? The architecture of Harmony couldn’t be more different to the Italianate architecture of the village itself, the frontier town of the American 1800’s was there all the time, stables, the Jailhouse and Sheriff’s office, Silver Dollar Saloon, General Black Smithing, the Wagon Yard, Ira J. McKnight Stables and Horse Dealer. The Stables where horses are for sale, Rooms * Rent, and Lane’s General Merchandise. Except the Silver Dollar Saloon is the Recreation Hall, I wonder how long it took to cover the two towers with all that wooden cladding? And what did citizens think when they were told they couldn’t go there once the “annex” had been cordoned off? Because no citizen would be allowed to go there, you couldn’t have village citizens wandering through as Zeke and the boys were teaching the stranger that it’s not safe to go about not wearing a gun!

    And there are some curious elements about the filming off the Prisoner - Living In Harmony. For example, in the scene when Cathy brings the Kid a bottle of Whiskey and they have a drink together on the wall behind the Sheriff’s desk are two posters as seen here. And they are the same when the stranger and the Judge are in the Sheriff’s office when the stranger agrees to wear the badge. However when the Sheriff is in his office washing up after a fist-fight with the Judge’s men and Cathy comes to see him, there has been a change in the posters! A third poster has been added ‘The Bishop Is Coming’ placed next to the poster for Oliver Curtis Perry.

    There’s more, when Jim goes to see the Sheriff and tells him that the town’s people will help the Sheriff “clean up the town,” there has been a change in posters again! The poster of Joaquin has gone, replaced by ‘Central Dakota You Need A farm!’ although its possible this final arrangement of posters could be the same when Cathy pays a call on the Sheriff, its clearly difficult to say, but why the need to swap the posters about during filming in the first place? What was the continuity lady, Phyllis Townsend, doing during filming of those scenes?
    And the life-size cardboard cut-outs of both the Judge and the Kid in black and white, when the cardboard cut-out of the horse is in colour? Of course back in the days of good old black and white television anyone watching would not have known the difference! And the sign of HARMONY, well it’s the wrong way round, it should be pointing out of town, not towards it!

   I have enjoyed the series of Harmony Posters for my blog, although there is one which have failed to be identified, pasted to the mirror behind the bar in the Silver Dollar Saloon, it contains a man sitting on a horse, the text is unfortunately illegible! And a NOTICE, probably some form of public notice regarding laws, again the main text of the poster is illegible. I have also attempted to see what it is the Marshal is writing when the Sheriff hands in both his badge and his gun, but I’ve not been able to discern what it is he’s writing. But he is wearing a shirt like the one worn by the Judge. Apparently that style of frilly shirt was very popular, as I’ve seen the same style in several American Wild West films.

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