One of the world’s coolest movie-related mysteries has officially been solved – and the resolution is pretty awesome too.
When a strange package turned up at the University of Chicago addressed to a Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., the staff soon realized that there was no one with that name on the faculty. After opening it, they discovered the package really was intended for Dr. Jones – better known to movie lovers as Indiana Jones.
This led to a real mystery, though: Who sent the package, containing a re-creation of Dr. Abner Ravenwood’s (Indy’s mentor) journal, artificially aged photos and postcards from Marion Ravenwood, and fake period money? Who was it really intended for? The University of Chicago turned to the Internet to find out.
After some diligent research, the mystery has finally been solved. It turns out the package was originally destined for Italy. The journal and packaging were handcrafted memorabilia made by an eBay seller named Paul in Guam. A buyer in Italy purchased the item, but when Paul shipped it there was a snag in Hawaii. For some reason, the outer packaging (addressed to the Italian recipient) was separated from its contents, which just so happened to be addressed to the university. Unaware of the problem (and apparently not bothered by the fake stamps on that envelope…), the new package eventually wound up at the school.
The mystery was only solved when Paul got a letter from the USPS explaining that they’d found the original envelope, but that the contents were missing.
The cool news here is that Paul is allowing the University of Chicago to keep the journal and photos – which will be part of an exhibit at the Oriental Institute at the U of C – and is making a new version for the buyer in Italy who didn’t get his item. See? Sometimes the Internet does something good.
[via Buzzfeed and University of Chicago]