Mail never stops rolling in at a college admissions office; the University of Chicago mailbox is constantly full. So, when they recently received a package for one Henry Walton Jones, Jr. They glanced at the name, didn’t immediately recognize it, and put it aside for student workers to figure out later. One of the students recognized that Henry Walton Jones, Jr. is Indiana Jones, and they also noticed that the stamps and postmarks weren’t real. It was more like they were printed onto the package.
As Sherlock would say, the game is afoot! They opened the envelope and found a replica of Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Raiders of the Lost Ark:
The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.
I’m equally impressed with both the package and their analysis of it. They have no idea who sent it or why; since the postage was fake the sender had to mix it in with the inbound mail before someone went through it. It could be a student project, it could be a staff member who made it as a gift and accidentally put it in internal mail, or someone in the office could be playing a fun joke.
UChicago admissions would love to know the story behind the journal, and they’ve even created an official email address for it: firstname.lastname@example.org. Write them if you have any leads on the origin!
See more pictures of the package after the break.
(via UChicago Tumblr)