Sherlock Holmes is the most famous independent professional of all time. So here’s a fun fact: The fictional detective had a real-life secretary, who answered thousands of fan letters that were pouring into 221b Baker Street, 1843 Magazine reports. For example:
“We couldn’t possibly send a picture of Sherlock Holmes, because that might cause him problems if he were recognised in the street. As a detective, he obviously has to remain anonymous.”
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