Indiana Jones mystery package sent to University of Chicago, addressed to Henry Walton Jones Jr (Photo)

By on Dec 15, 2012 in Lifestyle, Universities, Weird Comments

Updated: December 18, 2012 6:20 p.m.

Read ‘Raiders’ mystery solved: Source of Indiana Jones package to University of Chicago known

A so-called ‘Indiana Jones mystery package‘ was recently sent to University of Chicago, as shown in the photo below. It was sent by an unknown person and was addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr., the name of Harrison Ford in the 1981 George Lucas movie ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark‘, directed by Steven Spielberg.

According to a post by University of Chicago on its official Tumblr page on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, they received the Indiana Jones mystery package on Tuesday, the day before, and they initially thought it was wrongly sent to their school. However, they later realized that Henry Walton Jones, Jr is a familiar name.

Apparently, they decided to open the said package and were surprised to know that it has a detailed replica of the journal of Abner Ravenwood, another fictional character in the Indiana Jones story but was never portrayed in the Indiana Jones movie series. He was Indiana‘s mentor at the University of Chicago during the 1920s.

Abner Ravenwood was an Egyptologist and archaeologist, and the father of Marion Ravenwood, the character played by Karen Allen in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie and in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in 2008. His lifelong obsession was to find the Ark of the Covenant.

“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.” A statement reads at UChicagoAdmissions.tumblr.com, noting that the Indiana Jones mystery package has no real stamps on it.

“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. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall.” The university added.

Nevertheless, the university emphasized that the package they received was not the one sold at eBay auction last October 24, which is also a replica of Marion Ravenwood‘s journal in the Indiana Jones movie, noting that the cover color is different and has other inconsistencies as compared to what they had.


Indiana Jones mystery package
Indiana Jones mystery package, received by University of Chicago
Image Credit: UChicagoAdmissions.tumblr.com


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