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Mysterious ‘Indiana Jones’ Package Mailed to University of Chicago

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It seems an avid movie fan or prankster (or time traveler?) decided it would be fun to send a package addressed to one Henry Walton Jones, Jr. (aka Indiana Jones) at the University of Chicago. So what the heck is in this mysterious package and where did it actually come from?

Here’s something delightfully strange — this week the University of Chicago admissions department received a package addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr., or as you may know him best, Indiana Jones. They weren’t sure why they received the package, exactly, but the contents were fascinating:

The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). 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.

The faculty at the university remain confused as to why they received such a package, though they aren’t complaining since — as you can read in the text above — it’s a pretty amazing delivery.

Check out the photos below and if you have any information on this peculiar ‘Indiana Jones’ package, drop us an e-mail!

Indiana Jones package

Indiana Jones package

Indiana Jones package

Indiana Jones package
All photos courtesy University of Chicago

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