A Series of Unfortunate Props


This page is for those of you who’d like to have a go at deciphering a prop.

I really loved the 2004 movie adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’m surprised that it didn’t do better at the box office or once it made the jump to home video. Ah well. I’m positive there are plenty of people like me out there that really had a good time watching this movie. While the physical props are very detailed (I’ll have to have a go at making the elf one of these days), the paper props are very simple. I like this fake Dramalogue cover (yes, Dramalogue was a real magazine) because the back advertises the Veritable French Diner — an inside joke if you’ve read the Lemony Snicket books. You can click on the front cover to download the cover as a PDF.


However, I can’t easily make out the back of the magazine. The border appears to be the eye motif from the movie. Here’s what I can read so far:

backcover-dramalogue.jpg………..ng hunger?
………on dinner at
…diner on Dark?

Clipart of a bee or fly

French Diner
141 Dark Avenue

Clipart of a shell

Ask about our fixed price theatre dinner


Shoot me an e-mail if you think you know what it says OR what you think it SHOULD say, and if I use your suggestion on my finished piece I’ll mail you a full-size copy (as well as post it up here for all to download) printed on my large-format printer.

[EDIT] Joseph wrote in with this excellent suggestion: I’m guessing the bottom part of the ad says, “Ask about our fixed price theatre dinner special” which is specifically mentioned in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography as something the Veritable French Diner is famous for.