Well, kind of. Here we have a signed Houdini postcard. It has also been rubber stamped “Good Luck Houdini”. Houdini used three different sizes of this rubber stamp during his lifetime for photographs that I know of. He also used various colors of ink in which to stamp them. Green was used with some frequency mostly in the 1920′s. I think it was in vogue then. You can see an inscribed photo with this ink in an earlier post this week titled “Hey Harry….Forget Something?”.
This image below was also used more than any other image of Houdini for publicity abroad. IMHO I have examples that were used in France, Spain, Cuba and other countries as well. I don’t know why this is, but it could be that Paramount did such a nice job with this series of publicity shots, that the studio used them very often to promote their star. Another reason could be is that Houdini was probably impressed with the photos as well and would have unlimited access to what ever he needed to promote the movie. I’ll go with that it was Paramount pushing the image, as they had the outlets to advertise around the world.
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Houdini Rubber Stamped + Signed Postcard
As I mentioned in the Thurston post on Wednesday, one of the Kellar posters behind the Thurston poster has just made it on to eBay. The Kellar Spirit Cabinet poster should do as well as the Thruston Turban poster. What is amazing is this stuff is still out there after over 100+ years.
God bless those who have served, are serving and the ones who made the Ultimate Sacrifice. America is proud of you and we thank you.
I have a good friend and visitor to this site who is need of a Patrick Culliton “Houdini Unlocked” set. This Houdini maven is offering in the $800 range for the set. If you have a set for sale, please send an email to me and I’ll forwarded it them. The buyer and seller can work out the details between themselves from there. I’m just the messenger. Thanks!
If you like all kinds of Houdini books, like I do, this book may be for your Houdini library. It is on Ebay for $17.49 plus postage. I know I’m selling my copy for more. With only 300 copies printed, it’s a nice book for any advanced magic or Houdini library. The item Ebay number is 150448070867. Good Luck!
A copy of the first American edition of “Memoirs of Robert-Houdin”, 1859, just sold on Ebay for $735.00. The item number is 160437469990. I posted an image of it below. If you were the under-bidder or need it for your library, I have one for sale. The price would be $650.00 delivered in the USA. If you are interested and need more information or photos, please send me an email.
They say that this was the book that started Ehrich Weiss off.
Today is the last day of “Traveling With Houdini” week. I think we should have some fun with it. Let’s try to figure out what Houdini was thinking of in this pensive photo of him. If you have a caption for this photo, please just click on the “Comments” icon or the title of this post to leave your opinion.
This is a photo of Houdini with Bess Houdini and Julia Karcher. The ladies are looking straight into the camera, but Houdini is looking away and is deep in thought. What was Houdini thinking?
My thought of what Houdini was saying to himself:
“I’m Houdini! I can escape anything! But I can’t free myself from these two beauties. Somebody punch me!”
Houdini, Bess and Julia K.
Well, our boy didn’t forget anything with this one. The book has a full page inscription with his “legal” signature. Also included is a very nice image of Houdini with even a better inscription. This is the whole package. This is currently on Ebay. If the magic market has turned around after the price on the Thurston trade card, mentioned in another post on this blog, went for $3,000, this should sell. The Thurston and Kellar posters, also mentioned in another post on this blog, are showing nice signs of spirited bidding. You should read those two posts for more information on those items. So either there is new blood in magic collecting, new Thurston collectors or the magic market has turned the corner. What do you think? If you would like to leave a comment, just click on the title above or the “Comment” icon. Enjoy!
This photo has been available on the net for years. There’s only on problem with it. If you would like to leave a comment, just click on the title above or the “Comment” icon. Enjoy!
Has anyone seen any of these knock-offs of the Franklin Mint Houdini tokens? They seem to come in various metals and varying quality. I think I’ll have to live without them. If you would like to leave a comment, just click on the title above or the “Comment” icon. Enjoy!