I would like to wish all a Happy New Year for 2012. I hope you all will be happy, healthy and be able to find that little Houdini piece you have been looking for.
I ran across the New York Public Library Digital Gallery site and found some 60+ photos of Houdini. I have never seen a stereo card with Houdini in all my time of researching and collecting. There are also other images of magicians like Herrmann, Kellar etc. on the site, just place their name in the search engine and you might be pleasantly surprised to see what pops-up.
As for the Houdini images, there are many I have never seen before. I think you might enjoy seeing them too. Here is the link to the site:
If you have $3,000.00 kicking around, you may want to consider this piece. The photo was most likely taken by a newspaper photographer from a window in the paper’s own window. Houdini was the best at many things, including getting the ink. The negative is in Hoboken, NJ. I never saw any of these there and I was born there. And Frank Sinatra too.
Here is the link to the auction:
What do you think of this image?
Tell me what is so hot with the above Houdini photo. It closed just short of $900.00 on Ebay tonight and I’m still scratching my head. Granted it is a nice photo, with 28 bids from about 10 bidders, but that’s a lot of wood for one Houdini photo. Maybe it will wind up as a Christmas gift. What do you think?
This type 1 English edition of “The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin” is about to close on Ebay in a few hours. Although the seller has some misinformation about the book, it still should be considered for you Houdini library. The seller states that it is a first American edition, second printing. It really is a first UK edition, type 1. The book is a little on the grubby side, but you might be able to clean it or have it cleaned professionally. The UK edition of the “Unmasking” is getting harder to find in nice condition and at a decent price. You can make the call. Here is the link to the auction:
This will be just a quick post. This a program from Stockholm, Sweden for “Terror Island” produced in 1920. The program is six pages and has three images inside. When I have some more time(probably never), I’ll try to translate some of it.
Can you imagine if this unused Houdini letterhead fell into the hands of one of the sellers of “genuine” Houdini autographs? They could type or write anything before they add Houdini’s signature. They could write “My stomach is still hurting”, “Made contact with Mom last night” or “Thurston is a piker”. One could virtually write anything. And you know what? For the right price, it probably would sell.
Here’s you chance to spend some time with Houdini at his house and maybe ask him a few questions. Now wouldn’t that be great. I think would keep him all night asking him questions. Please click on The letter for a better view.
It may be a small detail about the letter, but it really should be mentioned. It seems that Houdini must have just changed the ribbon on his typewriter. The text is very bright and has great contrast to his letterhead. Another nice addition is Houdini’s home phone number, Cathedral 5609 has also been included in the letter. That would be another great thing to be able to call Houdini on the phone. I definitely have to find the “Time Machine”. Maybe one is on Ebay?
For you magic token and Houdini collectors, here are two items to be on the look-out for. On the obverse of this quasi gambling chip is Houdini in one of his classic poses. On the obverse of the chip is where this token gets interesting. The token on the left has the right date for Houdini’s death. The token on the right the death date is October 22, 1926. Please click on the token for enlarge image. I don’t know how many of these chips were produced before the error was found, but this is the only pair I have seen. I would think there must be a couple more of these errors out there, but I wouldn’t think many of them exist.