More treasures from our archives - a letter from Harry Houdini to NYPL President John Shaw Billings in 1911. The letter begins, "Dear Sir, In going through your card indexes yesterday, I noted that the Conjurer's magazine was missing..." Harry Houdini then kindly offered two bound sets of the Conjurer's Magazine to be added to the NYPL Collection -- along with a book on handcuffs written in Russian and German. #TeachNYPL #Houdini Birthday Harry, John Shaw, Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini, Public Libraries, Shaw Bill, Auguste, Presidents John, Houdini Quotes
Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Houdini Specter by Daniel Stashower - Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York. He sees an opportunity for glory in exposing the tricks of medium Lucius Craig - if only he can work out how the medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death & then disappear! (Bilbary Town Library: Good for Readers, Good for Libraries)
Harry Houdini, Portrait for President, 1911 3 sheet, Strobridge Litho Co., Cin'ti & New York, linen mounted & restored. Handsomely framed. 82.5" x 40" The most famous name in magic, Houdiniana has become extremely valuable as pure collectible Americana, towering over all other entertainment figures of the first two decades of the 20th Century.
From photographer Richard Dawson: "Willard Library, Evansville; Indiana, 2011. Built in 1885, this is the oldest public library in Indiana. Housed in a spectacular Victorian building, it is rumored to be haunted. While photographing a dark corner of the interior, I thought I saw the resident ghost. Live GhostCams are currently keeping watch at willardghost.com