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Harry Houdini, ca. 1905. Not technically a silver screen, but figure since many of his friends were on this board we'd let him hang out here.

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 and Theodore Roosevelt

Ehrich Weiss (not yet Harry Houdini) wearing track team medals in 1890, New York (c)Library of Congress.

The LA Public Library’s 1928 bookmobile for the sick.

Autographs:U.S. Presidents, Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed... (Total: 1 Items)

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.

Harry Houdini, created such awe inspiring feats and pushed the boundaries between freak, illusion and skill. Now, I'm a big fan of Cyril, a Japanese magician who can pull hamburgers and drinks out of posters. Check him out on youtube :)

Before there were computers, books were checked out this way.