Just think- you can own a piece of magical history-
something that was handled by the great Harry Houdini in his daily life!
This is a one-of-a-kind collectible, perfect for framing.
What a great gift!
About this envelope:
This is one of the envelopes found in Harry Houdini's personal desk.
The postmark is Nov 20, 1922.
The return address on the back is Miss Jeanette Cooper, 134 Clinton St, N.Y.C.
Jeanette Cooper was a short story fiction writer for several magazines, including McClure's, The American Magazine, and Hampton's Broadway Magazine. Published mainly between 1902 and 1912, her most well-received short story was entitled "A Candid Violet". It was reported that several motion picture studios were interested in making a movie from her story.
This envelope is addressed to Houdini at his 220 West 42nd Street address, which was the location of his Houdini Pictures Corporation. Perhaps Houdini had planned to option her story. Unfortunately for Miss Cooper, Houdini's picture company suddenly went out of business in 1923.
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The story behind the Houdini Envelopes:
In the late 1980's, magician Peter Monticup (owner of MagicTricks.com), purchased Harry Houdini's ornate personal desk.
The desk had been in storage in Houdini's former NYC home from 1926 until it was sold in 1980.
Peter purchased the desk from this buyer, along with some other personal items from the Houdini home.
The desk had a number of secret compartments and hidden drawers.
Inside one of the drawers was a stack of envelopes from correspondence Houdini had received.
The envelopes were from all different sources- his lawyers, his fans, fellow magicians, etc.
He even wrote notes on some of the envelopes, either noting the importance of the contents, or just scribbling on them as scrap paper.
In researching each of the envelopes, we've found an important connection to an event or person in Houdini's life.
Of all the thousands upon thousands of letters he received each year, he saved each of these envelopes for a reason.
Houdini was a notorious "saver".
These envelopes were used as his personal Rolodex (address directory).