Houdini Envelope -  From Fellow Filmmaker
Envelope found in Houdini's desk - from Elmer Clifton Productions

Houdini Envelope - From Fellow Filmmaker

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Envelope found in Houdini's desk - from Elmer Clifton Productions

$85.00

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Touched by the hand of Houdini himself!

Description

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 June 24, 1922.
The return address is "Down To the Sea In Ships", Elmer Clifton Production, 222 Union St., New Bedford, Mass.

This letter was sent to Houdini at his Houdini Pictures Corp. office in New York.
"Down to the Sea in Ships" is a 1922 American silent romantic drama film about a 19th-century Massachusetts whaling family.
Directed by Elmer Clifton, the film stars William Walcott, Marguerite Courtot, and Clara Bow.
The authenticity of the whaling scenes are noted in the opening screen credits, which praise the bravery of both A.G. Penrod and Paul H. Allen, the cameramen, "who, in small boats, stood by their cameras at the risk of their lives to photograph the fighting whales."
Houdini's film, "Grim Game" released in 1919, also suffered an accident with a biplane because of dangerous filming conditions.
Perhaps this correspondence was a discussion of the perils of early live action filmmaking.

See a larger version of the front of the envelope here.

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).

What You Get

Here's what you'll get:

  • the exact authentic envelope pictured above

You provide the frame if desired.

This envelope is about 9.5" x 4". It's old, it's been through the mail, it's yellowed, it has tears.
Houdini tore it across the top (probably with a dull letter opener) to remove the contents.
This envelope is in "AS FOUND" condition.

The envelope will be shipped to you in a plastic protective sleeve, accompanied by a printout of the story of this envelope.

DISCLAIMER: Though these envelopes are absolutely original and absolutely came from Houdini's desk, we cannot be totally sure of the contents of the correspondence that was sent in the envelope, because the envelopes in the desk were all empty. What you read in the description above is our BEST GUESS about the contents of any correspondence, based on our research and our own conclusions.

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