Envelope found in Houdini's desk sent from the publisher of Houdini's books
Just think- you can own a piece of magical history- something that was handled by the great Harry Houdini himself! This is a one-of-a-kind collectible, perfect for framing. And what a great gift!
See a larger version of the image. Wow, would this look great framed with a photo of Houdini!
In the late 1980's, magician Peter Monticup (owner of MagicTricks.com), purchased Harry Houdini's ornate 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 a number of 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. Houdini was a notorious "saver", so it is no surprise that he kept these envelopes. The letters 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 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.
This is one of the envelopes found in the desk. It is postmarked June 9, 1923 from Grand Central Station, NY. The return address is from E.P. Dutton and Company, 681 Fifth Avenue, New York.
E.P. Dutton and Company was the New York publishing house for a number of books written by Houdini, including Miracle Mongers and Their Methods in 1920 and Houdini's Paper Magic in 1922. A copy of the original correspondence may possibly be found at Syracuse University.
You provide the frame if desired.Books shown are NOT included.
This is a standard size envelope (about 6" x 3.5"). It's old, it's been through the mail, it's yellowed. Someone (Houdini?) tore it across the top (probably with a dull letter opener) to remove the contents. This envelope is in "AS FOUND" condition.
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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