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 July 27, 1921.
There is no return address, but the letter was sent from Grand Central Station, NY.
Opened in 1919, the Estee Studio was a small film studio located in Harlem. Aggressively run by Eugene Spitz, who could perform every aspect of film production himself, the studio was most known as the "go to" company when good quality but low budget and quick films needed to be made. This letter was sent to Houdini in care of the Estee Studio in July 1921, just a few months after Houdini had started his own Houdini Picture Corporation. Apparently Houdini had a working relationship with Spitz at this time, and may have even used Estee Studio facilities as he was getting started on his own.
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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).