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 September 29 (year unknown).
The return address is Odessa Electrical Supply Co., Joe G. Lightner, Prop;, Odessa, MO.
Joe Lightner performed extensively on the Chautauqua and Redpath vaudeville circuits as "Lightner the Wizard" from 1904 to 1909. In 1906, he owned the Great Hippodrome Shows circus. By 1914, he was also a successful Ford dealer, serving the greater part of western and mid-western Missouri. Headquartered in Odessa, he also opened a successful electrical supply company there. He served ten consecutive terms as mayor of Odessa from 1914 through 1934, when he became a Missouri state senator.
Lightner also served at one time as president of the International Magic Circle; since Houdini was the National President of the Society of American Magicians from 1917–1926, the two would have had a lot to talk about!
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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).