SOLD Houdini Envelope -  Andrew J Lloyd Co., Photographic Lenses

SOLD Houdini Envelope - Andrew J Lloyd Co., Photographic Lenses


Envelope found in Houdini's desk - from a specialty lens company





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.
It is postmarked February 2, 1925 from Boston, MA.
The return address is from Andrew J. Lloyd Company, Back Bay Store, 310 Boylston St., Boston 17, Mass.

Andrew J. Lloyd Company was a photographic lens specialist.
Not only did they make an upscale "LensLock" eyeglass (in the days before eyeglasses had solid frames, the lenses would pop off the nosepiece ), but they also made specialty lenses for photography equipment, and for super magnification.

Houdini had an interest in photographic equipment, as he owned a movie studio in the early 1920s.
He also had a sister who was blinded in childhood, and who needed special lenses.
Most likely it was one of these two reasons that compelled Houdini to save this envelope as contact information for this company.

See a larger version of the image here.

The story behind the Houdini Envelopes:

In the late 1980's, magician Peter Monticup (owner of, 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 is a standard size envelope (about 3.5" x 5"). It's old, it's been through the mail, it's yellowed.
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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