Now, 24 hours later, thanks to the detective skills and generosity of my readers, fellow bloggers, and conservationists, I can show you BOTH these posters in full color!
First, Magician and historian Chuck Romano (chuckromanomagic.com) alerted me to the blog Refried Bean run by Renée Wolcott, a third-year master's student in book and paper conservation from the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.
Renée is currently working under the direction of Grace Owen, the conservator for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, conserving 84 magic posters and three window cards that were glued into a scrapbook from the American Society of Magicians. Among these posters is our "lost" American's Sensation poster, and Renée has graciously allowed me to share this terrific photo taken by Denise Stockman.
|Renée Wolcott with the Houdini poster. Photo by Denise Stockman|
Says Renée, "I had no idea that the Houdini poster -- which I worked on all day today and yesterday, as it happens -- was so unusual. It has now been washed and lined, the losses and tears have been filled, and the fills have been inpainted. The lost corners are no longer obvious."
Renée says she may do a follow-up blog on the finished poster -- which belongs to the Billy Rose Theater Division of the NYPL -- showing before and after shots (yes, please!), so make sure you watch Refried Bean for the update. Renée has also posted more information about the poster scrapbook conservation project at the University of Delaware website. Thank you Renée.
Next, Chuck Romano also tells us the "Overboard Box" poster is now in the amazing magic collection of Norm Nielsen. Says Chuck, "It is a huge poster and the colors are beautiful. It was done by Howard K. Elcock, the artist who did many illustrations for Will Goldston."
Dean Carnegie (Carnegie: Magic Detective) alerted me to the Facebook profile of talented French photographer Zakary Belamy (zakarybelamy.com), who photographed Mr. Nielsen in front of the Houdini poster in Las Vegas. Zakary has generously allowed us to share that photo here. I've waited 33 years to see this poster in color, and it was worth the wait. This is truly one of the most beautiful Houdini posters in existence. Thank you Zakary and Norm!
|Norm Nielsen with his Houdini poster. Photo by Zakary Belamy|