Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Margery Files: Have a seat

This week WILD ABOUT HARRY is showcasing rarities from the private Libbet Crandon de Malamud Collection, courtesy of Anna Thurlow, the great granddaughter of "Margery" the Medium.

Continuing our privileged look inside the Crandon family archives, let's move now from the past to the present, from paper artifacts to the physical. What you're looking at below are two of the actual chairs from Margery's seance chamber on the top floor of her home at No. 10 Lime Street in Boston. It's not a stretch to think that Houdini himself could have used one of these chairs during his first sitting with Margery on July 23, 1924 (the only sitting conducted at Lime Street). What a thrill to see they still exist in 2013!


Below are two photos from psychictruth.info of Margery conducting seances (and producing ectoplasm) while sitting in what are easily identifiable as the chairs above.

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The underside of the chairs show they were manufactured by the Paine Furniture Co. of Boston, MA. If only these chairs could talk!

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Speaking of the seance room, Anna Thurlow, or generous guide through The Margery Files, confirmed for me that the famous Houdini/Margery sittings were recorded! It's mentioned in Ken Silverman's Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss that Dr. Crandon dictated everything that was happening at the moment into what was called a Ediphone. Says Anna:

"Ah, the ediphone. What I would give to know what happened to those recordings. Yes, the seances were recorded in three forms of media: sitting notes, photographs obtained under red light, and the ediphone. I have a smattering of sitting notes and photos, but sadly no recordings."

Tomorrow we will conclude our amazing week-long journey with a few precious and revealing Keepsakes. Trust me, you won't want to miss the grand finale!

10 comments:

  1. Is it the angle of the photo or is there a spindle missing?

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    1. It's the angle. I have another photo Anna sent me of the two chairs together. You can see and count all 9 spindles on that one.

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  2. Fantastic work John & many thanks to Anna for sharing it with us.

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  3. It must be the angle of the photo - I confess I am new to this -- but no spindles missing

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  4. And thank you Dan and Dean! it has been a pleasure

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  5. Ah! Much better. This has all been great! Thanks!

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  6. I meant to mention one thing about the photo that you show above on the right. It is one of my favorites. In it, Malcolm Bird has been tossed off his chair by spirit cabinet and Margery is laughing at him.

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    1. Oh really? I had no idea that was Bird down there and that M was laughing at him. I didn't really look closely at the pic apart from the chair. Very nice. Thanks. :)

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