Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Houdini scrapbook on display at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square has a rare Houdini scrapbook on display as part of their Cool + Collected: Treasures of the Boston Public Library exhibition which opened October 23.

According to the BPL website, “this remarkable scrapbook was compiled by Houdini’s good friend Quincy Kilby, a Brookline resident and Boston theater impresario. Materials in this large volume were collected over a twenty-year period and include personal letters, photographs, programs, newspapers clippings, and other unique memorabilia. Knowing that Kilby was amassing this collection, Houdini would send him items specifically ‘for your Houdini scraps book.’”

Cool + Collected is free and open to the public during all Library operating hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday 1-5pm. The Central Library is located at 700 Boylston Street. The exhibition runs runs through February 2010.

You can see more photos at the BPL Flicker page.

Thanks to Bruce MacNab.

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