Monday, January 12, 2015

Who is this Houdini mystery girl?

Here's a mystery for us all. Jim Matthews, author of Edward Saint...or Sinner?, sends over this photograph that he found loose in a file of Houdini's personal correspondence. Writes Jim:

"In a small section of Houdini's personal letter writing file (mostly 1926) I found this picture. I wonder if any of your devout fans could help me identify this lovely young lady. The file passed through Ed Saint so there could also be a connection there."

Anyone out there recognize this Houdini mystery girl? If so, leave a comment below.

UPDATE: Is this another sighting of the mystery girl here: Houdini Headquarters.


  1. The clothes and beads suggest the early twenties. The hair is in something like the "Castle Bob" and also reminds one of a look popularized by Louise Brooks. Was this photo at Austin?

    1. From the Ransom Center? No. I believe Jim said it was from a letter file that was part of the Thayer collection (which they got from Saint) that Jim purchased.

      Of course, I immediately thought Daisy White...but maybe that's just wishful thinking.

  2. Is there an inscription on the back of the photo? Old photos sometimes have writing on the back identifying the person. If there was, Mr. Matthews would have caught it, but you never know...

  3. Is there a clear photo of Julia Sawyer (Bess' niece)? Could this possibly be her?

    1. There are good photos of Julia Sawyer and this doesn't appear to be her. Good thinking though.


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