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Original, not a copy or reproduction, letter entirely hand-written and signed by Harry Houdini measures a large 8.5" x 11" on Hotel Statler St. Louis stationary. Perfect piece for framing with a photo.
(? means I'm not positive on the word. Feel free to contact me if you're able to decipher or know more history of this period of Houdini's travels.)
"Jan 19, 23 - Dear Van der Weyde - Rushed? off the Orpheum tour for 20 weeks. Will be back maybe May or June. Big contact? + a vacation. Have worked hard 2 years (yes ?) + ? will be a pleasure trial? Had a seance with Tompkins? in Chi. Will tell you all about it when I get back. Enclosed find my ? regards to you 2 - Houdini
Henry Van der Weyde (1838–1924) was a Dutch-born English painter and photographer, best known for his photographic portraits of the late 19th century. His is considered a photographic pioneer in the use of electric light in photography.