Saturday, January 28, 2017

Harry and Bess hit Ceylon

The photo below sold in Haversat & Ewing Galleries Winter Auction today for $749 (including 17% premium). This is an unpublished shot of Houdini and Bess in Ceylon, which is today Sri Lanka. The Houdinis visited this and other exotic ports of call while en route to Australia in 1910. They look like a proper pair of colonialists, don't they? I love Harry's pith helmet.

You can see other photos from this trip in Doug Henning's Houdini His Legend and His Magic and Milbourne Christopher's Houdini A Pictorial Life. Christopher says Houdini planned on issuing an illustrated book about this "trip around the world" using photos such as the above.


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