Sunday, April 7, 2019

LINK: Where was the Checkered Flag Photo taken?

Joe Notaro at Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence has taken a much-needed deep dive into the famous checkered flag photo of Houdini starting an auto race, which is credited somewhat mysteriously on the back as being the last of the magician. But is it?

Joe has gone in search of possible auto races in Worcester, Montreal, and even Detroit. He also shares his recent discovery that an auto company solicited Houdini for an ad while he was in Montreal ("It would probably simply mean a picture in [by] the car"). Is there a connection?

To find out all, GO TO JOE.


  1. Behind Harry you can see a cop or security guard, and a row of people looking at something. There must have been some event at that location.

  2. A wild thought: Is that a boat directly behind Harry? Am I seeing rigging and a sail? What's the deal with that rope ladder? The St. Lawrence River cuts down past Montreal, but no big rivers in the Worcester area. This could be Montreal.