The listing didn't provide any provenance, but I can. This was part of a four poster display at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Canada. It was auctioned in 1999 and wound up at Wilshire Coin in Santa Monica, where I got a look at it in 2016. At the time the owner was looking to sell this along with another poster for Houdini's Grand Magical Revue. (You can see that poster HERE.)
As far as the playbill itself, it certainly checks out historically. Houdini opened at the Circus Busch the week of August 31, 1908. This advertises his appearance on Saturday, October 3, which was midway through his eight week run. Houdini was featuring his Milk Can at this time. The photo of Houdini in cuffs is from 1904.
This poster playbill looks aged to me. Like a sheet of newspaper that turned yellow over the years. I don't think restoration can reverse that.ReplyDelete
It's heavily lacquered. I've heard that can't really be fixed with restoration. The buyer will likely have to live with it in this condition. But I think it still looks pretty cool.Delete
John so glad to read your history of the broadside. I was a little concerned, one I never saw anything Houdini withReplyDelete
Mr Houdini first. Seller claims it can be removed from the frame, but I am going to just leave it. The price I think was fair, not great but I can live with it. I don't like restoring posters and not really a fan of linen backed ones either.
Congrats on the buy! It's a terrific rare poster. Glad I could provide a bit of history.Delete