Friday, July 28, 2023

Challenge packing case postcard sells big on ebay

It has been a while since I've seen something of note sell on ebay, but today was one of those days. The below unused postcard shows Houdini in front of a challenge packing case in Rochester, New York. While not unknown, it's a great image that sold for a whopping $2,350.00.

The auction didn't identify exactly when and where this was taken, but I can! This appears to be Houdini's challenge from the Rochester Box & Lumber Co. on November 10, 1911 at the Temple Theater in Rochester. This week also saw him escape from his Milk Can filled with beer by the Moerlbach Brewing Co. Below is an ad for that engagement and the theater as it appeared in Houdini's day.

Congrats to the winner!

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