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Harry Houdini Scrapbook [Photographs with Jack London]

File name: 09_03_000054


Title: Harry Houdini Scrapbook [Photographs with Jack London]


Creator/Contributor: Quincy Kilby (1854-1931), creator; Harry Houdini (1874 –1926), contributor




Date created: 1904-1926


Physical description: scrapbook


Summary: This remarkable scrapbook was compiled by Houdini’s good friend Quincy Kilby, a Brookline resident and Boston theater impresario. Materials in this large volume were collected over a twenty-year period and include personal letters, photographs, programs, newspapers clippings, and other unique memorabilia. Knowing that Kilby was amassing this collection, Houdini would send him items specifically “for your Houdini scraps book.”


The scrapbook is open to an eclectic spread of photographs of Houdini with Jack London and their wives in Oakland, California, in 1924; a lecture advertisement in which Houdini promises a sensational expose of miracle-mongers; and a note on Houdini’s personal stationery to Kilby with an apologetic postscript, “I was in Boston but was so fixt could not get away. Only 1 night.


Location: Boston Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscripts Department


Rights: Rights status not evaluated.


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Taken on October 9, 2009