HOUDINI (HARRY) Portrait photograph signed ("To/ my friend/ Tod Anderson/ good/ luck/ Houdini/ June/ 1/ 1920"), in an album

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Lot 166
HOUDINI (HARRY)
Portrait photograph signed ("To/ my friend/ Tod Anderson/ good/ luck/ Houdini/ June/ 1/ 1920"), in an album

Sold for £ 1,625 (US$ 2,046) inc. premium
HOUDINI (HARRY)
Portrait photograph signed ("To/ my friend/ Tod Anderson/ good/ luck/ Houdini/ June/ 1/ 1920"), showing Houdini in profile, head-and-shoulders, wearing a collared shirt and tie with a dark jacket, 250 x 205mm., mounted, together with some 76 photographs (mostly press images of golfers, social and theatrical events), captions in ink, in an album red cloth, worn, 4to, [c.1920-1933]

Footnotes

  • Fine portrait photograph, inscribed by Houdini in June 1920, at which time he was in the UK during what was to be his final UK tour.

    The album was compiled by Tod Anderson, the great grandfather of the present owner, who appears in many of the other images. He was a managing director of Amalgamated Press, publishers of popular magazines devoted to film stars and celebrities. One of these, Kinema Comic, launched a serial entitled The Amazing Exploits of Houdini, Master of Mystery on 24 April 1920, and it seems probable that it was through this connection the two men met.

    Anderson was a regular at the Walton Heath golf club, popular with celebrities and politicians (including Balfour, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, all of whom were members), and many of the images illustrate golfing groups, in one of which is Harry Lauder (loosely inserted in the album is one of his autograph self-caricatures, dated 1924).
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