Found: Harry Houdini’s Long Lost Spiritualism Scrapbook

Houdini scrapbook

An antique dealer in Southern California has unearthed a long lost scrapbook belonging to Harry Houdini.

Labeled as “IMPORTANT SCRAP BOOK – MISCELLANEOUS CLIPPINGS,” the book is “jam-packed with newspaper clippings about Spiritualism and Houdini’s own spirit busting activities. Many of the clippings have annotations in Houdini’s own hand. The majority of the material is from 1925 with a few clippings from early 1926.”

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The content of the scrapbook focuses mostly on Houdini’s anti-spiritualism crusade and his exposure of Mina Crandon a.k.a. “Margery the Medium.”

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The Library of Congress houses over 100 of Houdini’s scrapbooks but somehow this one escaped its clutches;  hitherto unknown the scrapbook “has possibly gone unseen for 83 years”

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More at  Wild About Harry

h/t mental floss

 

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