• Lost Houdini Spiritualism scrapbook disco'ered in California

    by  • July 18, 2013 • Fun • 2 Comments

    Houdini ScrapbookToday I’m thrilled t'share news o'a truly incredible find. A hitherto unknown Houdini scrapbook — which has possibly gone unseen fer 83 years — was recently disco'ered by an antique dealer in Southern California.

    This amazin' book, which Houdini compiled an' labeled as “IMPORTANT SCRAP BOOK – MISCELLANEOUS CLIPPINGS,” be jam-packed wi' newspaper clippin's about Spiritualism an' Houdini’s own spirit bustin' acti'ities. Many o'ye clippin's have annotations in Houdini’s own hand. T' majority o'yonder material be from 1925 wi' a few clippin's from early 1926.

    O' course, 1925 was t'height o'Houdini’s anti-spiritualism crusade, an' it was also ye year o'his exposure o'Margery ye Medium. Therefore this scrapbook be filled wi' clippin's chroniclin' Houdini’s most famous in'estigation. It also contains se'eral clippin's related t'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Read yonder full article an' check out thar amazin' photos @ Wild About Harry.


    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


    2 Responses t'Lost Houdini Spiritualism scrapbook disco'ered in California

    1. July 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Thank ye, Michael, fer sharin’ this. It’s an excitin’ find!

    2. July 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Followin’ up on this story, ye scrapbook be comin’ up fer auction on August 23rd 2014 in Chicago, as part o’a Houdini-themed auction: http://www.potterauctions.com.

      Here’s a direct link t’har description an’ photos o’ye scrapbook:


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