The Houdini Scrap Book

Img: flickr/boston_public_library

Pages from the Houdini scrapbook compiled by Houdini’s personal friend, Quincy Kilby.

Kilby, a Boston theater character, also wrote a history of the Boston theater, and another book on actor/assassin John Wilkes Booth. He spent 20 years accumulating the items in his Houdini scrapbook. These include letters, newspaper clippings, and a very exacting scene and prop list.

Houdini knew about Kilby’s project. He sent his friend items marked “for your Houdini scraps book.”

The entire collection is now part of the collections of the Boston Public Library. You can see more of these photos from the Library’s collection here.

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