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Description: Harry Houdini, the well-known escape artist, was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. At the time of his immigration his name was s...
Description: Quarter-length publicity portrait of renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.
Date: 1906 ca.
Description: Gummo (Milton Marx) on the left and on the right Groucho (Julius Henry Marx) holding a rat terrier dog.
Caption from Paramount Pictures, Inc.:
Date: 1919 ca.
Description: Quarter-length studio portrait of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini.
Description: Portrait of the Wrights (possibly E. Henry & Evelyn M. Wright), a dance team, and their original personality masks.
Date: date unknown
Description: Outdoor portrait of Madison magician Ben Bergor, who performed as Bennie Golden Berger during the early years of his career. He billed himself as the faste...
Description: The stage and surrounding posters of Professor Oscar John Schendel's "All Star Vaudeville, Big Three-Ringed Circus, and Mammoth Menagerie."
Description: Magician Ben Bergor of Madison performing a trick on stage. With him are his wife, who performed as Madame Alva, and an assistant.
Date: 1926-11-09 ca.
Description: Laura Stewart and her Jazz Pirates pose alongside an International bus. The bus features windows with curtains and luggage rack(?) on top. There is a monum...
Description: Committee members for the Nakoma 12th Night Party gather around a table set with candles and evergreen branches in a banquet room. They are, from left to...
Description: Studio portrait of Vernon Castle wearing a wing collar.
Description: Original caption: "Fred Stone, America's Foremost Comedian and his happy family photographed recently on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Left to Right: Car...
Description: View of a Home Talent Comedy performance by Charles C. Bradley, imitating Helen Morgan and singing to Mae Zimmerman of 311 North Frances Street. The backg...
Description: Harry and Bess (Beatrice) Houdini in formal attire, the year of his death from acute appendicitis.
Date: 1912 ca.
Description: The Crystal Theater at N. 2nd Street between W. Wisconsin Avenue and W. Wells Street.
Date: 1962 before
Description: Jodie "Butterbeans" Edwards and his wife "Suzy," a vaudeville comedy act. After Suzy died in 1962, Edwards continued to tour until the time of his death in...
Description: Half-length publicity photograph of Dorothy Jardon apparently wearing only a fur on one shoulder and many rings on her hand. Stamps on the back of the prin...
Description: Harry Houdini, born Erik Weisz in Hungary and raised as Erich Weiss in Appleton, Wisconsin, preparing to do one of his famous escapes, this time from a sub...
Description: Louie Vanderiff (played by Clarence Kolb at left) and Mike Amsterdammer (Max Dill) pose in street clothes in a scene still for the 1917 silent comedy "Belo...
Description: Harry Houdini in chains and ropes. He is tied to a wheel on a locomotive.
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