Photographs

Selected photographs courtesy of the Outagamie County Historical Society and The Post-Crescent

An example of a challenge performance. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
A posed anniversary photo with Bess at Coney Island. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
The first successful flight in Australia, March 15, 1910. (He never flew again?). Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
One of Houdini's incognito disguises he used in his quest to expose fraudulent spiritualists. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Straightjacket escape. A free demonstration to encourage people to pay to see more at a show. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Jumping into the charles River from the Harvard Bridge in Boston. 1908. Photo by Lew Haskill, Boston Globe. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Advertising in a unique way. The photo was likely taken by Franz Kukol, a long time trusted assistant. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Formal portrait - postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Publicity photo - postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Houdini and unknown foe posing for publicity photo - postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Handcuffed to ladder - postcard.
Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
In humorous mood- postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Aboard the Kaiser Wilhelm II, sailing between Europe and America - postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
With costar Ann Forrest in Paramount picture "The Man from Beyond" - postcard. Sidney H. Radner Collection, Houdini Historical Center, Appleton. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Stained glass window portraying a young Houdini. Created by Thomas Dietrich of Appleton WI. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Became Outagamie County Museum and Houdini Center in 1985 - postcard. Courtesy of Outagamie County Historical Society
Early publicity photograph "A man, naked against the world, bound in chains, deprived of all help..." Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
1880 Census record. Note the surname spelled Weise. Entry for Erich gives Hungary as birthplace. This was changed by affidavit to Appleton in 1940.
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
Billboard painting promoting a performance.
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
Advertising poster for the King of Handcuffs.
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
Early advertising poster. Circa 1895
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
This was the official Houdini Seance in Appleton in 1986. It continued the string of annual seances held Halloween night since Houdini's death on that date in 1926. Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
The young Houdini.
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
Houdini's Milk Can. Unloaded at the Outagamie Museum by Christopher Miller, right, curator, and Diane Kromm of the museum staff. 12/1988
Courtesy of The Post-Crescent
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