37: Houdini. 1902 full color litho poster. Early/rare
Houdini, Harry. Ehrenerklärung! Im Namen des König's Wilhelm II. Kaiser v. Deutchland. Leipzig, Atelier, 1902. One-sheet (43 x 31 ¼") color lithograph depicting Houdini, striking a dramatic pose as he demonstrates his escape abilities before a panel of German judges. Houdini. Printed signature of the artist, J. Zier, incorporated into the design. Expert restoration and over-coloring, but overall very good condition. Linen backed. One of five examples known of this classic image.The English text in the lower right of the poster explains the scene succinctly: "The imperial police of Cologne slanderously libeled HARRY HOUDINI, stating his advertised tricks were swindles! HOUDINI answered them by sueing [sic] for "An Honorary Public Apology." The police lost the case in the three highest courts, as they were unable to fetter or chain HOUDINI in an unescapable manner. He was even successful in opening a special lock that they had constructed which after it had once been locked could not be opened! … Having lost the case in all three trials the police were ultimately compelled to publicly advertise "An Honorary Apology" and pay all costs of the trials. By Command of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Emperor of Germany.