Harry Houdini and Fred’s Great Adventure

Less than two weeks had passed since Harry Houdini made his coffin escape. Few would have believed that it was possible.

Houdini was handcuffed, shackled and nailed into a box, then thrown into the East River.

Despite the stifling July heat, hundreds of spectators lined the barge and shoreline, some placing bets on whether or not the great Houdini would finally meet his maker. I was one of those who bet on Houdini…and I was right. Minutes after the box hit the water, Houdini surfaced, smiling and waving to the crowds.

I only wish father and mother had been here to see it. I’m sure they won’t believe how close I was to the action. But I now have something to prove I was there.

Houdini may have escaped from the box, but I escaped with a piece of history. I can’t wait to show them.

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  • How cool is this! Where do you find these postcards Kaarina?

    • Thanks @lorigosselin:disqus. I have collected vintage postcards for years. My Christmas collection adorns our tree every year. But when I found so many gems I wanted to turn them into little fictional tales, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1653ef6fb3815d116ee4c575de96b947c9841c216e1ce21e5309a29998c1d2dd.jpg based in the times, so I research what was going on, based on the postmark date. My hope is to one day turn the entire collection of tiny tales into a book.

      • I don’t know why I can’t get the photo to rotate properly. Something else I have to figure out, haha!

      • Yes – do it! What a fascinating collection and inspiration for a book!

        • Thanks @lorigosselin:disqus. I’m trying to create enough content and share online to be in a position to figure out how to make it into a book…preferably a coffee table type book with glorious photos of all the postcards. That’s my wish 🙂

  • You are just too imaginative! I don’t know how you got all that out of that postcard but I’m buying it! Also, I’ll buy the book when it comes out 🙂

    • Thanks so much @carollynnrivera:disqus. My hope is that one day all of these tiny tales will become a book. I just have to figure out how to make that happen! Thanks so much: it’s feedback like this that encourages me on my journey.