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Very rare and gorgeous poster window card promoting the great Howard Thurston's famous levitation act. Particularly amazing condition for its 82 years and compared to the other couple that have appeared on the market in the past 15-20 years. With just a touch of handling wear on the lower border..
Thurston, Howard. One of Thurston’s Astounding Mysteries. Cleveland: The Otis Litho Co., 1936. Vintage window card showing Thurston's famous levitation act. Top blank advertises appearance at the Carolina Theatre, Durham. Excellent condition.. NOT trimmed like many vintage window cards are.
Size: 22 x 14”.
Very RARE original 1935 Thurston stone lithograph Magic poster window card... This window card depicting Howard Thurston's levitation Illusion is titled, "Astounding Mysteries" or sometimes referred to as "She Floats" and was one of Thurston's last posters ever to be printed. This window card is an advertising piece of history as it was actually used to advertise the show that still took place in Durham.....only not as planned.
On October 6th 1935, just days before his scheduled Durham, N.C. show advertised here, Magician Howard Thurston went across the street to a local restaurant opposite of the theater where he had just finished rehearsing and suffered a stroke. He had already had posters printed for his performance in Durham, North Carolina later that month. The dates of Oct. 21 and 22 were already locked in and the show did not go on as planned. Jane Thurston did perform as back up for her step father along with able stage hand Herman Hansen, but Howard Thurston, "The Greatest Magician in the World", would never perform again! Howard Thurston died shortly after in 1936.
The B&W picture below shows Howard Thurston and step daughter Jane after his stroke.
* See enlargeable images above and below
Note: Cvtreasures stamp NOT on Original