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T. Nelson Downs Magician Membership Card and Letters Display

T. Nelson Downs Magician Membership Card and Letters Display

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T. Nelson Downs Magician Membership Card and Letters Display

American manipulative magician (1867–1938) known worldwide as ‘The King of Koins.’ Impressive display of items belonging to renowned magician Thomas Nelson Downs, including: a reproduced image of Downs; an International Brotherhood of Magicians membership card, numbered “693,” and dated “September, 1937”; and a pair of letters, signed “Tos. Nelson Downs.” The first is one page, both sides, written on a program titled “An Evening in Wonderland with the Mystic Wonder, T. Nelson Downs, King of Koins,” 8.25 x 10.5, dated February 15, 1910, and concerns his ardent views on the political landscape, in part: “’Peace’ Conference, ‘Some Joke.’ ‘Peace.’ They want war. R–A–W–(War bakwds).” The second is one page, 8.25 x 10.75, Tallcorn Gas Generator Company letterhead, February 25, 1931; letter to Mr. Tracy, in part: “Sure I’d be interested in securing a copy of—autograft [sic]—of Goldston’s new book & no doubt we can make a trade entirely satisfactory to us both.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 24 x 20.75, with a window on the reverse for viewing the back of the program. This extremely uncommon array offers a unique glimpse into the ideology of one of the world’s foremost manipulative magicians. The James Collings Collection. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Pop Culture Auction
  • Dates: #449 - Ended March 18, 2015

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