By Kenneth Trombly – Thursday, Could 12, 2022
After the nineteenth century’s high American magician, Alexander Herrmann’s surprising loss of life in 1896—he solely lived 52 years, as did the twentieth century’s magic star, Harry Houdini—quite a few performers donned Herrmannesque facial hair and adjusted their names to Herman or Herrman, et al, in a dizzying array of can be successors.
This unusual poster advertises a equally named performer, together with whimsical paintings and the title, “Napoleon of Necromancers”, phrasing befitting Alexander Herrmann himself. Per a 1904 theatrical publication, Hellmann, also referred to as Hell-Mann, was born in California in 1875 and carried out a “clear present”.
This one sheet poster (c. 30 x 40 inches), whereas printed by Courier Litho of Buffalo, NY, got here from a European supply. It’s a private favourite.
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