Posted 5 years ago
This is an original wood cut "De La Mano" broadside from my private collection of Magic posters (Wood Cut printing is the oldest form of printing known to man, dating back to AD 220) This poster is dated 1877, measures approximately 14.5" x 42.5" and is in "A+" condition with superb color and details!
The attention to detail is simply breathtaking on this relic as you can see the fine craftsmanship that went into the unique typography and the images that accompany them; A true masterpiece and an incredible example of a 19th century Magic broadside!
When traveling magician De L Mano ( Zell Dreitzehn) suddenly and permanently vanished in the early autumn of 1882, he left behind a trunk full of elaborate broadsides and poster... and an unsolved mystery. De La Mano was a wealthy Austrian whose family owned a successful European circus. By the age of 20, De La Mano was a highly skilled and most inventive illusionist with a most enthusiastic following.
This broadside was just 1 of many that were found locked away in a trunk and hidden for over 100 years in the rafters of a barn in upstate New York. This broadside was found still carefully wrapped in the original printer's invoice dated 1877. Because of the tightness of the trunk's construction and the dry and dark storage conditions inside, the contents of the trunk were in remarkably pristine condition.
De La Mano was last known to be investigating psychic occurrences at a farm in Westerlo, New York during the fall of 1882. While locked in his room during a severe thunderstorm, De La Mano vanished from the face of the Earth. No one ever saw or heard from him again. His entire illusion show, packed and stored in some forgotten warehouse, has never surfaced.