Finding Aid to the Arthur D. Gans Magician Ephemera Collection, 1906-1950, MS 3136

Finding Aid to the Arthur D. Gans Magician Ephemera Collection, 1906-1950, MS 3136   

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Arthur D. Gans Magician Ephemera Collection

Creator

Gans, Arthur D.

Call number

MS 3136

Inclusive dates

1906-1950

Bulk dates

1912-1924

Extent

1 box, 72 folders

Abstract

The collection contains ephemera related to professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians collected by Arthur D. Gans.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knopefler, February, 1989

Accession number

002719

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, November, 2013.

Biographical Note

Arthur D. Gans, 1890-1963, was an amateur magician in Baltimore, Maryland. He was extensively involved with the magician community in Maryland and frequently corresponded with fellow magicians across the United States and internationally. Gans was one of the founding members of Baltimore’s Demons Club, a magician union and social group. The society, established in 1911, hosted famous magicians and organized local performances. Gans began working at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1920 as a safety picture exhibitor. He stayed with the railroad until he retired in 1960 as the head of the public relations department’s newspaper clipping bureau. He wrote for the Baltimore American newspaper and operated three theaters and a movie supply company before joining the B.&O.

Related Collections:

John Edward Stewart Papers, 1910-1933, MS 2754

Thomas Chew Worthington Papers, 1943-1953, MS 1178

Worthington Photograph Collection, ca. 1899-1930, PP23

Scope and Content

The collection contains ephemera related to professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians collected by Arthur D. Gans. The items were removed from the John Edward Stewart Papers, 1910-1933, MS 2754, which mainly contains the correspondence of Gans and Stewart with fellow magicians. The majority of the materials in this collection are business cards and letterheads from magicians who Gans met and corresponded with. Programs for various performances across the country and internationally are included, often times with the business card of the performer. Many different magician societies that Gans and Stewart were involved with are represented in the collection.

The documents have been arranged into 23 series based on the associated location. These items were then grouped by type and organized chronologically. Undated materials were further organized alphabetically. The collection materials generally fell into six categories: business cards, letterheads, and advertisements, individual magician ephemera, performances, magician societies, newspaper clippings, and magician supply shops.

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Maryland

 

 

 

Performances

No date

1

1

Series II: Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc.

No date, 1914

1

2

Boyd T. Appler

No date, 1914

1

3

Carter, Master Magician

No date

1

4

Arthur Moris Cowen

No date, 1919

1

5

William Valentine Gallagher, Jr.

No date

1

6

Arthur D. Gans

No date, 1921

1

7

Samuel and Lucy Lingerman

No date

1

8

E. Walter Polley

No date

1

9

Ramsey the Magician

No date, 1912

1

10

J. Edward Stewart

No date, 1912-1921

1

11

Isaac Twamley

No date, 1919-1933

1

12

Thomas Chew Worthington III

1927-1928

1

13

Performances

No date, 1912-1919

1

14

Academy of Music performances

No date, 1920-1925

1

15

Colonial Theatre performances

1919-1920

1

16

Maryland Theatre performances

1918-1921

1

17

The Demons Club

No date, 1914-1950

1

18

Pyramid Magic Club

1950

1

19

Society of Baltimore Magicians

No date

1

20

Society of Osiris Magicians, Inc.

1936

1

21

Newspaper clippings

No date, 1912

1

22

Series III: Connecticut

 

 

 

Ernest K. Schieldge

No date, 1923

1

23

Series IV: Illinois

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc.

No date, 1919-1924

1

24

Magician supply companies

1912-1918

1

25

Series V: Indiana

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1919

1

26

Series VI: Iowa

 

 

 

Kara, Mystery Man of India

1920

1

27

Series VII: Massachusetts

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1917-1919

1

28

Silent Mora

No date

1

29

Conjurer’s Club of Boston

1919-1920

1

30

Series VIII: Missouri

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1912-1918

1

31

Series IX: New Jersey

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1920

1

32

Series X: New York

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc.

No date, 1917-1924

1

33

Elmer Eckam

No date, 1911-1920

1

34

The Society of Rochester Magicians

No date, 1915

1

35

Series XI: New York City

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1919-1920

1

36

Charles J. Hagen

No date

1

37

La Follette

No date

1

38

Performances

1919-1922

1

39

National Conjurer’s Association

1911-1920

1

40

The Society of American Magicians

No date, 1911-1923

1

41

The Wizard’s Club

No date, 1919-1920

1

42

Magician supply shops

1912-1924

1

43

Series XII: North Carolina

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

44

Series XIII: Ohio

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1919-1923

1

45

George M. Birch

No date

1

46

George W. Stock

No date

1

47

Series XIV: Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date, 1906-1928

1

48

Joseph F. Krayak

No date

1

49

International Brotherhood of Magicians

1929

1

50

Pittsburgh Association of Magicians

No date

1

51

Series XV: Rhode Island

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

52

C. Foster Fenner

No date, 1919

1

53

John H. Percival

No date, 1915-1917

1

54

Perry W. Sweet

No date, 1916-1920

1

55

Rhode Island Society of Magicians

No date, 1919-1921

1

56

Series XVI: South Carolina

 

 

 

Harry Houdini performance

No date

1

57

Series XVII: South Dakota

 

 

 

Tom C. Bonney

No date

1

58

Series XVIII: Virginia

 

 

 

Richards the Wizard

No date

1

59

Performances

No date, 1919

1

60

Series XIX: West Virginia

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

61

Series XX: Wisconsin

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

62

Oliver Kendall

No date, 1923

1

63

Series XXI: Canada

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

1915-1924

1

64

Series XXII: England and Ireland

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

65

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

1911-1922

1

66

The Magic Circle

1919

1

67

Order of the Magi

No date

1

68

Series XXIII: Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Magician business cards, letterheads, advertisements, etc

No date

1

69

Performances

No date

1

70

Newspaper clippings

No date

1

71

Magic ephemera

No date

1

72