By Tom Interval
While some historians might cringe at the notion of digitally restoring this image, I couldn’t resist. I wanted to see what it might have looked like back in Houdini’s day, without the tears and missing lettering. Honestly, I had trouble figuring out precisely how the original gray border fit into the design, but then I realized it might not have been part of the original poster. In any event, the poster on the right (see below) is the restored version—my interpretation of how the undamaged art probably looked.
My belief is that this poster is in the public domain, not only because of its age but because the source is a public library. If I’m mistaken about this, please let me know.