Arthur D. Gans Magician ephemera collection
The collection contains ephemera related to professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians collected by Arthur D. Gans.
- 1906 - 1950
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The collection is open for research use.
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Biographical / Historical
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 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
1.0 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knopefler, February, 1989.
Scope and Contents
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.
- Guide to the Arthur D. Gans Magician ephemera collection
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- 2020-04-07: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.