Asylum of Horrors (Mid 1940s-Mid 1950s). Frankenstein Midnight Monster Stage Show Poster (39.5" X 59.5").
    During the early years of the 20th century, Americans' fascination with the supernatural and the desire to communicate with the dead greatly influenced the entertainment industry and spawned the careers of many magicians, mediums, mystics, and clairvoyants. It also led to what was generally known as traveling "Midnight Spook Shows" (or later, "Midnight Monster Shows") filled with all sorts of chicanery that seemingly roused the spirits of the deceased. The format for the shows evolved over the years, helmed by several "Ghost Masters." But from the late 1930s onward, Toledo based Jack Baker or "Dr. Silkini" was the King of the Midnight Spook Show. His productions became known as Silkini's Asylum of Horrors , in which he speeded up the original format, and aimed less for terror and more for laughs. Baker took a more satirical approach, offering an onstage hypnotism of real monsters --hunchbacks, vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein's monster--resembling more of a carnival act than a magic show. Baker also had a knack for promotion, putting mini graveyards up in pubic spaces before a performance, and releasing creepy trailers to be played in theaters well in advance. The shows were so popular that occasionally movie stars such as Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange turned up to take part in the production. This special lot features a promotional poster boasting a large photo of Strange as the Monster, against a ghoulishly green background. The poster has been restored, with airbrushing and touchup to chips in the forehead and chin, tears in the left background, and creasing in the right background. This is a first time offer from Heritage and we have never seen this special 40" X 60" before! Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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