Altered book assemblage
The inside cover is covered with a color illustration of an early locomotive with an industrial city in the background. Mounted toward the top center of this illustration is a card with a sepia tinted etching illustration of a rat. Above this card is a piece of dark blue tinted glass in a small wooden frame. Underneath the blue glass is an illustration of a man crouched down in front and three other figures in the background shining a flashlight on the man on the ground. The book assemblage frame is covered with a color painting illustration of happy skiers relaxing in a fire-lit ski lodge. The inside of the frame is covered with mirrored glass with red painted edges. The top background is a black-and-white photo of an early-model automobile with its chauffeur. Beneath the photo of the car is a lidded box covered with a color photo of an intricate coral formation. Inside the box lid is a color illustration of a swimmer demonstrating the beginning arm position of the breaststroke. The inside of this box is divided into two compartments. The left compartment, lined with red felt, contains a deck of 13 cards each collaged with a color photograph of either tourist locations or an industrial marvel. The right compartment is backed with a black-and-white photo of Houdini with his wrists chained together.
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