A Tribute to Robert A. Nelson

The Catalogs

Starting with a 7-page catalog printed on onion-skin typing paper in 1921, Nelson Enterprises published 35 years' worth of catalogs which served to inspire generations of mentalists. I can't help but wish I had been born 75 years earlier whenever I leaf through one of these catalogs.

The combination of Bob's "Ultra Modern De Luxe" ad copy and Nelson Hahne's classic illustrations evoke the feeling of the Golden Age of Mentalism.

Good times...

"Believing that the success of all mental and spiritual effects is dependent on their methods of operation remaining secret to the general public, I agree not to loan, copy, place in public library, resell or divulge to anyone (unless they be employed in the operation of any effect or apparatus), any and all effects and apparatus I may purchase from the Nelson Enterprises, as described in their catalogue. NO ORDERS WILL BE FILLED UNTIL WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR AGREEMENT. Purchasers, this is for your benefit, as well as ours. Let's co-operate!
Every customer had to sign this before receiving their first order. Hold your cursor over the image to read the fine print.

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