Harris, Mary (Mary Martell). Blackstone Assistant Mary Harris’s Scrapbooks. Two albums kept by Mary Harris, assistant to Harry Blackstone Sr., and filled with over 100 photographs, sketches, telegrams, clippings, letters, tickets, and memorabilia related to Harris’s career, primarily as a principal assistant on the Blackstone show. Candid images show Harris onstage (in the tire illusion, levitation, palaquin, and other effects), and offstage both with her husband Lou, and together with the Blackstone “gang.” Many autographed and inscribed images of Blackstone and other theatrical acts are included. Early images of Harry Blackstone Jr. (one standing next to Shirley Temple) are in the book, one inscribed to “Aunt Mary.” Another picture shows Harris in her role at the Buck Rogers attraction at the 1933 Century of Progress (her ID badge for the fair and other fair memorabilia are included). Attached to the interior of one book is a pencil sketch by Blackstone Sr. depicting various members of the troupe. Other sketches by George Johnstone take an equally humorous look at the Blackstone show. Photographs 8 x 10” and smaller. Most images date to the 1930s – 40s. Both 4tos, the first in wooden boards (upper detached), the second a fragile paper scrapbook flaking, chipping, and disbound. Contents loose and stuck down, but generally in very good condition. A remarkable personal archive. SHOULD BE SEEN. In an obituary for Harris published in Tops magazine, Monk Watson wrote: “[T]hose who never knew Mary Harris by name will surely remember her as the beautiful little shapely blonde who was in almost every illusion [in the Blackstone show]. To see her run around back stage was like seeing a track runner. She’d made an exit on stage left and while changing into another dress, run around to the right of the stage for another entrance. She did the diamond garter, the stack of tires…. Mary was a fine girl and one that we could all take a lesson from when it comes to the old “The Show Must Go On” bit.” In addition to her work with Blackstone, snapshots and clippings in the scrapbook reveal that Harris also worked for Dante.