|Known for||"House of 1000 Mysteries" catalogs|
Vick Lawston (1908 - 1998) ran a mail order magic business.
Starting in 1937 (accompanied by his pal monkey "Pumpernickel"), Lawston began one of the largest and best known catalogs of magic tricks, jokes and novelties for his mail order business "House of 1000 Mysteries". 
Lawston ran his mail order business when not doing advertising work at GE. His "Giant Surprise Catalog" contained trick descriptions and original artwork by Lawston. His cartoon monkey named Pumpernickel recommended various effects.
The Mail order magic business was based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the late sixties.
Bill Schmeelk of Wellington Enterprises gave a talk on Vick Lawston at the Conference on Magic History in Los Angeles in 2001. It contained a video called "Citizen Tweed," which contrasted young Tommy Tweed's expectation of his House of 1000 Mysteries order (the Vanishing Head illusion) with what he actually received. Tommy had envisioned a package so large that his mother would need help carrying it into the house; what arrived was an envelope containing construction plans.