Other Ephemera

Other Ephemera

This section includes all types of ephemera other than Posters & Showcards and Programmes & Handbills.

The collection is particularly rich in ephemera relating to the Davenports, the Maskelynes and Will Goldston.

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John Davenport's autograph album of magicians

The album was started in the 1950s and from time to time was kept at Davenports shop where many autographs were collected. The period covered is 1950s to early 1990s.

David Devant's 'The Magic Mirror', No. 1, 1912

Devant produced this for his 1912-1913 music hall tour. As it says on the front page: 'Stories of Mr. Devant's career, and accounts of some of his famous mysteries, will be found in the following pages.' There is indeed much detail and many illustrations of Devant's tricks. The back page advertises Devant's appearance at The Empire, Stratford, week commencing 22 August 1912. The front page gives the price of the issue as 'PRICELESS'.

Spooks in Court: The Famous £1000 Colley-Maskelyne Libel Case

'The Illustrated London News' of 4 May 1907, page 673, carried this rather impressive photo montage of the legal wrangle. The case garnered much press coverage at the time. Further details are often given in books on British magic history which cover this period.

'The Graphic' of 12 October 1878 containing an advertisement for Maskelyne and Cooke

The advertisement is on page 363 for Masklyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, London. It mentions 'a programme of inexplicable illusions and mechanical wonders' and highlights Fanfare and Labial. W. Morton is named as Manager. To put this period in context, an article in the issue considers whether electric light is likely to replace gas light on the streets of London.

Signed photograph of Jasper Maskelyne

The photograph is inscribed: 'To my friend George | With very good wishes | Yours very sincerely | Jasper Maskelyne'. The photograph has a 'Daily Graphic' reference number on the back.

Large halftone of Mary Maskelyne

This image can be found, for example, in the Maskelyne's Mysteries programme for the 1934 summer season at the Little Theatre in London.

Print of a locomotive drawn by J.N. Maskelyne (Jack Maskelyne)

J.N. ("Jack") Maskelyne was the eldest of Nevil Maskelyne's five children. He was not interested in joining the family magic business. He was a railway enthusiast and became well known for his knowledge of locomotives. This print is of the locomotive Claud Hamilton, which Jack lovingly describes on pages 108-109 of his book 'Locomotives I Have Known' published by Percival Marshall in 1959. The Davenport Collection also contains a copy of the book signed by J.N. Maskelyne in 1960.

David Devant item in the 'Sunday Express' 21 November 1937

The item on page 32 is headlined 'King of Magic's Command Show'. It describes a visit to the Putney Home for Incurables by members of The Magic Circle, at the invitation of David Devant. The article reported Devant's view that 'Conjuring has certainly not made the advance during the last twenty years that it should have done.'

Print showing 'The Temptations of Good St. Anthony' at the Egyptian Hall

This print is from 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News', 4 December 1880, page 281. It is titled Maskelyne and Cook's New Mystery. (Note the mis-spelling of Cooke.) On page 282 there is a short description of the action, also illustrated here.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne's Theatre of Mystery at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 5 November 1919. The advertisement mentions De Biere, America's Premier Illusionist.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 26 September 1913. The advertisement mentions The Disappearing Donkey; New Pillar Box Mystery; Raymond Phillips' Airship; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 14 August 1913. The advertisement mentions New Pillar Box Mystery; Raymond Phillips' Airship; New Series of Mysteries; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 9 August 1913. The advertisement mentions New Pillar Box Mystery; Raymond Phillips' Airship; New Series of Mysteries; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 11 June 1913. The advertisement mentions Raymond Phillips' Wireless Airship; New Mysteries; The A.B.C. Fly; The Panel; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 9 June 1913. The advertisement mentions Raymond Phillips' Wireless Airship; New Mysteries; The A.B.C. Fly; The Panel; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 13 May 1913. The advertisement mentions New Illusions; The A.B.C. Fly; The Panel; Electric Culture; Travelling Thoughts; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 10 April 1913. The advertisement mentions Mr. David Devant in Rag-Time Magic, etc; Raymond Phillips' New Wireless Alarm Signal; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 18 February 1913. The advertisement mentions the return of Mr. David Devant; A Fallen Idol by F. Anstey; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 23 December 1911. The advertisement mentions Mr. David Devant with The Window of the Haunted House; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 16 December 1911. The advertisement mentions The Window of the Haunted House; Mr. Devant; Mr. Mills; Essmann; Mr. H. Montague; etc.

'The Daily Mirror' with an advertisement for Maskelyne & Devant's Mysteries at St. George's Hall

Issue dated 10 November 1911. The advertisement mentions Dr. Wilmar's Projectoscope; Mr. Devant; Mr. Mills; Essmann; Mr. H. Montague; Magical Farce; etc.

Copy of the 1898 testimonial honouring J.N. Maskelyne's 25 years at the Egyptian Hall

Members of J.N. Maskelyne's company presented the original of this testimonial, dated 26 May 1898, to JN. In the collection there is another copy of this testimonial inscribed by J.N. Maskelyne to G.A. Cooke. See Ref. No. N1919 in this EPHEMERA section.

Photograph of David Devant with his daughter Vida and a young Jasper Maskelyne

This rather well known photograph, reproduced in Devant's 'My Magic Life', shows Vida and Jasper as they appeared with Devant in his Boy, Girl and Eggs trick at the Royal Command Performance at the Palace Theatre, London on 1 July 1912. For some reason Devant's book gives the date of the photograph as 1913.

Michel Boai, The Celebrated Chin Performer at the Egyptian Hall, London

The print, probably from 1830, shows Michel Boai with his wife, and M. Engels the violin accompanist. They are shown 'in the Costume in which they appear in their popular Performance at THE EGYPTIAN HALL Piccadilly'. Boai made his music with his mouth, chin and cheeks. Apparently he had perfect pitch over two and a half octaves and was said to be able to play extremely rapid passages of music with complete accuracy. See Ref. No. N1936 in this EPHEMERA section for details of Boai appearing at the Egyptian Hall.

'The Theatrical Programme' featuring Dr. Lynn, 18 February 1875

Dr. Lynn is pictured on one side, with a very flattering article about his magic and his manner on the reverse.

Chang Woo Gow's address and Chung Mow's speech at the Egyptian Hall in 1865

The Great Chang was giant sized and spent much of his life touring to earn a living. The internet has considerable information about him. See also Ref. No. N1931 in the POSTER section for a colourful lithograph advertising The Great Chang Polka.

Advertisement for Mr. Walter Booth: entertainer and magician with a career in early cinema

This is one page from a Maskelyne and Cooke's Entertainment Bureau brochure, the cover of which is also illustrated. This item on Booth contains a clear photograph of him, which is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For the other photograph, search for ref. no. N1929 in this EPHEMERA section of the website. For more information on Booth visit his Wikipedia page.

Photograph of Walter R. Booth: magician with a career in early cinema

The photograph is on page 4 of a programme for David Devant's Entertainment at the Granville Theatre, Ramsgate in 1898. For the whole programme search for ref. no. N1928 in the PROGRAMMES section of this website. This photograph of Walter Booth is significant because, as at 2020, it is one of only two known photographs of him which allows early cinema historians to identify Booth when he appears in early films. It had long been suspected that a magician in the films was Booth, but there was no firm evidence. For the other photograph, search for ref. no. N1930 in this EPHEMERA section of the website. For more information on Booth visit his Wikipedia page.

Letter from Herbert J. Collings to Gerald Kosky dated 18 August 1955

Herbert J. Collings performed his pseudo-Chinese act under the name Col Ling Soo. He was a successful performer and twice served as President of The Magic Circle, from 1928 - 1931 and from 1954 - 1958. This explains why on his letterhead he has crossed out the word 'Past' in front of the words 'President of the Magic Circle'. 1955 was the Golden Jubilee for The Magic Circle. His letter tells us that he had a particularly busy week over the period of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations. This item from the Chris Woodward Collection is included here with his kind permission. There is much more on this fascinating character in the Potpourri section of this website, which contains his illustrated 'Smilestones: Recollections of Herbert J. Collings in his own words: 1898-1946'.

Savage Club House Dinner, David Devant in the Chair, 6 March 1915. Copy of menu card

The Savage Club was, and in 2020 still is, a gentleman's club based in London. This item is a copy of the menu card when Devant was presiding. The artwork is signed by Harry May Hemsley. Hemsley knew Devant well and it is worth looking at high magnification at the many amusing sketches that Hemsley has taken from Devant's supposed life. Devant often used Hemsley to provide him with cartoons which he used for newspaper advertisements. The second illustration, a framed menu card, was on display on the wall at the Savage Club in London in 2019.

Article on an 1850 ascent of Mont Blanc by Mr. Erasmus Galton

Mr. Erasmus Galton's ascent of Mont Blanc is illustrated and described on pages 93 and 94 of 'The Illustrated London News', 8 February 1851. Around the same time Albert Smith at the Egyptian Hall gave very popular talks on his own ascent of Mont Blanc.

'The Waif and the Wizard' song sheet, dedicated to David Devant Esq.

The dedication to Devant is mentioned at the top right corner of the cover. 'The Waif and the Wizard' was written, composed and sung by Edward Kent. The cover tells us it was also sung by Miss Fannie Leslie. Published by Reynolds & Co., Music Publishers & Exporters, London. A search of the web reveals that there was also a 1901 R.W. Paul film 'The Waif and the Wizard' directed by Walter R. Booth. The song could be sung while the film was showing. Booth was an entertainer turned film maker who at one time worked with Devant.

Article about the opening of St. James's Hall, London from 'The Illustrated News of the World'

St. James's Hall, situated between Regent Street and Piccadilly, was the first central London venue for Maskelyne and Cooke, prior to their move to the Egyptian Hall. People used to reading 19th century newspaper prose will know that it can be, shall we say, over the top. This particular article on pages 145, 146 and 160 would take some beating! Caution must be exercised in believing that the drawings are an accurate representation of the hall.

George Cooke's copy of the 1898 testimonial honouring J.N. Maskelyne's 25 years at the Egyptian Hall

Members of J.N. Maskelyne's company presented the original of this testimonial, dated 26 May 1898, to JN. This particular copy is rather special because JN gave it to George Cooke for Christmas 1898. His inscription on the reverse is 'To G.A. Cooke| Accept this copy with my [incomplete word, possibly 'heartfelt'] reciprocation of the good wishes in the original. | J.N. Maskelyne | Christmas 1898.'

Large mounted photograph of David Devant, signed

Devant has signed the mount 'Yours sincerely David Devant. 99'. The date is presumably 1899. The photograph was taken by the well known photographer Histed of Baker Street, London.

Printed photographs of the triple lantern projector and J.N. Maskelyne with Zoe

The photograph on the left shows the triple lantern projector at the Egyptian Hall, London. One of its uses was to show lantern slides while the spools of film for the animated photographs were changed. Maskelyne's automaton Zoe could draw pictures of many well known personalities.

Printed photographs of J.N. Maskelyne and his wife Elizabeth

The photographs were taken circa 1900. In the collection we also have a similar photographic print in a photographer's mount which bears the name Hawker & Son, Newbury. The Maskelynes had a second home in Bucklebury near Newbury.

Spirit-writing at Bow Street: J.N. Maskelyne at the Slade trial from the Illustrated London News

This trial gave much publicity to Maskelyne who demonstrated how spirit writing can be achieved without supernatural intervention. The report was in the 21 October 1876 issue. It started on page 389, which included this sketch of the courtroom, and ended on page 390. The second illustration is a composite of the text of the full article. Those interested should download the image and view it at higher magnification.

The Council of The Magic Circle, 10th anniversary 1915

At first sight, this is the original photograph that was published in the programme for the Tenth Annual Grand Séance of The Magic Circle held on 29 March 1915 at St. George's Hall. The photograph from the programme, which includes the names of the gentlemen, is also illustrated here. If you look more closely you will see that the photograph from the programme has an extra person added to the far left and the far right.

J.N. Maskelyne's Grand Pavilion for the Royal Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service

This is a ticket for the Maskelyne pavilion for the Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul's Cathedral, London on 22 June 1897. According to the back of the ticket, the structure would occupy 64 feet of frontage and give excellent views. Maskelyne spent substantial money on this venture which was not a financial success.

Newspaper articles featuring Frederic Maccabe, with a short item on Alfred Burnett

One side of this sheet from the Illustrated London News is an illustration of Mr. F. Maccabe's entertainment "Begone, Dull Care". The reverse side has an article on Maccabe, along with a second article about him that has been pasted onto the sheet. Maccabe was a very popular protean artiste and ventriloquist in the 1860s and 1870s. There is also an article about Mr. Alfred Burnett, the American Humorist who, with the assistance of Miss Nash, took over at the Egyptian Hall in London when Maskelyne and Cooke had a break in September 1874. A programme for their performance can be found under ref. N1468. Readers interested in the detail in the articles should download the appropriate image and view it at higher magnification.

Engraving of William Samuel Woodin who was very popular at the Egyptian Hall

Woodin (1825-1888) was particularly well known for his two entertainments the 'Carpet Bag' and the 'Olio of Oddities'. He was a protean artiste and ventriloquist skilled in creating entertainments with many voices, mannerisms and costumes. His successes in London include performances at the Polygraphic Hall and the Egyptian Hall. This engraving is by D.J. Pound based on a photograph by Gill of London.

Engraving of Albert Smith who was very popular at the Egyptian Hall

Albert Smith was a larger than life Victorian character and, among other things, a great showman. His talks on the ascent of Mont Blanc at the Egyptian Hall were very popular. This item is an engraving by D. J. Pound from a photograph by Mayall. John Jabez Edwin Mayall was a well known photographer. Daniel John Pound was also well known, not least for translating photographs by Mayall, and other photographers, into engravings. See also N1463 in this EPHEMERA section for an Albert Smith token for the Egyptian Hall Museum, 1860.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business, by Dennis Harle

This large, full colour advertisement was presumably for display. Dennis F Harle was born in 1920, so this item is probably from the 1940s, or late 1930s at the earliest.

Magicians' Club 1930 Banquet photograph

The annual dinner took place on 26 January 1930 at the Hotel Victoria, Northumberland Avenue, London. The hand written caption below the photograph incorrectly refers to the Northumberland Hotel. Louis Gautier is standing at the back, just left of centre. There is a brief description of the evening in 'The Magician Monthly', February 1930.

Society of American Magicians Certificate of Membership for The Magicians' Club

This certificate, awarded in 1934, is rather unusual in that the descriptive text refers to a magician worthy of becoming a member, rather than a club such as The Magicians' Club. I am grateful to Tom Ewing, the national historian for the S.A.M. for searching their records in 2020 to confirm the signatories names as W H McCaffrey (president) and Royal Vilas (secretary). Tom’s search did not reveal any other organisation that had been awarded membership of the S.A.M.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist. The artwork was produced as a display showcard, because there is a cardboard prop at the rear to allow it to support itself on a flat surface. Note the initials WG at the top, standing for Will Goldston. It's possible that it was made for one of the sales outlets organised by Goldston within department stores.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist. This is an outline design for a bijou stage at the Magicians' Club in London. The design in the centre of the proscenium arch is a rough representation of the Magicians' Club logo of a sphinx lying in front of a stepped pyramid, as shown in the second illustration.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist. This is a design for a stage cloth painted in oils. The intended size is 16 feet 9 inches width by 13 feet in height. Note the famous names of magicians in the design at the left and right hand edges. The artwork is stamped Will Goldston Ltd.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business, by S.T.C. Weeks

The artwork is signed S.T.C. Weeks. According to the web, Sydney Thomas Charles Weeks (1878-1949) was a painter in oil and watercolour. He was also a successful commercial artist, producing illustrations for magazines and advertising posters. Weeks exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1934-47.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business, by Elcock

This is Elcock's original artwork for page 188 of the November 1913 issue of 'The Magician Monthly'. The sketches are from the Magicians' Club entertainment on 9 November. Elcock's sketches cover Mr Chas Morritt; Mr David Devant; Chris Van Bern; Eugene Devôt; Lerano; Mr George; Chas Mansfield; Capt Kettle; Mr Ernest Sewell; Mr Collins; Chas H. Vernon; Hewson Brown; Mr Swingler; Claude Chandler. Mysteriously, there is also a sketch of Archibald the Pigeon. The evening is written up on page 185 of the same issue, also illustrated here.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business, by Elcock

The signature in the bottom right hand corner is 'Elcock 14', presumably 1914. The illusion "Biff" was first presented at St. George's Hall in 1913, and "Walking Through a Wall" in 1914.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist.

Original artwork from Will Goldston's business

Unknown artist.

'The Stage and Television Today', 14 May 1987

'The Stage' is a must-buy for all those in the UK involved in theatre and show business. This issue includes a 9 page magic supplement. The supplement gives a good feel for the people and issues which were felt to be significant in magic at the time.

Mickey's Magic Hat cartoon and poem from a 1935 'Good Housekeeping' magazine

When Lewis Davenport's Mickey Mouse automaton (Ref. No. N834 in the MAGIC section of this website) was renovated by Harry Carson he used the illustration of Mickey's cloths as a model. On the reverse side of the page are drawings by the well known American illustrator James Swinnerton, unrelated to magic.

Original cartoon by Tony Reeve: Magic Circle Christmas party

The cartoon was published in the 'Times Magazine' Saturday 11 December 1993.

Original cartoon by David Langdon: sawing through a man

The cartoon was published in the 'Sunday Mirror' on 19 June 1977.

Pascall fruit bonbons advertisement "The Magician"

The magician produces fruit bonbons from the fruit held in his hands.

1913 advertising item for Mentekel - The Writing Ball - introduced by William Berol

The front page advertises Berol's appearance at the Poplar Hippodrome, London, for the week commencing Monday 24 November 1913. The other three pages are full of press reviews and some background concerning the act which has played on three continents.

Albert Smith token for the Egyptian Hall Museum, 1860

Albert Smith (1816-1860) was a Victorian entertainer, novelist and raconteur who had great success appearing at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, in the 1850s. This was long before the magician J. N. Maskelyne appeared there. See also N1909 for an engraving of Albert Smith.

Original wrapper and notepaper for The John Nevil Maskelyne Memorial Benevolent Fund

This fund was organised by Will Goldston in 1917. This item will have come to the Davenports on the purchase of Goldston's business.

File containing information on the Davenport Centenary Celebration

The Davenport Centenary Celebration in Brighton in 1998 was quite an occasion. This file contains a small fraction of relevant information including planning, advance publicity, activities during the weekend and press coverage.

Still photographs from the Davenport family cine films

The collection contains cine film taken by the family, much of it from the 1930s. The film has been transferred to tape, and more recently converted to an electronic form, in order to preserve the images. During this process some of the more interesting frames have been printed out as photographs. The magician on the top sheet of photographs shown here is Gus Davenport performing in Berlin in 1937. The face of Ottokar Fischer can be seen in one of the photographs lower down in the pile.

4 page advertising item for the Maskelyne and Devant December 1907 St. George's Hall show

Page 2 of this item includes: 'Patrons are respectfully requested to book their seats in advance to avoid disappointment'. This shows that the item is an advertising piece rather than a programme. Although this item is undated, the acts match those on the programme for December 1907. The first illustration shows the two inside pages, and the second shows the front and back of the item. The acts listed are Joad Heteb; Owen Clark; Barclay Gammon; 'The Magical Master' play; 'Spectres of the Sanctum' sketch.

1935 agreement for sale of Maskelynes Limited to Lewis Davenport

This is the agreement whereby Lewis Davenport bought the assets of Maskelyne's Limited from the receiver, John Dowding Brown. Brown was acting on behalf of the debenture holders. One of the assets was the right to use the name 'Maskelyne's Mysteries'. Davenports made good use of this name, not least for their range of magic sets. The purchase price was £300, a considerable sum at the time.

Piccadilly Pastimes

This is from The Penny Illustrated Paper, 14 August 1886, pages 109-110. Apart from the splendid illustration, the accompanying article comments on entertainments at the Crystal Palace, St James's Hall (Moore and Burgess Minstrels), Prince's Hall (Charles Du Val the protean artist and his 'Lilliputian aristocratic company') and the Egyptian Hall (Charles Bertram with the Vanishing Lady, and Maskelyne and Cooke).

Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall

This illustration is from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 4 June 1887, page 332.

Messrs Maskelyne and Cooke: Two "Gay Deceivers"

This illustration is from The Entr'acte, 13 June 1874. George Cooke's name is incorrectly given as 'Cook'.

Messrs Maskelyne and Cooke's Dark Séance

This illustration is from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 13 June 1874, page 368.

Wyn Davenport's large autograph album

Some of the items in this album feature in Anne Goulden's talk 'Wyn Davenport’s autograph albums'. This can be found on the Talks page of this website.

Wyn Davenport's Christmas 1926 autograph album

Some of the items in this album feature in Anne Goulden's talk 'Wyn Davenport’s autograph albums'. This can be found on the Talks page of this website.

Wyn Davenport's Christmas 1924 autograph album

Some of the items in this album feature in Anne Goulden's talk 'Wyn Davenport’s autograph albums'. This can be found on the Talks page of this website.

Large photographic portrait of David Devant

This was found in this frame, with no glass to protect it, in a Davenport store. The image has suffered bad light damage and some physical damage.

Davenport Ex Libris

The bookplate was designed by Larry Barnes the magician, versatile entertainer and Pearly King. At one time he worked at Davenports.

Drink mat from the Maskelyne and Cooke bar, London

This magically themed bar is at Le Meridien hotel, Piccadilly, London. It is very close to the site of the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly, where Maskelyne and Cooke presented magic shows for many years.

Page of original artwork from Will Goldston's 'Who's Who in Magic'

The photographs are of Arthur Margery, Herbert Milton, HRH Princess Mary at Milton's performance, Robert Harbin, John Mulholland, Arnold Crowther and Leslie Wilson. The artwork appears in the book next to page 37.

The Expanding Cube of Life: La Devo's Song Scena

Reprinted from The Encore, 3 December 1908. La Devo was a stage name of Will Goldston's wife, Leah. This item advertises the act in which she used de Kolta's expanding die illusion.

Framed publicity photograph of Wynne Davenport

The photograph is by Paget Studio, 116 Gt Portland St, London.

Framed publicity photograph of Lewis Davenport

The photograph is by Paget Studio, 116 Gt Portland St, London.

Framed photgraph of Wyn, Wally and Gus Davenport feeding seagulls

Framed photograph of Billy Bennett

The photograph is signed: To the Davenport Troupe. In purity's name Billy Bennett. Bennett (1887 - 1942) was a British comedian who specialised in parodies of dramatic monologues and was billed as 'Almost a Gentleman'.

Framed photograph of an IBM British Ring convention group 1933

IBM 1933 is written in ink on the front of the photograph. This IBM British Ring convention photograph includes many Davenport family members. Standing in the back row are Lewis Davenport, Gus Davenport and George Davenport. Seated are Wyn Davenport, Eve Davenport (George's wife) Wynne Davenport and Wally Davenport.

Framed original artwork showing Dalban the Mysterious

At the bottom of the artwork it reads: Sketched at The Magic Circle Theatre, London. It is signed De Vega 1914.

3 black picture frames full of items from the Davenport collection

John Davenport put this display together to showcase some of the ephemera in the collection.

3 black picture frames full of items from the Davenport Collection

John Davenport put this display together to showcase some of the ephemera in the collection.

Ten framed pages from 'The Sphinx' Rotogravure Section of 1931

All have dates of March, April or May 1931. The images are of Alexander Herrmann, Howard Thurston, Ching Ling Foo, Robert Houdin, Harry Houdini, J.W. Elliott MD, Okito - Theo. Bamberg, Gus Fowler, Carl Rosini, Car Hertz, Frederick Eugene Powell, T. Nelson Downs, Harry Rouclere, Karl Herrmann, Wizard Jacobs, Wyman The Wizard, MacAlister, J.N. Maskelyne, Jonathan Harrington, Robert Heller, Antonio Blitz, Imro Fox, Buatier De Kolta, Servais Le Roy, William E. Robinson (Ching [sic] Ling Soo).

Framed Davenport advertisement with a demon flying on a 'magic carpet' catalogue

Davenports often used the trade mark Davenport demon in their illustrations. The advertisement is from the 1930s period.

Framed embossed cover from a Davenport catalogue

This embossed design in silver foil featured on the cover of a Davenports catalogue from 15 New Oxford Street around 1933.

Framed hand tinted print of the Egyptian Hall (Bullock's Museum) on Piccadilly, London

The engraving is attributed to A. H. Payne, 1847, after T. H. Shepherd. It shows General Tom Thumb's carriage.

Framed print concerning the Magnificent Balloon "Herschel" ascent on 6 October 1827

It turns out that Mr Charles Brown was indisposed and so the ascent was undertaken by his younger brother, Roger. Details can be found in 'Wakefield Then & Now'' by Michael J Rochford first published in Great Britain in 2016 by Pen & Sword History, Barnsley, UK.

Framed picture of Davenport's shop at 39/41 New Oxford Street

This appears to be the original artwork from which illustrations were made. The business moved into 39/41 New Oxford Street at the end of 1938.

Framed publicity photograph of Gus Davenport

The same framed photograph is under reference N259.

Framed publicity photograph of Lewis Davenport with Wynne's head showing above a fan

Framed Demon Box of Tricks label

This framed label from a 1920s Davenport magic set was previously on the wall of Pat Page's house. See letter of certification on the back of the picture frame.

Leather double frame with photographs of Wynne and Lewis Davenport

The photograph of Lewis was taken in Germany circa 1930.

Framed photograph of Wynne Davenport

The photograph was taken on Wynne Davenport's 90th birthday in 1981.

Framed postcard of The Davenports, Lightning Magicians & Illusionists, 'No Time to Talk'

The postcard advertises the stage act of Lewis Davenport and his first wife Julia. The act was silent, hence the billing 'No Time to Talk'. Lewis and Julia performed from 1904-1909, so the date of the postcard is circa 1906.

Framed photograph of Lewis Davenport

The leather frame has a padded leather cover which is hinged at the top. This protects the photograph during travel and, when bent back, acts as a support so that the photograph can be displayed. The photograph was taken in Berlin.

Framed photograph of Gus Davenport

Taken at the time of his daughter Mary's marriage to Richard Lewis in 1971.

Framed print of Missourium Theristocaulodon from the Egyptian Hall

As exhibited at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. The small newspaper clip below the print reads: 'EGYPTIAN HALL, PICCADILLY. The greatest Wonder of the Animal Kingdom, the MISSOURI LEVIATHAN, 16 feet high, and 30 feet long, tusks from point to point, 21 feet, is now Exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly; together with a large variety of Remains of Antediluvian Animals, as the Mastodon, Retracaulodon, Orectiroterium, &c. Mr. Koch, the discoverer, is generally present, to give explanations to visitors. Admission, One Shilling.'

Envelope addressed to Gus Davenport Esq. containing the April 1936 issue of 'The Budget'

The envelope is addressed to Gus Davenport at 15 New Oxford Street, which at the time was Davenports shop address. The envelope with the magazine inside was rediscovered in 2019 during a sort out!

Talma mounted photograph

A red label on the mount says Georg Gerlach & Co, Berlin N.

Le Roy, Talma and Bosco mounted photograph

A red label on the mount says Georg Gerlach & Co, Berlin N.

Le Roy, Talma and Bosco mounted photograph

A red label on the mount says Georg Gerlach & Co, Berlin N.

Wellcome Collection print of Davenports rabbit in hat shop sign

Smoke and Mirrors - The Psychology of Magic was an exhibition put on by the Wellcome Collection in London from 11 April - 15 September 2019. Various items from the Davenport Collection featured, including the shop sign. This print was on sale at the Wellcome Shop for £6.00.

Caricature of Anne Davenport

Drawn by Josie Camus when attending the wedding reception of Jeremy and Sara Bond in Cambridge on 7 April 2012. Jeremy Bond is known professionally as JezO.

Caricature of John Davenport

Drawn by Josie Camus when attending the wedding reception of Jeremy and Sara Bond in Cambridge on 7 April 2012. Jeremy Bond is known professionally as JezO.

Advertising for Maskelyne and Cooke at the Bijou Opera House, Liverpool

This is a four page item with printing only on pages 1 and 4. The item is in excellent condition and could be a printer's proof for material to be printed on the inside pages of a programme. See, for example, ref. no. N1725 in the Programme section of this website.

Bow and Bromley Institute publicity handout for Maskelyne and Cooke

Undated but must be 1873, some time after Maskelyne and Cooke's debut at the Egyptian Hall in May 1873. The small print tells us that they are 'now on a short Provincial Tour, previous to re-opening for a permanency at the Egyptian Hall London in November.' The Bow and Bromley Institute is in east London.

Large photograph of Wynne Davenport

Large photograph of Wyn Davenport when young

The photograph has been hand coloured.

1959 school photograph showing Anne Goulden, who married John Davenport

1959 St Martha's Convent, Rottingdean photograph. Anne Goulden (now Davenport) is second from the right in the back row. Anne is shown in close-up, enlarged from the school print.

Framed photograph of Lewis Davenport's stage setting

The photograph has been hand coloured. This is the stage setting used by Lewis in the 1920s and 1930s when his show consisted of manipulations and some showy illusions.

Framed photograph of George Davenport (Gilly)

Framed photograph of Gus Davenport

'Balloons over Piccadilly' print showing the Egyptian Hall

This is a copy of 'Balloons over Piccadilly' by Thomas Shotter Boys. The Egyptian Hall can be seen on the right hand side.

Servais Le Roy and Talma framed material

These postcards and business card, originally from the Davenport Collection, were framed as gift for Claude Perry. Some years later, following Claude's death, the item returned to the collection as a gift from David Cridland.

Captain Clive Maskelyne and Company foyer display

When found in a Davenport storeroom the display was in this frame, but there was no glass protecting it. For protection the display was framed under UV protective glass in 2014. The lady shown in the photograph at the bottom is Evelyne Maskelyne, Jasper Maskelyne's first wife.

Deveen postcard

Deveen The Distinguished Deceiver assisted by The New York Blondes. Written on the back of the postcard is: New Year's Eve. With New Year's Greetings. Until Jan 4th Royal Yacht Hotel, Jersey. Hope you're quite fit Gus. (Gus is Gus Davenport, one of Lewis Davenport's sons.)

Deveen with The New York Blondes and Eric Williams

Written on the back of the photograph is: Deveen & Blondes & Eric Williams. Taken at IBM Convention '36. (Eric Williams is on the right)

Sketches of 'Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke's anti-spiritualistic entertainment at the Egyptian Hall'

This is from The Graphic, 16 February 1878, page 181.

Newspaper report of Maskelyne and Cooke's show with Psycho and Zoe

Zoe's debut at the Egyptian Hall was on 21 May 1877. The newspaper is therefore probably from May or June 1877.

Newspaper report of Maskelyne and Cooke's show with Psycho and Zoe

Zoe's debut at the Egyptian Hall was on 21 May 1877. A date on the back of the review suggests the newspaper was from June 1877.

Advertisement featuring Maskelyne and Cooke's Psycho and Zoe at the Egyptian Hall

The date January 1878 has been written on the top of this item.

Advertisement from a newspaper or magazine for Maskelyne and Cooke

The item features Psycho and Zoe at the Egyptian Hall. The date 1877 has been written in pencil on the reverse. This is consistent with the show details. Compare this advertisement with item reference number N1484.

Postcard created by John Fisher showing a facsimile of an advertisement for Maskelyne and Cooke

The item is based on an 1877 advertisement for Maskelyne and Cooke's performance including Psycho and Zoe at the Egyptian Hall. On the reverse is a message from John Fisher to John Salisse. Compare this advertisement with item reference number N1485.

Daily Telegraph newspaper cutting for 18 December 1885

A review of Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, with Charles Bertram and Mr. H. Verne also on the bill.

Cutting from the Illustrated London News, 26 April 1884

The item advertises Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, including Psycho's new mysteries at every performance.

Newspaper advertisement dated by hand 31 October 1882

The item states that Maskelyne and Cooke are up in Liverpool and will re-open at the Egyptian Hall on Boxing Day. In their absence Mr. Frank Lincoln and Miss Minnie Bell are in the Large Hall.

Newspaper review of Maskelyne and Cooke's show at the Egyptian Hall

This is a newspaper review from around 20 February 1882. The year 1882 is written on the front and the date 20 February is mentioned on the back. The review is of Maskelyne and Cooke's show including the sketch 'Mrs Daffodil Downey's Light and Dark Séance'. The latter opened on 18 February 1882, according to the George Jenness book on the Egyptian Hall.

Newspaper review of Maskelyne and Cooke's show at the Egyptian Hall

This cutting is from The Era, dated in ink 14 November 1880. It includes a useful review of the new sketch 'The Temptations of Good St. Anthony.

Newspaper cutting reviewing Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall

The item is dated in ink 11 July 1880. The focus of the review is mechanical music.

Newspaper cutting advertising Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall

The item is dated in ink 7 July 1880. It mentions that Mr. Maskelyne's New Musical Apparatus will be shown for the first time. Musical instruments held by the audience in the centre of the hall will be made to play with taste and precision. Little Louie and Herr A. Frikell are also mentioned.

Advertisement for Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, with Mr. Walter Pelham

At the bottom of this item is an advertisement which mentions Walter Pelham's Illustrated Journal, 15 May 1880.

''Family Ties" cartoon showing boys escaping from ropes like Maskelyne and Cooke

The cartoon is from Punch, 22 July 1876, page 34.

Artist's impression of Maskelyne and Cooke's Dark Séance

The illustration is from The Penny Illustrated Paper, 3 April 1875, page 213. Also shown is the informative article which was printed on pages 213 and 214.

Advertisements in The Times of Wednesday 6 May 1874 for Dr. Lynn and Maskelyne and Cooke

At this time these rival shows were both at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall flier, 10 November 1873

This piece advertises the start of the new season of Messrs. Maskelyne and Cooke's marvellous entertainment on Monday evening, 10 November 1873.

The Magicians' Club Official Welcome to George W. Heller

The date is 31 May 1925. George W. Heller was the first Vice-President of Society American Magicians.

Framed photograph of Evelyn Maskelyne

Evelyn was the first wife of Jasper Maskelyne. The same photograph was used on a foyer display for Captain Clive Maskelyne and Company, also illustrated here.

Linga Singh postcard

Signed by Linga Singh, 7 August 1926, Hippo. Bristol

De Biere, The Sculptor's Vision postcard

The note on the address side of the card says 'Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the "Sculptor's Vision" in sight. Also nightly at Opera House, Torquay, Monday. April 20, 1914, for one week.'

De Biere, The Sculptor's Vision postcard

The note on the address side of the card says 'Hold this card to a very bright light, to bring the "Sculptor's Vision" in sight. Also nightly at Empress Theatre, Brixton. Monday. March 23, 1914, for one week.'

Magicians' Club presentation made to Oswald Williams

This ornate presentation was made at the Magicians' Club Annual Dinner at the Imperial Hotel, London 17 September 1922. It is signed at the bottom by many well known magicians.

George Cooke framed photograph

George Cooke, who spent so many years working with J.N. Maskelyne. The photograph has hand-tinted eyes.

Herr Schalkenbach promotional item containing reviews of an 1873 performance at the Canterbury Hall

This is a promotional piece about Herr Schalkenbach, The Electric Musician, consisting of reviews of his performances at The Canterbury Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, May 1873. The date of the first review from ‘The Era’ is incorrect. It should be 4 May 1873. On page 1 of the item is a hand-written note that Schalkenbach was at the Egyptian Hall on 30 December 1876. George Jenness in his book on the Maskelynes at the Egyptian Hall also says that Schalkenbach was at the Hall over that Christmas.

The Magicians' Club Rules

This is an 8 page booklet, 6 pages of which are reproduced here. The Magicians' Club was founded by Will Goldston in London in 1911. At the time the rules were printed, the headquarters of The Magicians' Club were at the Palace Hotel, Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C.1. The President was Louis Gautier.

Karl Bartoni publicity photograph

The photograph is dated 1969. Karl Bartoni is a magician and escapologist from Blackpool, England.

Christmas card from Chung Ling Soo

The card is signed by Chung Ling Soo to Alfred Mayhew, Christmas 1914. The folded outer card has inside it a piece of paper that is kept in place with a red, white and blue cord. The greeting is written on this piece of paper. We are grateful to Peter Lane for pointing out that Alfred Mayhew was the brother of Percy Mayhew. Percy was Chung Ling Soo’s Number 2 assistant circa 1912-1916. Alfred joined the Chung Ling Soo show as an assistant around 1913-1914.

Christmas card from the Servais Le Roy Co., London

Christmas 1911, single sided on thin card.

Servais Le Roy postcard

John Tenniel cartoon 'The Mysterious Cabinet Trick' (Beats Maskelyne and Cooke hollow!)

From the magazine 'Punch', 2 February 1878. This political cartoon by Tenniel features Benjamin Disraeli.

Maskelyne compliment slip for The New Drawing Room.

The date is circa 1873-1874.

The Official Card, Alexandra Park horse races, 2 June 1875

Note the Maskelyne and Cooke advertisement on the back page.

Maskelyne and Cooke 1873 Egyptian Hall flier

Single sheet, mounted on thin card.

W.F. Frame postcard, "The Very Ticket"

A double-sided postcard advertising the bill for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of Scotland. The postcard is not dated, but Lewis & Julia Davenport were part of this tour in 1907 around the Scottish Lowlands. They “doubled” on this bill as 'Davenports', magicians, and 'Doo & Dare', jugglers.

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