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.
The item advertises Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, including Psycho’s new mysteries at every performance.
A review of Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, with Charles Bertram and Mr. H. Verne also on the bill.
‘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.
All attendees were given a box like this, although the contents might vary between boxes. The contents all related to aspects of the first 100 years of the Davenports business and included the programme for the weekend.
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.
The photograph was taken on Wynne Davenport’s 90th birthday in 1981.
When Lewis Davenport’s Mickey Mouse automaton (Ref. no. N834) 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.
Written on the back of the photograph is: Deveen & Blondes & Eric Williams. Taken at IBM Convention ’36. (Eric Williams is on the right)
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!