This illustration is from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 13 June 1874, page 368.
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.
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.
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.
This is from The Graphic, 16 February 1878, page 181.
The cartoon is from Punch, 22 July 1876, page 34.
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.
Christmas 1911, single sided on thin card.
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.