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.’
At this time these rival shows were both at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London.
The date is circa 1873-1874.
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.
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.
Note the Maskelyne and Cooke advertisement on the back page.
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.
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.
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.