The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

Posters & Showcards

The majority of posters in the collection are theatre posters. These are either letterpress posters for variety theatres, or pictorial posters for a single magician or show.

A small number of other posters advertise books, exhibitions or events such as conferences.

To search for a specific date use the format 10 October 1924.

Poster from the Royalty Theatre of Magic, London. Christmas Season 1935-1936

Poster from the Royalty Theatre of Magic, London. Christmas Season 1935-1936

The Maskelynes produced their last Christmas Season shows in London for the season 1934-1935. Sadly, the business went into receivership in 1935. Chris Charlton decided to have a go at creating a new Theatre of Magic at the Royalty Theatre for the Christmas Season 1935-1936. Chris Charlton topped the bill which also included Fred Culpitt. This poster is full of press opinions.

Banner advertising the Marvels of Mystery touring show 2021-2022

Banner advertising the Marvels of Mystery touring show 2021-2022

The show played various dates around the UK in 2021 and 2022. The show featured four magicians from The Magic Circle: Megan Swann, Danny Lee Grew, Dean Leavy and either Scott Penrose or Lance Corporal Richard Jones. Scott had recently located and renovated an early copy of Psycho and this was featured in his act. John Davenport caught the show when it appeared at The Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon on 23 October 2021.

Poster for Mr. Arthur Sketchley at the Egyptian Hall in “Mrs. Brown at Home and Abroad”. 1866

Poster for Mr. Arthur Sketchley at the Egyptian Hall in “Mrs. Brown at Home and Abroad”. 1866

Arthur Sketchley (real name George Rose) was a journalist and a very popular Victorian entertainer with his humour and impersonations. Mrs. Brown’s exploits were very popular at the Egyptian Hall and also spawned a range of books covering topics from her views on Cleopatra’s Needle to her travels around the world. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.

Grace Egerton and George Case perform at The Egyptian Hall and Spa Concert Room, Harrogate. 19th century

Grace Egerton and George Case perform at The Egyptian Hall and Spa Concert Room, Harrogate. 19th century

The three items pasted onto the sheet of paper are a poster and a newspaper clip for the Egyptian Hall, and a programme for the Spa Concert Room, Harrogate. Miss Grace Egerton (Mrs. George Case) entertains as an actress, singer and danseuse. Her husband adds to the entertainment. This is one of the items contained in a wooden box of 19th century ephemera, mainly relating to the Egyptian Hall. To view all the items from the box, click on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’.