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.
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.
Dr Lynn is pictured on one side, with a very flattering article about his magic and his manner on the reverse.
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.
As far as Guinness can trace, the artist, whose initials J.G. appear on the poster, was John Gilroy.
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.
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.’ 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’.
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’.
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.
It was produced for the makers of Rowntree’s cocoa, jellies and gums. The coronation of Edward VIII as King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor of India was due to take place at Westminster Abbey on 12 May 1937. In the event he abdicated in 1936, but by then all sorts of memorabilia had been planned or produced.