The words on the yellow plastic are ‘National Benzole Mixture’. The words on the black plastic are ‘Always on top National Benzole Mixture.
The date January 1878 has been written on the top of this item.
This magically themed bar was at Le Meridien hotel, Piccadilly, London. It was 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.
At the bottom of this item is an advertisement which mentions Walter Pelham’s Illustrated Journal, 15 May 1880.
The item advertises Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, including Psycho’s new mysteries at every performance.
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.