Printed in Germany, one has the initials L & B for the company Littauer & Boysen which was based in Berlin. It was a high quality printers and was in business until 1936.
This is a block calendar with one page for each day.
‘The Daily Graphic’ of 28 December 1904, page 5, carried a review of the Chapender show and reminded readers that the Egyptian Hall would soon close prior to its demolition. The piece includes an excellent sketch of the Hall by Ernest Hicks Oliver and provides a photograph illustrating a scene from the sketch ‘The Miser’. J.N. Maskelyne had arranged for Chapender to take over the show because he was busy making arrangements for the opening of the Maskelyne shows at St. George’s Hall.
This article is on page 194 of the 22 February issue. It focuses on the sketch ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ and a summary of the life of Miss Cassie Bruce who plays a character in the sketch. The article refers to an illustration on page 195 which is also reproduced here, courtesy of the Peter Lane Collection.
Published in ‘The Sketch’ on 15 August 1894. Under the headline ‘Maskelyne the Magician’ the reporter reviews the magical sketch ‘Modern Witchery’ which was J.N. Maskelyne’s way of making fun of the Theosphy movement.
This drawing by the artist S.A.H. Robinson was printed on page 5 of ‘The Daily Graphic’, 19 January 1894. The caption reads ‘Festivities at the Foundling Hospital: Sketches at the annual entertainment to the children’.
This article from the ‘Era’ of 11 January 1896 reports on the show nearly 25 years after Maskelyne first appeared at the Hall. It is a positive review, welcoming the return of the sketch ‘Will, the Witch, and the Watchman’. David Devant, Mr. R.A. Roberts and Mr. Cramer on theorchestraphone also receive good reviews.
This print of Nevil and J.N. Maskelyne appeared in ‘The Entr’acte’ of 16 May 1891 on page 9.
This issue celebrates the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty on 28 June 1919.
We don’t know who collected the items in this box, nor when they became part of the Davenport Collection. By the late 20th century there were no magic related items inside the box; such items may well have been sold long before. Anyone interested in viewing all the items that remained can do so by clicking on View Details and then the Key Phrase ‘Wooden box items’. The box also contained old newspaper pages (dated 1899 or 1900) which appear to have been used as dividers for the box contents. These notes tell us that at one time the box may have contained items on theatrical shows, menageries, fantoccini, marionettes, monstrosities and curious exhibitions.