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1904

Signed presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Devant from the members of the Maskelyne and Cooke Provincial Company on the recent advent of their daughter

Signed presentation to Mr. and Mrs. Devant from the members of the Maskelyne and Cooke Provincial Company on the recent advent of their daughter

This charming presentation signed by the members of the company accompanied the gift of a Dressing Case. Research in recent decades has pointed towards their daughter Vida Mary Heather being adopted by the Devants. This might explain the wording ‘congratulations on the recent advent of your daughter’. There is no mention of the birth of Vida.

Maskelyne and Cooke’s Mysteries Provincial Tour List 1904-1905, with a separate page of financial details covering all weeks

Maskelyne and Cooke’s Mysteries Provincial Tour List 1904-1905, with a separate page of financial details covering all weeks

These two items were stored together by Maskelynes, with a brass paper fastener attaching them by the top left corner. This explains the holes in the top left corners. The information gives the tour venues and confirms that the show usually spent a week at each venue. The financial summary gives a breakdown of costs for each venue and the average receipts and expenses for the whole tour. The images included here show both sides of the Tour List and the single-sided financial summary.

Maskelyne and Cooke’s Mysteries Provincial Tour List 1903-1904, with a separate page of financial details covering all weeks

Maskelyne and Cooke’s Mysteries Provincial Tour List 1903-1904, with a separate page of financial details covering all weeks

These two items were stored together by Maskelynes, with a brass paper fastener attaching them by the top left corner. This explains the holes in the top left corners. The information gives the tour venues and confirms that the show usually spent a week at each venue. The financial summary gives a breakdown of costs for each venue and the average receipts and expenses for the whole tour. The tour usually followed the pre-printed tour dates and venues, but there were exceptions. The images included here show both sides of the Tour List and the single-sided financial summary.

‘The Daily Graphic’ review of Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

‘The Daily Graphic’ review of Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

‘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.

Press opinions on Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

Press opinions on Mr. Martin Chapender’s season at the Egyptian Hall, Christmas 1904

The date is probably late December 1904, because the season started on Boxing Day. J.N. Maskelyne was busy making arrangements for the opening of St. George’s Hall, so he arranged for Martin Chapender to take over the final weeks of the lease on the Egyptian Hall, prior to its demolition. The season ran from Boxing Day to Saturday 21 January 1905. The show was very well received by audiences and the press.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. Hand dated 7 November 1904. This date could well be correct, because the programme is probably August 1904 or later. This is because it includes Walter Graham and Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘At Christmas’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, does not include the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. Hand dated 9 August 1904. This date could well be correct, because the programme is probably August 1904 or later. This is because it includes Walter Graham and Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘Next Autumn’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, does not include the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. This programme is probably August 1904 or later because it includes Walter Graham and Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘Next Autumn’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, does not include the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. This programme is probably early to mid 1904 because it does not include Walter Graham or Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘Next Autumn’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, does not include the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

Maskelyne and Cooke Egyptian Hall programme, 31st consecutive year

31st consecutive year in London, 1903-1904. This programme is probably early to mid 1904 because it does not include Walter Graham or Martin Chapender who appeared in the show after 1 August 1904, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. It also includes on page three ‘In the course of a few months, the Egyptian Hall, the oldest place of entertainment in London, will be demolished’. It mentions ‘Next Autumn’ for the transfer to St. George’s Hall. This confirms the date as 1904. This programme, unlike some, includes the part of Lady Kitty Greensward in the cast of ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.