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

1906

The Davenports featured on the cover of ‘The Magician’ for December 1906

The Davenports featured on the cover of ‘The Magician’ for December 1906

By 1906 The Davenports were gaining plenty of work in variety theatres. Will Goldston, the editor of The Magician, clearly felt that they justified being featured on the front page. Also illustrated here is a glowing write up of The Davenports from page 3 of the magazine. The act was usually billed as “No Time to Talk” which, given the speed of the act, was fully justified.

Programme for the Palace Attercliffe, 13 August 1906

Programme for the Palace Attercliffe, 13 August 1906

The Davenports had good billing for this week. The order of the acts on the bill was important. The top of the bill was always in large type and was at the top of the list, as here for The Four Emilions. The next best position was at the bottom of the list, again in larger type. So The Davenports would have been pleased to tell friends that “they were bottomimg at the Palace, Attercliffe”.

Handbill for the Palace Attercliffe, 13 August 1906

Handbill for the Palace Attercliffe, 13 August 1906

The Davenports had good billing for this week. The order of the acts on the bill was important. The top of the bill was always in large type and was at the top of the list, as here for The Four Emilions. The next best position was at the bottom of the list, again in larger type. So The Davenports would have been pleased to tell friends that “they were bottoming at the Palace, Attercliffe”.

Programme for the Tivoli Theatre of Varieties, Manchester, 25 June 1906

Programme for the Tivoli Theatre of Varieties, Manchester, 25 June 1906

The Davenports (Lewis and Julia) were on the bill as Lightning Magicians and Illusionists, “No Time to Talk”. Also on the bill was George Mozart – The Clever Comedian in his Latest Successes. In the 1920s George Mozart worked for the Maskelynes at St. George’s Hall. His road to success is a fascinating story which tells us much about life as an entertainer in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. Click here to read Anne Goulden’s article.

Notepaper used by The Davenports in 1906

Notepaper used by The Davenports in 1906

This unfinished letter is dated 3 March 1906. The letterhead is of interest, not least because at this time The Davenports used the names Lewis and Marie, instead of Lewis and Julia. Presumably they thought the name Marie added something.