The Davenport Collection
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1933

Waddington’s Lexicon Card Game

Waddington’s Lexicon Card Game

This is a well presented word game based on the detailed rules which are clearly stated in the Rules booklet. The booklet includes details on how to arrange a successful Lexicon drive. Copyright John Waddington Ltd.

Louis Nikola booking through the Maskelynes’ Entertainment Agency, 1933

Louis Nikola booking through the Maskelynes’ Entertainment Agency, 1933

The letters illustrated here record that Maskelynes’ Entertainment Agency booked Nikola for a show at Holborn Hall, Gray’s Inn Road, London on 25 January 1933. The event was a New Year’s Party and Dance for Sanders Sports and Social Club. The fee was 5 guineas (£5. 5. 0. in pre-decimal money). The Agency took 15% commission on the booking. Note that the fee was paid to the Agency prior to the date of the show.

Empire, Penge, London

Empire, Penge, London

The illustration is of an Empire, Penge programme dated 28 August 1933. It contains an advertisement on page 5 for “So This is Maskelyne” for the next week. Jasper Maskelyne was in this show so he was there for the week beginning 4 September 1933.

Framed photograph of an I.B.M. British Ring convention group 1933

Framed photograph of an I.B.M. British Ring convention group 1933

IBM 1933 is written in ink on the front of the photograph. This I.B.M. British Ring convention photograph includes many Davenport family members. Standing in the back row are Lewis Davenport, Gus Davenport and George Davenport. Seated are Wyn Davenport, Eve Davenport (George’s wife) Wynne Davenport and Wally Davenport.

Production Christmas pudding

Production Christmas pudding

This was a one-off prop made for use in a Maskelyne sketch. The Maskelyne’s Christmas 1933 season at the Little Theatre included an item called: We’ve been to a shop. It took the form of words sung to the tune of ‘Here we come gathering nuts in May’ and was illustrated with conjuring tricks. The Christmas pudding was magically produced during the final verse of the song. The original script for this show is in the Davenport Collection.