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.

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.

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.