Mr Erasmus Galton’s ascent of Mont Blanc is illustrated and described on pages 93 and 94 of ‘The Illustrated London News’, 8 February 1851. Around the same time Albert Smith at the Egyptian Hall gave very popular talks on his own ascent of Mont Blanc.
The Great Chang was giant sized and spent much of his life touring to earn a living. The internet has considerable information about him. See also Ref. no. N1931 for a colourful lithograph advertising The Great Chang Polka.
Dr Lynn is pictured on one side, with a very flattering article about his magic and his manner on the reverse.
This is a newspaper review from around 20 February 1882. The year 1882 is written on the front and the date 20 February is mentioned on the back. The review is of Maskelyne and Cooke’s show including the sketch ‘Mrs Daffodil Downey’s Light and Dark Séance’. The latter opened on 18 February 1882, according to the George Jenness book on the Egyptian Hall.
A review of Maskelyne and Cooke at the Egyptian Hall, with Charles Bertram and Mr. H. Verne also on the bill.
All attendees were given a box like this, although the contents might vary between boxes. The contents all related to aspects of the first 100 years of the Davenports business and included the programme for the weekend.
The Davenport Centenary Celebration in Brighton in 1998 was quite an occasion. This file contains a small fraction of relevant information including planning, advance publicity, activities during the weekend and press coverage.
When Lewis Davenport’s Mickey Mouse automaton (Ref. no. N834) was renovated by Harry Carson he used the illustration of Mickey’s cloths as a model. On the reverse side of the page are drawings by the well known American illustrator James Swinnerton, unrelated to magic.
The envelope is addressed to Gus Davenport at 15 New Oxford Street, which at the time was Davenports shop address. The envelope with the magazine inside was rediscovered in 2019 during a sort out!
This is Elcock’s original artwork for page 188 of the November 1913 issue of ‘The Magician Monthly’. The sketches are from the Magicians’ Club entertainment on 9 November. Elcock’s sketches cover Mr Chas Morritt; Mr David Devant; Chris Van Bern; Eugene Devôt; Lerano; Mr George; Chas Mansfield; Capt Kettle; Mr Ernest Sewell; Mr Collins; Chas H. Vernon; Hewson Brown; Mr Swingler; Claude Chandler. Mysteriously, there is also a sketch of Archibald the Pigeon. The evening is written up on page 185 of the same issue, also illustrated here.