The card is signed by Chung Ling Soo to Alfred Mayhew, Christmas 1914. The folded outer card has inside it a piece of paper that is kept in place with a red, white and blue cord. The greeting is written on this piece of paper. We are grateful to Peter Lane for pointing out that Alfred Mayhew was the brother of Percy Mayhew. Percy was Chung Ling Soo’s Number 2 assistant circa 1912-1916. Alfred joined the Chung Ling Soo show as an assistant around 1913-1914.

A signed letter dated 21 July 1984 from Ronald Nesbitt, son of The Great Nesbitt, authenticates that this item sold to Messrs. L. Davenport & Co. was formally the property of the late Chung Ling Soo. It was purchased by The Great Nesbitt in July 1919.