Devant explains that a member of the Ladies’ Grand Council has suggested that members might like to purchase a block of seats on Mr. Maskelyne’s Grand Pavilion to view the procession for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Along the bottom of the item is an unrelated piece illustrating Devant producing a rabbit on ‘animated photograph’ film. It explains how animated photographs work and acts as an advertisement for Devant’s exhibitions.

It is well known that Devant tried to sell seats in Maskelyne’s Grand Stand at St. Paul’s for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession on 22 June 1897, for example, see Ref. no. N2082. However, this is the only evidence that I have seen for Devant selling seats in the Royal Horse Guards Pavilion in Whitehall, a completely different part of London. The Magic Circle Archive also has a copy of this advertisement.

Devant announces new animated photographs for his ‘Cinematographe’. He also explains that to ensure he is able to obtain good pictures of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession on 22 June 1897, he has 140 seats for disposal on Mr. Maskelyne’s Grand Stand. The fascinating story of Maskelyne’s Grand Stand can be found in ‘John Nevil Maskelyne’s Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee speculation‘ by Dr Edwin A Dawes on this website.

27th consecutive year, 1899-1900. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, the sketch ‘Will, the Witch, and the Watchmen’ was introduced on 23 December 1899. This programme is therefore probably in the period of end December 1899 to 14 April 1900, on which date the sketch ‘My Twin Spirit’ was first produced. This programme must have come apart into two sheets and a previous owner taped them together. This was apparently done incorrectly, because the Maskelyne and Cooke programmes have the bill on pages 2 and 3, whereas for this programme the bill appears to be on pages 2 and 4!

26th consecutive year, 1898-1899. The programme includes the sketch ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ which was introduced at the start of the Christmas shows on 16 December 1898, according to Jenness. Jenness also said that the 16 December show included Mr. Spurr, who is not on this particular bill. The shows in early 1899 apparently followed the format of the Christmas show, and on 1 April 1899 Mr. Spurr returned to the show. The likely date of this programme is therefore late December 1898 to early 1899, before 1 April 1899.

25th consecutive year, 1897-1898. The programme includes the sketch ‘Trapped by Magic’ which was first presented on 7 May 1898, according to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness. However, the programme does not include the sketch ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ which was introduced at the start of the Christmas shows on 16 December 1898, according to Jenness. The likely date of this programme is therefore between 7 May 1898 and 16 December 1898.

The 25th consecutive year is 1897-1898. The programme includes the sketch ‘The Gnome’s Grot’ which was introduced at the start of the Christmas shows on 16 December 1898, according to Jenness. Jenness also said that the 16 December show included Mr. Spurr, who is not on this particular bill. The shows in early 1899 apparently followed the format of the Christmas show, and on 1 April 1899 Mr. Spurr returned to the show. The likely date of this programme is therefore late December 1898 to early 1899, before 1 April 1899. This is despite page 1 saying that the programme is from the 25th consecutive year, which should be 1897 to 1898.

25th consecutive year, 1897-1898. The programme includes animated photographs of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Procession which was on 22 June 1897. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, topical scenes from the Procession were shown from 5 July 1897. The earliest date for this programme is therefore 5 July 1897. The programme does not include the sketch ‘Trapped by Magic’ which was first presented on 7 May 1898, so the period of this programme is probably somewhere between July 1897 and May 1898.

25th consecutive year, 1897-1898. The programme includes animated photographs of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Procession which was on 22 June 1897. According to the book on the Egyptian Hall by George Jenness, topical scenes from the Procession were shown from 5 July 1897. The earliest date for this programme is therefore 5 July 1897. The programme does not include the sketch ‘Trapped by Magic’ which was first presented on 7 May 1898, so the period of this programme is probably somewhere between July 1897 and May 1898.