The Davenport Collection
- a growing resource on magic and entertainment history

Doo and Dare (Lewis and Julia Davenport)

Programme for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of southern Scotland

Programme for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of southern Scotland

W.F. Frame, the Man U Know, was a Scottish comedian who took concert parties on tour in Scotland and northern England. Lewis and Julia worked with him for two seasons: a 13-week Lowland tour in 1907 and a 3-week Highland tour in 1908. Julia and Lewis Davenport contributed two acts to the 1907 tour: The Davenports (Magicians and Illusionists) and Doo and Dare (Eccentric Comedy Jugglers). This actual programme was saved by Lewis Davenport. The reverse side of the programme, also illustrated here, shows blue crayon crosses against both of these acts. Lewis often put such crosses against items he wished to highlight.

Intermittently on the halls

Intermittently on the halls

On 9 February 2012 Anne Goulden gave this talk at the British Music Hall study group in London. It follows Lewis Davenport’s performing career from around 1900 to around 1930 and explains how he juggled his time between his magic business, music hall work, and other performances. On the way it provides an overview of the different types of variety entertainment during the period.

W.F. Frame postcard, “The Very Ticket”. 1907

W.F. Frame postcard, “The Very Ticket”. 1907

A double-sided postcard advertising the bill for W.F. Frame’s 1907 Vaudeville tour of Scotland. The postcard is not dated, but Lewis & Julia Davenport were part of this tour in 1907 around the Scottish Lowlands. They “doubled” on this bill as ‘Davenports’, magicians, and ‘Doo & Dare’, jugglers.