Sunday, November 20, 2011

19th-century gent lives on through ephemera

It's a good thing for us that the hoarder patrol never swooped down on Victorian magician and ventriloquist Henry Evans. The 5,000 items on paper he saved are now owned by the British Museum and are known as the Evanion collection, after his stage name. The scope is fascinating, including playbills, tabloid magazines, stage passes, holiday cards, advertisements, and exhibition posters. I've picked a few of of my favorites for your delectation.

The British Museum provides the following gloss on the above ad:
John Lawson Johnston was a butcher in Edinburgh, although he was originally from Canada. He invented a beverage made from extract of beef that was advertised as a healthy alternative to alcohol. It was called ‘Fluid Beef’ and hot water was poured onto it to create the drink. He opened a factory in London in 1886 and produced a more concentrated version of the drink, calling it Bovril.

1 comment:

  1. History books cover presidents and wars, but the life we know is to be found in such miscellany as this. That must have been quite a show, with the destruction of Delhi enacted by dogs and monkeys! Thanks for sharing with us.