Variety Theatre, Dr. Walford Bodie
Dr. Walford Bodie 1869 - 1939, One of the most famed and controversial Music Hall performers of his day. Known as the Electrical Wizzard, he would often start his shows by passing high voltage electrical current through his body (actually harmless static electricity) and once employed the use of an electric chair. In this illustration he seems to be curing crippled children to walk again through the power of electricity...and love! A friend of Harry Houdini.
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Advert for Patent Electropathic socks 1882
Patent Electropathic socks, simply put inside the shoes or boots, and after a short time a continued and most beneficial warmth creating a bodily comfort. They are preventives against rheumatism, sciatica, gout and chilblains. Warning never wear out!
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Hardacre J Pitt
Letter from Hardacre J. Pitt. An important touring manager in the decades around 1900, he used his notepaper to advertise his repertoire. This letter from the Comedy Theatre, Manchester, is dated 10th December 1891. Of the plays illustrated, East Lynne and The Shaughraun date from the 1860s. Current Cash by C. A. Clarke was from 1886, and Old London by Arthur Shirley had been first produced as recently as 25th July 1891. Date: 1891
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