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Illusionist and conjurer Henry Evans, or "Evanion" (his stage name), was quite a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the 19th century. During his long career, he used his theatrical experience to collect a vast amount of printed ephemera related to entertainment and everyday life in Victorian England. Evan's collection was purchased by the British Museum in 1895, and recently the Museum has created this online trove of over 2000 items from the original 5000 or so pieces. The items include trade cards, shop catalogues, restaurant menus, and handbills. First-time visitors can check out the "Curator's Choice" area, which contains favorite items as selected by Museum curator Helen Peden. Her favorites include a trade card created to promote the work of pyrotechnist James Pain and an advertisement for cocoa products. Finally, visitors are encouraged to use the search engine to look for items of particular interest.
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