Thats a pretty impressive body of film and TV work!
Ironically, I assumed (as David did) it was Floyd Thayer in two of the photos with Neil Hamilton. I guess I took it for granted to see a picture with him in his element, having spent the better part of his lifetime making magic, but a relatively young Police Commissioner Gordon just stuck out for me. I thought others would be interested in seeing these photos as well, regardless if they had prior knowledge of his interest in magic. Other than Kevins mention of one, has anyone else seen a magic related picture of Neil Hamilton? How about in any P.C.A.M. literature?
The early Genii mentions of Hamilton are few to say the least. I searched and found two small references to him. Only one mention is even in the body of an article, the other being in the fine print of an advertisement. Good eye and memory to those who remembered his magic interest from those few early Genii issues.
The more I think about it, I was probably wrong when I said that these were publicity photos for Hamilton, obviously not re-touched yet if they were. They are more likely Thayers pictures, and the real focus meant to be the props and not Hamilton? Thayer may have used him, being a popular film star and magic enthusiast at the time for these shots of some of his wares? Just tossing it out there as an idea for discussion, it seems the most plausible?
If the photos of the stage are indeed at Brookledge, and the guillotine a Lester Lake, it dates them to the early 30s. That puts Floyd in his mid fifties and Hamilton in his early 30s, looks about right I guess?
Regards, Mark Damon