Item 31, a trade card for the Deakin Bro's Studio, would be otherwise quite mundane if not for the enigmatic message penned across its reverse side. The card is somewhat unusual in that it only featured printing on one side, but this did afford Timothy Deakin the space to write what appears to be a hastily composed note to Geoffrey Hawkins.
The text of the message:
Archer Bowens, Documents Archivist for the Victorian Mechanical Museum provided these comments on Item 31:
"The Deakin Bro's trade card is part of a group of items we have classified as Lot 7 -September 1882. It includes the trade card, a newspaper clipping, a number of sketches, and a lengthy narration written by Timothy Deakin. These items all relate to events surrounding the disappearance of Timothy's younger brother Jack during the late summer of 1882. I am currently transcribing the pages written by Timothy and hope to have that text available for exhibition sometime in the near future."