Poster advertising the Middlesex Music Hall 578
Printer: Pewtreis & Co
Medium: Print on paper
As well as being very successful in their time, the Lions popularised a number of words and phrases that persist to this day in the English language. Leybourne's song 'Champagne Charlie' remains a staple of tabloid headlines, while his rival Arthur Lloyd's song 'Walking in the Zoo' is credited with giving us the popular contraction of the term 'Zoological Gardens'.
Not all of the songs were quite as successful. Leybourne's song 'Lounging in the Aq' failed to do for the aquarium what Lloyd had done for the zoo.
JH Milburn's son, GH MacDermott, followed his father into variety, becoming one of the most famous actor-managers of his day.