The celluloid figure has a celluloid spring at the bottom. When the figure is pushed down on the spring, and then released, it shoots up into the air to around 300mm height.
This was a set put out by Davenports. This particular box was a gift from Philip Treece in 2018. Philip had another example which also contained a small metal box, with a demon head sticker on it, which was used to contain gum. The photograph of this is shown courtesy of Philip Treece.
This is an interesting compendium in that the outer box contains six smaller boxes, each of which contains a game. On each of the sides of the smaller boxes is a picture of a part of a person’s body. So yet another game or puzzle is to replace the smaller boxes back in the larger box to create a consistent picture. Made in Japan.
This do-it-yourself stroboscope is simply designed and well printed. It was made in Germany.
When spinning quickly the wheel makes a whining noise. Made in Japan.
When the item is twirled round on the end of the string it makes a noise like a motorbike. Made in Germany.
The man has lead weights for his feet and a wooden roller between his legs. When placed on a gentle slope the man will roll down, staying upright because of the weight of his lead feet. A partial translation of the words on the tray held by the man is ‘General distributor for shoelaces’. Made in Germany and marked D.R.G.M.
When you press and release the small lever, the centre of the watch spins round and the die inside settles at random on one of the numbers from one to six. Any number of games could be played – for example the winner is the person who rolls most sixes in ten goes. The Davenport advertisement for this item is also illustrated. The roulette game in the advertisement is item N2459.
The instructions explain how this toy is both a noise maker and an example of persistence of vision. This latter effect comes from the merging of the colours on the disc as it spins round. Manufactured by Chuft Toys and Gifts Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees, England.