Novelties, Toys & Games

Novelties, Toys & Games

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Novelty printed paper coil showing the magician Carlton's head

Carlton was a successful comedy magician in the early part of the 20th century. This novelty is most unusual in that Carlton's head has been printed in colour on the flat side of a coil of paper. The round coil is housed in a square cardboard container which has partial openings at the front and back. By moving the picture with thumb and forefinger the coil can be twisted, so distorting the face. This was clearly commissioned from the manufacturer by Davenports because the words on the container are 'CARLTON. Zetes-Patent. Demon Series No. 45 L. D. London'. According to the illustrated advertisement from a contemporary Davenport catalogue over 30 different designs can be supplied. This might have been true, but now we are only aware of three: this one and items ref. no. N1315 and N1316.

    • Date
    • Early 20th century.
    • Size
    • People_or_organisations
    • Magic
    • Key_phrases
    • Novelties
    • Category
    • NTJ
    • Ref._no.
    • N1314 W270

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