Michael Colley’s index will be a boon to any serious researcher who wants to check on relevant material in the Demon Telegraph.
When Davenports first published it in 1933, the content was mainly advertising. It wasn’t until Issue no. 61, when the New Series started in 1942, that more articles were added. There were articles aimed at performing magicians covering tricks, bits of business and performance advice. The series of articles on ‘Old Timers I Have Met’ and ‘Programmes of the Past’ are of especial interest to magic historians.

This eye catching novelty design was used by the UK company Hotel Chocolat to contain some of their Halloween 2021 chocolate. A clever feature of this box is that the wings of the bat are initially held in place at the back of the box. They can easily be released and bent forward when required.

This is one of a number of pop-up cards in the collection illustrating how laser cutting technology has allowed designers to create affordable intricate cards. Made by cardology.co.uk.

The word Foreign is just visible on the mouse’s collar. The design appears to be an imitation of a German Schuco mechanical mouse. We must thank Philip Treece for pointing out a site on the web by Kevin Dockerill. The site lists trade marks for Japanese tin toy manufacturers and, according to this site, the trade mark on the box is very similar to the one shown for Sankou Seiki Co., Ltd.. Item N950 in the collection is a rather similar mouse, but in this case the word on the collar is JAPAN rather than Foreign. Note that the Davenport advertisement refers to Mickey Mouse, presumably a good selling point.

This became a very popular game after the First World War. Davenports did sell Put and Take Tops, but it is not known if this one is from Davenports, although the likelihood is that it is.