Place the red diver in the tube, fill the tube full of water and screw on the lid. When you gently squeeze the tube, the diver will sink downwards. On releasing the pressure the diver will rise again to the top. The original instructions are also illustrated here. Made in Germany.

Place the green diver in the tube, fill the tube full of water and screw on the lid. When you gently squeeze the tube, the diver will sink downwards. On releasing the pressure the diver will rise again to the top. The original instructions are also illustrated here. Made in Germany.

The cat’s climbing days are over because the rubber band has perished. In its heyday, it would have climbed up a piece of string as the person holding the string alternated between pulling it taut and then releasing it. The action is identical to that of the more modern item N2792, a climbing figure of Santa Claus.

The instructions in German on the envelope say: ‘Stick a pill in the tree’s foliage and light it with a match. The snake appears immediately.’ Presumably some of these pills would have been provided in the envelope. The serpent would have been reminiscent of some of the indoor fireworks sold in the first half of the 20th century. It is not clear why a piece of elastic has been attached to the top of the tree.

Clackers come under a variety of names. The toy has two plastic balls joined by a string with a ring in the center of the string. To use the toy, you put your finger through the ring so that the two balls hang down. By pulling on the string in the right way it is possible to get the balls to tap (or clack) together. With the correct hand movement the balls can clack faster and faster, and louder and louder, until they meet not just at the bottom, but also right at the top above your hand. The toy ended up with a bad press because there were incidents when the clacking balls broke apart so creating a safety hazard.

This pencil is unusual in that it is a double ‘catch’. The words on it say: ‘Guaranteed to write any color. “It Jumps” No visible spring, elastic or loadstone. No one allowed to investigate secret by using a Flashlight or Match. Do not hold pencil out over one Minute at a time.’ The reality is that it writes any colour by spelling out the colour, for example RED, GREEN etc. The jumping is achieved using the same approach as on the Snapper novelty catch, see for example item N1450. The company name on the pencil is Sanders Mfg. Co., Nashville, Tenn.