This well known toy consists of six blocks of wood taped together in a special way. When the blocks are manipulated in the correct way, a block apparently flips from the top of the ladder all the way down to the bottom. A white label on one of the blocks has on it: AU PRINTEMPS | 100.>> | PARIS. It was presumably purchased at the Parisian department store. The other YA-TA-GO label also refers to Breveté S.G.D.G. This was a French type of patent that ceased to exist in 1968. The name was a common abbreviation for “Breveté Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement“ (patent without government guarantees).

When the knurled knob in the centre is spun, a wheel inside spins with it, allowing six greyhounds to race around. Each greyhound has a number and the dog which is visible in the window, when the wheel stops, wins the race. Place your bets now . . .

This item was found with Wyn Davenport’s sewing and embroidery accessories. Research on the internet suggests that its purpose was to assist in making woollen flowers. The pins which protrude from the circumference of the disc can be retracted by twisting the knurled knob in the centre of the disc. The words on the disc read MADE IN FRANCE| BREVETÉ| L.K. PARIS.

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.