Many people struggle with eating spaghetti without making a mess. With this fork all you need do is hold the fork in one hand and push the prongs into the spaghetti. With your other hand wind the handle on the end of the fork and the spaghetti is neatly wound on to the prongs, ready to be popped into your mouth.

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 your friends find this realistic bee in an unexpected place they will be alarmed.

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.

As you grasp the banana, it makes a squeaking sound. This is not quite so impressive as the illustrated Davenports advertisement would suggest: when you grasp the luscious fruit, a syncopated orchestra performs! Davenports sold many squeaking jokes. The illustrated full page from a Davenports catalogue gives an idea of the variety.