This is an example of the ‘Frisbee’ type of throwing disc which is still popular for throwing between people in parks and open spaces.

This once popular toy is a flexible metal spring that can be persuaded to walk down a flight of stairs, merely by starting it off on the top stair. This example is a Merit product by J & L Randall Ltd. Made in England. British Patent No. 630702. U.S. Patent No. 2415012.

Gus and John Davenport built an OO gauge model railway in the 1960s. Once built, they tired of watching the trains go round, and so looked for other things to add to the layout. On one side of the layout was a cliff covered in nothing other than clumps of grass on the cliff face. This seemed the ideal spot to build a funicular, and that is what they did. I have included it on this website for personal reasons, and on the basis that a home made funicular is certainly a novelty! A film of the layout made by magician Harry Baron is also in the collection.

Some relate to magic or magicians. For example De Vere, and there are three versions of The T. Nelson Downs Palming Coin: one version has no word under the wrist, another has the word FOREIGN in that position, and the third has the word DEMON there.

This cleverly designed ball changes colour when it is thrown in the air. It achieves this by flipping its shape in midair. Made in China. No. 2181. Imported by Ackerman Group PLC. If you want to learn more about how the ball achieves this trick, take a look at Ref. no. N2267.