This is a moving lenticular book created by Dan Kainen and written by Carol Kaufmann. Published in 2014 by Workman Publishing, New York.
Based in Sheffield, England, the archive is now called the National Fairground and Circus Archive. See https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca for more information. The badge came into the collection when John Davenport purchased the excellent pack of material that the NFA published to mark their 20 year milestone in 2014.
To make the lips kiss, the left and right hand sides of the paper are moved outwards. Purchased by John Davenport at The Guild at 51 shop, Cheltenham, for 50p (minimum charity donation) on 23 Feb 2014. The item was produced by The Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen to mark Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ being displayed at the Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery, next to which the shop is located. The collection contains two examples, one with red lips and one with pink lips.
The Pentacle Club started issuing membership certificates in 2014. This was presented to John on 18 Feb 2014. The Pentacle Club was founded by Professor W.W. Rouse Ball as a Cambridge University society in 1919. In the 1960s it opened up its membership to include local people unconnected with the university. John Davenport joined the club as an undergraduate in the late 1960s.
This is the well known optical illusion of three rings rotating and apparently balancing on one another. This electrically driven illusion was made in 2014 by Cambridge magician and engineer Tony Middleton for display at the British Magic Museum.
This electrically driven illusion was made in 2014 by Cambridge magician and engineer Tony Middleton for display at the British Magic Museum. As the spiral rotates it appears to move upwards with the two crystals suspended in space. A commercially available spiral illusion was used.