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Remember this...

Quite a number of members in this forum like to reminisce. One of my abiding memories of my younger days was the Ellisdons catalogue.
A wonderful tome filled with all kinds of novelties and practical joke appliances including plastic dog poo, stink-bombs and the amazing see-backra-scope a sort of periscope that allowed you to see behind you (the sketch accompanying the ad showed a youth "spying" on a courting couple on a park bench) there were literally thousands of ads in the catalogue a mine of information for the naughty schoolboy.
Living in NW London I was able to visit their shop in the West End occasionally (I forget exactly where it was but may have been Tottenham Court Road) and leer at the packs of nude playing cards they also sold.
Ah! those were the days, anyone else with fond memories of Ellisdons?
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Don't recall a catalogue but do recall adverts on the back of some comics advertising these things.
I once bought a dancing skeleton  and one of those F**T cushions.
Often spent ages looking at this type of stuff in the seafront shops at Blackpool. (When I was a School Boy)
I Suspect a number of these shops have either closed or have been reclassed as 'Adult Shops'
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Oh yes, I definitely remember spending countless hours perusing the Ellisdon catalogue.  Smiley
There was also Proops, who sold magnets, magnifying glasses and the like. They still exist, but seem to specialise in craft and hobby supplies now.
It would have been from one of the above that I bought a set of five or six small (maybe 3" × 1½" ish) metal plates. The idea was to throw them into the air to land on a hard surface - the resultant sound being a fair imitation of a window breaking.
Well, you had to make your own entertainment in those days!  Grin
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It would have been from one of the above that I bought a set of five or six small (maybe 3" × 1½" ish) metal plates. The idea was to throw them into the air to land on a hard surface - the resultant sound being a fair imitation of a window breaking.

What do you think is used in the theatre when they need that sound effect?
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