In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to feature this cast iron toy cannon. I bought it at a flea market as a present for my dad. Called a “Big Bang” light field gun, it was made in the 1920s by the Conestoga Corporation of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The company still exists and still sells cannons in this same design.
It isn’t called a “Big Bang” cannon for nothing. It actually fires! The cannon requires special calcium carbide ammo that, when mixed with water, air, and the flint spark plug, makes a surprisingly loud bang.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!