In the early 1900s, an American physics professor introduced the concept of the Big-Bang Cannon, with the idea of creating a fun toy for Americans, producing plenty of smoke and action, but reducing the risk of injury from fireworks. Despite its small size, the Big-Bang Cannon became a national hit. These cannons initially came from the company Toy Cannon Works, which also makes bomber planes, military tanks, and boats. Others, like the Conestoga Company, quickly followed suit. You can find these cannons in heavy metals, like steel and iron. Some resemble real cannons in appearance, with two strong rolling wheels, a furnace, and a long tube for launching. Others, however, have the capacity to produce flames and noise, much like real cannons. They operate using various sources of energy, including batteries, matches, and electricity. Those with batteries use spark-coil ignition systems, while later models, like cannons from the 1950s, produce heat and sparks from lighters and flames. These little treasures serve as mementos of America's past. They stand approximately nine inches high and span nine inches across, making them ideal displays on desks and mantels. Look for these cannons through the vast inventory available on eBay.
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