Come 2012 AD,the Conestoga Co. Inc.of Bethlehem,PA.,USA, will be one hundred years old. Since 1912,this outfit,at first named the Gas Cannon Co., has been supplying young and not-so-young America with dinky acetylene-powered,BIG BANG cannons.
" No Matches,No Gunpowder.Safe Noise for Sale",said brochures.
As a fellow who perusued the pages of Johnson Smith catalogues and the like to harmful excess,I have to admit,the aquisition of a BIG BANG cannon was,for a long time,high on my list of priorities.Now,thanks to eBay,I have one.Roll on the 5th of November.My cannon is capable of matching "bangs" with the best firecrackers on the market!
(For those "not of the Empire",5/11 = Guy Fawkes night)