Ah, the good old days and the lovely old-fashioned, sensible toys that children used to have back in – well, back in 1907, for example.
How about this little Gas Cannon for your boy? It’s practical, lasting, realistic and “positively free from danger.” This probably means that it won’t break – it’s free from danger. Unlike – say – your house, your furniture, and your grandmother’s Lowestoft china.
Apparently “it can be fired in the house with absolute security.” That’s good to know. It fires 20 shots a minute and costs a penny for every 500 shots. All of which ought to take care of the service for twelve.
Extra bonus points to the clever boy who hits the gravy boat head on!
From Popular Mechanics (January 1907), thank you Google Books.