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The Paper Pop Gun
This page is being uxed to record information about the history of the compound glued paper banger known as the Paper Pop Gun. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.



As far as I know, this design, which is made from card and paper using glue, first appears in 'More Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1923, under the title 'Slap Bang'.


The design also appears:


In 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932.



As 'The Paper Pop-Gun' in 'More Things Any Boy Can Make' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by D Appleton-Century Company in New York and London in 1936.



As 'A Paper Popgun' in 'Fun with Paper' by Joseph Leeming, which was published by Spencer Press Inc in Chicago in 1939.



As 'A Cracker' in 'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940.