So.....how off-topic can you get on a lazy sunday afternoon?
While watching a documentarry about the American civil war a quote from general Sherman, assessing the war in 1861, caught my attention;
"You might as well attempt to put out the flames of a burning house with a squirt-gun. I think this is to be a long war-very long-much longer than any politician thinks."
Squirt-gun? In 1861?
After some internet searching the oldest model I found dated from 1896 with the claim that......"there may have been earlier models". Well, if Sherman knew about them 38 years earlier there are bound to have been earlier models I suppose. Unless Sherman was into science-fiction? Or at the time something entirely different was meant by a 'squirt-gun'?
So......does anyone here have any knowledge of the history of the squirt-gun, waterpistol or whatever else one can call it?