In 1886, Plymouth inventor Clarence Hamilton introduced a new idea to the Windmill Company. Vaguely resembling a gun, his jumble of metal and wires fired a lead ball using compressed air. Lewis Cass Hough, president of the firm, gave it a try and exclaimed, "Boy, that's a daisy!" The name stuck and the Daisy BB gun went into production. Originally, the toy was used as a promotion given to farmers who purchased a windmill. The gun was success but the windmills were becoming unnecessary. On 26 January 1895 the company's board of directors voted to change the name to Daisy Manufacturing Company, Inc. The BB gun replaced the windmill as the company's product.
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 5.5" H x 30" W x 1" D
Wooden toy gun.
World War II brought hard times for Daisy like many other United States companies. With steel no longer available for domestic use, Daisy was forced to make wooden pop guns. The steel that had made the BB gun was now used by Daisy to make 37mm canisters for the war effort.