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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Buck Rogers Sonic Ray Gun from Norton-Honer Mfg. Co. (1950s)

Paying homage to the space-faring exploits of sci-fi fan-favorite Buck Rogers, Norton-Honer released an official Sonic Ray Gun in the 1950s.  Powered by two C-batteries, the gun was essentially a tricked-out flashlight. Much to the chagrin of parents everywhere, Norton-Honer also incorporated a sonic buzzer into the mix, allowing kids to signal with light AND sound via a “secret sonic control” knob built into the toy.

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