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

Trick Squirt Water Pistol from Kenner (1955)

Company: Kenner
Release date: 1955
Where to purchase: eBay

Toy water guns have been a summertime rite of passage for generations of children. In the 1950s, Kenner decided to get in on the action with the Trick Squirt water pistol.

Available in several different colours, including blue, red, and black, the pistol measured roughly 5-inches wide by 4-inches tall, making it easy to hold one hand. The all-plastic Trick Squirt was filled with ordinary tap water through a plugged hole above the handle. A dial at the top of the toy’s muzzle could be rotated 45-degrees in each direction, allowing the holder to control the directional flow of the stream of water, perfect for surprise sneak attacks.

Fans of the Trick Squirt could also indulge themselves in another water-based novelty toy released by the company around the same time. The Squirt Write Pen and Pencil set looked like a real pen and pencil, but squirted water like a water pistol.

Explore classic toys and games that captured our attention and never let go.