June 09, 2013

Toys in the Attic - Johnny Reb Cannon

Back in the days where youngsters had legs and a shape one of the best ways to entertain yourself was playing army. During the Civil War Centennial in 1960s a wealth of Civil War related toys were put out allowing kids to reenact the epic battles of the Civil War. Hands down my favorite was the Remco Johnny Reb Cannon, introduced in 1961. It was over 31 inches long and it fired plastic cannonballs up to 35 feet when the lanyard was pulled. This was one powerful field piece. I still remember the countless hours spent laying siege to tree forts & houses in the neighborhood and occasionally taking out a friend or two. The cannon came with a aluminum ramrod, plastic sealed bag marked “Johnny Reb Cannonballs.” Included in this bag is six balls and a tow rope  and plastic Confederate flag w/flagpole which attaches to the gun. The original price was  $11.98!

In 1963  Remco released the Johnny Reb Cannon Junior size which packed all the fun of the normal Johnny Reb but in a smaller more compact size.

Remco Industries, Inc. was a toy company founded in the 1940s that was best known for toys marketed and sold in the late 1950s and 1960s, like the Johnny Reb Cannon and Mighty Matilda Atomic Aircraft Carrier. The company's slogan was "Every Boy Wants a Remco Toy...And So Do Girls!" In the mid-1960s, Remco acquired several licenses for popular culture  groups and TV shows such as the Beatles, Monkees, Munsters, Lost in Space, Batman and Star Trek
Check out this vintage Johnny Reb T.V. commercial   

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