Ice gun
On View In:
Gallery 379
Opco Company  
Title:   Ice gun  
Date:   1935  
Medium:   Enameled steel, chrome, rubber  
Dimensions:   6 1/2 x 11 x 2 3/4 in. (16.51 x 27.94 x 6.99 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota  
Location:   Gallery 379  

In the 1930s, science fiction magazines, comic strips and film shorts featured the likes of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon all finding an audience receptive to futuristic gadgetry such as teardrop-shaped spaceships, moonwagons, and ray guns. Later editions became ever more fanciful, inspiring such ingenious devices as this ice gun. Activated by a spring-loaded plunger and trigger mechanism, it is designed to instantly mangle an ice cube "shooting" the ice spray through the rubber gasket at the bottom. Little wonder the cocktail hour became so popular.

Name:   Opco Company  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   Los Angeles, California  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American  

Object Description  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   Red  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , California, Los Angeles  
Accession #:  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts