Squirt guns have been around for a good long while, and while for most of us a water pistol is a novelty some of the early uses of squirt guns were for actual defense. One early model was marketed under the claim that it would, “stop the most vicious dog (or man) without permanent injury”. But the best early application of the squirt gun was led by Squire Boone (Daniel Boone’s brother). While under siege by Shawnees, Boone fashioned rifles into squirt guns to extinguish their torches, effectively preventing the Shawnees from burning down the fort. Dorothy here seems to have taken a page out of Boone’s book in dealing with the Wicked Witch of the West.
Squirt Gun, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board