March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
This leather holster was an accessory for a Buck Rogers rocket pistol made by the Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth, Michigan in 1935. It is sized to fit the XZ-35 Rocket Pistol, a smaller version of the original XZ-31 Buck Rogers Rocket Pistol produced in 1934. The XZ-35 was known as the Wilma Deering pistol after the heroine of the Buck Rogers series. The holster originally would have had a loop at the top, which would attach the holster to a leather belt. The holsters were also sold in sets, known as "combat sets," that included the toy gun and a leather belt.
The space hero character "Buck Rogers" first appeared as a comic strip in 1929 and generated a large number of toys, including the example shown here.
Michael O'Harro gave this toy gun to the Museum in 1997 as a part of a large collection of Buck Rogers memorabilia and other space science fiction memorabilia.
Gift of Michael O'Harro