Robotic Gardener – 1958


Snow blower, Switzerland, c. 1940-1950

Instrument of war

This looks like a musical instrument, but it is, in fact, a very early gun. It was meant to shoot several bullets at the same time. The way the barrels are lined up gave this weapon the popular name “organ gun". This is a very early depiction of one, dating from the late 16th century. It is part of a book of war, which presents other newly-invented weaponry. It may not be entirely drawn in perspective yet, and you may prefer an organ over a gun, but you are looking at the beginnings of modern warfare.

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce b 2 (dated 1582).

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