13 January 2009
Rufus Hussey - The beanshooter man
Rufus Hussey demonstrates for a local North Carolina television reporter his skills with what nowadays one would call a slingshot. In his time Rufus was famous, appearing with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show and with Charles Kuralt for a segment of On The Road. He died in 1994; the last "beanshooter" he made carried the number 15864.
When you watch the video you are seeing a skill that would have been common in the 1920s, and which certainly had precursors as far back as medieval and Biblical times and most likely to the earliest stages of human prehistory.
Update: in the comments section, Vanwall is of course correct in pointing out that the ancient slingshots employed a markedly different technology than those created since the discovery of rubber.