Either way it's a wonderful find and a throwback to pre-Ebay days when a potential "surprise" could be just behind the doors of an antique, thrift or second-hand store. Even better that it was in the neighborhood!
Thanks, Fineas. I actually have this gun in an older version -- dark blue with "Rocket Gun" embossed across it. Not that I wouldn't have minded this particular model. I knew the inclusion of the box would drive it up to at least low Earth orbit. You can always tell the newer models, they have astronauts depicted wearing Mercury Program garb on.
Tinplate: Way to preserve history! This "Plain Jane" was wearing a silk gown after all. Your small investment in time, money and imagination is a contribution to all of us who find a pastime spending time in future's past. Thank you!
I have no way of knowing if the space-theme roll of paper with my Jet-Zoom came with the gun or was a replacement. My Gun does have the black innards and trigger-pull -- perhaps those had the space-themed roll. Someone knows. Let's dig him or her up from their grave. One zap from the Jet-Zoom should wake 'em up.
If I remembered how to post a picture I would. The graphics on the paper roll from my Jet-Zoom Gun show a blue spinning top-like spaceship encircled by a red ring. A small image of Saturn in red, along with two blue stars, float peacefully in the cosmos on the white background.