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Radioactive Holiday Gifts!
Posted on December 23rd, 2013

Last minute Christmas gift for your child?  

How about the "Atomic Energy Lab"?

That's right from 1951 to 1952, the A. C. Gilbert Company sold this kit for $49.50.  It included a cloud chamber, a Geiger counter, 4 types of uranium ore and three other radioactive sources, a spinthariscope, an electroscope, and some manuals that included a comic book named "Dagwood Splits the Atom".   The manuals stepped through 150 experiments and methods to prospect for uranium. This is the same company that made the ever-popular "Erector Set".  Because of it's very high cost, few of these kits were sold and it was discontinued after 1 year.  But if you really want this as a gift this year, be prepared to spend well over $5000!  

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As for stocking stuffers, who doesn't like fancy toiletries as presents?  How about these?

 

               Or, some radium toothpaste?

Actually, in 1915, the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association endorsed the use of four radium products (compounds) for "remedies".  These "stocking stuffers" were products that resulted from this endorsement!  Check out here for more information.

Well, these will be hard to find but maybe this will give you other unique ideas for your Christmas celebration.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from RSCS!

Eric Darois

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