Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SUPER-RAD RECALLED TOYS (an ongoing series)


The toy at the top of my list has to be the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. It sold for a whopping 50 bucks from 1950-1951. So why would those Government Fun-killers put an end to this toy? Honestly, I have no clue. The set came with an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom), and a government manual – that’s it. ). I mean what’s so bad about that?
Ok, maybe if I had to venture a guess, it might be ‘cause the kit also contained 4 types of low level uranium ore: a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210.

FYI…one set sold recently on ebay for 5 grand

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30 comments:

  1. 50 bucks in '50-'51, was quite costly!

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  2. That is a very cool kit, in 1950 - $50 bucks was 5 grand

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  3. That's it, i will buy it and either end up like the incredible hulk or in the hospital with an uranium intoxication. If you don't see me around for a while, you know what happened.

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  4. This is the type of toy people should've given me when I was a kid.

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  5. Holy crap! I would so get one, if it didn't cost a limb.

    Also thanks for making me Blog of the Day! Cheers.

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  6. I need one. I need one now. I need one, a humpback elf, a laboratory, two buttons, and a pigeon.

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  7. Its like a make your own nuclear bomb toy! awesome!

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  8. Five grand!??! Holy Crapiola!! Fuckin' Jackpot of NOTE

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  9. $5,000!!!!, somebody made a killing, possibly the government.

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  10. If I only had 5 grand.... no wait, I still wouldn't buy it

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  11. It contained actual nuclear material? Yeah that would be a good reason to recall it.

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  12. I will finish your sentence for you. One recenently sold on ebay for 5 grand to the Iranian Government.

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  13. That's not exactly politically correct these days.

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  14. wow what a cool toy from the past

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  15. If they sold things like these nowadays everyone would radiate a glow of happiness

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  16. Holy crap that is awesome, and I thought I had a cool science set growing up.

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  17. Does it also come with a toupee to wear when your hair starts falling out? If that is in the mix, I'm good for the 5 grand.

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  18. Were they afraid kids would blow things up? Well, maybe they would...

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  19. The government is such a killjoy!!! And wowza...that was a lot of money!

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  20. I had an awesome chemistry set in the early 70s. Unfortunately, dad confiscated the alcohol lamp immediately. I also had a dissecting kit; Mum confiscated the dissecting needle/probe, hid it, stuck her finger with it later on, had to get a tetanus shot. No more kits. :-((

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  21. Uranium? Well, that's pretty unbelievable!

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  22. I know what I want for Christmas....

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