Nuclear toys of the 1950s

IN the 1950s, nuclear toys were a hit. The A.C. Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab retailed at $49.50 in 1951 (Armageddon-in-a-box didn’t come cheap). The box included a U-239 Geiger radiation counter and an electroscope. Great stuff. For all the family there was Uranium Rush, a chance to make a million dollars seeking out the precious element. Keen prospectors could then grab a Gilbert Geiger Counter and look for the real stuff in their big brother’s backpack and Uncle Billy-Bob’s car:

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