The Most Dangerous Toys of All Time

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 30, 2007 in Hobbies and Collections |

the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab Kit

There’s a great article at Radar magazine on the top ten most dangerous toys of all time. My personal favorite is the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab Kit:

“Honey, why is your face glowing? In 1951, A.C. Gilbert introduced his U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, a radioactive learning set we can only assume was fun for the whole math club. Gilbert, who Americanmemorabilia claims was “often compared to Walt Disney for his creative genius,” had a dream that nuclear power could capture the imaginations of children everywhere. For a mere $49.50, the kit came complete with three “very low-level” radioactive sources, a Geiger-Mueller radiation counter, a Wilson Cloud Chamber (to see paths of alpha particles), a Spinthariscope (to see “live” radioactive disintegration), four samples of Uranium-bearing ores, and an Electroscope to measure radioactivity.”

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