I'm not sure if Mother is completely buying the whole "harmless" line, but I bet Dad can't wait to get it away from Junior's hands!
And here it is, the Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab - highly sought after and covetted by Dad and Junior alike. A.C. Gilbert Co. sold this kit from 1950-51, for $49.50 (kind of steep for a toy set!) which included the following highly scientific components:
- U-239 Geiger-Mueller radiation counter
- Electroscope - to measure radioactivity of different substances
- Spinthariscope - to watch "live" radioactive disintegration
- Wilson Cloud Chamber - to see paths of electrons & alpha particles at 12,000 mps
- Three very low-level radioactive sources - Alpha, Beta, Gamma
- Four samples of Uranium-bearing ores
- Nuclear Spheres - used to build models of molecules
- The book "Prospecting for Uranium"
- The "Gilbert Atomic Energy Manual"
- The comic book "Learn How Dagwood Splits the Atom"
- Three "Winchester" Batteries - size "C"
And if Junior should ever get bored with his alpha particles, he could always go out and do some urnaium prospecting, to build up his atomic pile.
Science so simple that even Dagwood can teach you how to split the atom. I wonder how many U.S. nuclear physicists today got their start by reading this material?
There's that "harmless" word again.... and Mother still isn't buying it. "Absolutely not, Jimmy! I've just gotten these floors scrubbed and the laundry all put away. I will not have you messing-up this home with any radioactive fallout."