Vintage Nuclear Toys [PICS]
This was the most elaborate Atomic Energy educational set ever produced, but it was only only available from 1951 to 1952.
The unifying characteristic of these toy guns is that they are all identified as “Atomic.” The top two, made of tin, were manufactured in Japan, probably in the 1950s or 1960s. When the trigger is pulled, sparks appear in the window on the barrel.
Uranium Rush is a Gardner Games product from the mid 1950s. The information just to the left of the cactus on the top of the box (below) indicates that it was an “Educator Approved” Prestige Toy for 1955.
This “Atomic Geiger Counter” was produced by the Bell Products Company of 4251 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis Missouri, probably in the 1950s. Quoting the Instructions, “The Atomic Geiger Counter is a toy, and is completely safe. It does not detect uranium or any other radioactive ore. However, it is an educational toy which familiarizes the child (and the parent) with certain basic ideas and procedures of real uranium prospecting, by simulating radioactivity detection.”
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