Nuclear toys


All images drawn from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (OARU) Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection.

8 comments to Nuclear toys

  • Ray Martin

    Ah, from a more optimistic age, when nuclear science was the salvation of the future. Still, you have to remember that it was only in 1910 that they stopped putting radium in toothpaste and soaps.

  • Banjo

    Fascinating. I wonder what would happen if you tried to send that through the mail as a gift? Probably not anything good.

  • MarkW

    Imagine the glow on your child’s face when he opens this at Christmas ;o)

  • Sacha Baker

    Uranium Rush – great name for a band.

  • Ray Martin

    May 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm
    Imagine the glow on your child’s face when he opens this at Christmas ;o)

    Funniest comment ever :D

  • Kit Lynam

    ‘safe radioactive materials’?!

  • TraceyR

    As a child (daughter of a career-Air Force [albeit lefty] navigator of B-52s), I played a game called Nuclear War.

    It came in a little box which contained a spinner with the image of a mushroom cloud on it, and two sets of cards: one for population (1 million, 5 million etc.) and one for weapons (trident missiles, etc.). Ostensibly one killed the millions of people neatly with the quiver of missiles (unless mistakes were made, right?).

    There was a little label inside the top of the box indicating the play had been invented by some smarty-pants outfit in Palo Alto (see: Stanford University).

    I always assumed it wasn’t clear to us how to play the game, as no one ever seemed to win . . . but I think that might have been the point.


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