Sometimes the sweet and innocent toys of childhood are not what they seem, and can contain fearsome dangers and unseen threats. Here, DoYouRemember looks at a scary pack of items from the ’50s to the ’90s.
1. Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory
Produced by Alfred Carlton Gilbert in 1950, this kit contained alpha particles, beta particles, gamma particles and four uranium-bearing ore samples, as well as devices kids could use to “actually SEE the paths of electrons and alpha particles traveling at speeds of more than 10,000 miles per SECOND!” Its listing price in 1950 was $49.50, which today would be $458 and change. Less than a year later the toy was recalled because of concerns that children could ingest the radiation sources.