1950s: Nuclear toys Chris May 21, 2010 1950-1959, Toys & games 9 CommentsFavourited 1178 times Add to favourites 9 Responses Ray Martin May 22, 2010 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. Reply Banjo May 22, 2010 Fascinating. I wonder what would happen if you tried to send that through the mail as a gift? Probably not anything good. Reply Beautiful Things May 22, 2010 Deadly innocence. Reply MarkW May 23, 2010 Imagine the glow on your child’s face when he opens this at Christmas ;o) Reply Sacha Baker May 23, 2010 Uranium Rush – great name for a band. Reply Ray Martin May 24, 2010 MarkW 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 Reply Kit Lynam May 25, 2011 ‘safe radioactive materials’?! Reply TraceyR June 20, 2011 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. Cheers. Reply Suburban Kid June 23, 2012 Well I’m gettin’ tired workin’ hard every day Workin’ every day and not a-gettin’ much pay I got a big Geiger counter, it’s a pretty good rig When the needle starts clickin’ it’s where I’m gonna dig Money-money honey, the kind you fold Money-money honey, rock ‘n’ roll Rake it in, bale it up like hay Have a rockin’ good time and throw it all away “Uranium Rock”, by Warren Smith, 1958 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.