1950s: Nuclear toys






9 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. Banjo

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

  3. MarkW

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.


  6. Suburban Kid

    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


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