If you recall your childhood chemistry kit fondly, you’ll certainly find this overview of how the kits have changed over the decades an interesting stroll down memory lane. Depending on your age, you can be thankful you missed the radioactive kits.
The BBC reports:
By the 1920s and 30s children had access to substances which would raise eyebrows in today’s more safety-conscious times.
There were toxic ingredients in pesticides, as well as chemicals now used in bombs or considered likely to increase the risk of cancer. And most parents will not need to be told of the dangers of the sodium cyanide found in the interwar kits or the uranium dust present in the “nuclear” kits of the 1950s.
Hit up the link below for colorful trip through the history of chemistry kits.
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- Published 08/8/12