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This is anything and everything radioactive I can possibly get my hands on. No particular order, I figured that would make it more fun to scroll through. New entries at the top.

Travel Alarm Clocks

These are one of the most commonly found uses of radium-luminous paint, the folding travel alarm clock, consisting of a nice little box with a clock inside, when opened, the clock folds neatly out so it can be set on a night table next to your bed, and when you leave your hotel the next morning, simply snatch it from the table and it will fold into it's neat little case. Note: The three in the back are intact, the others are missing their case(acquired cheap from a clock repair hobbyist), and I have one loose face (Heavily varnished, no worries) from one that I dismantled.

Date added(year-month-day):20111012, sample number:15

Tags:radium, intentional, glow

Vacuum Tube With Uranium AND Mercury

This most unusual vacuum tube, which serves as a rectifier for high voltage AC electricity, happens to also contain mercury, which vaporizes inside to help the almost-vacuum conduct a little better, and also employs uranium glass in the seals between metal and glass, because adding uranium slightly changes how the glass expands, so by having uranium glass between normal glass and metal, you can avoid the glass cracking/the metal falling out. Quite an unusual piece, a rare combination of three of my favorite things!

Date added(year-month-day):20111012, sample number:14

Tags:accidental, uranium

Uranium Ore, Mined by Me!

This is some uranium ore, being mostly magnetite (iron ore) with a small percentage of uranothorite (uranium and thorium ore) mixed in, that I actually chipped off of a rock wall in a public park in a non-disclosed location... It felt good to actually find uranium just sitting around for anyone to grab, really makes you realize how common radioactivity is on Earth!

Date added(year-month-day):20111012, sample number:13

Tags:natural, uranium, thorium

Mineral Kit, With Real Uranium Ore!

This nifty little mineral kit from some time in the 1950s, which unfortunately was a bit broken when I got it, and I originally thought the precious uranium ore was missing, however upon being exposed to short-wave UV light, one of the mineral samples had green fluorescent specks in it, thus proving it to be Autunite, a well known uranium mineral. Also for a laugh, check out what the booklet has to say about radium!

Date added(year-month-day):20111012, sample number:12

Tags:natural, uranium

Thoriated Lens

This is an old Kodak "Pony" camera, vintage 1950-60s or so, I believe 35mm, and the first lens has a few percent thorium oxide mixed in for a higher index of refraction, I.E. smaller lens doing the same work as a big lens. Purchased for $5 from a local flea market, really lucky find.

Date added(year-month-day):20111012, sample number:11

Tags:accidental, thorium

Baltimore Radium Watch

This is a vintage pocket watch from about 1930-50s made by Ingraham clocks, and is particularly precious to me because it goes right out and says "RADIUM" on the dial, and there's nothing I like more then something that states the presence of an element. Sadly when I got it it was, as you can tell by the picture, pretty beat up, and missing it's front glass which makes it very dangerous, some of the radium paint has already flaked off the dial and there's hardly any left on the hands.. Immediately after this picture it was carefully sealed in a plastic bag, never to be disturbed again.

Date added(year-month-day):20110912, sample number:10

Tags:radium, intentional, glow

Westclox Radium

Westclox is a nice old clock company which, on numerous occasions, employed radium-luminous paint on the numbers of it's many clocks. This specific series named either Big Ben or Baby Ben is one of my favorite to collect, because they tend to be highly radioactive, and because we share a name. The clock face in the front is believed to be pre-1930s, and is varnished to assure radium doesn't get everywhere.

Date added(year-month-day):20110903, sample number:9

Tags:glow, intentional, radium

Uranium Glass

Uranium oxides, or other uranium compounds, can be thrown into molten glass to form a beautiful bright green/yellow glass, due to the uranium forming diuranates of sodium, which happen to be highly fluorescent in ultraviolet light. This makes them look VERY vivid green in sunlight, and can make awesome pictures like this one.

Date added(year-month-day):20110903, sample number:8

Tags:uranium, color, accidental

Thoriated 8mm Movie Camera Lens

This old camera was found at one of my favorite flea markets in NH, and was barely detectably radioactive because the thoriated lens was buried under several normal lenses. I purchased it with doubts about it's radioactivity (But hey cameras are fun to take apart anyway, right?) but much to my satisfaction, I found one of the innermost lenses was an excellent example of a single-surface thoriated lens, and the camera is a nice looking piece for my collection. Sadly I think I damaged it beyond use getting the lens out, but I was able to assemble it well enough to look nice again....

Date added(year-month-day):20110808, sample number:7

Tags:accidental, thorium

Uranium Trioxide Orange!

UO3, or uranium trioxide, is the chemical behind the famously bright orange(and radioactive) glaze used in oh so many vintage ceramics. You can still find it from time to time at flea markets, so naturally anytime I do I buy it for my collection . So far, this is my ENTIRE collection of orange glazed items(with some non-radioactive ones mixed in, just because they were part of a set..)

Date added(year-month-day):20110803, sample number:6

Tags:uranium, color

Polonium Spark Plug

This spark plug produced in the 1940s was advertised as containing polonium, which was a well known name at the time, back when radioactivity was a fresh new science that was thought to be the miracle cure to everything. It might seem useless to put radioactive material in a spark plug, but in all actuality radioactivity ionizes the air around it, and ionized air conducts electricity better, which in this case means it's more likely to make better sparks. It's unlikely this tiny amount actually did much, and polonium has a half life of only 138 days, so after a year the effects would be gone either way... Almost 70 years old now.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:5

Tags:intentional, polonium


One of the most famous uranium minerals, pitchblende. Found originally in mines in the Czech Republic and Germany, nobody knew what it was or if it was useful, so they named it pitch after the color of tar, being black, and blende meaning a blend of minerals. Uranium was first discovered from pitchblende.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:4

Tags:natural, uranium

Thorium Mantle

These mantles where basically bags made of cloth that you'd put over a flame, and the first time you lit them they'd transform from cloth into EXTREMELY fireproof ash. The more fireproof the ash, the more brightly it could glow before being incinerated into useless dust, and just so happens there isn't much in the world that's more fireproof then thorium oxide. Oh, thorium is radioactive? I'm sure that's not a problem. Well, not until about 1990 when people started caring anyway.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:3

Tags:accidental, thorium

Uranium-Orange Mini Pitcher

This adorable little orange pitcher was the first orange radioactive thing I owned, and I purchased it at a local flea market from a lady who recognizes me for 50 cents.. I later found it's exact double at an antique store, once again for 50 cents. No brand markings or anything of the sort, probably a fairly cheap brand of the 40-60s.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:2

Tags:accidental, color, uranium

Timex Watch

Beautiful little Timex brand wrist watch, looks like the hands might be gold or gold plated, and it has radium paint on the hands. Not just any radium paint, but paint with emphasis on RADIUM, being twice as active as most my watches with much less paint. You can also tell because the radium areas are burned brown, where as less radium-thick paint will look green or white.

Date added(year-month-day):20110726, sample number:1

Tags:glow, intentional, radium

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