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    Radioactive Mineral Locator

    I got this for $3.00 . I haven't been able to find any info on it yet . I put some fresh batteries in it and it seems to work . A little light flashes every few seconds . With headphones , you hear a click when the light flashes .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojjax View Post
    I got this for $3.00 . I haven't been able to find any info on it yet . I put some fresh batteries in it and it seems to work . A little light flashes every few seconds . With headphones , you hear a click when the light flashes .

    I think is really cool and its definitely worth a lot more than $3.00 to the right person. I would have bought it in heartbeat. As a fan of the "Fallout" series of video games, I would have paid at least $50.00 for it. I bet there are collectors of this type of atomic age scientific doo-dads would pay substantially more than that. This is a completely uneducated opinion, but that is not something you come across every day. I wonder what system it depends upon for detecting radioactivity. I'd assume it works something like a geiger counter and has a gas filled container with gasses that respond to radiation. Great find!

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    Hey mojjax - the glass bulb looking thing in the upper left corner - is that a light-bulb or could that be the gass filled radioactivity detector?

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    Very cool. I couldn't find any info. on the company. Probably something you could order out of the back of a Popular Mechanics mag. back in the 50's. I think it's missing the wand though. Is that a plug for a jack on the front?
    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King.

    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink it.

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    Looks like something that would be kept in a bomb shelter. Is there a date on the instructions? Very nice find.
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    Here is a Goldak model from 1948- Popular Mechanics - Google Books

    Notice the headphones and the probe.
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    In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King.

    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    Looks like something that would be kept in a bomb shelter. Is there a date on the instructions? Very nice find.
    I think it was for prospecting in the "Uranium Rush". Back in the 50s some people thought that they were going to get rich prospecting for uranium.
    ’49 Uranium Rush | Modern Mechanix
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    Randazzo -The light bulb thing is some sort of sealed tube thingy .

    Diggumup - The unit is the wand - the jack on the front is for headphones . I have a huge stack of Popular Mechanics , Pop. Science , Mec. illustrated . from the 40's , 50's , 60's I'll dig them out of the closet , maybe I'll find it in one .

    Beans - Nope , no date

    Mjlalt - I think you are right about ''Uranium Rush ''
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    It's a Geiger Counter. The Brass Tube in the bottom of photo two is a Muller Tube.

    Every time you hear a click it is Radio Active Partical being detected.

    Have fun.

    Hold it up to your Smoke Detector and it will sing for you. LOL

    Geiger

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    Well I can tell you the company that made it is out of business. Just checked out the Pulaski rd address on bing. Just an old dirt lot now.
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    Thanks Cyberdan !

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    A mantle from a Coleman lantern will make it click too!

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    Remarkable good condition considering its age. Let us know if it springs to life when brought near a source of radiation. I believe an old luminous wrist watch dial may work.

    If you want to sell it on eBay, the fact that you have the original instructions and warranty makes it a sweeter deal.

    M

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    This one is Wild. Salt Substitute is Active! LOL Low Sodium Salt Substitutes

 

 

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