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Does anybody remember radioactive glow-in-the-dark toys?

oceanna
11 years ago

When I was in the third grade, as a reward for learning my Bible verses well, my Sunday School teacher rewarded me with a plastic cross on a cord to hang around my neck. The cross was about 3" long. It was a strange greenish color and it was super cool because it glowed in the dark. I used to suck on it a lot when wearing it around my neck. At night after lights out I used it to read books underneath the covers so my parents wouldn't catch me still awake.

This is the Catholic version of the same thing. Mine was Presbyterian so had no metal on it at all and no crucifiction, and it just hung on a simple cord, but otherwise was identical (this one sold on ETSY a while back):

My sister had a radioactive watch dial. The little boys at school had plastic glow-in-the-dark skulls. There was glow-in-the-dark jewelry and Christmas ornaments, you name it.

There is a lot on the web about the watch dials, but almost nobody mentions there were tons of radioactive plastic toys across the nation.

I don't know what happened to my cross, but I know that wherever it is, it's still glowing and still will be when my great, great, great, great grandchildren are alive.

Did any of you have radioactive toys?

Does anybody remember this?

It was a machine at the Buster Brown shoe store called a fluoroscope. My sisters and I would argue over whose turn it was to stand on it. If you looked through the viewer, you could see a real-time x-ray of the bones in your feet, and see them move as you wiggled your toes. Parents loved it because it helped them see how well our shoes fit and if we had growing room in the shoe. We kids loved it because it was FUN!

Predictably, shoe salesmen all over the country started dropping like flies (as my memory serves), so they took them out of the stores.

Do you remember these? Or are you all too young?

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