Have a Blast With At-Home Chemistry Sets

January 5, 2009

I love all of these vintage at-home chemistry sets from the 1940’s-1960’s that I found on Ebay. Even better is that some of the chemicals are eating away at the packaging.

Gilbert Chemistry Outfit

Gilbert Chemistry Outfit

Chemicals

Chemicals by Gilbert

Chemcraft ny Lionel

Chemcraft by Lionel

Chemcraft by Lionel

Chemcraft by Lionel

Another Gilbert Lab

Another Gilbert Lab

More from Lionel's Chemcraft

More from Lionel's Chemcraft

Atomic Energy from Chemcraft

Atomic Energy from Chemcraft

This Gilbert set has a microscope

This Gilbert set has a microscope

Inside of the Gilbert microscope box

Inside of the Gilbert microscope box

An older Gilbert set

An older Gilbert set

An older Chemcraft set

An older Chemcraft set

More Gilbert chemicals

Chemcraft chemicals

Check out this swell set-up

Check out this swell set-up

Warning label from Chemcraft

Warning label from Chemcraft

Chemcraft experiment manuals

Chemcraft experiment manuals

Ad for chemistry and microscope sets

Ad for chemistry and microscope sets

These old sets remind me of one of my favorite movies “The Young Poisoner’s Handbook”, a British film (1997) that is loosely based on the life of Graham Frederick; also know as the “Tea-cup killer”. “The Young Poisoner’s Handbook” is mad science made cool & explores the fine line between genius and madness. Graham Young, the main character, who is a brilliant chemist sets his sights on becoming the world’s greatest poisoner after several humiliations by his family. Check out the opening from the movie below.

5 Responses to “Have a Blast With At-Home Chemistry Sets”

  1. Gail said

    Hi, Agent. I have a pretty groovy Lionel chemistry set that I’d like to sell. I can send photos. Are you interested?
    Thanks.G

  2. antoinette said

    I’d like to buy an old chemistry set

  3. Wow! I love this site and all those vintage photos. I grew up in the era where kids were allowed a more hand’s on approach to life. This went especially with our educational toys, like chemistry sets. Of course, half the time we would like to just mix stuff to see what would happen. However, there were times where actual learning took place. In my experience, we even formed a little science club and held meetings in the backyard shed. Thanks for the nice site.

  4. i love to buy educational toys for my children, educational toys are very important for the development of motor skills~`,

  5. […] these? Relive your mad scientist youth or foster the love of chemistry in an up-and-coming youth with a […]

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