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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.