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Prospecting for Atomic Minerals
Knoerr and Lutjen
1955

Those of you looking to change your career, here is an option to consider. Why not collect all those fancy minerals they use in an atomic bomb? It’s perfectly safe and easy for anyone to just pick up a shovel and start digging. You will be rich before you know it! What could possibly go wrong?

Worldcat shows only a handful of public libraries. Most holding are in university collections, especially those with technical programs related to engineering and mining. My copy looked like it had been doing field work given the condition of the cover and all the markings inside.

A few years ago we posted a similar book that had a more “get rich quick” tone compared to this book. I guess dropping the bomb is also a business opportunity in the making. I think these odd books have value just in the weirdness, and would probably be a fun display. Amateur mining sounds a bit outside the scope of my service population, however.

Mary

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The Atomic Way to Get Rich

You can Find Uranium coverYou Can Find Uranium
A non-technical guide written in plain understandable language
Weiss and Orlandi
1948

Finally, all our financial woes can be solved with this DIY uranium mining book. Get yourself a geiger counter and get busy. It’s the Atomic Age, baby! These guys have all the info and suggestions on equipment and all the tips on how to identify geological indicators of uranium. The authors also include some helpful government agencies that will be interested in what you find. (I am sure that the FBI and Homeland Security would be interested in anything you find as well.)

There were a few holding in large public libraries, but most of them were in university collections. It is a cool piece of history for the atomic age.

Enjoy!

Mary

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