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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 Romance of Nickel

The Romance of Nickel coverThe Romance of Nickel
International Nickel Company of Canada
1957

Submitter: My submission is a short paean to nickel, called The Romance of Nickel. The cover does little to convince me, however, as it shows the desolate wasteland created by nickel mining. This slim volume (a mere 80 pages) was created by The International Nickel Company (motto: “Inco Nickel… Your Unseen Friend”) to sell its product, and the spin is a little much. Judging by the cover illustration, the environmental damage of nickel mining is extreme; no romance there!

Holly: That cover! It’s all bent up with peeled-off stickers, and I agree with Submitter that the image is less than romantic. It would work for the cover of a dystopian romance novel. This is too old to be useful to anyone. It was found in a community college in Colorado. Mining is of interest in Colorado, for sure, but I’m not sure a community college is the place for this little booklet from 1957.

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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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