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The Atomic Way to Get Rich

You 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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7 Responses to The Atomic Way to Get Rich

  • It also seems to be available currently as an on-demand print. I have found copies for sale through Amazon, Textbooks.com, Barnes & Noble – so the holdings in various libraries might be the current version. Though this copy should have long been retired for a newer printing.

  • There was once a federal bounty for discoveries of new uranium lodes. If you’ve got this in the collection, check the catalog for “Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter”.

  • There have been many new discoveries about radioactive minerals since 1948 … most notably the health hazards. And the government agencies have changed (the AEC, for one, doesn’t exist anymore). University collections are the perfect place for this.

  • “…and then…YOU…can glow and the dark and get radiation poisoning…”

  • Brings to mind the Boxcar Children book–was it The Mystery at Yellow Ranch? Turned out their uncle’s ranch was rich in uranium and the rocks in his fireplace were flecked with it!

  • Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may have seen me in such Cold War public information films as ‘Gee Mom, are there really Reds in Fourth Grade’ and ‘Them Pesky Russkies’. Now if you wanna help Uncle Sam, listen carefully as I introduce a little fellow called Uranium Joe and his useful little pal, Geiger Counter George…

  • Wow! I always thought that Uranium Rock by Warren Smith was a bit of poetic license. A fun subject.
    (From here:http://www.rockabilly.nl/lyrics4/u0003.htm)
    URANIUM ROCK
    (Warren Smith)
    WARREN SMITH (SUN, 1958)

    Well I’m gettin’ tired workin’ hard every day
    Workin’ every day and not a-gettin’ much pay
    I got a big geiger counter, it’s a pretty good rig
    When the needle starts clickin’ it’s where I’m gonna dig
    Money-money honey, and the kind you fold
    Money-money honey, rock ‘n’ roll
    Rake it in, bale it up like hay
    Have a rockin’ good time and throw it all away

    Well, I can see me now in my long Cadillac
    Hinges in the middle, spare wheel on the back
    Man, don’t you know I’d be hard to stop
    When I find that big uranium rock
    Money-money honey, and the kind you fold
    Money-money honey, rock ‘n’ roll
    Rake it in, bale it up like hay
    Have a rockin’ good time and throw it all away

    Yes, that’s me in my long Cadillac
    Headin’ down the road and I ain’t comin’ back
    Ain’t no red light gonna make me stop
    When I find that big uranium rock
    Money-money honey, and the kind you fold
    Money-money honey, rock ‘n’ roll
    Rake it in, bale it up like hay
    Have a rockin’ good time and throw it all away

    on Youtube
    http://youtu.be/jq2kqNTHejM

    Regards
    Andy