Uranium fever of 1955 - the prospector's kit


The initial outlay for the uranium prospector can vary widely. The ultimate in equipment (image above) begins with a four-wheel drive jeep ($1,685). Other gear on the ground from left foreground includes an Army surplus knapsack ($3), ore sample sacks (25c each), green-topped scintillation counter ($647), an assay kit ($12.50), a black Geiger counter ($350), wooden carrying case for Geiger counter and spare batteries ($25). Clustered around AEC geologic section drawing in right foreground are map portfolio ($10), ore pick ($4), portable drawing board ($7.50), 100-foot tape for measuring claims ($12.50), Brunton compass and case ($47), official AEC and AECB of Canada prospecting handbooks ($1.40 for all three) and claim notices (25c for pad of 100). At left rear is a probe and reel assembly ($655) for detecting radioactivity in drill-holes. Camping gear, from shovel against jeep fender to coffee pot at right rear, costs about $68.


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