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Things of Science #262 — Probability

Things of Science unit from August, 1962 on probability. I’ve already scanned in a unit just like this one.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #262 — Probability

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Probability

Things of Science #261 — Marble

Things of Science unit from July, 1962 on marble (the mineral).

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #261 — Marble

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Marble

Things of Science #260 — Surface Tension

Surface TensionThings of Science unit from June, 1962 on surface tension.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #260 — Surface Tension

 

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things (not very obvious, a very thin capillary tube or two in the slots cut in the styrofoam):

Surface Tension

Ruby Yoshioka

Sometime around the middle of 1962, the name Ruby Yoshioka appears in a Things of Science booklet. She is, at that time, credited “Production by…”. In the decades that follow, her name is associated with each release of Things of Science — through, I think, their strongest years.

Googling around I found her obituary:

Ruby Yoshioka Obituary

Things of Science #257 — Geometric Models

Things of Science unit from March, 1962 on geometry. They indicate it was a popular unit and, as of 1962,  has been re-issued several times. The copyright on the front page indicates 1949, 1956 and 1962. (Note also that it is re-done again in the 1969.)

There are a few cards that came with the unit that were printed on a stiff card stock. Those are reproduced on the last few pages of the booklet below.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #257 — Geometric Models

More Things of Science scanned here.

Things of Science #256 — Seeds

Things of Science unit from February, 1962 on seeds. Interesting — the unit appears to be complete with original seeds.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #256 — Seeds

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Seeds

Things of Science #255 — Sea Shell

ShellsThings of Science unit from January, 1962 on sea shells. With the illustration from the booklet to the one side here and the photo of the “things” below, it took me but a few seconds to identify each shell below. (I wish now I had placed them to match the illustration when I imaged them.)

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #255 — Sea Shell

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Sea Shell

Things of Science #254 — Incense

Things of Science unit from December, 1961 on incense. It was the “Christmas” unit, so, frankincense … you get it.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #254 — Incense

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Incense

Things of Science #253 — Natural Rubber

Things of Science unit from November, 1961 on natural rubber. This is a natural companion to the Synthetic Rubber unit just a few months previous.

Did you know the word “rubber” (called India Rubber) was coined by Priestley (clergy, scientist) because it could “rub” graphite pencil marks off paper?

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #253 — Natural Rubber

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Natural Rubber

Things of Science #246 — Ancient Gems

Things of Science unit from April, 1961 on gem stones. A lot of history in here. There was some minor damage to the cover of the booklet.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #246 — Ancient Gems

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Ancient Gems

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