Monday, September 30, 2013


When I was young, one day my father came home from the Flea Market with a vintage chemistry set. It was very old but appeared to have all the original contents... beakers, test tubes, a bunson burner, all kinds of chemicals... but the ONE thing it lacked was an instruction manual.

From my memory it looked a lot like these photos:

The ONE thing my new (old) chemistry set lacked was an instruction manual. It would have been nice to have one of these to go with it:

So I was left to experiment on my own. Within an hour I had the entire kitchen table ablaze as I experimented by heating up various chemicals in the bottles to see what would happen.

So... my message to you out there, FATHERS... if you're going to get your kids a chemistry set, please, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure it comes with an instruction manual. 

Fortunately, I was able to get the fire out without anything getting too damaged... and this was probably where my first interest in chemistry started... followed by an interest in pharmacy.

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Unknown said...

Mine had a strip of magnesium in one of the little bottles. I almost blinded the entire family when I lit that on fire.

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Knot Telling said...

You must be a youngster. It is very strange to see a chemistry set that looks like the one I had when I was a child called "vintage"!