Green cardboard box with removable lid; bottom of box has green and red cardboard inserts for set components; top and bottom of box bottom have rows of seven green cardboard containers with removable lids; top row has the following: sulfur, sodium thiosulfate, sodium carbonate, marble chips, tartaric acid, sodium bisulphate, and potassium nitrate (empty); bottom row has sodium hydroxide, ammonium sulphate, zinc turnings, lead acetate, ammonium chloride, copper sulphate, and an unlabeled container with a fine gray powder (possibly powdered iron); between the two rows are three smaller red and green cardboard boxes; the left box has a stainless steel spoon; the middle box has a plastic bag with four wood corks and a stainless steel pan; and the right box has a paper package of magnesium ribbon (empty).
Chemistry sets reached their heyday in the 1950s, but production of them began in the United States during World War I. Playing with a toy chemistry set inspired many a boy to become a chemist, and not until the late 1950s were girls considered an appropriate market.
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