The pictures in this article about kids’ chemistry sets of days gone by really took me back. I sold greeting cards door-to-door (something else I can’t imagine an eight-year-old of today doing) to get a chemistry set very much like the last one pictured. In those days any money I didn’t spend on books I spent on science kits. A few years later it was on back issues of Astounding or Galaxy.
My parents could never really understand my interest in math or science. They’d never really encouraged it, just stood back and watched in amazement. I blame Captain Video.