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1924 For The Children's Hour Book Lead Safe Mama 1

1924 Hardcover Book, “For The Children’s Hour”: 640 +/- 24 ppm Lead, Published by the Milton Bradley Company.

“For The Children’s Hour”, Copyright 1906 (print date 1924) By Bradley Quality Books, Milton Bradley Company. Springfield, Massachusetts. The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate of the item or anything 90 ppm Lead or […]

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1916 Hardcover Robin Hood And His Merry Men Lead Safe Mama 1

1916 Hardcover Book, “Robin Hood And His Merry Men”: 1,572 ppm Lead + 81 ppm Arsenic

“Robin Hood & His Merry Men”, Copyright 1916 By Whitman Publishing Co. Racine, Wisconsin The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate of the item or anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint […]

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1966 Book Its Wonderful To Be In Love Lead Safe Mama 1

1966 Hardcover Book, “It’s Wonderful To Be In Love”: 387 ppm Lead

1966 Book, “It’s Wonderful To Be In Love” by Rosalind Welcher. When tested with an XRF instrument this book had the following readings: Front Cover: Lead (Pb): 387 +/- 21 ppm Arsenic (As): 39 +/- 15 ppm Barium (Ba): 317 +/- 150 Chromium (Cr): 372 +/- 72 ppm Bromine (Br): 6 +/- 3 ppm Zinc […]

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1978 Holly Hobbies Answer Book Paperback Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#LeadFree: 1978 Copy of “Holly Hobbie’s Answer Book” Paperback

1978 Copy of “Holly Hobbie’s Answer Book” Paperback Child’s Book Note: The XRF instrument tests down to single-digit ppm accuracy. Items intended for use by children are considered toxic and unsafe for children at 90 ppm lead or higher in the paint or coating or 100 ppm paint or coating in the substrate. A “negative” […]

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Princess Of Power A Most Unpleasant Present Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#Leaded; 1985 Princess of Power A Most Unpleasant Present Mini Comic Book

Tested with an XRF instrument this 1985 “Princess of Power A Most Unpleasant Present” Mini Comic Book was positive for the following elements at the following levels: Cover Lead (Pb): 105 +/- 18 ppm Chromium (Cr): 158 +/- 83 ppm Zinc (Zn): 66 +/- 19 ppm Copper (Cu): 105 +/- 35 ppm Nickel (Ni): 151 […]

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The Enchanted World Water Spirits Time Life Book 1985 1 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#LeadSafe: 1985 Time Life The Enchanted World Water Spirits Hardcover Book

1985 Time Life The Enchanted World Water Spirits Hardcover Book, all components of the book tested with an XRF. See full XRF readings below. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in a modern item made and intended for use by children is 90 ppm or higher in the paint or coating. All of […]

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Peoples Ears Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#LeadSafe: 1981 Hardcover Children’s Book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears

Many vintage books have lead in both the covers (in the dyes of the fabric or leather, the printing/ink and in any decorative paints used) and pages (in the ink). While the distinction of the word “vintage” changes as the years pass (“vintage” vs. “new”, vs. “antique”) please remember that 1981 (while it seems like […]

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1963 The Roosevelt Era Book Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: 1963 Hardcover Printing of “Volume 14 of The American Heritage New Illustrated History Of The United States; The Roosevelt Era”

Most vintage books have at least some amount of lead. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in a modern item manufactured and intended to be used by children is 90 ppm or higher in the coating (or paint) and 100 ppm (or higher) in the substrate. This 1963 printing of “The Roosevelt Era” […]

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1968 Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Mad Magazine Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 1

#LeadFree: (Surprise!) 1968 Paperback Copy of “Al Jaffee Spews Out Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions”

Most vintage books have at least some amount of lead. It was a huge surprise that this 1968 paperback printing of MAD’s “Al Jaffee Spews Out Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” was lead-free! We are also super excited about this because this is one of my husband’s favorite books from his childhood (he was born […]

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