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Vintage Radio Shack Phone Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Radio Shack Phone: 1,850 ppm Lead. Remember these things? [Phones? Radio Shack?!]

This vintage Radio Shack brand phone had the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument: Lead (Pb): 1,850 +/- 43 ppm Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (Nd) Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (Nd) Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (Nd) Antimony (Sb): 190 +/- 28 ppm Barium (Ba): Non-Detect (Nd) Chromium (Cr):  Non-Detect (Nd) Selenium (Se): Non-Detect (Nd) People often hold on […]

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2012 Blue Mardi Gras Beads from New Orleans Lead Safe Mama

2012 Blue Mardi Gras Beads: 15,800 ppm Lead (Pb) [90 ppm and up is unsafe for kids!]

Blue Metallic Plastic Mardi Gras Beads. When filming for my documentary in New Orleans in February of 2012 we collected quite a few sets of Mardi Gras beads, including this set. When tested with an XRF instrument the blue plastic beads pictured had the following readings: Lead (Pb): 15,800 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 2,028 ppm [This […]

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Golden Mardi Gras Beads From 2014 Charleston Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

2014 Golden Mardi Gras Beads; 1,127 ppm Lead (Pb)- [90 ppm and up is unsafe for kids!]

Gold Plastic Mardi Gras Beads. In 2014 I did an outreach event at the Charleston Children’s Museum and did XRF testing of consumer goods for folks who came to the museum that day. A nanny came up to my table pushing a toddler in her stroller and I noticed the toddler had these beads around […]

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Made in China Plastic Doctor Toy Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

XRFTesting: Plastic Doctor Toy Purchased On Amazon in 2018

XRF Test Results for: Plastic Doctor Toys Purchased On Amazon in 2018 Here is my Amazon affiliate link for this toy set.* Words printed on Stethoscope: “Made In China” and “Dongguan”. No other mark or brand info printed on toy. Tests were done without disassembling toy, so results are accurate taking that consideration into account […]

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#LeadFree: “American Girl” Doll

I was glad to find out this American Girl doll was lead-free when tested with an XRF instrument! (All accessible components tested!) Here’s my Amazon Affiliate Link* for this doll: Most modern toys that are manufactured as intended to be used by children should be lead-free. To find a modern toy that tests positive for […]

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#Arsenic: Vintage Popeye & Olive Oyl Baby Rattle

When I tested this vintage plastic Popeye and Olive Oyl rattle I was CERTAIN it would be positive for high levels of lead, but I was wrong! No lead at all, not a trace in any component. Unfortunately it does not have a year of manufacture or maker’s mark on it, but based on other […]

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#LeadFree: 1973 Vintage Fisher Price Circus Train

Vintage 1973 Plastic Fisher Price Circus Train. Tested with an XRF instrument. All components were non-detect for lead (Pb), arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg.). The white plastic component of this toy is positive for cadmium at 43 +/- 10 ppm.  Here’s more info about cadmium. Here is a modern version of a similar toy on […]

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Vintage Fisher Price Merry_Go_Round Toy: 4,897 ppm Lead + Arsenic

This vintage plastic Fisher Price playground merry-go-round toy tested positive for Lead and Arsenic. The green plastic: 2,035 +/- 54 ppm Lead 39 +/- 36 ppm Arsenic The yellow plastic: 4,897 +/- 104 ppm Lead 391 +/- 58 ppm Arsenic  Click here to see readings for each of the little people! The amount of Lead […]

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#Leaded: Vintage Fisher Price Little People Man With Yellow Hat

This vintage Fisher Price man tested positive for lead, cadmium and arsenic. His Blue plastic body was positive for lead at 106 +/- 11 ppm. His yellow hat is positive for lead at 3,213 +/- 71 ppm, cadmium at 23 +/- 12 ppm, and arsenic at 186 +/- 43 ppm.  The configuration of the toy […]

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#LeadSafe; 1980 Fisher Price Airport

1980 Fisher Price Airport. All components tested. The only component on this toy that was positive for lead was (ironically) the black gas valve (on the gas pump at the back of the toy)! This piece was low lead (even safe by today’s standards!) at 28 +/- 7 ppm lead (Pb.) The amount of lead […]

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