Uranium Ore Sample

Uranium Ore Sample, ca. 1945

Uranium Ore Sample
ca. 1945
uranium ore, fabric, ink, cordage
4 x 2 ¾ x 1 ¾ in. (bag)
Albuquerque Museum, gift of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation from the Lucia v.B. Batten Estate, PC2015.26.17
photo by David Nufer

Prospectors may have utilized sophisticated equipment to discover uranium ore, but they often used low tech storage procedures. These uranium ore samples were stored in a small burlap bag decorated with an illustration of a bomb. Attached to the bag is a label that guarantees the contents to be “radio-active and harmless.”