vintage vaseline/uranium glass
I love antiques, antiquing and retro vintage and lately I have had a little obsession with vintage Uranium Glass. This pale greenish, yellowish glass was manufactured in the 1920's into tableware and household items, but fell out of widespread use when the availability of uranium to most industries was sharply cut during the Cold War. Most such objects are now considered antiques or retro-era collectibles.
The normal color of Uranium glass ranges depending on the oxidation and concentration of the metal ions, Uranium glass is fluorescent under ultraviolet light and can register above background radiation on a sufficiently sensitive geiger counter, although most pieces of uranium glass are considered to be harmless and only negligibly radioactive. This radioactivity is what I find myself most fascinated with, the fact that manufacturing household goods out of a radioactive isotope was commonplace. I wouldn't eat off of them, but I sure love them. Just to clarify, there is nothing eco about this other than its vintage-ness...it's just amazing that it is nuclear!