Radium Bread (ca 1920)
| Envelopes for radium bread produced by the Hippmann-Blach
bakery located in St. Joachimstal (Jachymov,
now part of the Czech Republic). Joachimstal is sometimes referred to as the "Cradle of the Atomic
The yellow color is due to the cards I slipped into the envelopes to make the lettering stand out more clearly.
|The envelope above
left, written in German, indicates that radium water from Joachimstal was
used in the production of the bread ("Unter Zusatz von St.
Joachimstaler Radiumwasser" ). As such, the bread would have
contained slightly elevated levels of radium, but nothing that could be
considered dangerous. The envelope above right is written in Hungarian.
Translation courtesy of Franz Schönhofer.
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