Portable radiation counter with tag that reads “BETA-GAMMA SURVEY METER / . . . / THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION / COUNTER VICTOREEN / AEC MODEL 263-A / 1239.” John A. Victoreen (1902-1986), a high school dropout who made and sold radios, established the Victoreen Instrument Co., in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1929. During World War II, this firm manufactured radiation dosimeters for the Manhattan Project. Victoreen took the company public in 1950.
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