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1950s Unlimited

1950-1969 All things mid century.

How to Survive an Atomic Bomb, 1950

this government-promoted book suggested that men wear wide brimmed hats to protect against the heat flash when the bomb exploded. 

Bomb Shelter 1950s

Bomb Shelter 1950s

Septic tank converted to 6 person bomb shelter, 1951

Teens, 1940s

A Young sailor on leave visits with his friends.

Wartime Love, 1945


Married college girl looking in mirror surrounded by pictures of her enlisted

husband.

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Youth at a glance-1938 


Safety first, 1950s

Atomic Bomb Test –  Yucca Flat, Nevada 1955


Mannequins used to gauge the effects of an A-bomb on the human body for a nuclear test explosion in the desert.

Trinity, July 16th 1945

The first nuclear explosion in history took place in New Mexico at the Alamogordo test range in the Jornada del Muerto (journey of Death) desert. 

"In that brief instant in the remote New Mexico desert the tremendous effort of the brains and brawn of all these people came suddenly and startlingly to the fullest fruition. Dr. Oppenheimer, on whom has rested a very heavy burden, grew tenser as the last seconds ticked off. He scarcely breathed. He held on to a post to steady himself. For the last few seconds, he stared directly ahead and then when the announcer shouted "Now!" and there came a tremendous burst of light followed shortly thereafter by the deep growling roar of the explosion, his face relaxed into an expression of tremendous relief. Several of the observers standing back of the shelter to warch the lighing effects were knocked flat by the blast.

…All seemed to feel that they had been present at the birth of a new age — The Age of Atomic Energy — and felt their profound responsibility to help in guiding into the right channels the tremendous forces which had been unlocked for the first time in history.”

Brigadier General Thomas F. Farrell, describing his impressions at S-10,000 a bunker 10,000 yards south of Trinity

Before Trinity: The “100 Ton Test”, may 7th, 1945

preparation for the first ever nuclear explosion (Trinity) entailed detonating 108 tons of TNT stacked on a wooden platform.This was the largest instrumented explosion up to this date and known as the 100 Ton Test.

1970 Strike Graffiti

"Graffiti such as this on the face of a USC building were duplicated all over the nation where students expressed their anger over the Kent State killings by National Guardsmen and the continuation of the Vietnam war

pacific ocean 1946 bomb test Detonation nevada desert 1950s testing fireball rises 1955 nevada desert test vip observers 1961 bomb testing

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Atomic Bomb testing 1946 through 1961

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