Posts Tagged ‘Atomic Culture’

According to NNSA, the March 17, 1953  ANNIE 16-kiloton and the May 5, 1955,  APPLE-2 29-kiloton tests …were conducted at the Nevada Test Site; ANNIE being part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, and APPLE-2 being part of Operation Teapot. The titles, Operation Doorstep and Cue, were Civil Defense Program names. Operation Doorstep photos and test films are […]


For a while I’ve wanted to do one ginormous post on the fallout shelter. Fallout shelter docs, especially on the home fallout shelter, are ubiquitous on history and survivalist Web sites and in gov docs collections. What I find fascinating about shelter docs are not only the detailed construction plans and innovative design strategies; I […]


Stumbled on this find today: photographs from Life available through google. Here’s a few searches: + 1940s atomic source:life | Goat being sheared before atomic bomb test. As an aside, if anyone has any stats on the number of animals used by the AEC in testing, please email me ok? It’s for an upcoming research […]


I ran across this interesting fun image at Scroogle today: If you’re wondering the context of the image, it’s based on a 1950s-60s era civil defense doc where the “nuclear family” is hunkered down in their bomb shelter gathered around the TV (I’m trying to track this doc down). Very clever mashup, Scroogle people! (BTW, […]


Perhaps drawing on the nursing shortage during World War II, the Federal Civil Defense Administration’s (FCDA) Civil Defense: Nursing Needs, is a nursing recruitment booklet to deal with “the large number of people who may be affected due to modern warfare” (p. 16). One wonders if the illustrators of the booklet were influenced by Cherry […]


Back issues of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists are  available at google books from December 24, 1945 through through November 1998. The Bulletin, founded by Manhattan Project scientists Eugene Rabinowitch and Hyman Goldsmith, is critical to understanding scientific information sharing deeply influenced by by a culture of compartmentalization and secrecy. BAS provides a valuable […]