1960... better living in spite of radiation!


... as it turns out this is an informative book about the effects of radiation and a helpful guide on how to be a good housewife and protect your family and keep them healthy after an atomic war!

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1959 ... the core of all matter!





1953 ... peaceful use of the Atom!

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1958 ... ma Bell fights the Cold War!



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1954 ... R3Y 'Tradewind'








... Sub Time!



... I had been musing about how the Air Force boys and their sexy airplanes get way too much air-time on this blog. So here is some of my own illustration work to the rescue! Dummied up as ads for General Dynamics. Here's a subject where illustration still reigns supreme. Frankly, it's just too dark and uncomfortable down there to take very good photos. Though it would be cool to use a bunch of drone submersibles for lighting... hey, that's a good idea for another illustration!

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1960 .... Project Rombus - Ithacus!




... I vaguely recalled these hair-raising illustrations from my childhood (it was fun to find them again)! These are proposals, by the aerospace giant McDonnell-Douglas, for a giant rocket that could transport  hundreds of troops anywhere in the world within an hour! These are the super-duper cold War dreams of a world where we can imagine Barry Goldwater beat LBJ for the Presidency in 1964. Ah yes- a vast technological Americana Pax empire. Either that or a radioactive wasteland! "Better dead than Red!"

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... Military on the Moon!


... during the 1950's and the early 60's outer-space was seen as the 'high-ground' of the Cold War. Countless chilling scenarios, projects and programs were thrown around. Today much of it seems far-fetched and just plain unnecessary. It was indeed fortunate that treaties were signed in the early 1960's that kept nuclear weapons out of space and leaned funding mainly toward civilian science and exploration.

 

... scare you silly!



... local Civil Defense authorities put out all sorts of pamphlets and posters. Few can equal the classic Mid-Century Modern design of this one! ( Not coincidentally, minus the fireball,  it resembles the opening sequence of a least half a dozen TV dramas of the era).

"... gee Bob, don't you think that illustration for the front of our flyer is a bit extreme?"
"Well- we toned it down from the incinerated puppy dogs we had earlier!"

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... defending America's model railroads!





... really big golf-ball !!


... there's that phrase "the landscape of the Cold-War". This gigantic radome, part of the NORAD's radar warning system, is testament to the reality of that phrase. Towering antennas, vast air-bases, underground complexes; it was a construction project to dwarf the Pyramids. Even America's interstate highway system was pushed through Congress as vital to moving troops and supplies during World War Three.

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... from ICBM to Space Vehicle


... sharing a common cornerstone of the Cold War both the Soviet and USA early space programs relied on nuclear weapons delivery rockets (re-purposed) as the stepping stones to the stars. L-R USSR Soyuz  USA Redstone, Atlas, Titan.

 

1962 ... "A New Line of Sight"


... we can all be very glad that the test-ban and other treaties helped to keep space from becoming militarized!

 

1951 ... "Airpower America"


... nifty animated film about the history of war and air power - from clubs to atom bombs!

 

1957 ... Soviet Badger bomber - recognition film




1959 ... "Project Pluto: The 'Big Stick'"


... ooo - new ways to annihilate millions! This concept had a un-shielded atomic reactor powered ramjet engine - so just looking at it could kill you!

 

1956 ... F-106 Delta Dart!



... I do not know why - all these years I have turned up my nose at the Convair 'Delta' family. It just looked a little boring. And I thought it was 'small'; when it really is rather huge! 

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1965 ... new views - XB-70 in flight!


... I thought I had seen all the footage of the XB-70 "Valkyrie" - but all of this is new to me!

 


1953 ... last hurrah for Sea-planes!




1953 ... big battlefield BLAM!


... it is amazing how fast the Atomic Bomb went from something that was a delicate, painstakingly assembled 'gadget' tested at Alamogordo, NM ...  to an artillery projectile fired out of a cannon.