... Closer than we think!





... love this series that ran in newspapers from the late 50's thru the early 60's.

... here's a LINK to an album on one of my other sites.

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1951- 1964 ... US Army television series


... if you like old black and white TV (and I know you do because you've come to this site) you'll love the series of 'informative' shows about what our Cold War Army was up to. Here's the starter LINK .






1946 ... hurrah for the Atom Bomb boys!


... another time another place: co-pilot Captain Robert A. Lewis, commander and pilot Paul W. Tibbets Jr., tailgunner Staff Sergeant George Caron, and flight engineer Staff Sergeant Wyatt Duzenbury.


 

1954 ... "Red Blitz!"


... I certainly hoped that the personnel manning what passed for an Early Warning system in 1954 would show a little more control and professionalism than these characters! But; it must be nerve-wracking to have the command center on a sinking barge in the middle of the Hudson River with Russo-Nazi rocket planes buzzing ten feet over your head.



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1954 ... 'H' for Hilarity!


... thank goodness we have Groucho Marx's lewd cocktail napkins for comic relief when the end of the world comes!


 

1947 ... looks like fun!


"... let's see: racial bigotry (check), crazed lust (check), boy on boy Tango (check), depressed, hooded cults (check)! Anything else we need to put on the 'to do' list when we conquer the capitalist-swine Americans comrade?"

Seems the Catechetical Guild Educational Society in St. Paul, Minnesota was jumping the gun a bit with the Commie paranoia for 1947 - heck, the Russkies didn't even have their own A-bomb yet.

Well, the CGES of St. Paul sure went down in history for scaring little kid stiff over those Godless Communists; it has it's own Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Is_This_Tomorrow%3F

And I know that you'll be under the sheets all night with a flashlight reading the entire comic book here:  https://flashbak.com/tomorrow-red-scare-comic-book-1947-391142/




 

1951 ... defending North America!





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1951 ... tests and more tests!



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1950 ... meet the B-47





1951 ... grim and gore!




... making sure to keep Americans up at night with nightmares; 'Pageant' magazine, February, 1951.



 

1950 ... designing cities to be bombed?!



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1950 ... shooting at the sky!


... as bombers became faster and flew higher and higher; shooting them down with conventional Anti-Aircraft Artillery would become virtually impossible. But by 1960 and the advent of effective guided Surface to Air Missiles the situation reversed.


 

... when regular won't do it!



... top image is a size comparison between normal steel bar used in 'reinforced concrete' and the nuclear blast resistant type used in construction of this ICBM 'command capsule'.

... as pointed out before; when thinking about these underground structures it is an easy mistake to imagine them tunneled out like a mining operations. They are usually gigantic holes with the structures built at the bottom and then filled in.


 

1983 ... 'The Day After'

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1951 ... 'Pogo' VTOL [my artwork]


... more fantastic, almost made-it technology from the Cold-War. As I get better at this Aerospace Art stuff; it's big fun to create imagery that has never existed before. Imagining what some of these crazy-cool brainchilds would have been like if they had gone on to fruition and even combat. All sorts of factors come into play with the various scenarios. 

One interesting point is 'need'. How badly was a VTOL ship based convoy protection needed? In WWII convoy air cover was vital and pivotal. In the Cold War it was one of those 'hmmm' questions. But without the reality of millions of tons of vital supplies going to the bottom, the Military-Industrial Complex had time and money to screw around as much as they wanted. Besides- the technology was moving so fast that before it got off the drawing board an idea was already obsolete.



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... happy shelter time!


... would love to interview those kids!. Wow- what was it  like to be cooped up in that tiny space for a week? Bet Richard and Sharon-Ann became Gin-Rummy experts!


 

1945 ... what ended the war!


... from Fall 1945 'Life' magazine. More facts coming out about the Atomic Bomb.

I have long maintained that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the sacrificial cities that prevented a nuclear, apocalyptic World War Three. Without this firsthand knowledge, without this horrible experience; using these weapons in a general war would have been inevitable.


 

1945 ... people start to learn about the Atom Bomb!



... Trinity test site, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Site of very first atomic test blast. That's the kind of a scorch mark you get when detonating a 20 kiloton bomb. Light area is sand turned to glass by the fireball heat. This is from a Fall 1945 issue of 'Life' magazine. Average Americans are starting to get details about the wonder weapon that suddenly, unexpectedly ended WWII.