... call now!

... great 'box-art'

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... Hanford Atomic Labs

... feeding sheep radioactive food to see where and how much the radiation accumulates; led to the first glow in the dark sweaters. Unfortunately  the AEC was unable to suppress reports of 60 ft. man eating 'Sheep-a-shark-octapuss's'. A missing battalion of Green Berets and several destroyed Abrams tanks have not been confirmed.


... the truth is out there!

' ... the ace in the hole'

... one command facility ( above and center) controlled ten or more widely dispersed
missiles in silos. The same basic set-up still exists for the current Minuteman III force.


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1965 ... building 'in' shelter

... as a kid growing up during the 'hottest' years of the Cold War, and having a vivid imagination, I was always aware of the shelter potential of any structure I was in. 
The above example would have been a winner on my list. It reminds me of the modern "International Style' Protestant church we went to.  The big deserted glass lobby would be great for a quick run upstairs to check the rad level and peer at the glowing landscape. "Ooo- Buicks melt the best!" However there was likely to be a crowd of decaying atomic-zombies pressing there gooey faces against all that plate glass. I'd also have to keep an eye on the large planter area under the flying staircase because atomic-zombies love hiding behind rubber trees.

LBJ sure has the look of a guy who always keeps his six-shooters loaded with plenty of megatonage.
Black and white Presidents looked much more grim and ready with their atomic trigger-fingers. Although the secret was that Reagan was really black and white and they just added the color with make-up.

1947 ... cosmic ray gun!

... from the beginning, the Cold War had problems with the difference between Science and Science-Fiction.

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1961 ... the Berlin Wall

... 100 tons

... shortly before the test of the first atomic device in New Mexico in 1945- engineers detonated 100 tons of TNT in order to calibrate measuring and recording devices.

"Hey! You on the left! Put out that cigarette!"

... B-70- from here to there.

... this type of diagram seems an unintentional promotion for Missiles over Manned Bombers!

B-36 ... 'the office'

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1949 ... watching out!

... today we take it for granted that steely-eyed technicians and computers are always scanning the far horizons for threats. But that system took a long time and a lot of money to build. In the early years of the Cold-War radar coverage was neither complete or reliable.

This accounts for much of the fear of 'sneak-attack' morosely intoned in pop-culture and propaganda.

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