1951 ... gee-whiz Cool!

... what little kid or his Dad can resist an article about giant prop planes landing in the backyard and disgorging life-size Tonka trucks!

... conspiracy theorists take note: maybe it was POP Science and Mechanics that financed Stalin and the Reds in order to sell more issues!

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1951 ... know and know!

... why am I more scared of that school janitor with the hammer than the Russkies and their atomic bombs?!


1951 ... no safe place!

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1954 ... Atomic Humor Attempted!

... silly movie- but the source of a lot of childhood nightmares of being stuck in the wrong place at the wrong-time during an atomic test!

... no trailer is available but  here's a short review by 'Matinee' director Joe Dante.

... and for the truly brave - the whole movie in murky YouTube-O-Vision.

1952 ... 'Dangerous Assignment!'

... if you are a fan of this blog- then it's a safe bet that you have fairly eclectic tastes. So I'll share with you my enthusiasm for a wonderfully cornball early Cold-War adventure series- 'Dangerous Assignment'.

Not only does it star stalwart and stout character actor Brian Donlevy; he also produced both the radio and TV series. It's full of heartfelt but hapless melodrama, cheap sets and a cavalcade of fellow character actors. Long before James Bond, two-fisted government agent Steve Mitchell fights the Communist menace all over the globe. Women find his well trimmed mustache and steely eyes irresistible.

(Donlevy was a real life adventure manly-man and an Ace during WW1)

... here is a Link to the 90 radio episodes

... and the Link to the follow-up TV episodes - have fun and tell "The Commissioner" howdy for me!

1955 ... lot's of B-47 crews!

... it is often overlooked just how many B-47 'Stratojets' were produced ... 2,032!
Almost 3 times the number of B-52's.


1950 ... those pesky "yellow-hordes" at it again!

... interesting map of Asia - viewed through the perspective of the beginning of the Korean War; a very hot chapter of the Cold War.

1951 ... you need Atomic Oil!

... from kid's candy to very small bathing suits; anything can benefit from advertising associating your product with nuclear destruction! 

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..."aircraft number one"

... the Russian equivalent of Air Force One is referred to as 'aircraft number one'. There are several models performing similar functions. The largest and newest is a Ilyushin 96-300 wide body. These images are screen-caps from a Russian TV documentary. LINK


... death wears bunny-slippers!

... interesting article written by a man who knows. LINK

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... under your local prairie!

... US Minuteman ICBM command center. On the first drawing 'not to scaqle' means the command capsule is 100 ft underground!


1953 ... make it small and fast!

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1954 ... me and my Sabre-Dog!

... the world below our feet!

... I live in a college town. The large university (25,000 students) is in the center of the town. The original ivy covered buildings were built in the early part of the 20th Century. The rest of the sprawling campus was added over the ensuing decades. Like most such large institutions it had it's own 'power plant' for heating and some of the electric demand. The old soot belching smokestacks and archaic machinery have long since been replaced by one of the most modern buildings on campus. But the basic infrastructure is still in use. This means that there is a myriad of tunnels running back and forth deep under the campus transporting hot and cold water and electricity.

Colloquially referred to as "the steam tunnels"  they are the stuff of legend. Lurking mass murders, English dept. orgies and marijuana farming are some of the tamer stories. One sure thing; they were at some time, a part of the universities cold-war fallout shelter plan.

To what extent they could still be utilized depends on a willingness to restock them with rations and other amenities. Meanwhile they sure would be a nice location for a cheap zombie movie! ( photo: Kate Medicus)

... keep a look-out!

... good thing I didn't see this as a kid! What fun it would have been to strap on my Mattel Dick Tracy .38 shoulder holster everytime Mom and I drove Dad to the airport. There I'd be tailing any guy in a raincoat with a heavy suitcase. Especially if he had a large white placard over his face!

... here's a related Link that makes for interesting reading

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... meanwhile; in picturesque Europe!

 ... Boris and Natasha left these at the drop - but aside from them being "G-Whiz Golly" pictures of NATO infantry punching it out with Soviet armor - I have no idea what's going on? Is it Soviet instructions on what not to do when visiting the scenic sights of the Fulda Gap or the mysteries of the Ardenn Forest?

1960 ... bunches of Nuclear Subs!

... many historians say the development of the nuclear powered submarine and the underwater launched ballistic missile was a salvation to humanity. At the time of it's introduction it was a invulnerable deterrent force. It was a guarantee of the doctrine of 'Mutual Assured Destruction'. A 'balance' of power which makes nuclear war unwinnable - and just not worth the trouble. "Oh bother - now I've done it and gone and wiped out the human race! ... me bad!"

The first US nuclear sub started construction in 1952 (just seven years after WWII) and was launched 2 years later. Six years later there were 33 'boats' in the water and nine of them missile carrying Polaris class.

It would be cool to call the "Shark" your home... not so sure about the "Snook"! 


... my illustration work: Victor bomber (UK)


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... my illustration work: F-106

1953 ... more of the big and strange!

"... sooo - we need to Zorch stuff with radiation from all directions and that sort of important national security sort of stuff!"

... built in 1953, the Tower Shielding Facility at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Reserve is one of those very big things built so that the mad-scientists could give young boys nightmares. A whole lot more info from this LINK

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