`If the A-Bombs Burst’ (1951)

A-Bombs 1951

A-Bombs 1951-2

The residents of New York or Gary, Washington or San Francisco must face the crushing reality that an atom bomb destined for his [sic] neighborhood might even now be winging its way across the curve of the world.

Thank you for the pep talk, article from a 1951 issue of Popular Mechanics. I feel much better now. The photo of the man collapsing from fatal radiation burns also inspires me with a sense of security.

The diagram on page two is tremendous, isn’t it? You’re probably safe if you’re a couple of miles away from the blast, unless you’re downwind!

(Images via Modern Mechanix)

17 Responses to “`If the A-Bombs Burst’ (1951)”


  1. 2 Ed March 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    How would anyone know if Gary was hit be the bomb or not?

  2. 5 contradextraavenue March 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Do you remember any comics with the fallout shelter “playset” advertisement? It supposedly came with a card table & rubberized sheets to build your “shelter”, a gas mask, and some military rations. I’ll have to search around the web for an image of it. I swear it was an actual ad and not dark humor…

  3. 8 leftylimbo March 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Stop, Drop, and Roll Dick Roll!

    • 9 leftylimbo March 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Frankie Goes To Hollywood did a similar infographic on the devastating effects of a nuclear war, on the back of their Two Tribes 12-inch single (which I own, btw). Not as appealing to the senses as this one is, IMO, but still similarly themed.

      It would be cool to start a new “planking”-style trend by doing that slumped-over “A-Bomb victim” pose in random locations. Or better yet, by “bombing” public locations like malls and such by having large groups do that pose all at once. Hmm.

  4. 13 Jay March 20, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I’m sensing a trend here this week – something along the lines of “Tapping into 12 year old Jay’s deepest fears.”

  5. 17 Thingamajiik April 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Yeah put a paper bag over your head and wrap yourself in blankets – or just crawl into a open Fridge…he he 😀


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