Nov 21 2008

POTD: Nuclear test dummies, 1955

by in Photo of the Day


Atomic Bomb Test In Nevada
Scorched & disheveled male mannequin clad in dark business suit standing in the desert w. lady mannequin in bkgrd., 7000 ft. from the 44th nuclear test explosion, a day after the blast, indicating that humans could be burnt but still alive.

Well, that’s comforting. The tie on the dummy is a nice touch as well.

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(Loomis Dean, May 1955)


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4 Responses to POTD: Nuclear test dummies, 1955

  1. From john:

    A reminder of a bizarre period.
    The real ‘dummies’ of course lived far from the Nevada desert, and they never suffered.
    The real victims also lived elsewhere, but directly in line with the blast’s eastwardly drifting radioactive fallout – the children well to the east of Nevada who unknowingly drank milk loaded with Strontium 90 from the nuclear tests’ fallout, and who years later died, well before their time.

    Posted on November 21, 2008 at 12:59 am #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Very true, John, and well worth remembering.

    Posted on November 21, 2008 at 7:52 am #
  3. From Anne:

    bizzare period right…there would be lots to say about or nothing, the picture is speaking…
    honestly, i die to see more pictures of that, are they in a book, which book, where can i get more information in photographic form about the nuclear tests at the sixties, the model cities dummies and so on?
    please help, i m really interested and can t find anything like the picture above.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:56 am #
  4. From Rylin Mariel:

    I can’t help but wonder: i was born in October 1955, in Virginia, and have multiple congenital defects, most dramatically including extra bony growth in several places on my body. Did “Operation Teapot” cause these things to happen? Was the gov’t being honest about how far drift could extend?

    Posted on June 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm #
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