Skip to comments.Haunting 1950 images imagine the effects of an atomic bomb attack on the Big Apple
Posted on 08/21/2012 8:00:36 PM PDT by moonshot925
It wasn't a movie poster for a monster or disaster film. It was an illustration of America's worst nightmare - that an atomic bomb would strike a major U.S. metropolis.
The harrowing image of the New York City skyline marred by a giant mushroom cloud splashed the cover of Collier's magazine on August 5, 1950 - at a time of heightened American anxiety.
The Collier's issue was spotlighted recently on Smithsonianmag.com, which ran the same pictures that appeared in the same 1950 issue of the magazine.
While recent films like The Avengers, Independence Day and Cloverfield touched on a fictional attack against New York City by aliens and monsters, a full-scale explosion that could level Manhattan's skyscrapers was plausible, especially during the Cold War.
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War never changes.
Given Bloomberg and the peeps who elected him (multiple times), how is this bad?
You’re shitting me, right?
I wonder if sections of Detroit don’t look like this anyways thanks to 60 years of Democratic rule.
Given Bloomie’s proclivities? No.
I gotta go with Paladin’s comment, ‘...how is this bad’?
I was pissed about 9/11...
Now that I think about it, not as much.
I gotcher drift and totally agree!
I'm not enamored like many are.
Unfortunately these bombs aren’t smart enough to stop at the city borders. Otherwise, I might agree with you.
0bama's (Islamist) fault.
anyone doubt they would use them if they had them?
I hope you’re joking about not minding if NYC were nuked. But to anyone who wishes death to all of the New York City FReepers as well as my family and friends there, I say screw you.
Would you like to see liberal majority California destroyed too? Have a look at the top 20 states for quarterly and monthly donations to FR, including California, New York (Top 10), Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts (Top 20).
It’s the only way to be sure.
“I hope youre joking about not minding if NYC were nuked. But to anyone who wishes death to all of the New York City FReepers as well as my family and friends there, I say screw you.”
That’s fair - sorry about that, sometimes we get carried away by the majority of the people there (including the mayor, in New York). To be honest, when I saw those pictures, and the date, they didn’t do justice to what’s out there now. The big Soviet City-Busters pretty much vaporize everything for at least 10 miles - there’s nothing of Manhattan left, and virtually nothing of the neighboring areas (i.e., the crater is 10 times the diameter). These things are not toys and they shouldn’t be joked about.
Twelvers are sick enough to use them against themselves, just to get radiation boy to crawl outta the well.
I live in Las Vegas. I got a good ticket deal for the Atomic Testing Museum, which is next to UNLV. I used it to kill time one day while my daughter was in class. I wasn’t expecting much, but it was pretty awesome. I wish I could have spent more time there. They have a beam from the World Trade Center and it happened that a visitor was a first responder and was telling his wife/ girlfriend about the experience while taking photos. If I’d been thinking, I’d have used my phone to take some pictures. Seeing original letters to the president from Einstein was pretty cool. It was quite the experience, and they have a volunteer docent that was up close and personal to the testing program. One of the best museums I’ve been too, and gave me quite the education. I just hope I end up at ground zero and not on the fringe.
“Given Bloomberg and the peeps who elected him (multiple times), how is this bad?”
I live in NYC. Thanks for the death wish.
“Over 700 people murdered on 9/11 were from my home state of New Jersey. I’m appalled any FReepers would think nuking any American city would be a good idea, even in jest. We’re barely a month away from the 11th. anniversary of that horrible day. Some people here need a good old fashioned haymaker right in the mouth. “
Well, at least they aren’t running for Senator in MO.
Haunting pics of multi-megaton yields. My favorite is the air burst one.
If a country like Iran was to take a truly audacious gamble on hoping to destroy as much of America as they could they could do at least one of these scenarios;
A certain chain of islands out in the Atlantic has a massive undersea cliff poised to collapse, a nuclear device sent down by a submarine or simply dropped from a ship could collapse several square miles of this cliff and would result in triggering a massive tsunami along the entire east coast of America.
Another is detonating several staggered charges along the New Madrid fault.
And the same for another fault line near Vancouver.
DEKS, you are right of course. We do not want to see any part of this country ‘nuked’. What happened in NYC nearly eleven years ago was terrible, and we never want anything so terrible to happen there or anywhere ever again.
Do you have a painting like that of Mecca?
Speaking of anniversaries, the media completely IGNORED the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' bombing of the Pentagon. Why was that? Normally they mark "big number" anniversaries.
Like I said.
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