Postcard, Tennessee fallout shelter, 1964
from Book Atomic Postcards : Radioactive Messages from the Cold War. authors John O’Brien and Jeremy Borsos
Postcard message, 1964
In his book The Postcard Century, Tom Phillips notes that what people write on postcards “bumps into history as a ball on a pin-table hits or misses, by hazard.” So there’s something jarring about this postcard, presumably written by juvenile girl in the summer of 1964 (the year of China’s first nuclear detonation). What image did she choose to be the bearer of various minor tidings?text by Tom Vanderbilt
Historical note: the above photo is actually from an atomic test at the Nevada Proving Ground in 1952, but as far as the Los Alamos chamber of commerce was concerned, any old mushroom cloud would do as long as it was irresistibly enticing.
U.S.A., Los Alamos, Nevada Proving Ground,
Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War, John O’Brien, Jeremy Borsos
Desert America: Territory of Paradox
Edited by Michael Kubo, Irene Hwang, and Jaime Salazar.Actar, Barcelona, 2006.
A great book of inspiraton! Publisher’s Description
The desert is a huge paradox. Beneath its outward appearance of immensity and silence, are the sounds of various experiments, mysteries, and utopias. The setting of outrageous true histories, entertainment oases founded on consumerism and play, and the secret staging of military power, the desert is far from empty. Instead, it is full of activity: unexpected, uninhibited, and excessive. Not subject to barriers and seemingly free of the formal, ideological or cultural ties of global society, the desert cultivates alternate architectures, urbanisms, and built phenomena. Through photographs, essays, and history, this book emerges as an exploration of some of these phenomena and the protagonists that made them possible.