Today’s Photo Friday picture is an oldie but a goodie. “Miss Atomic Bomb” was photographed in 1957 by Las Vegas New Bureau photographer Don English, and the photo became a iconic symbol of the atomically charged 1950s. A Copa Girl from the Sands Hotel, Lee Merlin, was the lucky woman picked to model the cardboard-and-cotton bomb outfit. Above-ground testing at the Nevada Test Site occurred from 1951 to 1963, and the mushroom clouds became a tourist attraction in Las Vegas, only 65 miles away. Today, the only place to see a mushroom cloud in Las Vegas is at the Atomic Testing Museum, where artifacts from the Nuclear Age tell the story of the atomic bomb. The museum is currently hosting a photography exhibit, How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb, which contains pictures of mushroom clouds and bombs. Looking at photographs of mushroom clouds might not be as exciting sitting on top of a Vegas casino and watching them in person, but it’s certainly better for your health.
Photograph courtesy of James Vaughan . Original photograph taken by Don English, Las Vegas News Bureau.
Photograph of mushroom cloud courtesy of Mark Holloway. Original photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office