Category: fifties

British poster for Godzilla, 1956.

“Within the Venusian atmosphere.” Virgil Finlay illustration for The Complete Book of Space Travel, 1956.

“Fasten your seat belts, fellows. Get those space helmets clamped to your heads and hang on tight, because we’re taking off this morning on a wonderful trip to outer space.” Read on…

Radiological safety uniform worn by monitors at nuclear test sites in Nevada, photographed in 1953 during the Upshot-Knothole series.

(Department of Energy)

Behold a sci-fi Santa Claus and friends in this Ed Emshwiller cover illustration for the Christmas issue of Galaxy magazine, December 1951.

October 30, 1951: The 14-kiloton “Charlie” nuclear device goes off in the Nevada desert as part of the Buster-Jangle program of a-bomb tests.

August 1, 1954 – The Convair XFY-1 Pogo made its first vertical takeoff and landing. The test pilot said, “It’s awful hard to fly an airplane looking over your shoulder.” (via)

April 15, 1955 – Soldiers play peekaboo with an atomic blast during the 22-kiloton “MET” nuclear test at Frenchman Flat, Nevada. 

Los Angeles, December 19, 1957: “Pretty Judith Robinson, 20, meets Seezar, mechanical robot, who will be official greeter at North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Industrial Conference.” (Los Angeles Public Library)

March 17, 1953 – As part of the “Annie” nuclear test at the Nevada Proving Ground, scientists filmed the destruction of “House No. 1” located 3,500 feet from ground zero. The camera was encased in a 2-inch lead sheath to protect it from radiation