Atomic Ballet (1953)

A dancer, named Sally McCloskey, was photographed at Angel Peak (about 30 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada) in 1953. She did an interpretive dance for the photographer while, in the background, the Operation Upshot-Knothole atomic bomb test created the familiar mushroom cloud in the sky.

Apparently it was not unusual to see those early above-ground atomic tests from Las Vegas.

“I’’d have one girl, Sally McCloskey, we did a little series that was called Angel’’s Dance. And she was a ballet dancer, not a showgirl, and she did an interpretive dance to the mushroom cloud as it came up and we shot a series of pictures and sent it out on the wire and they called it Angel’’s Dance. We just did anything we could to make the picture a little bit different because the newspapers would run the mushroom cloud pictures, but they were always hungry for anything that had any kind of a different approach.”

Donald English, Photographer.

Sally McCloskey doing the Atomic Ballet at Angel Peak.

Sally McCloskey doing the Atomic Ballet at Angel Peak.

Sally McCloskey doing the Atomic Ballet at Angel Peak.

Sally McCloskey doing the Atomic Ballet at Angel Peak.

Here is a video of the atomic test that Sally McCloskey danced in front of.

Also the atomic cloud here.

Things of Science #271 — Metal Fasteners

Things of Science unit from May, 1963 on metal fasteners.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #271 — Metal Fasteners

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Metal Fasteners

Things of Science #270 — Cotton

Things of Science unit from April, 1963 on cotton.

Here is the booklet (whiten which you will discover the definition of “nappy”):

Things of Science #270 — Cotton

An extra sheet showing the cotton process here:

Things of Science #270 — Cotton (insert)

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

 

Cotton

Things of Science #269 — Enzymes

Things of Science unit from March, 1963 on enzymes.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #269 — Enzymes

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Enzymes

Things of Science #265 — Taste

Things of Science unit from September, 1962 on taste. The booklet was in poor shape when I scanned it. It required a lot of post-work to fix it up. I think the gum or some other “thing” in the unit had soiled it. Oh well.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #265 — Taste

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Taste

Things of Science #264 — Silk

Silkworm 1Things of Science unit from October, 1962 on silk. I was surprised to see an actual silkworm cocoon in the unit. And this is an unusual booklet in that it has photographs (reproduced with half-toning of course).

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #264 — Silk

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Silk

Things of Science #263 — Silicones

Things of Science unit from September, 1962 on silicones. Another one of the sort of “material sciences” units.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #263 — Silicones

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Silicones

Things of Science #262 — Probability

Things of Science unit from August, 1962 on probability. I’ve already scanned in a unit just like this one.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #262 — Probability

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Probability

Things of Science #261 — Marble

Things of Science unit from July, 1962 on marble (the mineral).

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #261 — Marble

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things:

Marble

Things of Science #260 — Surface Tension

Surface TensionThings of Science unit from June, 1962 on surface tension.

Here is the booklet:

Things of Science #260 — Surface Tension

 

More Things of Science scanned here.

The things (not very obvious, a very thin capillary tube or two in the slots cut in the styrofoam):

Surface Tension

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