Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Atomic Age Design - Beauty and The Bomb

The Atomic Age  - Beauty and The Bomb



For amazing vintage advertising prints https://www.etsy.com/shop/ACMEVintageLimited


For collectible retro
www.revivalvintagestudio.etsy.com



If you're a fan of the madness of great mid-century advertising, check this out.





A brief narrative (and extensive visual) look at how this ...






Enrico Fermi, physicist


turned into this ...


The First Milliseconds of The Atomic Age, "Trinity"


and, yes, this.


1950's Barkcloth Design


Welcome to 1950's America - immersing itself in all things gloriously Atomic - from kaleidoscopic barkcloth to sleek stylish boomerang tables to an episode of The Jetsons. An amorous affair with the molecular which would ultimately shift into a universal apocalyptic dread unprecedented in human history. North American paradox at its best.

And here's where it all began. In 1939 the physicist, Enrico Fermi, succeeded in splitting the first atom. Fission - and the beginning of the scientific and technological advances that would lead to the creation of the Atom Bomb.

Essentially, the detonation of the first atomic bomb (oddly named "Trinity") ushered in what came to be known as The Atomic Age. The Atomic Era could be described as a surreal and bizarre period of atomic optimism which initially infused an entire culture with promises of the wonders of a nuclear future. And it left no stone unturned. 

This collective obsession with the alluring atom found its way into virtually every aspect of popular culture. Design driven by technology - architecture, industrial design, advertising, interior design, fine arts and entertainment. Feast your eyes - The elemental became "all".




BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS.

We're in for a nuclear tomorrow.


A cheerful promise.








Boomerang and a Molecular Manhattan




Hello Down There







WARNING - ATOMS CAN BE FUN


Atomic Design became irresistible with the use of atomic motifs and abstract organic forms finding their way into all aspects everyday America. 

The wallpaper you woke up to, the curtains you closed, the radio you cranked up, the tea towels you dried with, the counter you spilled milk on, the ashtray you filled, the games you played, the motel you heard rumours about. You get the picture.











Boomerang Barkcloth






Sounds Atomic










No Stitch Un-Sewn





Atomic Wallpaper




Another Barkcloth Beauty





The Food Basics














Hoop Chair 1955 John Hauser (Canada)





RCA goes Atomic






Beauty via The Beast




Atomic Age Gravel Art



And it's fun for the kids.









"The Nucleon" - Concept Car introduced by  Ford Motor Company 
(No worries. It will be powered by a small nuclear reactor.)






Tomorrow's "Atom" Car




Boom ... "This game is really Super"




It's more than just an atom - It's a city.




"The Spirit of God"





Reading Between the Blasts


Miss Atomic Bomb




A Nuclear Night Out




The Jetsons like it too.




"Operation Crossroads" Reception - The Atomic Cake




THE ATOMIC '50s - SOVIET STYLE



Meanwhile across the pond the Soviet Union pursued its own atomic technology. Runners at your marks. Ready. Set. And the race had begun.




Soviet Nuclear Lab






Dial "A" for Atomic






The Soviet Union worked steadily on its nuclear technology and conducted its first nuclear tests on August 29, 1949 becoming the second nation after the U.S. to create an atom bomb.

And though the USSR didn't seem to share the same all-encompassing aesthetic obsession with all things Atomic, who could resist that little atom's appeal?





An Atomic Stroll through the galaxy





Atomic Acrobatics




Express Post




From Romania and New Zealand ... with love.



Matchbox Art




Agriculture and The Atom




Atomic Test Tube
















Wait a minute ...

ALL IS NOT WELL





It seems that while the U.S. loved exploring the marvels of Atomic energy, it wasn't too pleased that another country could possess it as well. And, slowly but surely, an ominous cloud overcast the carefree days of boomerang bobby-socks, molecular malts and a visit to the Atomic Drive-In. A national sense of unprecedented apocalyptic dread crept insidiously into the American collective consciousness.




DUCK AND COVER



The "Red Scare"


















A Night at the Drive-In

















Leave it to America to turn Fear into Fun.





"Hup, Two, Three, Duck"









Be sure to duck before you fry.




Atomic Attack + Survival = Contradiction in Terms





A Nation Prepares














INTRODUCING THE FALL-OUT SHELTER



Taking in the Sun before Armageddon



Let's take a look inside.




DIY Anyone?




In your own Backyard




All tucked in.




Dressing For The Apocalypse






Fall-Out Fashion







... Let's hope not.




Stay tuned for ... THE SPACE AGE

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I love the collection of pictures and posters that you have compiled. I will be quoting you in a blog I am writing about furniture.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the comment, and introducing us to your amazing blog about design and history! We look forward to posting more and sharing more retrofied pictures with you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great collection. You might like the following article by Jon Savage: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/oct/31/pop-music-atomic-bomb-jon-savage

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the article and images. Would you mind if I used some of them for a fabric I am creating? I would link to your blog in the final product. :-]

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my business.

    web developer austin
    austin web design

    ReplyDelete
  6. Awesome stuff - very useful for my Pop Culture course unit focusing on the Atomic Age.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sometime it becomes very hard to find a well written and well established bog which give you correct and useful information. However, I found this blog and got some relevant information which are really helpful for me.

    ออกแบบสติ๊กเกอร์ไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  8. This blog let me felt delighted with its sensible writing. When I started to read first line I got to know that there is something to learn when I will touch its bottom. And yes I learn a lot.ออกแบบ UI & UX Design

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am thankful to this blog giving unique and helpful knowledge about this topic, I read your blog now share great information here. This blog increse my knowledge source .ที่ปรึกษาธุรกิจ

    ReplyDelete
  10. Really inspirational to hear someone pursuing their dreams and becoming successful instead of following the traditional path. I have read your article about This topic. I think it's good and impressed to know your service. Thanks for share this Information.สปอร์ต ไล ท์ led

    ReplyDelete
  11. Share great information about your blog , Blog really helpful for us . We read your blog , share most useful information in blog . Thanks for share your blog here .
    ขอ ฆอ

    ReplyDelete
  12. Now a day, education has changed its way in comparison of old generation’s way of education. New frequently updated blogs and websites help you to adopt a different way to learn differently. curtains

    ReplyDelete
  13. Now day, everything is going to find a new but well settled and successful stream for their career. When I came to this blog, I really impressed by all the knowledge points mentioned here. Thank you for this assistance.รับตกแต่งห้องครัว

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is really nice to read content of this blog. A is very extensive and vast knowledgeable platform has been given by this blog. I really appreciate this blog to has such kind of educational knowledge.
    รับสร้างแบรนด์

    ReplyDelete
  15. Mesmerized article written on this blog with other relevant information. It is straight to the point that how we can improve our skills as well as how we can be represented to a new stream of professionalism.
    อ่างล้างหน้า

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your post is providing some really good information. I liked its essence and enjoyed reading it. Keep sharing such important posts about this blog and its much more helpful for us . หิ้งพระ

    ReplyDelete
  17. Sometime few educational blogs become very helpful while getting relevant and new information related to your targeted area. As I found this blog and appreciate the information delivered to my database.
    โต๊ะหมู่บูชา ราคา

    ReplyDelete
  18. I am thankful to this blog for assisting me. I added some specified clues which are really important for me to use them in my writing skill. Really helpful stuff made by this blog.สุขภัณฑ์

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is the first time I came to this blog and I found some relevant stuff here. Basically I keen to know new parameters of writing every-time and sometime it become really very hard to find such kind of platform.ก๊อก ฝักบัว

    ReplyDelete
  20. I always replied to this blog post and its been a long time since I came into knowledge of this blog. One of my friend’s suggestion worked for me and I am still regular to read every post of this blog.
    สุขภัณฑ์

    ReplyDelete
  21. I am regular to check every post of this blog as well as its other supportive and knowledgeable informative blog post. I appreciate efforts of owner to deliver such valuable information to people.
    อ่างล้างหน้า

    ReplyDelete