In 1955 Doomtown was built at the Nevada Test Site, 65 miles north of Las Vegas. Its purpose was to test how structures would withstand an atomic bomb blast. Las Vegas capitalized on the testing by promoting atomic tourism with viewing parties, special cocktails and the search for Miss Atomic Bomb.
Know Your Place #141
Advertising from the 1940-1960s thought they were helping women of all ages become the beauties there were expected to be. If you didn't try or succeed in luring a man it was probably your own doing. But can you keep your man? It was a full time job to keep him happy and healthy and you were successful when you know your place in the world.
Welcome to Parasites #139 (SOLD)
This was a commission piece and they requested the topic be on access to clean drinking water.
BFD: Birmingham Fire Department, Big Fucking Deal #121
In 1960 the editor of a small-town Alabama paper was tired of blacks wanting equal treatment so he penned a letter demanding Rights For Whites. The response to the editor was overwhelmingly in support of his racist opinion. The letter was so popular it was reprinted in over 300 newspapers in the southeastern US states.
Mommy #107 (SOLD)
In the 50s and until 1973 when Roe Vs. Wade passed, 1.5 million young single women, many of them children themselves, were forced to give up their newborn babies in closed adoptions. Pregnant, confused and vulnerable, they were shunned by family and friends, and expelled from school. They were under enormous social and family pressure, often being coerced or outright forced to giv
Do You Inhale #133 (SOLD)
A series of major medical reports in the fifties and sixties confirmed that tobacco caused a range of serious diseases. People also became aware of the tobacco industry's efforts to mislead the public about the health effects of smoking and to manipulate public policy for the short-term interests of the industry.
No Smoking #147
In the 20th century American women were beginning to take on the European habit of smoking and society wasn't ready for it. A PR campaign by Lucky Strike was noted as the moment of women's empancipation and over the coming decades women were dissuaded through ridicule to quit the habit.
Radio Panic! #146 (SOLD)
"The War of the Worlds" was a Halloween episode of the radio series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds. It was performed and broadcast live at 8 pm ET on October 30, 1938 over the CBS Radio Network and created nationwide panic when careless listeners took the broadcast for a ne
Showtime #140 (SOLD)
Drive-ins became popular with the advent of the in-car speakers in 1941. Many speakers were ripped off their poles from patrons who forgot to replace them or they were purposefully taken by teens. Drive-ins also offered privacy and were often called "passion pits'. Some drive-ins erected screens between the cars for privacy. As a result from an increase in illegimate birth
Girl Fight #138
Based on Kitty Hanson’s 1962 series newspaper Girl Gangs of New York about the toughest girl gangs of the boroughs’ slums, bringing this overlooked segment of youth out of the shadows. Girl gangs spread across the US and could be found in Detroit, Los Angeles, Honolulu and several other major cities.
Fly Me #144
Though the jet age spelled adventure for an elite sisterhood of pretty, single, bright, young women known as stewardesses, it wasn’t all glamour and globetrotting. These women were subject to intense physicals, regular weigh-ins and charm school training… as well as pinching and grabbing by passengers while in the air as airlines advertisements like "Fly Me" perpetuated the image of c