Press Photograph (1949)
Atomic Tests, Eniwetok Atoll
19th August 1949
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print
7 x 9 ins / 18 x 23 cms
Press caption label and International News Photo stamp. Inscribed 'Atomic Weapons Nov. 1949'
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Label to reverse reads: 'C1121295.... The burst of an atom bomb is shown during the top-secret tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Spring of 1948. The cloud formations give an impression of a sunset rather than a bomb blast. MCS 8/19/48).
Important: For Release in A.M Ppaers Sunday, August 21st, or Thereafter. C1121292-3-4-5-6-7-8.. Watch your Credit.... International News Photos / Slug (Eniwetok Tests) Photos of Top-Secret Atomic Tests ----- Eniwetok on May 17, 1948, The US Atomic Energy Commission handed President Truman a report on the first series of tests of three atomic weapons at the proving ground at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific in the Spring of 1948. The exact nature of the tests, including weapons involved, are top government secrets but the commission announced that each weapon was of improved design, were successful in all respects and that the results indicated substantial progress. These photographs, the first to be issued of the tests, do not show the atomic weapons involved, but do reveal that the destructive blasts caused by the mighty atom-bomb blast at Bikini.'