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March 6, 2013

Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957

Arms spread apart, blond curls bobbing in the wind, joyful bright red lips, and a cotton mushroom cloud affixed to her white bikini. The image of Miss Atomic Bomb is unforgettable, and it’s one that has been absorbed into our pop culture lexicon. Yet there's very little known about Miss Atomic Bomb herself besides her stage name, Lee A. Merlin.

Aboveground nuclear testing was a public attraction at the Nellis Gunnery Range in January 1957. All-night parties sponsored by nearby major hotels were organized for the detonations, which could be viewed from building tops. Party highlights usually included the dubbing of a chorus girl as “Miss Atomic Blast.” Merlin was the last and most famous of the Miss Atomic Bomb girls.



(Photos by Don English / Las Vegas News Bureau)




1 comment:

  1. I loved this blog, and more this photo.
    I remember well the end of the II World War.
    Then I lived in Uberaba City, MG, Brazil.
    Hugs

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