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Thursday, August 28, 2008

old news

via Genevieve

NLA Australian Newspapers beta Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954

Yesterday I immersed myself in The Argus, September 1945, but only scratched the surface.

Raw POW accounts, missing airmen and ads for tennis racket restrings
Civilians who died in the first days of Peace and the scarcity of lemons
Flat or House required by quiet Protestant
atomsite


(I'd need days, weeks, with this wonderful resource- and that's just the Argus)
 

9 comments:

Juke said...

I almost didn't hit that atomsite link. Now I'm not sure if I'm glad or sorry.
Wow gosh. But the authorities said it was safe.
My cousin Barbara that I loved as only a 5 year old boy can love a 15 year old girl lived in the California desert downwind by a few hundred miles of the "test sites". She died at 16 of brain cancer.
In 1954.
No provable link. No one else in the family thinks there is either, but then no one else in the family knows anything about St. George Utah.
Her younger brother died of leukemia but much later. No provable link.
Perfectly safe atomic bomb testing jewelry making multitasking exciting progress fun.

boynton said...

harmless characteristics...

more here on ebay

Sad stories, Juke.

Dick said...

Sad, indeed. I wonder if at the time anyone had a sense of the hideous inappropriateness of the jaunty tone employed by the press when reporting on the miracle of the atomic bomb.

boynton said...

As reported in the (conservative) Argus, at the jauntiest of times, there was this
It would be interesting to investigate how common the less jaunty notes were.

boynton said...

- or, how rare...

Juke said...

Semi-sort of jaunty-ish:
How A-bomb blast in Nevada looked from Herald roof
Date:1951.
The LA Public Library site times you out, so I'm not sure that will unfold.
Image is here
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more here

boynton said...

amazing/terrifying images.


I also found one of the images ("most sensational") residing here

ky said...

Take a look at what http://www.nambour-chronicle.com is doing. It's an archive of the Nambour Chronicle & North Coast Advertiser first published in 1903.

boynton said...

Thanks, it looks great.
I'll have a long browse, and think about registering.