Bombs and Bombshells

March 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It was a spectacle, what Las Vegas was beginning to be famous for in 1951. Mushroom clouds offered a unique view in an otherwise plain desert landscape. Atomic fallout was all in a day's work for Chamber of Commerce publicity photographer Donald English, who created showgirl ballet in the desert to show off the charms of the town. He took Sally McCloskey up to Angel's Peak, where there was a view of the bomb tests, to perform what Parade magazine called Angel's Dance. Four of her poses were apprehension, impact, awe and survival.

Don English also created other iconic photos of bombs and bombshells, like Miss Atomic Bomb, Lee Merlin.


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