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Can anyone verify the historical authenticity of this photo?

 
 
Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 09:45 am
http://i59.tinypic.com/33dgtgh.jpg
http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinchack/vacation-photos-thatll-make-you-happy-to-be-at-work
Sourced from:
http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/category/photos/awkward-hall-of-fame/page/6/

Has anyone seen this photograph (or other's like it) outside its Awkward Family Photo context? Was this a protomeme at the time? 1950's (or later) family vacations to watch nuclear bomb tests? Do you think it's been photoshopped (or whatever process one could have used to fake the photo before Photoshop existed)?

PS: I did a basic Google image search and was merely referred to its Awkward Family Photo site.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 09:59 am
@tsarstepan,

my guess is it's an old photo that's recently been 'shopped...
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 10:09 am
I suspect that the shock wave would already have hit them. Looks like BS to me.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 10:32 am
Plus the fact he only has two stripes, so wouldn't have the security clearance to be anywhere near it.
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 10:54 am
Looks like the boy is already starting to mutate.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 01:06 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Lordyaswas wrote:

Plus the fact he only has two stripes, so wouldn't have the security clearance to be anywhere near it.

You missing that he has 3 stripes and two bars. That's a Sergeant First Class insignia.
http://i58.tinypic.com/jszn5t.gif
Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 01:29 pm
@tsarstepan,
2 stripes in USAF is an Airman First, Class
roger
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 01:36 pm
@tsarstepan,
You're quite right about the stripes.

Damn funny looking palm tree in the background, by the way.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 01:44 pm
@roger,
Yes, I missed the three bars. The pic was very small on my tablet thingy.

In that case the photo just might be genuine then. Maybe they quickly snuck off and hid in a fridge, like Indiana Jones.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 02:53 pm
1955 Summer vacation in Nevada?

That shirt looks like a cub scout shirt my brother used to have.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:03 pm
Looks rather like this mushroom cloud:

http://kichik.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/boom.jpg

Not saying it's impossible for both clouds to be from the same nuclear test, just that it's unlikely two photographs, taken at different distances and presumably at different times, would depict the same mushroom cloud. Also, the mountains and terrain look different, and frankly it's unlikely that the kids and the photographer could have gotten that close to a nuclear test or that the camera (not to mention the kids and the photographer) would have survived (maybe the film developed itself).

But I still say that kid looks funny.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:11 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Actually, security clearance isn't based on rank. I worked with nuclear weapons in the USAF back in the fifties, and I had a Top Secret Clearance when I left basic training.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:14 pm
@cicerone imposter,
With every post, I'm beginning to believe this photo more and more. Very Happy
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:26 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Yep! I worked at the Signal Corps school at Ft. Gordon for a year or so. Students were leaving with Top Secret/Crypto before they were able to vote. Still, the kid in the photo does look a scoshie bit young for the stripes.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:29 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:

2 stripes in USAF is an Airman First, Class


Two stripes in the USAF is an Airman Second Class.

Airman First Class have three stripes.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 03:33 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Oops...they must have changed things since I was in.

When I was in...I wore three stripes...and was an Airman First Class...E-5.

Appears they have changed it.

I was wrong. Thank you for calling it to my attention. I apologize.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jul, 2014 04:20 pm
@tsarstepan,
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4ClInX2NVLk/Sr1laMdPywI/AAAAAAAABcQ/mKFKKP0gapI/s320/NTS%21.jpg


Quote:
Left: A nuclear explosion at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s. The people on the right are military personnel, part of the Government's Human Radiation Exposure project. This photograph was at one time classified. (Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Dept of Energy).


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/16/article-0-0006A28500000258-984_634x478.jpg
Quote:

The sound of the largest man-made explosion: A cinematographer films an atomic mushroom cloud on July 19, 1957 in Yucca Flat, Colorado


http://lh6.ggpht.com/kaushik810/SHs5Z0-DI2I/AAAAAAAACNI/YkrAKE_oSkk/watching-nuclear-explosion%20%286%29_thumb%5B2%5D.jpg?imgmax=800
Quote:

Soldiers being exposed to a nuclear explosion at the Nevada Test Site in 1951


They're the closest images I could find and they're not very similar. I'm thinking hoax.


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oralloy
 
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Reply Thu 3 Jul, 2014 02:11 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
Has anyone seen this photograph (or other's like it) outside its Awkward Family Photo context?

The mushroom cloud is from the first test of an atomic artillery shell.

Note test "Grable" here:
http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Upshotk.html

Also note test "Priscilla" here:
http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Plumbob.html


tsarstepan wrote:
Was this a protomeme at the time?

Not that I've ever heard.


tsarstepan wrote:
1950's (or later) family vacations to watch nuclear bomb tests?

No way it's real. If the military allowed civilians to observe a test, they would have been under military control and not just "off on their own".

And if the military invited any civilians to observe tests, it would not have been as some kind of vacation package.


tsarstepan wrote:
Do you think it's been photoshopped (or whatever process one could have used to fake the photo before Photoshop existed)?

Definitely fake.
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timur
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Reply Thu 3 Jul, 2014 05:51 am
What about this one?

http://i59.tinypic.com/k0rklx.jpg
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 3 Jul, 2014 08:43 am
@timur,
Obviously Photoshopped.
 

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