Bountiful Crop Of Babies

Nat Geo 12/49

“Here the atomic bomb is developed. People in Los Alamos lead almost normal lives. Residents have no unexpected visitors, no graveyards, no unemployment, and no real-estate taxes, but they do have a bountiful crop of babies. By showing passes, they are free to leave the reservation as they please; yet some complain of feeling shut in.”

The Look Of Education 1964

All of these images come from the 1964 Western New Mexico University yearbook, but I bet if you’re a Boomer from Anywhere, USA, you can relate.

This is what technology was.

And Physical Science was boring as ever.

Not only were there cigarettes, but cigarette girls who pimped them.

People typed on typewriters, and the carriage return made a sound.

They played pinball.

They helped each other balance their checkbooks over coffee.

Not really.

They resorted to violence to resolve domestic issues.

And they relaxed, listening to The Animals sing “House of the Rising Sun.”


Dust In Her Train

Natl Go 12/49
Natl Go 12/49

Bride Maria and groom Jerry Duran march behind hat-donning musicians as 1/10 of the poorly-populated village of Talpa, NM celebrates their nuptials. The destination is the home of an uncle, where the reception will begin (and the young girl can set this baby down).

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