THE ATOM BOMB
In 1945, The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, targeting the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in a move that is largely credited with ending World War II. The extremity of the move and the destruction it caused, as well as its long-term effects on both the people and environment of the cities, drew much debate and commentary at the time and for years after. The Picture Post followed the debate, posing many questions and arguments on both the bombing, its legacy, and the future of nuclear warfare. Among the coverage, this guide has selected examples which include coverage the event when it happened, like many stunned by the “imagined cataclysm” becoming a stark reality. In the same issue they already examined the potential impact in wider terms, asking the question of what will happen if humanity fails to control the use of nuclear warfare in the future. A year after the bombs dropped, they visited Japan to report on the rebuilding of the cities, and analysing the progress made in the aftermath of the events.
“An Imagined Cataclysm Becomes Fact.” Picture Post, 25 Aug. 1945
“What the Atom Bomb Means if Mankind Should now Fail to Control its Use.” Picture Post, 25 Aug. 1945
“After the Atom Bomb: An Astonishing Rebirth.” Picture Post, 24 Aug. 1946
“The Great Atom Row.” Picture Post, 11 Dec. 1948