When vintage photographs surface, they usually remind us of how quaint and odd the past was...or at least seems to us now, years ahead. These vintage flicks, however, aren't as positive or nostalgia-filled. Operation Crossroads was a series of nuclear weapon tests on Bikini Atoll, an island off of the Marshall Islands. Two bombs were detonated, named Able and Charlie, yielding 23 kilotons of TNT. As the first nuclear tests in the U.S., these photographs show us how momentous and massive the result was.
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