Fire Prevention Week Meets Them, Declassified

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Richland was just another word for kindling

firepreventionweek
Fire Prevention Week Meets Them, declassified
2006
20 by 16 in h
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jk

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Them, a movie in which ants, mutated by exposure to Los Alamos radioactivity, went about terrorizing people in the desert, made quite an impression on me as a child, considering I was a child living in Richland. I knew there were no giant ants (likely) out in the desert surrounding us, but the possible scenario of them lurking in desert caverns, squeaking over the denuded bones of tasty victims, was something I thought about at night, going to sleep. And sometimes, when I was out playing in the desert, I’d look to the horizon and squint my eyes against the prospect of a glimpse of gigantic ant heads rearing up and wagging saw-tooth mandibles.

The photo of Miss Flame standing high upon her perch for all of Richland to despise struck me as a wonderful one to convert into a painting. As I worked on it, the next thing I knew one of the giant ants of Them was crawling up over the loudspeaker.

The glamor of the dangerous femme fatale, Miss Flame

Miss Flame of 1950 undertook her Fire Prevention Week duties bravely. As you can see it was cold, everyone in coats, and yet Miss Flame stands on her perch bare-shouldered in her evening gown. That’s what I call commitment.

Miss Flame the torch singer, turning all she touched into ash, would possibly have been presented as a dangerous sort of femme fatale against which the housewife was warned to be on the alert.

Miss Flame, Fire Prevention Week, 1950
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0054448”
Accession Number N1D0054448
Document Number 1378G-50-NEG-C
Alternate Document Number 1378G-50-NEG
Title Description FIRE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION AT RIVERSIDE PARK; BROADCAST TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RICHLAND – MISS FLAME
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) DEMONSTRATION,FIRE PREVENTION,RIVERSIDE PARK,SAFETY
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 13-Oct-1950
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

What was more evil than Miss Flame?

Miss Flame at Riverside Park, Fire Prevention Week, 1950
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0054446”
Accession Number N1D0054446
Document Number 1378G-50-NEG-B
Alternate Document Number 1378G-50-NEG
Title Description FIRE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION AT RIVERSIDE PARK; BROADCAST TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RICHLAND – MISS FLAME
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) DEMONSTRATION,FIRE PREVENTION,RIVERSIDE PARK,SAFETY
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 13-Oct-1950
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

Don’t let your husband near her.

Miss Flame, Fire Prevention Week, 1950
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0054450”
Accession Number N1D0054450
Document Number 1378G-50-NEG-D
Alternate Document Number 1378G-50-NEG
Title Description FIRE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION AT RIVERSIDE PARK; BROADCAST TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RICHLAND – MISS FLAME
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) DEMONSTRATION,FIRE PREVENTION,RIVERSIDE PARK,SAFETY
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 13-Oct-1950
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

Who but the foolish would approach one such as Miss Flame?

Miss Flame at Riverside Park, Fire Prevention Week, 1950
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0054444”
Accession Number N1D0054444
Document Number 1378G-50-NEG-A
Alternate Document Number 1378G-50-NEG
Title Description FIRE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION AT RIVERSIDE PARK; BROADCAST TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RICHLAND – MISS FLAME
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) DEMONSTRATION,FIRE PREVENTION,RIVERSIDE PARK,SAFETY
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 13-Oct-1950
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

In a word, she was awesome.

Miss Flame, Fire Prevention Week, 1950
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0054452”
Accession Number N1D0054452
Document Number 1378G-50-NEG-E
Alternate Document Number 1378G-50-NEG
Title Description FIRE PREVENTION DEMONSTRATION AT RIVERSIDE PARK; BROADCAST TRUCK IN DOWNTOWN RICHLAND – MISS FLAME
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) DEMONSTRATION,FIRE PREVENTION,RIVERSIDE PARK,SAFETY
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 13-Oct-1950
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

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