When you’re the third largest boom-war-time population center in Washington state, isolated in the desert, you’d better supply the workers some Xmas fun
Babes in Plutonium Land – The Esquire Girls Perform at Hanford, Declassified
14 w by 10 in h
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”
© copyright Jk
Read the introduction to the Remixing the Hanford Declassified Project paintings
It’s fun painting transparent veils. The topless woman is standing on hers which led me to wonder how common it was for her to trip on it and how many she ripped a hole in each week.
Despite the transparent veils and ostrich feathers, this image will probably not do very much to help make Hanford a fun and sexy subject, but we can try.
When I realized, several week ago, that there were no references to Nagasaki in the Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project, for some reason I then wondered if breasts existed in the archive. Because when I realized that there were no references to Nagasaki, and I thought about all that film, and the bathing suit beauties and beauty queens photographed over the years, well I wondered if there were breasts somewhere in those mountains of film, and I wondered if the government would or would not see them as something to declassify and put up with the rest of the images that provide a govt approved portrait of the time and place and people. If I couldn’t find any references to Nagasaki in the archive, were there breasts? Wouldn’t everyone’s brain present them the same question?
Finally, under a search query of just plain “girls” there popped up the images of The Esquire Girls. We know they were not the kind of girls your mom wanted you to grow up to be because Cypress Gardens, during the 40’s, was a popular spot for crowning beauty queens, and we find on the web this quote on those beauty queens crowned at Cypress Gardens and how they were good girls, not like the Esquire Girls.
These are not Esquire Girls, but wholesome, young ladies from the area and across the country,” explained Dick Pope, the founder, who used the utmost respect when shooting or mailing out photographs of these lovely ladies.
Who says this isn’t wholesome?
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
Accession Number N1D0005150
Document Number D-7813-NEG
Alternate Document Number D-7813-NEG
Title Description ESQUIRE GIRL – CAMP HANFORD
Number of Pages 1
Document Date 15-Dec-1944
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002
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