by Paula Bosse
Behold, Ray Wonacott, a Cold War-era employee of the Hanford plutonium plant at Richland, Washington (later known as the Hanford Site) dressed in his antennaed “bug suit” armed and ready for radiation detection.
This is a cropped news photo that appeared in newspapers around the country in the spring of 1956. The full image is more impressive (click pictures to see larger images):
If nothing else, I’ve learned what a “throat microphone” is.
Remember: “Loose talk — a chain reaction for ESPIONAGE.” Remain vigilant.
“Here’s Hanford” (1944), via eBay
Sources & Notes
International News Photo (cropped) found on eBay.
“The History of the Hanford Site, 1943-1990” by David Harvey is a 45-page publication issued by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and can be read in its entirety in a PDF here.
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