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Retro health advisory posters typically serve as a searing insight into the fears and concerns of a generation long since past, and these radiation warning posters from the Oak Ridge Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum are no different.
The Oak Ridge Health Physics Historical Instrumentation posters were created at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1947 with the intention of warning the public about the danger of radiation, a nascent technology that many had trouble understanding.
The Oak Ridge Health Physics posters are charming for their vintage nature and their detailed and (now) unintentionally comedic drawings. The illustrations look as though they easily could appear on the pages of any dimestore comic book, but with real marked with real urgency and a clueless looking protagonist. If these retro health posters have proved one thing it’s that despite being a relic from a bygone era, they are just as fascinating and confounding now as they were then.