"The Thirty-Six Hour War"

In November of 1945, with the ashes of Hiroshima still warm, Life Magazine looked ahead to the next war-- the first atomic war.

This article is remarkably prescient in some respects and laughably off the mark in others. Look at what they get right and what they get wrong; look at the iconography, and the image of what a U.S. geared up to prepare for atomic war, 1945-style, would look like.

The thumbnails below take you to the full-sized pages.

The "punchline"-- this ad was on the facing page at the start of the article.