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A growing collection…
July 1, 2020
Physicist Luis Alvarez holding Fat Man's plutonium core carrier on Tinian island.

Physicist Luis Alvarez holding Fat Man's plutonium core carrier on Tinian island.

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The Bradbury Science Museum’s online collections catalog was made available to the public just last month. With an initial offering of about 60 items from the Manhattan Project, the collection included dozens of artifacts never before seen outside the Museum’s warehouse. Now, we’re thrilled to announce that another batch of items has been approved for release and is available for you to view online.

New catalog entries focus on artifacts related to the Manhattan Project and  include letters, photos of Project Y staff, and new pictures of the Museum's trinitite collection.

For more information about the Bradbury Science Museum’s artifact collections, please contact our Collections Specialist at wstrohmeyer@lanl.gov.

Mystery artifact update:
In June’s @theBradbury, we asked you, our readers, to help solve an ongoing mystery related to several of our Manhattan-era artifacts. A handful of pieces of photographic equipment have a small marking on them dubbed the “fried egg.” While we have records on the artifacts themselves, we still wonder who originally marked these pieces of equipment and what might have been the significance of that symbol. We put out a call for clues, ideas, even guesses, but have yet to determine just what the origin of this peculiar marking might be. 

 "Fried Egg" marking on photographic equipment used during the Manhattan Project.
"Fried Egg" marking on photographic equipment used during the Manhattan Project.