Annie, Operation Upshot-Knothole

U.S. Army Photographer17-Mar-53

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

This surreal sequence of photographs shows the effects of a nuclear blast on a typical wood-frame house 3,500 feet from the blast center. It was one element of a civil-defense study, “Operation Doorstep,” in which two houses, fifty automobiles, and eight residential bomb shelters were photo-graphed and filmed during the “Annie” nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on March 17, 1953, in order to study their vulnerability.


  • Title: Annie, Operation Upshot-Knothole
  • Creator: U.S. Army Photographer
  • Date: 17-Mar-53
  • Physical Dimensions: w13.7 x h11.7 cm (sheet, each)
  • Type: Photographs
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Gelatin silver prints
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors

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