This old country

A Scottish journo Fyfe Robertson (pictured below), wrote a four-part series major articles about British nuclear matters in the first half of 1957. They came out in Picture Post, a “photojournalistic magazine” that lasted for twenty years before folding in 1957. I can’t get hold of Robertson’s articles but historian Dick van Lente devotes a page of The Nuclear Age in Popular Media: A Transnational History, 1945-1965 to it. I wish I could take a look at the original magazines, because van Lente’s brief quotes suggest that the articles capture perfectly the odd mixture of futurism and “pride of country” that nuclear energy evoked at that time in Great Britain:

His second article looked at future reactor development and was optimistic about atomic energy’s potential for raising living standards in Britain and elsewhere, dubbing it “the biggest weapon in the fight against poverty.” With a sense of national pride, Robertson declared, “And once again, this old country leads the world.”

van Lente, Dick, ed. 2012. The Nuclear Age in Popular Media: A Transnational History, 1945-1965. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, p. 137.
Photo of Fyfe Robertson

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