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you make the call -- mushroom cloud atom bomb cake for some sort of military function in 1946.
Update: I looked at it again. Someone please tell me this is not their wedding cake.
There is an inscription on the front of the cake in the photograph. The scan of the photo is too low resolution for me to be able to read the inscription. If you can fine a higher resolution scan of that photo you may be able to read the inscription and determine exactly what the cake was for.
Now I know what cake should be made for my birthday.
It is BEYOND AWESOME! If it were their wedding cake, that would make it even BETTER! (I'm betting it's not. But still...BEYOND AWESOME!)
This may be a "celebration" of the Bikini Atoll test -- http://www.mnh.si.edu/onehundredyears/expeditions/bikini.html
Imagine some family members being on their way to Japan to storm the beaches, and then the news that Japan surrendered after 'only' two nuclear attacks. Chances are you are going to be happy & proud that this weapon is in your nations arsenal.
From left: U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. P. Blandy, his wife,
and Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry cut a cake made in the shape of a
mushroom cloud at a reception for Operation Crossroads, November 6,
The inscription on the cake is readable in the photo at wikipedia and says Operation Crossroads
It is clearly Awesome. Nothing horrible about it whatsoever.
Celebratory. We didn't have to invade Japan, at the cost of the lives of our soldiers and the Japanese people. Given the ferocious defense of the islands getting there, who could reasonably say the defense of the home islands would not be even more ferocious and determined?
No candles, no couple on top or near indicates NOT for a wedding.
Admiral Gallery wrote a book, I think it was "Eight Bells, and All's Well", is which he stated we could have defeated Japan without the A-bomb. With control of the sea, a blockade would have worked. To starve them out. Would that have been the preferable solution?
Some speculate the bombs saved at least a million Japanese lives. z
Please somebody tell me it is.