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2013-08-06 11:27:34 PM  
Well I was about to click. Then I read the last line.

Thanks for the heads up subby
 
2013-08-07 12:51:03 AM  
To most people, it looked like this
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-07 01:15:36 AM  
"The Conversation" is still a great movie after all these years; this photo spread reminded me of it.
 
2013-08-07 01:40:21 AM  
CSB Time:

I have a friend who rented a house from a man who got it from his deceased brother.  After moving in he went to put things in the attic and what he found was absolutely amazing.  He called me to tell me to come over and see the attic.  It took me a few days and when I finally got there I was astounded.  The attic was full of "stuff".  Not the stuff your attic has; it had EVERYTHING.  Books, pictures, tax documents for the entire town, key blanks, a key making machine, old computer hardware, absolutely everything.  Every single item was put in a very specific place and labeled.  All of the books were arranged by subject in shelves built in to the attic.  While looking around we found some interesting things: original photos from the moon landings, promotional posters for NASA, aerial photo prints which took up an entire table...of places which we were not supposed to have photos according to the dates on the labels.  There were original reports from the Los Alamos tests, just all kinds of crazy secretive government stuff.  I was more interested in the space memorabilia, it's kind of a hobby.  Anyhow the landlord let him keep everything.  When he told him about it the guy basically said its all junk to him and either toss it or keep it.

Several years later he had bought a place of his own and we were visiting.  I noticed a print in his office of a satellite with the earth in the background which looked like it was taken some time in the 60's.  I mentioned how awesome it is and at the end of the night he gave it to me.  Another friend of mine is the master space collector so I called him a few days later and asked if he could identify what mission or any kind of story related to it.  I gave him a description of the picture, the text at the bottom ("Agena Satellite in Orbit, Lockheed Missiles and Space Division"), and the date on the back of the picture (6/3/1960).  Eventually I sent over photos.

It turns out that we didn't "officially" have the capability to shoot a picture of a satellite in space with the earth below it at that time (no spy satellites).  After tossing it around it was determined by some NASA guys that what I have is probably an early spy satellite photo taken before we officially announced our capabilities.  They said it was taken by a separate camera which would be deployed once the satellite was in orbit.  You can see the main payload with the earth below.  Eventually the film would drop to earth where someone would collect it.

Of course I have nothing to go on but what I was told, but it's a cool picture anyhow.
 
2013-08-07 01:49:07 AM  
Link goes to article with massive picture of naked model.  Good job subby.
 
2013-08-07 01:55:54 AM  
More like this.

forbiddenplanet.co.uk
 
2013-08-07 02:55:34 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: To most people, it looked like this
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 801x999]


Or
johngushue.typepad.com

/according to one story,  Get Smart's writers were so clever that they kept getting calls from the CIA, asking permission to design devices similar to those seen on the show...
 
2013-08-07 03:14:32 AM  

sethen320: CSB Time:

I have a friend who rented a house from a man who got it from his deceased brother.  After moving in he went to put things in the attic and what he found was absolutely amazing.  He called me to tell me to come over and see the attic.  It took me a few days and when I finally got there I was astounded.  The attic was full of "stuff".  Not the stuff your attic has; it had EVERYTHING.  Books, pictures, tax documents for the entire town, key blanks, a key making machine, old computer hardware, absolutely everything.  Every single item was put in a very specific place and labeled.  All of the books were arranged by subject in shelves built in to the attic.  While looking around we found some interesting things: original photos from the moon landings, promotional posters for NASA, aerial photo prints which took up an entire table...of places which we were not supposed to have photos according to the dates on the labels.  There were original reports from the Los Alamos tests, just all kinds of crazy secretive government stuff.  I was more interested in the space memorabilia, it's kind of a hobby.  Anyhow the landlord let him keep everything.  When he told him about it the guy basically said its all junk to him and either toss it or keep it.

Several years later he had bought a place of his own and we were visiting.  I noticed a print in his office of a satellite with the earth in the background which looked like it was taken some time in the 60's.  I mentioned how awesome it is and at the end of the night he gave it to me.  Another friend of mine is the master space collector so I called him a few days later and asked if he could identify what mission or any kind of story related to it.  I gave him a description of the picture, the text at the bottom ("Agena Satellite in Orbit, Lockheed Missiles and Space Division"), and the date on the back of the picture (6/3/1960).  Eventually I sent over photos.

It turns out that we didn't "officially" have the capability ...


You will be contacted in 3 hours. Act normally. We will find you.
 
2013-08-07 03:32:42 AM  

Any Pie Left: "The Conversation" is still a great movie after all these years; this photo spread reminded me of it.


That movie scared the everloving shiat out of me as a kid.
 
2013-08-07 07:32:53 AM  

Paris1127: MaudlinMutantMollusk: To most people, it looked like this
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 801x999]

Or
[johngushue.typepad.com image 531x411]

/according to one story,  Get Smart's writers were so clever that they kept getting calls from the CIA, asking permission to design devices similar to those seen on the show...



Probably not.  My guess is that the various agencies would just do it (and not tell or ask anyone) unless it was in gross violation of some law or other---and maybe they would do it anyway, even if it was illegal, if it all took place outside the US.

There are gazillions of inventions by secretive organizations* that are reinvented by industry years or decades later and patented.  The original inventors could not patent them because getting a patent requires full public disclosure.

* By "secretive", I mean not only spy agencies, but also private and corporate companies with trade secrets.
 
2013-08-07 08:42:18 AM  
Interesting fact:

In the 1950s, What 'attractive' looked like was radically different. After 20 years of depression and then war rations, most Americans tended to be skinny and undernourished. being 'well-fed' seemed to be very very sexy.
 
2013-08-07 09:41:50 AM  
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WOOOO!
 
2013-08-07 09:59:08 AM  

Paris1127: calls from the CIA, asking permission...


Seems legit
 
2013-08-07 10:47:51 AM  
Surprising lack of half-naked supermodels

EXACTLY LIKE THIS THREAD!

widesktop.com
 
2013-08-07 11:46:54 AM  

sethen320: CSB Time: [...]

Several years later he had bought a place of his own and we were visiting.  I noticed a print in his office of a satellite with the earth in the background which looked like it was taken some time in the 60's.  I mentioned how awesome it is and at the end of the night he gave it to me.  Another friend of mine is the master space collector so I called him a few days later and asked if he could identify what mission or any kind of story related to it.  I gave him a description of the picture, the text at the bottom ("Agena Satellite in Orbit, Lockheed Missiles and Space Division"), and the date on the back of the picture (6/3/1960).  Eventually I sent over photos.

It turns out that we didn't "officially" have the capability to shoot a picture of a satellite in space with the earth below it at that time (no spy satellites).  After tossing it around it was determined by some NASA guys that what I have is probably an early spy satellite photo taken before we officially announced our capabilities.  They said it was taken by a separate camera which would be deployed once the satellite was in orbit.  You can see the main payload with the earth below.  Eventually the film would drop to earth where someone would collect it.


Well.. the US did have spy satellites at that time, they were just in the very early stages of development.  From your description it sounds like the photo may have been taken by a KH-3 CORONA bird.  There's a series of launch dates on this page, but it looks like the dates that might precede your photo both had failures.  According to that page, the Discoverer 10 launch on 2/19/60 was destroyed by range safety, and the Discoverer 11 [launched 4/19/60] film capsule recovery "failed".  I don't know if it was a "lost in the ocean" type of fail or a "recovery aircraft damaged capsule during midair grab" type of fail.  It is also possible that the image was taken by one of the low-res birds that went up in 1959.  Apparently the first officially successful KH-3 photo-recon mission occurred after the launch of Discoverer 14 on 8/18/60.

Cool artifact to have on your wall, though.
 
2013-08-07 12:52:06 PM  

Thurston Howell: sethen320: CSB Time: [...]

Several years later he had bought a place of his own and we were visiting.  I noticed a print in his office of a satellite with the earth in the background which looked like it was taken some time in the 60's.  I mentioned how awesome it is and at the end of the night he gave it to me.  Another friend of mine is the master space collector so I called him a few days later and asked if he could identify what mission or any kind of story related to it.  I gave him a description of the picture, the text at the bottom ("Agena Satellite in Orbit, Lockheed Missiles and Space Division"), and the date on the back of the picture (6/3/1960).  Eventually I sent over photos.

It turns out that we didn't "officially" have the capability to shoot a picture of a satellite in space with the earth below it at that time (no spy satellites).  After tossing it around it was determined by some NASA guys that what I have is probably an early spy satellite photo taken before we officially announced our capabilities.  They said it was taken by a separate camera which would be deployed once the satellite was in orbit.  You can see the main payload with the earth below.  Eventually the film would drop to earth where someone would collect it.

Well.. the US did have spy satellites at that time, they were just in the very early stages of development.  From your description it sounds like the photo may have been taken by a KH-3 CORONA bird.  There's a series of launch dates on this page, but it looks like the dates that might precede your photo both had failures.  According to that page, the Discoverer 10 launch on 2/19/60 was destroyed by range safety, and the Discoverer 11 [launched 4/19/60] film capsule recovery "failed".  I don't know if it was a "lost in the ocean" type of fail or a "recovery aircraft damaged capsule during midair grab" type of fail.  It is also possible that the image was taken by one of the low-res birds that went up in 1959.  Apparently the first officially successful KH-3 photo-recon mission occurred after the launch of Discoverer 14 on 8/18/60.

Cool artifact to have on your wall, though.


Its a nice picture. Thanks for the info.
 
2013-08-07 01:35:01 PM  
onthisdayinfashion.com
 
2013-08-07 03:48:27 PM  

sethen320: CSB Time

...

Needs more black helicopters.

Really, though... cs, b.
 
2013-08-07 10:23:52 PM  
cybermonkeydeathsquad.com
 
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