Manhattan Project Los Alamos Home Movie Footage

Physicist Hugh Bradner came to Los Alamos in 1943. It was there that he met his future wife Marjorie Hall, who was working at Los Alamos as a secretary. With informal permission from the U.S. Army, Bradner shot a collection of home movies of life at the top-secret location, a site that didn't officially exist. His Los Alamos home movie footage represents the only look at life in the Los Alamos area during that time. It shows the scientists at work and at play. Hugh married Marjorie in Los Alamos in 1943, however, security was so tight that neither Marjorie's parents nor Hugh's parents were allowed to attend. Hugh Bradner went on to invent the wetsuit. Related Article: Manhattan: History vs. Hollywood

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