One of the promises of the Atomic Age was the notion that, one day, we would all be riding around in nuclear-powered cars, trains, and airplanes. Even if our roads were never filled with nuclear cars, many designers came up with prototypes and concept art for atomic transportation. »
"This is the Atomic Pulse Rocket, a pot-bellied ship nearly the size of the Empire State Building, propelled by a series of atomic blasts." Sure, it sounds like a bad idea now but back then it was on the cutting edge: it only needed "a thousand atomic blasts-each equal to 1,000 tons of TNT" to push the 75,000 ton behemoth… »
OK, it's not really a hat, just a late-1960s "differential multidetector" that used radioisotopes to diagnose (and maybe cause a few) brain tumors. But I swear the eccentric hat junkie Isabella Blow once wore something exactly like it to Ascot.
From The Atom at Work: How Nuclear Power Can Benefit Man (1968), by C.B.… »