After the war, Oak Ridge worker, Mary Anne Bufard’s spoke about her unusual odd duties: "It didn’t make any sense. I worked in the laundry at the Monsanto Chemical Company, counting uniforms . . . The uniforms were first washed, then ironed, all new buttons sewed on and passed to me. I’d hold the uniform up to a special instrument and if I heard a clicking noise — I’d throw it back in to be done all over again. That’s all I did — all day long. Of course Mary was screening for radiation.
A billboard at the Oak Ridge Facility, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which warned workers there to maintain silence and secrecy about what they were working on: the development of the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. The photograph was taken in August 1945.